Loyle Carner. That kid from South London. Him that we discovered with 1994, a featuring with the clover Rejjie Snow. The kid from the England capital has grown well. No more independent titles aired on YouTube. This time let’s talk about the first album of the English prodigy, the boy mixed with a posed voice and an exacerbated sensitivity. Yesterday’s Gone is the story of a January 20th, 2017, an investiture to the US presidency tinged with darkness and a sweetness that one was not prepared for. This opus is the release that we have been looking for since the beginning of 2017, decidedly dreary in terms of auditory pleasure.
No surprise when The Isle Of Arran sounds, title already well established on the online distribution platforms. It is clear that the track is strong, marked by a deep identity and cut by a British accent undisguised. All gospel out, the flow of the MC is as aggressive as nonchalant. Forget the ego-trips, here no navel-gazing like Young Thug, Drake, Kanye (although the musical influence of the latter is palpable) and consorts, not a trace of self-tune, no trap. This time we talk about fish & chips hip and hop.
“Only say it if you’ll mean it in the morning / To me it seems a little more important / To see if she be breezy with that easiness of Autumn / Before we get all caught up in the calling”
However, it is towards the borders of D. Trump’s country that one must look, towards this country colored with black and jazz. The recipe flows from source: notes of felted guitar, warm brasses, a piano subtly struck and beats concocted with the caress of the brooms on the stretched skin of a snare. We devour each of the music of this album full of feelings. Yesterday’s Gone is that five years aged bottle of whiskey that one sinks during a melancholic evening. Mean It In The Morning, +44, Ain’t Nothing Changed, Florence or The Seamstress are those puffs of tobacco inhaled to the depths of the lungs, the woody and alcoholic taste that invades the palate with each sip.
This sad and human sweating, Loyle Carner transcribes it perfectly. Yesterday’s Gone is in no way a cure, rather a treatment, an anesthetic leading to think, analyze these situations of disappointment. Carner puts himself at the height of everyone, away from the spangles, the champagne bathtub and the bundles of greenbacks. Stories, nothing but stories about the frustrations of you and me, on a rhythm as driving as hypnotizing. Difficult not to succumb to the English’s charms who delivers an intimate and authentic rap. It must be said that the loss of his father-in-law hovers over this album. Far from a happiness drowned in abundance, the rapper is the type to spend time behind the stoves to concoct recipes of velvet which he has the secret to help sick children – Chili Con Carner – rather than showing off with a luxury car. Featuring with Tom Misch (D n’amselfly), rap a cappella (+44), his mother’s voice on Sun Of Jean, you can smell a perfume of Mos Def’s music, one of an icy Bronx in an atmosphere tailored with the stone of a club located in the heart of Harlem.
“There ain’t no-one to believe in, I’m on that man side / Damn right, doing it myself from a landslide / Stand by, didn’t need no help from no damn guy / Man by, I’ve been making waves all my damn life / Planned my step to the letter and I stand by it”
The 22 year old kid is on the fringe of conquering the rap planet with a style of his own, with a maturity and humility that many can envy. Assumed Scouser, Carner deserves nevertheless to wear this bloody red jersey, this raised black collar and this shirt flocked of Cantona’s number 7. In honor of his deceased relative, Carner floats the colors of United during his gigs. Yesterday’s Gone is a touch as subtle as Beckham’s, Paul Scholes’s surgical strike, Steven Gerrard’s fighting spirit and the Mersey derby’s emotion. You’ll Never Walk Alone Loyle, the ears of Stretford End are turned towards you and your intoxicating hip-hop. After having been knighted by such big names as Nas or Joey Bada$$, having conquered the scene of Glastonbury, Loyle Carner gives us appointment at Le Badaboum on February 25th. See u there lads.
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