Opener and unity anthem "Stand Up" sets his stall out to maximum effect -filthy guitars clashing with a righteous 'state of the nation' address. The Clash are sampled on "This Is London", which swipes the opening bars to "London Calling", but the sets highlight is "The Edge" -a Hendrix-inspired fist of fury featuring power-house guest vocals from Niara.
Elsewhere, Daley tackles everything from the congestion charge to inheritance tax, but there's flashes of humour too ("...got more lines than Whitney's nostrils").
Along with Sway's This Is My Demo and C-Mone's The Butterfly Effect, It's Not A Rumour should be on the shopping list of any right-minded music fan this summer. The UK Urban brand has another name to add to its growing list of majortalent. --Adam Webb
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Posessed of an intense lyrical flow. **** -- The Times, April 22, 2006
Pushes things forward. Now let's see Akala's peers follow his lead. 8/10 -- NME, April 29, 2006
Smart, addictive and right on the mark. **** -- The Independent, April 30, 2006
You're about to witness... the second coming of real rap. **** -- Blues & Soul, April 18, 2006