It’s been four long years since South London rapper Roots Manuva has had any major release. In the days before the tower blocks of East London started emanating the aggressive 140bpm sound of Grime that now seems to have largely taken over the UK’s urban music culture, Roots’ rough and ragga-influenced deep-voiced rhymes were some of the most exciting coming from the UK Rap community.
Roots has been off the map for a while, only sporadically popping up every now and then in the past few years, but we are pleased to see that this week he released new track “Facety 2:11″ via long-time UK 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 artist and producer Four Tet.
When asked by FADER for information about the track Roots 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.” Hmm… we can’t really put it much more interestingly than that!
Roots Manuva will be playing a number of festivals this year (full list below), so if you’re a fan make sure to grab a ticket to (at least) one!
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