MS DYNAMITE released her debut album A Little Deeper six weeks ago. This came after the single 'It Takes More', which featured some of the best lyrics I'd heard from a chart hit in a long time. The artist behind this is 20 year old Naomi Daley from north London. She recently said her music is 'a way for my message to be heard for and by everybody'. And what a message.
The album contains 16 excellent tracks, all written by her. It is a mixture of hip-hop, rhythm & blues and reggae. It has the stamp of three big name producers all over it. Musically it is very sophisticated. No wonder the 'industry' is calling this 'the most important UK rhythm & blues album in a decade'.
But it is the lyrics and Ms Dynamite's vocals that shine through. Each track talks about growing up and life on the streets, with all the stress and hardship that young people face today. Naomi Daley left home at 15 and remembers in the album credits friends and family who have died.
But her message always tries to give hope and to inspire, to 'lift as I climb'. It is personal but sees the bigger picture, honest but never indulgent. Some critics are saying she is taking the commercial option to appeal to a broader audience.
She does want her message to reach beyond the underground music scene-and more power to her. In a recent interview for the NME she came out against the war in Afghanistan. I think Naomi Daley may become a force to be reckoned with-perfect for the stereo this summer.
Ms Dynamite will be among those performing at the 'Love Music-Hate Racism' carnival in Burnley on 1 September (see back page).