For decades, grime has prided itself in being the fast-paced lyrical narrative of the black working class, with rappers like Hackney born and bred JME professing how ‘the music originated and will always remain in the streets’. But with the recent success of grime artists such as Stormzy resulting in a move from the urban hubbub of Croydon to the gold-lined streets of Chelsea, are rappers becoming disconnected from the streets they came from?
★★★★ ‘Portamento’ is The Drums’ first studio album after the release of self-titled debut album in 2010. No doubt that ‘Portamento’ is completely different to that of their first release. The album begins with the catchy song, ‘Book of Revelations’ and the rhythmic bass and