Saturday, 7 July 2007
Blessed Be The Manner (Ital Visions Part II)
I mentioned in the Roots Manuva post that my first listening experience of the man was on the song 'Where My Mind Is At' from Skitz' album 'Countryman', and that song still remains, for me, one of his finest songs. Since I started getting into UK Hip-Hop I have acquired quite a lot of vinyl along the way (honestly, it's amazing what you can find in a Huddersfield Open Market or at your local car boot sale). It's also amazing how often you come across old british rap vinyl EPs, and one I found a couple of years back was an early Roots Manuva EP clearly from before his debut album.
It was released by Ronin Records (same record label that released 'Countryman'), and featured the track in question, 'Where My Mind Is At' along with 'Blessed Be The Manner' and a short instrumental called 'Fuck Being Polite'.
The EP is short but even over the three songs here its clear to see how different his material has changed over the years. Its as if his music has become more and more soaked in reggae dub samples and beats, and this EP marks the very start of his musical journey when he dealt with straight rap. A short, but very enjoyable 12".
Roots Manuva EP (Ronin Records 199.......8?)
1. Blessed Be The Manner
2. Fuck Being Polite (Instrumental)
3. Where My Mind Is At