SPEECH DEBELLE+ VICE (GENIUS COLLECTIVE) + REFLECT
Speech Debelle is special. Soulful and raw, she blew up seemingly out of nowhere and delivered one of the most critically-acclaimed debut albums of the last few years, the Mercury Music Prize-winning ‘Speech Therapy’ via Ninja Tune/Big Dada. Three years on, having ridden a rollercoaster through life since, she’s back, and she’s delivered a follow up that packs a powerful punch. If we see her first album as a confessional diary of trials and tribulations, then new album ‘Freedom of Speech’ is outward-looking, high energy, powerful and engaged.
The 28 year old South London resident is in possession of the most exciting album of the year. Spitting confident rhymes on the twin themes of revolution and love – still brutally honest, yet a more mature and exciting record with lyrics to match. Her new sound was shaped in collaboration with Kwes, a young South London producer who already boasts production for DELS and a record contract with Warp, and also features an appearance from the legendary Roots Manuva.
Check out the video for ‘Spinnin’:
Plus support from VICE (GENIUS COLLECTIVE)
Vice has been a constant member of the local live music scene. As the MC and producer for Genius Collective, he has collaborated with the likes of Great Scott (Radio 1 & 1Xtra supported), Why G? (Zulu Nation) and DME/Da Mighty Elementz to name but a few, aswell as sharing stages with Smoove & Turrell, Lazy Habits, Scroobius Pip, Stig Of The Dump and many more. Vice’s honest, soulful and poetic lyrics paint a positive picture in Birmingham’s urban landscape. Vice and the Genius Collective family are rapidly on the rise, steadily building new fans and an ever growing musical family.
Plus opening support from REFLECT
Reflect is a rap artist from Birmingham, UK. He is not for the people that are easily offended but for the people that have a sense of humour. He brought his first rap tape ‘KID N PLAY’ from a school friend for a couple of quid (his lunch money) and has never looked back.He has just completed his debut album ‘Burp’. His plan is to continue to make explicit yet funny music for all to enjoy by using his warped sense of humour and the occasional burp.