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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