Still brutally honest, yet a more mature and exciting record with lyrics to match, the new sound was shaped in collaboration with Kwes, a young South London producer who already boasts production for DELS, a record contract with Warp and a recent trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo as part of Damon Albarns DRC project for Oxfam.
A first taste of the album came in the aftermath of this summers riots, when Speech reacted immediately, leaking the track Blaze Up A Fire, (also featuring Roots Manuva and Realism), a track about political revolution written months before. Going on record about the causes of the riots in a statement and on twitter gave rise to heated debate, yet as the dust settled, there remained respect for her speaking out with insight, while others chose to stay silent.
So now the build-up begins to the release of Freedom of Speech in early February 2012 with the free download of the track Studio Backpack Rap. From political to musical revolution, Speech describes the track as being, "all about virtual instrumentation and an ode to Kwes the producer. For the writing stage of the album he would take out his laptop and midi-USB keyboard and that would be it. Wed start working and I couldnt believe what we could do with so little equipment".
Over a catchy, bumping, jostling piece of music which pays tribute to the essence of hip hop without feeling the need to sound too much like it, Speech lays out clever, witty lyrics about the high-tech, low-gloss DIY attitude which has relevance far beyond just creating music. Optimistic, sly, funny and an undeniable head-nodder, its a long way from Speech Therapy, while showcasing just one aspect of her remarkable new album.
First track Studio Backpack Rap is available as a free download right now: http://snd.sc/sOwpEU
Pre-order Freedom Of Speech here: http://ninjatune.net/release/speech-debelle/freedom-of-speech
Studio Backpack Rap video directed by Reece:
Freedom Of Speech Track List:
01. Studio Backpack Rap
02. Live for the Message
03. Blaze up a Fire feat. Roots Manuva and Realism
05. X Marks the Spot
06. Angel Wings
08. I'm With It
09. The Problem
11. Eagle Eye feat. Realism
12. Sun Dog
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