Life is always better with a soundtrack, and time spent hard at work in the office is no different. Therefore, coming your way every Tuesday will be album of the week; a release we can't contain our excitement for or a record we have been reluctant to take off repeat since its first play. We’ll be putting the time in to explore the world of new releases on a quest to bring you the best. While we’re at it, just because we’re feeling generous, we’ll be digging deep into our collections and giving classic albums the airplay they deserve.
Hip-hop originating from the small, damp island that is the UK has always found itself safer nestled in underground sub-culture; hidden away from the tiresome ridicule that the genre is quintessentially a product of the USA – everything else therefore a cheap imitation. Enter Loyle Carner (Ben Coyle-Larner to his mother), a 22-year old MC from London who’s causing a stir in the game by simply not playing the game at all.
His debut album, Yesterday’s Gone, sticks out in the current climate; not through exuberant flamboyance, but through it’s honesty, vulnerability and acceptance of the mundane essence of life – a welcome change in an era of alternative facts. Rather than look to future perfect instrumentals, the album’s stripped back samples nonchalantly compliment Carner’s nuanced wordplay, which delicately burrows into sombre subjects such as loss and grief. It’s not all melancholy however, with the London MC’s first full length effort delivering all the necessary uplifting moments with a fervent flow and swagger.
With a down to earth togetherness and plenty of talent in his writing hand, Yesterday’s Gone showcases why we will be hearing the name Loyle Carner for plenty of years to come. You can listen to Yesterday’s Gone via Spotify below.
Photo courtesy of Loyle Carner