Rodney Smith is arguably the greatest rapper ever to emerge from British shores. Over five albums of sonic invention, which, like all great hip-hop records, ran the gamut between funky fun and sharp-eyed lyrical incision, heâ€™s carved out space for rappers in the UK, and become one the iconic voices in hip-hop from anywhere.
Produced by one of electronic musicâ€™s most exciting voices, NYCâ€™s Machinedrum, â€˜Like a Drumâ€™ is the second cut from new single Facety 2:11. Urgent and reflective all at once, its percussion swings gorgeously behind a melody intricately weaved from jazz samples and warm pads, Smithâ€™s vocal ruminating on his past, future and present.
In his inimitable words, the single is â€˜a wee spring warmer in voodoo coptic dialect shape shifting: the remit the same as ever in awakening oneâ€™s inner, modern-day Sun Ra, ODB and Kate Bush on an overdrive of “doing because we can’t help ourselvesâ€¦â€™
Facety 2:11 is out 4th May on Big Dada
iTunes: Facety 2:11 – EP – Roots Manuva