Skepta
Konnichiwa


3.5
great

Review

by anarchistfish USER (45 Reviews)
May 8th, 2016 | 102 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Grime says hello

When Skepta first uploaded “That’s Not Me” to Youtube in April 2014, not even the grime veteran himself would foresee the surge in popularity the genre would experience over the following months. “That’s Not Me” was one of the earlier in a string of singles that would reignite a genre that had long been festering. Struggling to appeal to an international audience unfamiliar with the music’s UK garage-based rhythms and strong Jafaican accents, much of its popularity dwindled outside of secondary school playgrounds and niche nightclubs. Many of the darlings of the genre, Skepta included (see also: Dizzee Rascal, Chipmunk, etc), would attempt to establish more commercial pop-rap styles, with usually awkward and tacky results. Konnichiwa was always to be Skepta’s “return-to-roots” LP and a re-assertion of his identity (the sprinklings of Japanese chic feel more ironic than any genuine attempt at forging a theme) but with the mass exposure spawned in 2014 its release date has been pushed back not just the one time, and its unveiling in 2016 feels more like an affirmation of the success of the last two years than a revolution in itself.

The majority of the album does well in displaying its gritty, back-to-basics approach, presenting Skepta’s commanding flow over elementary but tight and bass-heavy beats. Of the twelve tracks here however, five have already been released prior to the album (three of them at least a year ago) and most of the best cuts will be found among them. “Man”, "That's Not Me" and “Shutdown” are all straightforward grime floor-fillers, and “It Ain’t Safe” might be among the best ever released in the genre. Rarely does Konnichiwa stray far from the blueprint, so that even the sung hook in “Ladies Hit Squad” feels uncharacteristic, but even there its D Double E that steals the show. Considering the album’s length (especially when compared to the sixteen track album JME released last year) it’s a shame many of the previously unreleased tracks like “Numbers” and “Text Me Back” fall relatively flat ("Detox" and "Crime Riddim" are notable exceptions). At this point however, Skepta lives in the knowledge that his future will likely not be defined by Konnichiwa’s present release, and his next steps in a scene experiencing a powerful renaissance will surely be worth following.



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anarchistfish
May 7th 2016


26065 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

stream: https://open.spotify.com/album/2yegc4SUhhXxUXUavLHUqL



it ain't safe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czLQoG01PFs



that's not me: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyONbqggasY



detox: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8CE4QmYCAo





first review in ages. gotta get those gears greasy again

Arcade
Staff Reviewer
May 7th 2016


8498 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this and the new James Blake have absolutely made my weekend

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Sinternet
May 7th 2016


15070 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

absolutely loved this

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BigPleb
May 7th 2016


51632 Comments


That's Not Me has been out for aaaaaages:

anarchistfish
May 7th 2016


26065 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

my friend was making me check out grime just as it was put up on youtube. only had like 100 views at the time. kinda surreal looking back



still far prefer it aint safe

BigPleb
May 7th 2016


51632 Comments


Still a great tune tho and love me some Skeppy.

Still think JME is on another level tho.

Keyblade
May 8th 2016


25181 Comments


skepta is that dude, gonna check the highlights from this

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Brostep
Emeritus
May 8th 2016


4314 Comments


this and kaytranada = good week

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
May 8th 2016


26820 Comments


^New Kaytranada bangs.

Might check this later.

Tunaboy45
May 8th 2016


15656 Comments


He's alright.

anarchistfish
May 8th 2016


26065 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

blacklisted is a great listen too. might even dig it more than this overall. less grime-y though

Winsomniac
May 9th 2016


8482 Comments


SHUT


DOWN

unaMUSEd
May 9th 2016


1441 Comments


JME is best grime but his brother's alright too.

anarchistfish
May 9th 2016


26065 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

prefer skepta but p money is probably my favourite

claygurnz
May 9th 2016


4498 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Halfway through this and highly enjoying it so far.

Boyproblems
May 9th 2016


238 Comments


Posd, Text me back is the best song

Fieryfenderz
May 9th 2016


1918 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

He doesn't have much variety in his songs, but I dig it for what it is.

oltnabrick
May 12th 2016


35835 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

really liked this

oltnabrick
May 12th 2016


35835 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

IT AINT SAFE FOR THE BLOCK, NOT EVEN FOR THE COPS

Solbrave
May 12th 2016


574 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

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