Loyle Carner’s new album ‘Not Waving, But Drowning’ follows last year’s BRIT & Mercury Award-nominated ‘Yesterday’s Gone‘, and features a lot of familiar faces: Tom Misch, Jordan Rakei, Rebel Kleff and Jorja Smith to name but a few. The sound is also famillar – poet Benjamin Zephaniah describes Loyle incredibly accurately as “a rapper with the sensitivity of a true poet, the observational skills of a novelist, and the warmth of your best friend gives,” something that is as self-evident as ever on NWBD.
Unlike his debut, NWBD follows a narrative arc, opening with a letter to his mother, telling her that he has found the love of his life and is moving out, and progresses from there. It’s an album so full of heart and soul it can only be borne of real life experience – it’s title itself taken from a poem written by his grandfather. Stream below via SoundCloud.