D DOU­BLE E

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JACKUUM! BLUKU, OUT 31 AU­GUST

Grime vet­eran’s fire still burns on over­due de­but al­bum.

D Dou­ble E’s his­tory is al­most a fam­ily tree of grime it­self. As a mem­ber of Nasty Crew, his roots go back to its ear­li­est days when it was still deep in grime and jun­gle. As a founder of Ne­wham Gen­er­als, he was signed to Dizzee Ras­cal’s Dir­tee Stank la­bel. Nat­u­rally, this solo de­but sees sur­vivor le­gends Wiley and Skepta pay their re­spects with a cameo apiece (Bet­ter Than The Rest and Nang re­spec­tively), but this isn’t an al­bum that de­pends on its star pulling power. De­spite D Dou­ble E’s nasal tone that only just stays the right side of gim­micky, his rapid-fire de­liv­ery makes the fre­quently dark-hued beats and even darker lyrics flush with an ab­sur­dist colour. ★★★★ STEVE YATES Lis­ten To: Shenani­gans | Flat­mate | Look­man

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