D DOUBLE E
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