Ty – Upwards

Second album from the stentorian UK rapper, the Harry Secombe to Roots Manuva's Spike Milligan

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Ty’s conscientious rapping and narratives, though still occasionally inclined musically to delve into hellishly ‘jazzy’ Gilles Peterson territory, work best in gleefully subversive musical settings. Take opener “Ha Ha” which, with its dirty fuzz organ riff, is reminiscent of early Stranglers (this, incidentally, is No Bad Thing), or the Neptunes on a Lambeth Council budget of “Wait A Minute” and “Hot Spice”. Best of all is the closing “Music 2 Fly 2” where, over Jason Yarde’s expansive horn and string arrangement, Ty expounds on the State Of The Nation like Hanif Kureishi updating Goldie’s “Inner City Life”. Probably more Medium-sized Dada than Roots Manuva’s Gigantic Dada, but still worth investigating and far less awkward than his 2001 debut Awkward.


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