Album Review – An England Story, Various Artists

An England Story

I’d be happy to buy any Soul Jazz compilation without a taster listen as they’re always quality, and that’s exactly what I did with this – I liked the cover and description so went for it and I wasn’t disappointed. As it says on the tin this 2cd set tracks the history of UK MCs from 80s Dancehall, through Ragga, Jungle, Grime and UK Hip Hop. Stand out tracks for me are Blak Twang’s Red Letters, with great lyrics paraphrasing Public Enemy; Ruffneck by The Freestylers, it just makes me laugh and want to bounce about; and Tippa Irie’s all too true Complain Neighbour. Guaranteed to make the crowd jump off…

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