Debut from So Solid Queen
Maffia’s infectious, good-humoured smash about sexily dancing your week’s cares away, “All Over”, was the first real good news for So Solid Crew since their debut, They Don’t Know, two years ago. First Lady bypasses the Crew’s paranoid tendencies, and the largely undeserved witch hunt that has subsequently justified them, but also rarely matches “All Over”‘s cheeky spirit. Instead, the So Solid production team has kept just the right side of slush in chasing the garage-inflected R’n’B dollar. Maffia’s lyrical angles on south London single motherhood, murder and romantic strife are heartfelt, meanwhile, if disappointingly superficial. A lightweight but likeable beginning.