Sheffield based Message Of A Nation (MOAN) is back with Gratitude which is a more gentle track diverting from the usual anger MOAN brings. This one is produced by fellow Steel City resident Jcksn Swby and has a sort of Californian and steel guitar feel about it.
Mr Jukes and Barney Artist are back with their live take of Gratitude featuring the wonderful voices of Rose Stachniewska, Holly Holden, Elly Condron and Lydia Samuels. As ever these live renditions demonstrate the pair's musicianship and ability to deliver in one take.
Soul On Fire will be Ethemadassassin's second solo album, following 2008's Tomorrow Never Comes and a recent project with Veteran Eye under the name Veteran Assassins. It plays into the tradition of classic US hip hop with a few elements that anchor it in the present. It's a solid album but it rarely surprises or forces the listener into new territory. At times the album seems to struggle finding its own identity.