Dark Days And Canapés 7/10

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Obaro Ejimiwe dis­tin­guished him­self early on with a lyri­cal ap­proach dif­fer­ent from the brag­gado­cio of most hip-hop; col­lo­quial and with an in­tro­spec­tion that matched his home­spun beats. Dark Days And Canapés feels both bleaker and more ro­bust than that early work, Eno col­lab­o­ra­tor Leo Abra­hams as­sem­bling im­pro­vised strings and malev­o­lent clouds of guitar. “Im­mi­grant Boo­gie” ad­dresses the refugee cri­sis from the per­spec­tive of a stormy cross­ing, while “End Times” gropes around in a fog of de­pres­sion. But Ejimiwe is sure to bal­ance gloomi­ness with a sly hu­mour: “Ain’t left the city in months,” he sings on “Freak­show”, “guess West­field knows what I want.”

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