Rough Trade Albums of the Year 2019 No. 4
See also A Curious Tale of Trials + Persons (Rough Trade vinyl exclusive)
Sweeping orchestral breaks lift and help let fly Simz’s royal melodies.
This is the latest album from North London rapper, actress (she was ‘Vicky’ in BBC’s Spirit Warriors and ‘Meleka’ in E4’s series Youngers) and musician Simbi Ajikawo following on from two other albums and a slew of mixtapes and singles.
Dancing breakbeat drums, fuzzed up funky hip-hop bass and of course fast-flowing words pitter pattering against an infectious moving, grooving backing. Horns and flutes fly, jazzy breaks and samples flit between words and grrrl-gang vocal backing chants slip in and augment choruses.