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Genre-mash­ing mix­tape from pop-ad­ja­cent Lon­don rap­per.

East Lon­don rap­per Yxng Bane knows the value of hav­ing his fin­gers in the pop pie. Hav­ing first gar­nered at­ten­tion with an Ed Sheeran remix and an Afro-swing ode to Ri­hanna, he’s since col­lab­o­rated with MØ and Ella Eyre among oth­ers. On his lat­est mix­tape, he bounces from trap­fu­elled at­ti­tude to poppy flir­ta­tion, his trade­mark Afrobeats and the odd mo­rose bal­lad like a child who has just de­mol­ished a fam­ily-sized bag of Tang­fas­tics. What stands out through­out, how­ever, is Bane’s knack for ear­worms – such as the as­suredly funky Needed Time – and his hon­est lyrics, with Bet­ter fo­cus­ing in on fam­ily strife and friends lost to prison. There’s lots go­ing on here, but it’s all rather great. HAN­NAH J DAVIES Lis­ten To: Needed Time | Bet­ter | Prob­lem

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