– THE CHARM OFFENSIVE –
In September, Little Simz’ album ‘Grey Area’ lost out to rapper Dave’s ‘Psychodrama’ for the Mercury Award and now one of the producers on Simz’ record, Dean “Inflo” Josiah Cover is rubbing Sault in the wound.
His new, somewhat mysterious trio is at the centre of something of a hype storm at the moment and, listening to ‘Smile and Go’ from the band’s covertly-dropped new record ‘7’, it’s easy to see why.
Much like Simz’ ‘Offence’ the track is a stripped-back, retro affair that dials back the density in a quest to convey ultimate old-school cool. It emphatically succeeds.
From the track’s opening vocal harmonies to the fuzzed-up bass line and drum loop that pretty much single-handedly propels the track through its 2:44 hang-time ‘Smile and Go’ is a nostalgia trip for anyone who grew up on Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul and The Pharcyde.
‘7’ is out now through Forever Living Originals.
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