The Nextmen: This Was Supposed To Be The Future (Antidote/Elite)

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The Nextmen: Tuffen Up
The Nextmen: This Was Supposed To Be The Future (Antidote/Elite)

This is a real meltown and mash-up of styles, yet somehow it works as a guest list which includes soul diva Alice Russell, various Jamaican DJs and toasters join the producers/songwriting/remix duo of Dom Search and Brad Baloo (who are the Nextmen) for a sonic colour chart which lopes from chantdown dancefloor to sultry soul and beyond.

On paper it shouldn't work but what is here sounds like listening to an especially interesting urban radio station helmed by a DJ with ADHD.

So there is scratching and samples, memorable songs and urgent rap, and nothing too in-your-face that would make you recoil. I'm playing it a whole lot more than I should.

I suspect it's pretty unfashionable.

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