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Rudimental, Home
(Big Beat/Warner Records)

By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



8/22/2013 -  The No. 1 album in the U.K. upon its release over there way back in April comes from this native London four-man producer/songwriting collective, whose delightfully urban brand comprises drum and bass, trip-hop, R&B and feel-good house with a battle-damaged pirate-radio edge. Finally available in the States as of just now, the LP is a stoically classy experience, maybe a little too perfect in its aloofness, but like I said, it’s underground-sounding enough, and endlessly catchy. Lots of guest singers with big names, the most prominent being new Brit heartthrob John Newman, a cross between John Parr and Cee Lo. This is a great one for drinking in the last few beach drives of the summer: deep velvet-rope chill-house on “Spoons”; Sinead Hartnett dredges up a Sia Furler nick on the drone-buzzed Heligoland-era Massive Attack-style “Hide”; some fuzzed-up Earth Wind & Fire vibe on “Not Giving In”; closeout track “Free” spotlights Scottish R&B diva Emeli Sande leading a stunningly pretty Baptist call-and-response.  A






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