Verb T & Harry Love- Bring It Back To Basics

May 6th, 2006

On paper it's the most appropriate pairing in UK hiphop. Harry Love's beats are often described as dusty and moody, whilst Verb T's vocals are often said to be very downbeat and sleepy. The coming together of the two respected artists makes perfect sense, especially after having listened to what they came up with.

Throughout sixteen tracks Verb T drops tons of enjoyable verses with immense ease, providing accessibility to any and everyone listening. There's many tracks strictly about a particular subject, which is always entertaining to hear, and there's quite a few big guest appearances thrown into the mix.

'Not Enough Hours' featuring Karizma has an infectious hook and quality verses which culminate in a cultural anthem that anyone who's anyone will be able to relate to. The production is built impressively of great drum sounds and various faint loops in the background. '4:30am' is a similarly great tune, this time using some low key saxophone to create another late nite atmosphere about time.

'Behind Your Eyes' features Yungun laying down one of his most impressive efforts since his compilation album 'The Essance' whilst 'Fairytales' stands out as one of the most captivating tracks on the LP due to the compulsive storytelling over a superb beat which shows Harry Love in very impressive light.

A shift in mood comes with 'Equal Portin' featuring Red, Ramson and Jehst. The beat's a bit heavier and the vocals come harder than most other points on the album. The lyrics are straight up ego and battle orientated lines and all the guests fit in well and drop solid efforts.

Nearing the end of the long but sustainable album is 'Condor' featuring Kyza. The Terra Firma rapper's vocals are outstanding as is to be expected, but they're so charged with energy and class that it feels like they'd have been better left on the studio floor. The majority of the album is of a certain level of excitement and atmosphere, and that's all great, but Kyza's verse injects such slap in the face volume that it makes the other tracks look weaker in hindsight, which they aren't. That said, 'Run Amuk' has a really bold beat of old skool drum sounds and all sorts of effects thrown into the mix. Verb's vocals are strong and include a really catchy hook which gets the head nodding and leaves a particularly memorable chant in the head.

'Makin' It' sees Harry getting happy with a really cool electronic squeak which concludes a very strong album well. Overall, the LP is a big success, combining fantastic production with consistent and relatable lyrics. The coming together of producer and rapper seems very natural and it's great to hear Harry Love hold it down over a full length project. This is certainly one of the UK hiphop album's of the year, so go grab it now.