Kano - Hoodies All Summer: Album review
When I saw the name Kano, I instantly remembered his first hit 'P's and Q's' from back in 2004. Way before Stormzy and Skepta, Kano was a ground-breaker and was one of the founders of grime, bringing it to the mainstream charts.
Since this first hit he has worked with Craig David, Skepta and Dizzee Rascal, as well as appearing in films such as 'Tower Block'.
'Hoodies All Summer' is Kano's sixth album and comes three years after his MOBO winning album 'Made In The Manor'.
In the tracks 'Trouble' and 'Teardrops', you get a real update on his life over the past few years and he touches on the issues of mugging, crime and politics.
The gentle use of the piano and edgy beats used in both 'Can't Hold We Down' and 'Bang Down Your Door' bring a softer pop feel, although it manages not to compromise the overall feel of the record.
You may have missed out on Kano before, but if you like grime give it a try.
There are a lot of important messages throughout the album and Kano is not afraid to express his feelings.
Be warned, though, that some of the language and themes are not appropriate for younger listeners.
The album is out now.
Reviewed by Holly Barrett