Review: Islands – LV & Josh Idehen

In Grime by Nick Russell

Review: Islands – LV & Josh Idehen

Review on Islands – Following the success of the album “Routes” three years ago, award-winning producers LV and rapper, poet and comedian Josh Idehen are back with a brand new album “Islands”. Which is reported to be ‘lighting up floors all summer’. The album contains so many styles and genres, it’s almost impossible to place the album in any category!! LV switches from grime, garage, house, dance, dubstep, jungle and hip-hop infused production with ease. Each track has a powerful story echoed by Josh Idehens’ rap style which, like LV, evolves from track to track. Josh gives a powerful and fragmented version of life in inner city London through the view of an onlooker, speaking on observations of places and people, relationships, impressions and sometimes seemingly random thoughts.

The album has a serious throwback feel about it, some tracks are very 90’s garage and 2000’s grime influenced, which makes this body of work one easily recognised for its’ UK roots. One of the best pieces of independent UK music in a while, and after the critically acclaimed “Routes” album dropped three years ago, hopefully we won’t be waiting too long for the next release, which is due 15 September!

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