Rudimental – 'Home'
Rudimental have a clutch of hook-laden singles which appear on this debut LP, but it’s the album-only ‘Hell Could Freeze’ that really grabs you by the balls. Guest rapper Angel Haze’s biting, quickfire rhymes are layered over a post-dubstep beat, while the chorus is all clean piano and breathy soul.
It’s a delectable juxtaposition of textures – something these Hackney boys barely reveal in the bustling drum ’n’ bass of Number Ones ‘Feel the Love’ and ‘Waiting All Night’. But on ‘Home’, the four-piece (a bassist, drummer, keyboard player and DJ) expose their varied musical backgrounds. For example, slap bang in the middle of the record, ‘Hide’ hits you with a trumpet solo. Rudimental may come across as simply a drum ’n’ bass act, but this record is the stuff of big bands. From the Marvin Gaye that bassist Amir Amor grew up singing, to Piers Agget performing piano in his dad’s blues band, the foursome have managed to incorporate all their loves on ‘Home’. There’s no doubt these guys will continue to top our charts with the sweet sounds of victory.
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Read about the stats, facts, figures and fun stuff behind Summer Tales. One thing that helped London make it through the last few arduous winters was Night Tales, a fantastic pop-up party full of creative cocktails, street food, DJs spinning dancefloor-filling tunes and general good vibes. Luckily, you don't have to wait until winter to indulge in the fun once again, as the NT crew are back with an ace summer-themed pop-up for 15 whole weekends – welcome news indeed. As it's summer, there's a jungle theme in play, plush hammocks, rope swings and a 20m terrace to soak up the sun. Drinks are served at four bars, including the Lazy Flamingo Bar, where you can enjoy bespoke summery cocktails including a Mescal Mule and a Pin-Up Collada. As ever, food is a key part of the experience, and Summer Tales features all manner of culinary treats from top London eateries, including Burger and Lobster, seafood shack Bonnie Gull, Italian cuisine specialists Forza Win and cheese-blending warriors Morty & Bob's. The soundtracks for this summer extravaganza come from a range of talented DJs and musicians. The organisers are keeping things close to their chest and sticking largely to unannounced line-ups, but considering that Night Tales saw guests like Rudimental, Gorgon City and Will Saul, expect further great DJs to be knocking out stylish beats.Read more