[ Boys Better Know / CD ]
Release Date: Friday 31 May 2019
Ignorance Is Bliss is the highly anticipated follow up album from UK Grime veteran, MC, producer, and record-label owner, Skepta.
Released by Boys Better Know, Ignorance Is Bliss features appearances from Nafe Smallz, Key, J Hus, Lancey Foux, Lay Z, Wizkid, and Cheb Rabi.
Lead singles Bullet from a Gun and Greaze Mode (with Nafe Smallz) are already streaming on digital platforms.
Ignorance Is Bliss is issued on Gatefold CD with special heat sensitive packaging which uses liquid crystal to reveal the track listing.
"Grime is a particularly complicated genre in which to mature, not least for an MC whose gravelly delivery and fierce intelligence have long given him the aura of an elder statesman. Having won the Mercury prize with his last full-length, 2016's Konnichiwa, and crossed over to US hip-hop audiences, the bar for Skepta's long-awaited fifth album is set high.
Ignorance Is Bliss handles the MC's next steps with authority and, crucially, popping production. "Yeah, we did young and stupid," the north London MC declares, "Now I do grown and sexy." Fatherhood is addressed with matter-of-fact swagger and a buggy that co-stars in the video for this album's fiery lead track, Bullet from a Gun. There are flute loops and garage tracks, weird noises and ear-candy beats.
Last year's Vicious EP found Skepta flexing his transatlantic hip-hop cachet. Here the spotlight lights up the UK scene. The standout What Do You Mean features a smoother-than-ever hook from J Hus. A questionable reference to Ike Turner aside, Skepta retains his dry wit throughout: "Must have been talking about sex if I ever said I was gonna come second," he smirks on the old-school You Wish."
4 / 5 The Guardian
Bullet from a Gun 2:51
Greaze Mode 2:48
No Sleep 3:11
What Do You Mean? 3:31
Going Through It 3:14
Same Old Story 3:20
Love Me Not 3:23
Animal Instinct 3:09
Glow in the Dark 2:55
You Wish 2:46
Pure Water 3:11