hen Headie One AKA Irving Adjei dropped his chart-topping debut album EDNA last calendar year, it took the buzz that experienced been making close to the genre for a long time and crystallised it into a thing unmissable. Sitting on best of the pile after several years of releasing mixtapes, the Tottenham artist unquestionably had a lot to say, packing the history with no considerably less than 20 tracks.
And now, we’ve obtained even far more. This “deluxe” edition of the album is not just a case of a couple of tacked-on remixes — there are 8 clean tracks below, which, taken together, just about come to feel like a full new launch.
They do rather sit in the shadow of the first Edna choices, which boasted huge hits such as Ain’t It Diverse and Only You Freestyle, with a starry cast of collaborators: Drake, Stormzy, Skepta, Potential, to name a few. That claimed, the characteristics on these new tracks are hardly also-rans Nigerian star Burna Boy lays down typically silky sing-rap vocals about the emo-rap defeat of Siberia, when lengthy-time collaborator RV drops in on the smouldering Zodiac.
And a good little bit of what manufactured EDNA so excellent flows into the deluxe tracks, much too. Adjei proved again then that he’s adept at re-moulding himself into various guises, with a flexibility that expands outside of the really hard-hitting tropes of drill. From time to time his flows are cold and exacting, but elsewhere, like on that track with Burna Boy, as properly as parts of Dressing Robe, it’s far more of a textured mumble.
Lyrically, as well, he’s no less crystal clear-eyed than just before, primarily on standout track Hung Jury, a keenly felt account of survivor’s guilt in the courtroom: “Bro obtained observed guilty, I received hung jury, it’s bittersweet/ Noticed his mumzy at the court entrance, informed her I want it was me”. But even with all the successes of the past calendar year, he however seems like a gentleman with a ton to verify. “Still can’t hold out to carry out at Wi-fi,” he declares on Dressing Gown, “so all the ops can listen to the crowd.”
Even if these new tracks are not very the cream of Headie One’s crop, they’re a snapshot of an artist whose nicely of creativity is continue to far from empty.