Cadence Weapon's second album is full of surprises. Primarily it's a rap album, but it's so much more diverse, both lyrically and musically, than most other rap albums I can think of.
In places there's quite a Roots Manuva flavour- plenty of electronics, squelchy noises. "Tattoos" heavily features guitars, "Do I Miss My Friends" is almost an acapella ballad, "We Move Away" is pretty much techno- and all of it done pretty well.
The lyrics are less often about the rapper himself and more often about the world around him, which is always good. If you like the style of Scroobius Pip, you'll like this. The title "Afterparty Babies" and tracks like "Unsuccessful Club Nights" are refreshingly self-depreciative and funny.
This album came out of nowhere for me, but it's one of my favourite albums of 2008.