Saturday, March 25, 2006

Lady Sovereign - Vertically Challenged

This is a compilation of previously released maxis and is a very good introduction while we're waiting for her highly anticipated first proper album, which is rumored to include collaborations with Pharrell Williams, Timbaland and Missy Elliott.
Like M.I.A. last year, and with a big help from Gabriel Olegavich (the brain behind the excellent Spektrum project), once again the music sounds fresh and new, putting together underground references. It still takes inspiration from the grime movement to which she was first associated, but it doesn't stop there, including elements from dancehall to hip-hop, post-punk and electronics, all with a highly infectious groove. And, being 19, her lyrics are irresistible silly teenage thoughts turned into worldwide slogans.
"I'm the best thing since slice bread / No Eminen / Femenine? / Naw! Ms Sovereign!"

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