It’s been four years since Stockwell’s Roots Manuva has had any major release. In the days before East London started emanating that infectious sound of Grime that now seems to have largely taken over the UK’s urban music culture, Roots’ rough and ragga-influenced South London rhymes were some of the hardest coming from the UK Rap community. Our favourites have always been 1999’s Brand New Second Hand and 2001 release Run Come Save Me, with philosophical and dark number “Movements” still being a number we bang on for inspiration.
Roots has been off the map for a while, only sporadically popping up every now and then, but we are pleased that this week he released new track “Facety 2:11” via long-time label Big Dada Sound. The track is a strong comeback with characteristically complex and dark lyricism from Roots and a scratchy retro-feeling production from UK’s Four Tet. Look at Four Tet’s tweet below for a practically perfect representation of what the instrumental sounds like (might ruin the song for you though coz it’s all you’ll be able to hear now lol).
When FADER asked Roots about the track he said “The saga goes from tangent to tangent here in the primal decibel of infinite tribal dub-wise mutation show me your skank face, let’s get feisty.” Not sure what that means but big up Roots all day long!
We don’t have any specific details yet, but we’ve heard personally from sources close to him that he’s got a new album in the works so keep your eyes and ears open. Roots will also be on touring the festival this summer so check the dates below and come along!
3-Jun – BARE In The Woods Festival, Garryhinch, Co.Laois, IE – TICKETS
19-Jun – GoldCoast Oceanfest, Croyde, North Devon, UK – TICKETS
20-Jun – British Summer Time, Hyde Park, London, UK – TICKETS
11-Jul – Mouth of the Tyne Festival, Tynemouth Priory, UK – TICKETS
12-Jul – NASS Festival, UK – TICKETS
19-Jul – Citadel Festival, Victoria Park, East London, UK – TICKETS
26-Jul – Secret Garden Party, Abbots Ripton, UK – TICKETS
01-Aug – Standon Calling, Standon, UK – TICKETS
21-Aug – Lowlands Festival, Biddinghuizen, NL – TICKETS
Facety 2:11 will be released May 4th on 12″ and digital download. Pre-order HERE.