Loyle Carner is the future of British hip-hop. With his playful flow and relaxed, observational ponders, he’s a nostalgic celebration of old-skool sensibilities. Carner embodies the classics while remaining firmly rooted in the now.
With an album due on 20th January, it’s all go for the 22 year-old South Londoner. But, if you can’t wait until then: fear not. New single The Isle of Arran is out now, complete with an accompanying video. No rest for the wicked.
The track sees Carner at his sharpest, eloquently documenting his experience with the notion of fatherhood over a gospel sample. Speaking on the track, he said: “A lot of my boys haven’t had the best relationships with their pops, but it’s getting to the point where some of them are becoming fathers themselves.“
“With this video, I just wanted to celebrate the ones who are doing right and sticking around, because slowly they’re shedding the stereotype.“
The Isle of Arran is a thoughtful, grounded piece of music that demonstrates the manner in which Carner separates himself from the crowd. It’s a brave, understated track that’s the product of bigger thinking. Carner can be the voice of a generation, if he wants to be.
It’ll be fun finding out.
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Words by Niall Flynn