- Audio CD (10 Sept. 2007)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: 679 RECORDINGS
- ASIN: B000UTQ20S
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- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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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.
London Town finds East London MC/producer Kane Robinson stepping further outside the grime scene that spawned him. Kanos 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 choppednscrewed US hip-hop to candy-sweet R&B, playground sing-alongs to earnest raps atop acoustic guitar. Satisfyingly, he comes out swinging: London Towns 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 Kanes calmly assured delivery: "It sounds like grime, but a little slower/Im 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 childrens choir a la Pink Floyds "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 PattisonSee all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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! ;)
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
after damaging the copy that I have I thought to myself 'amazon must be the best place to replace the cd that I like so much' great price and in quality condition ...Published on 20 Feb. 2014 by Mr, Fox
On buying this album my initial assumption was that I would not like it, because I had noticed that it had secretly been made by Kano. Read morePublished on 2 Jan. 2009 by R. Jennings
Im keeping this short cause im in a rush but this is a great album by a Great mc thats all there is to itPublished on 19 Mar. 2008 by CRAZE
Although i havent heard his previous album this was overall a pretty goood album by kano, I bought on the basis of this is the girl,
the stand out tracks for me... Read more