Big news for fans of British master lyricist Roots Manuva today, with the announcement of his ninth album and his first since 2011’s 4everevolution. Titled Bleeds, it’s cleared for landing just a mere two months from now at the end of October. The first single from it, One Thing was released last week, a minimalistic groove track that features Roots Manuva at his lyrical best.
Having been on the scene for years, Roots, real name Rodney Smith, has been a staple of dancefloor-ready hip hop for more than a decade. Bringing styles like dub and dancehall to the hip hop fore in a way that really paved the way for many to come, his ever-innovative, ever-changing sounds and styles have kept him relevant for more than two decades.
Having been so long between drinks for the London rapper, you can expect Bleeds to be an event of an album release, with phrases like ‘tricky rhythms’, ’emotional showstoppers’ and ‘hard-hitting social comment’ already being used to describe it. One Thing was preceded by the Four Tet produced mind-bender Facety 2:11 in late March of this year.
No word on whether any further singles are set to drop but we’ll keep you up to date right here in anticipation.
Bleeds is out October 30th via Big Dada. You can preorder Bleeds via iTunes right now.