Duppy Writer - Roots Manuva
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  • Summary: British producer Wrongtom remixes a collection of Roots Manuva's tracks.
  • Record Label: Big Dada
  • Genre(s): Electronic, Reggae, Dancehall, Garage, Pop/Rock, Underground Rap, Garage Rap/Grime, British Rap
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. These words have lost none of their clout and, in fact, Tom's reworking of the sounds that surround them only serve to underscore just how powerful they can be.
  2. 80
    But from the off, the sounds here always convince. [Oct 2010, p.96]
  3. This record presents some high quality versioning, some well thought-out interpretations of already excellent songs, that can act as standalone cuts and can enrich the originals. Duppy Writer adds something to Manuva's oeuvre that highlights his experience as artist, and his constantly open mind.
  4. While Duppy Writer is sufficiently bubbling to temporarily sate cravings, there's still scarcely enough nourishment until a new album proper.
  5. If your interest in Jamaican music is limited, then Duppy Writer will probably be of even less concern to you than the usual Roots Manuva album. But you also shouldn't dismiss an album this end-to-end pleasurable as some dry retro curio.
  6. 70
    Shorn of its usual grime trappings, Manuva's deep, gruff lyricism sounds playfully inspired on catalog highlights like "Proper Tings Juggled."
  7. Whilst Duppy Writer is an engaging and mostly enjoyable album, it also sometimes feels slightly lightweight, or intentionally minimal and immediate.

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