Ever since Hackney four-piece Rudimental first burst onto the music scene in 2012 with their number 1 debut Feel The Love, it was evident that they were most definitely the ones to watch. You name it – they’ve done it. Brit Awards, MOBO Awards and the recent creation of their very own Brighton-based festival, WILDLIFE, with dance duo Disclosure. It seems the sky is the limit for these now turned global superstars.
The highly anticipated 2nd album We The Generation comes after a jam-packed summer full of festival headline slots. Opening track I Will For Love (featuring vocals from Will Heard) kicks things off nicely, setting the bar high for the entire record. Rudimental’s unique blend of catchy hooks, carnivals of trumpets, and quality vocalists is most certainly a recipe for some fabulous feel-good bangers.
The London producers of high-end drum and bass take a quirky spin on the dance genre, merging drum and bass with soul, pop, funk and jazz.
A re-work of Ed Sheeran’s smash hit single Bloodstream is a feast to the ears, with enough drum and bass added to the mix to make anyone want to go nuts.
Collaborations are key for these Hackney-born musicians. And no Rudimental record would be complete without pop princess Ella Eyre on the guest list. Too Cool is a super catchy tune that infuses Ella’s flawless husky vocals with Rudimental’s signature trumpet fanfares. Cue flashbacks to previous floor-filler Waiting All Night, which was featured on the 2013 debut album – Home. Other cameo appearances include the sensational Lianne La Havas, Grammy award winner MNEK and the late Bobby Womack – coincidently one of his last recordings.
With a bit of help from Dizzee Rascal, Love Ain’t Just A Word experiments with some powerful reggae vibes – very appropriate considering the boys actually flew out to Jamaica to record the album.
We The Generation uses the same formula and signature sound as previous effort Home, but nevertheless includes a sterling set of songs guaranteed to make any party playlist.
Rudimental’s second album We The Generation is out and available to purchase now. See http://rudimental.co.uk/tour for UK tour dates and tickets.