The one and only Rodney Smith aka Roots Manuva returns to the fray with a four track EP displaying a perfect balance between stripped back lyrical goodness and dancefloor crunchiness. The last track on Mr Manuva's acclaimed 2011 album, "4everevolution," "Banana Skank" is here reimagined by WAFA as a hyperkinetic club smasher, all intricate changes of direction and emphasis, but without losing any of the original's joyful reggae pulse. Not be outdone, Smith links up his own sequel to the original, a kind of motoric good trip/bad trip which reminds you yet again what a uniquely talented producer he is. "Party Time" and "Natural" reinforce the point, showcasing the stripped back, icy productions Manuva has been making at his secret Tottenham base over the last year or so. He is joined on both tracks by long time Banana Klan collaborator Kope and together the two trade lines and verses in the best traditions of hip hop, their voices (and imaginations) bouncing off each other in an intertwining stream of consciousness that almost demands to be read across both tracks.
As a special celebration of the first release from Roots Manuva in over a year, Big Dada will be selling "Banana Skank" 12" singles at the Indie Label Market at Spitalfields Market, London on Saturday December 1st. Although the record isn't officially released until January 21st 2013, the label will be bringing along 100 copies of the vinyl to sell to fans on that day only. Pressed in bright yellow vinyl and housed in screenprinted transparent plastic sleeves, the EP not only sounds great but is a truly beautiful object.
One of the true pioneers of Black British music, as well as one of its greatest, most maverick talents, Roots Manuva is currently working on a new album, writing an opera, developing a comic book, penning an autobiography and looking after his kids. Do get in touch to request a copy of this EP!
1. Natural Featuring Kope (Clean Edit)
2. Banana Skank (Wafa Remix)
3. Banana Skank Part 2
4. Party Time Featuring Kope (Clean Edit)