Its difficult to believe it has been over a year since the East London rapper dropped his debut album. Multiple awards and nominations later, ‘Common Sense’ is still a staple both in the clubs and radio, with lead tracks ‘Did You See’ and ‘Bouff Daddy’ still sounding as fresh as they did last summer.
Hus promised us the year wouldn’t be wasted however, and he has proved his word with this 3 track masterclass in modern afrobeat. Opener ‘Dark Vader’ is an immediately infectious summer anthem, whilst the darker ‘Scene’ is arguably some of his lyrically most complex work. The trilogy concludes with ‘Dancing Man’ which is just as grooving as the title suggests, and is bound to be a crowd favourite as J Hus embarks on a season of festival performances.
Something that marks him as a leader of the ever growing afrobeat and bashment fusion genre is the outstanding production of everything he releases. This is the background work of long time collaborator and producer, Jae5, who appears to have the Midas touch when it comes to afrobeat. Despite working almost exclusively with Hus, he is building a strong reputation due to the crispness and precision of his work. ‘Big Spang’ is no exception, with the trademark brass and stomping percussion sounding as good as it does live.
J Hus’ ability to consistently release music that is not just on trend but beyond it, along with the effortless confidence and coolness he exudes, proves he is one of the current leaders in British music. If you weren’t already excited for his second album, you will be after hearing ‘Big Spang EP’.
Words: Briony Warsop