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5 Nottingham Albums to Listen to This Month

18 April 19

Featuring Ty Healy, Dad Nap, Origin One and more... 

Origin One
Deeply Rooted
Compiled over two years, the debut album from Nottingham producer Kevin Thompson (Origin One) comes following a number of single releases on Nice Up! Records, and features some of the best bass-focused artists around: think Soom T, Nanci Correria, and MC Spyda. The album’s roots-and-reggae-inspired sunshine vibes and dancehall rhythms infuse with contemporary dubstep frequencies, as well as some grime- and jungle-inspired bangers. Production value is high, with Thompson mixing, sampling and layering from his own Deeper Than Roots studio setting. Tribute echoes nostalgia for early-seventies sounds, when the richness of Caribbean roots music was still young to the UK; K.O.G’s melodic hook blends over MC Spyda‘s rhyming perfectly. My Yout, featuring south-London artist Irah, declares a strong anti-violence message to younger listeners, with powerful lyrics and an infectious ragga beat standing firm among a solid selection. Tina Sherwood

Lambert and Dekker
We Share Phenomena
                                                                                 
Classically influenced and emotionally charged. Lambert’s piano playing in ​We Share Phenomena complements earnest and heartfelt songwriting from Dekker in this collaboration. The intimate, double-tracked vocals reminds of Justin Vernon when he climbs down from his falsetto range, particularly on one of the album’s highlight songs You’re Free to Cut. Opening track The Tug kicks things into motion with its lilting rhythm and percussive guitar phrases, set underneath Dekker’s ghostly harmonies. The consistent sound might feel “samey” to some, but the raw emotion is engaging throughout. With its slick production and personal depth, Lambert and Dekker’s first album together is a convincing one. Patrick McMahon

Ty Healy
Bury
Local rapper and poet Ty Healy explores human emotions and responsibilities in a journey of seven short-but-impactful hip hop tunes. Title track Bury, featuring Dayseye, opens the album and flits between song and spoken word with tranquillity and thoughtfulness. Genesis explodes in rhythmic rap, cleverly transitioning into the catchy melodies and picturesque storytelling of Shadows and Black Shorts, while final track Quiet charms with intelligent lyricism. With fast beats mixed with soft, dreamy instrumentals, Bury is sure of itself, and complicated in its reflection of the human existence. Flitting between clarity and dreamlike speculation, we land on the realisation that life is beautiful. Malvika Padin

Dad Nap
Worn Out
A one-man DIY folk punk antidote to the anodyne disappointment of modern-day, Auto-Tune-riddled music. Worn Out was recorded in a kitchen with no budget, using free recording software and a very old microphone, and it sounds brilliant. In just four tracks, we have songs about politics, inequality – featuring a sample of Jeremy Corbyn – love and an utterly inspired cover of I Will Survive. K-Pop sensations BTS might have all the dance moves down pat, but Dad Nap has got them well beaten where it matters the most; this EP has got heart. Sensational. Tim Sorrell

Lois
Guns of the Governor
These days, the longevity of a band can be measured in months, or even weeks. Lois were retro-tinged when they started out some fifteen years ago, so it stands to reason that they should probably be considered “vintage” now. Some sounds are just timeless though, and there’s more than enough jangling guitar and funky organ here to know that Lois are mining a rich seam of classic rock for their inspiration. Sure, many other bands have done it, but somehow Lois manage to make it sound fresh and distinctive. Besides, that riff on She’s My Girl is worth the price of entry on its own. Tim Sorrell