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Kano was a post-disco music project formed in 1979 by Italian-based producers/musicians Luciano Ninzatti, Stefano Pulga and Matteo Bonsanto. They were early producers of a style of Italian dance music called Italo-disco, a blend of 1970s disco and funk with the addition of synthesizers.
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  • Audio CD (10 Sept. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 679 RECORDINGS
  • ASIN: B000UTQ20S
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,915 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)


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The last time we saw London wordsmith Kano his debut album - `Home Sweet Home' - loved by fans and critics alike, had sold over 100,000, he'd sold out the Astoria (2,000 cap.) and picked up a Brit nomination & MOBO award along the way.

Back with new album `London Town', which features Damon Albarn, Kate Nash, Craig David and Vybz Cartel, Kano keeps with the battling ethos he learnt working his way up from the grime scene into the mainstream - showing anything they can do... Kano can do better.

The collaboration with Damon Albarn on `Feel Free' could have come straight from the last Gorillaz album, complete with a kids choir from Kano's old school where his mum still teaches. Kano moves with ease from this epic dub'n'beats number to pure pop future hit in the shape of disco-soul `This Is The Girl'. Kano has even enlisted Craig David to appear on it. A natural collaborator for Kano, a singer who had come through from the garage scene on Artful Dodger's records, then gone onto sell 11 million solo albums (and still only 25).

The nostalgic number `Me And My Microphone', meanwhile, recalls the days with him and his boys, jammed in his hot little room taking turns on the microphone, dreaming of making it big like the So Solid Crew. The track features Kate Nash on the chorus, who he messaged on Myspace way before her deal, the hype and the number 1 album, simply because he thought `that voice would work'.

Coming to a close with Kano's take on Junior Murvin's reggae classic `Police & Thieves' - `Fighting The Nation' which talks of Iraq, Police fights and general western hypocrisy, you wont be able to help think that Kano has been gone for way too long.

`London Town' is the perfect predecessor to `Home Sweet Home', full of edgy production and Kano's engaging lyrics - served up in the form of sure-fire hits. This 20 year old is set to rise to any challenge you set him - just watch him go.

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London Town finds East London MC/producer Kane Robinson stepping further outside the grime scene that spawned him. Kano’s greatest skill has always been the versatility of his flow, from unflappable ghetto gangster to silver-tongued Lothario in the flip of a beat--and here, he applies such lyrical flexibility to a broad range of styles, from swaggering chopped’n’screwed US hip-hop to candy-sweet R&B, playground sing-alongs to earnest raps atop acoustic guitar. Satisfyingly, he comes out swinging: London Town’s first four tracks set out to nip any chatter about selling out in the bud, brooding battle tracks characterised by belly-shaking beats, tinny snare, and Kane’s calmly assured delivery: "It sounds like grime, but a little slower/I’m a lot wiser, but a little older". Further in, though, we find our man experimenting with different styles and sounds, and inviting in a surprising line-up of guests. "Feel Free", featuring Damon Albarn, could almost be a Gorillaz track, skippy beats and chilly synthesiser and a children’s choir a la Pink Floyd’s "Another Brick in the Wall". Kate Nash supplies the chorus to "Me & My Mic", a gleaming back-in-the-day number that twinkles like a pop diamond. And Craig David shows up on "This Is the Girl", a new school R&B number with crossover stamped all over it. --Louis Pattison

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By adriano on 11 Sept. 2007
Format: Audio CD
after loving kanos first album home sweet home i decided to pre order london town also based on the strength of 'this is the girl'. i certainly was not dissapointed after listening the album through. the album boasts a wide range of different genre influenced tracks and thats what makes this album special. i am by no means a great fan of grime or garage but do keep an eye open for a good artist and kano is a great artist. each track is a good listen with highlights being 'this is the girl' 'sleep tight' 'london town' 'bad boy'. whilst listening to fighting the nation though it was one track where i just though what the hell is he doing? an accoustic attempt on a grime album? 1st listen i was not impressed but after a couple chances and listening more closely to lyrics i could understand the track and even began to love it. all in all there are no weak songs on this album and it is very close to rivaling home sweet home... i cant quite decide which is better yet.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tasha Marie C on 11 Sept. 2007
Format: Audio CD
London Town is a brilliant follow up, with heavy hitting basslines and Kano's amazing flow this album is definitely one to get. You can hear the growth in Kano as an artist production is tighter and the album just seems more soild when compeared to 'Home Sweet Home'. I must admit when I first saw only 11 tracks I was dissapointed I thought I'ld be left wanting more. But as soon as I put the CD on it didn't matter I listened from start to finish and was left feelling satisfied there are NO 'fillers'. If you liked the first album you'll love this, add it to the basket now!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By connor james on 18 Sept. 2007
Format: Audio CD
this is a brilliant second attempt by kano. when home sweet home ended up being so amazingly good , i doubted that he could match it a second time around. I was rite. because this isnt as good as HSH but theres still no doubting the quality of this album and it is much better than the "flop" some people are calling it. just dont compare it to HSH and youll love it. overall its a brilliant deep , much darker album , and lyrically superior to its brother. overall a very good album.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By experimusicdotcom on 5 Sept. 2007
Format: Audio CD
London Town is the second album to be dropped by UK rapper, Kano. Kano has been busy since 2005's successful 100'000+ selling `Home Sweet Home' album which showcased the 20 year old's ability to appeal to a wide demographic. A mixtape released last year entitled `Beats and Bars' satisfied the man dem with its street orientated subject matter but suffered from the Achilles heel of most mixtapes, namely, under production and an excessive number of tracks. `London Town' out on 679 Recordings showcases a confident rapper who has learnt from experiences within the industry and has varied his lyrical content and musical style.

As one enters the album, they are greeted by a future street anthem, `Product'. A murky bubbling synth starts proceedings, and is then joined by short bursts of sharp snares. As Kano narrates slowly saying "one body, two body, three body, four, five more soliders dead on the floor", one can immediately tell this track is going to suck the listener in to the shadowy depths of Kano's cerebral. The track kicks off with a smatter of snares and is joined by an understated beat and Kano's rapid fire delivery. A simple, dark and heavily processed melody meanders through the track adding a sense of grandeur. In this track, Kano engages the listener with his most successful style, i.e. playing with the tempo of his lyrical delivery as the track progresses. This track is a brilliantly produced opener which stylistically echoes the `davinche' produced tracks from `Home Sweet Home'. Following that is the track most people have already heard, `London Town'. It is another well produced stormer which follows on perfectly from the opener. A simple kick-drum and snare exercise is joined by dark intermittent releases of bass drone whilst Kano raps competently in a steady fashion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Keshi on 16 Sept. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Im so Proud of Kano and to be a Londoner. Its about time we give some of these Americans a run for their money. This album is GREAT! That's all I can say. Kano is a marvelous lyricist and a cheeky one, well rounded album. Skip to:
Feel Free
Bad Boy
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Format: Audio CD
I brought this album purely on the strength of Kano's first album Home Sweet Home, which in short blew me away.

After hearing the Craig David collaberation This Is The Girl i thought it would easily keep to my high expectations, but on first listen i was hugely disapointed. No tracks really stood out to me, even the more main stream collaberations with Damien Albarn and Kate Nash. It wasn't until i accidently stumbled across it again on shuffle mode a few weeks later that i really started to enjoy the album.

Stand out tracks for me include, This Is The Girl, Me & My Microphone and Fightin' The Nation.

Overall i would only give this album 3-Stars because of its slow start. If you buy this album trust me, (eventually) you won't be disapointed! ;)
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By C. Allen on 1 Nov. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Once again representing the finest of UK talent.
Kano's gone and done it again. Fantastic 2nd album.
Whether it be the club bangers Buss It Up & Bad Boy (which is probably my favourite uk track of the year!), the Gorillaz inspired Feel Free, the accoustic Fightin' The Nation, the commercial success of This Is The Girl, or the grimefest of the bonus hidden track, this album is brillantly varied, but packaged together with Kano's trademark sound.
Worth every penny, bring on album number 3!
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