Three years slaving away in a hot studio for UK garage man

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MJ Cole – Cut To The Chase

This follow-up to 2000’s Mercury-nominated Sincere once more sees classically-trained producer MJ Cole (Matt Coleman) calling on special guests to help produce a UK garage album that people too old for Ayia Napa can buy. The finest contribution is from Jill Scott on the soulful “Perfect Pitch”, although clearly-barking dancehall star Elephant Man is great on “Madman”. Unfortunately, Cole’s production is so smooth that the album does occasionally slip off the coffee table and into wallpaper territory.