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From Toddla’s explosive opener, ‘Watch Me Dance’, featuring fine rapper and long-time collaborator Roots Manuva, he’s onto a winner here. The 26-year-old DJ-come-producer has traded the carnival vibe of debut album ‘Skanky Skanky’ for a club feel this time around, but it still hints at rough-edged raga come ‘Badman Flu’, which almost grates with repetitive squeaks and sirens. As well as Roots, Toddla enlists the help of Skream, Donaeo, Roisin Muphy, Ms Dynamite – who croons and raps on the soulful ‘Fly’ and ‘How Beautiful it Would Be’ – and Shola Ama, whose velvety vocals appear alongside J2K on single ‘Take it Back’, which is full of old school club-soul that fans of late ’80s Detroit house troupe Inner City will find themselves in love with. Overall it’s less chopped up, less abrasive and every track runs smoothly into the next. Prepare for full immersion.

By DK Goldstein

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