New Year’s Revolutions
The debut from Leeds MC Tommy Evans is the latest manifestation of a growing level of politicisation in UK hip-hop. The cover and inlay images depict Tommy and his crew as militiamen, complete with Palestinian scarves.
Concerns that this is politics as fashion statement are dispelled by tracks that touch upon many of the central concerns of the anti-capitalist movement.
Musically the album is most engaging when it steps outside the traditional parameters of hip-hop. Highlights include the uptempo groove “Move… Now”, which features a classic Asha Bhosle sample.
Jennifer Abbot and Mark Achbar
It’s a sign of the times that documentaries are filling cinemas these days, and The Corporation is no exception. It is the must-see movie this month.
Interviews with corporate businessmen and women, as well as activists and writers like Naomi Klein, Noam Chomsky and Michael Moore, are mixed with archive clips, cartoons and footage of protests.
Look out for the incredible film clip of the Bolivian masses taking on the water privatisers.
Joel Bakan, the writer of The Corporation, is speaking at Bookmarks bookshop on Thursday 28 October at 6.30pm.
The Tipping Point
This is The Roots’s seventh album, and I reckon it’s their best. Its influences range from soul to dancehall to Afrobeats.
Though this is The Roots’s most danceable record, it also contains their most overtly political tune. The track “Why (What’s Going On)” takes its title from one of Marvin Gaye’s most political songs.
The Roots are currently on tour – go to » www.theroots.com