Minding the gap
“Routes” is the debut album by London trio L.V. and singer Joshua Idehen, and sounds like a hybrid of pirate radio, Omar, 2step garage and Fat Freddy’s Drop. The album’s theme appears to be “living in the city”, and it’s been on near-constant rotation for the last few months. The production is tight and diverse, has subs in all the right places and manages to sound modern and vintage at the same time. The vocals by poet Idehen range from carefully constructed to improvised (the hilarious “Northern line” lists all stops on said underground line). The combination results in what is very much an album you can listen to all the way trough. The album opener and “lean back” are posted above, but all tracks are worthwhile. “Routes” is available as a cd or digitally – no vinyl for now.