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Album Of The Week: Loyle Carner - Not Waving, But Drowning

Album Of The Week: Loyle Carner - Not Waving, But Drowning

With the sweetest of sounds coming from the speakers of the Ticket Arena office it would be mighty selfish of us to keep them to ourselves, so we thought we’d let you in on what our staff use to soundtrack a hard day’s work. Now a weekly feature with the intent of bringing your attention to wonderful new sounds every Tuesday, our Album Of The Week looks at releases from the best in the game, whether fresh new acts about to hit the big time or established artists reminding the world of their continued talent. Simply put, it’s just the best in music that we think you should hear.

Hip hop’s favourite laid back, lo-fi emcee has returned with his sophomore record following the incredible success of his 2017 debut Yesterday’s Gone, and what a follow-up it is from Loyle Carner. His relaxed, rambling style of rap is still being utilised as cathartic confessionals as his soul-searching lyrics are layered on top of stripped back and raw beats of soft melodies of jazz influence. Interludes of personal chatter and celebratory gatherings persevere with the personal touches that garnered Carner such high acclaim for his first full length record, even gaining him a Mercury Music Prize nomination - with fellow nominees Sampha and Jorja Smith featuring on the record, alongside previous collaborators Tom Misch and Rebel Kleff. Loyle’s independent and unique approach to creating contemporary hip hop is shown not only in his slacked yet perfected delivery in his bars, but with the emotive content of his lyrics. Loyle Carner is continuously changing the game, and we’re so here for it.

Loyle Carner has a busy festival season ahead of him, as he hits Parklife Festival on Saturday 8th June, Lovebox Festival with Solange and more on Friday 12th July and will be signalling the start of Outlook as he performs at their opening party in Croatia on Wednesday 4th September.
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Album Of The Week: Loyle Carner - Not Waving, But Drowning

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