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This review is from: Run Come Save Me (Audio CD)
As far as I'm concerned, "Witness" is THE British hip hop anthem; a razor blade-ripped cyclone of a track, ideal for Roots Manuva to rap about beans on toast over (yes, it's that lyrical reference again). The rest varies from quite good to good. "Ital Visions" and "Evil Rabbit" predate Burial by a good five years when it comes to transferring the atmosphere of a rain-soaked London night into sound; in fact, save for the intro, the whole 60 minutes is loaded with heaviness, with mechanical clicks, robosynths and even the occasional sample (there's like 2 on the whole record...), with a sound not unlike Cannibal Ox's The Cold Vein. Like that album, of course, this also should've been condensed, but I applaud Manuva for choosing such a threatening and distinctive style of production. Run Come Save Me avoids the biggest pitfalls of British rap in that it isn't trying to sound like it's from The States nor is it making a point of how British it is, it's just its own entity. Not the statement it could've been, but, if you want to venture past the American big-hitters and the usual underground suspects in the pursuit of a deeper hip hop experience, this thing's a must.