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Hoodies All Summer

Kano

Hoodies All Summer

Parlophone
Kano - Hoodies All Summer
Taking time, for rapper, actor and all-round legend Kano, has always paid off. Leaving generous gaps between LPs has found the MC scooping Mercury nominations and MOBOs, and his sixth studio album is another example of patience making perfect. Epic orchestral sweeps open the LP with ‘Free Years Later’ before the sparse, steely grime of ‘Good Youtes Walk Amongst Evil’ welcomes Kano’s tight, fierce lyrics. Kojo Funds and a melancholic steel drum pattern cook up a winner on ‘Pan-Fried’, before the Popcaan-featuring ‘Can’t Hold We Down’ pushes the mournful dancehall template further. ‘SYM’ (“suck your mum”) is a delightful conclusion, tackling the Windrush scandal and police brutality, while containing a hook he admits – rightly – he could “retire after.” Where ‘Hoodies All Summer’ is economical with its sounds, it’s hard-hitting and powerful. Hopefully Kano won’t actually retire after this one.
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