I’m diggin’ this record by UK artist Speech Debelle, called Speech Therapy which released in the US last month. Have you heard? I must confess to being somewhat turned away from hip-hop in the last few years, but Speech rhymes about a personal journey I can get my head around, about the human condition, not the things and blings the mindless covet.
(Speech Debelle, Photographer Samuel Hicks)
I put in extra effort change up the gear on em/I got the sails up and I’m steering em/I’m staying clear of em you know who I’m talking bout/It’s unnecessary for their names to leave my mouth/Words are power so I manifest the thought/Everything I think is what I thought.
Musically, I’m reminded of the likes of the mighty Digable Planets. At 26, Debelle is a wee MC with a powerful voice that recalls their vibe over jazz bass, clarinets and heavy loads of mood.
Check this video for “Better Days” featuring another rising UK artist, Micachu.
And I like this track, “The Key,” here’s the viddy for that too.
More at label, Ninja Tune/ Big Dada.