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Roots Manuva
Run Come Save Me

Roots Manuva release a new LP. This is bigger than God. Words havn't been invented to describe the goodness that is in this record. Newspapers aren't big enough to carry the words. I heard Brittany is a massive fan of Mr Manuva (popfact it means man hoover as it's a political term to get ...view item »


WEN’s new set EPHEM:ERA observes grime from a studied distance, taking the core club ingredients of the sound and applying the WEN magic to them in order to construct semi-abstracted electronic music that makes you wonder: is this a piece, or a track? Either way, twelve slices of great audio. ...view item »

Young Fathers
Tape One / Tape Two

Essential re-issue of the early years of eventual Mercury Prize winners Young Fathers. 'Tape 1' and 'Tape 2' saw the band honing their near unclassifiable sound which blends hip-hop with influences from indie, jazz and soul. 'Tape 1' in particular is totally magnificent  - a call to arms that ensured that we were in the pre...view item »

Onyx Collective
Lower East Suite Part Three

After the first two instalments of their Lower East Suite series garnered considerable interest, NYC neo-jazz ensemble Onyx Collective complete the trio with an LP. The group's music combines serious jazz/free-jazz chops with techniques from music concrete, hip-hop, neo-soul and other genres, and is imbued with the same sparky DIY aesth...view item »

Onyx Collective
Fruit Stand / Snake Charmer

New York ensemble Onyx Collective revisit two recent tunes for the wax treatment via Big Dada. The A-side ‘Fruit Stand’ is an improv trot in classic NY busk-jazz style. On the flip ‘Snake Charmer’, you’d have to be a grumpy serpent indeed not to be at least intrigued by the peculiar combination of f...view item »

Young Fathers
Only God Knows feat. Leith Congregational Choir

Young Fathers new track is extra notable in two ways: first of all, it features in the big-deal new film T2: Trainspotting. Secondly, it features Leith Congregational Choir, who enable the Young Fathers to ascend to amazing levels of gospel-powered electro-punk-hop. What a wonderful ecs...view item »

Sampa The Great
Birds And The BEE9 

Born in Zambia, based in Sydney, she prefers coming at her albums from the point of view of a mixtape, hence a wild mix of songwriting, poetics and calls for social action over hip-hop, soul, samba all tied together within the web of modern pop. In many respects an album that simultaneously appeals to those looking for the next K...view item »

Roots Manuva
Witness (One Hope)

OH -- MY -- GO -- OSH!! This is fully the PHATTEST tune - let no hip hop collection ever go without it. I dare ANYone to not dance when they hear this digital bassline. Nuff sed. >> Chai ...view item »

Reflection of Youth

A curveball from Big Dada here, a label not known for its work with singer-songwriters in the PJ Harvey mould. Nevertheless, that’s what we get on EERA’s debut LP - ten fiery songs that bear a pretty strong influence of Peej, as well as Cat Power, Deerhoof...view item »


Big Grime buddy Visionist is putting out a new record on Big Dada. Barely taking a breath after late 2015's Safe, Louis Carnell has produced another study in vulnerability, this time approaching themes of machismo and effeminacy rather than safety and anxiety. Oh, and between the beats you might even spot the vocals of Vis...view item »


Hot on the heels of his impressive 'Ultra' album this three tracker from Zomby explores a more hardware driven sound, eschewing saturation and overdubbing in lieu of a relentless barrage of breaks and beats that is said to fit somewhere between a darkened dance floor and a chugging factory. We think we know what he means. ...view item »

Hype Williams
Rainbow Edition

After several years off pursuing their own projects, Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland are back with a new album as Hype Williams. Except they aren't, as the press release reckons neither of them are involved. Or are they? The woozy, disjointed music they previously concocted has spawned lo...view item »


After multiple releases on Obey and Hit+Run, and doing a mix for Ninja Tune, Kutmah makes his debut for Big Dada with THROBBB!. High octane mash of fiery hip hob beats and a spitting punk attitude. Think Death Grips meets Run The Jewels and Edan. Features tracks with ma...view item »

Carve + Gaze

We were all asking … Wen we’d be hearing something new from one of the most original voices in instrumental grime. Having been quite quiet since a flurry of releases in 2014 and 2015, the Kent producer has resurfaced on Big Dada and fronted four tracks of square-wave skullduggery. The anti-drop on lead single &lsquo...view item »

Kate Tempest

London rapper Kate Tempest offers up a 12" of her new single "Circles", a loopy and gleeful tune that is both euphoric and eerie, juxtaposing Tempest's unique flow with flat, sluggish beats. Along with the original, this 12" serves you remixes from experimental indie artist Micachu (without his Shapes) and Mike Skinner of the Streets. Now th...view item »

Luv Cry

Apparently no relation to the Four Tet shuffle-anthem, Samuel’s Luv Cry is a 4 track set of futuristic R&B. Samuel’s vocals are full of feels, and they are suppo...view item »

Roots Manuva
Switching Sides

5 fresh new tracks from Roots Manuva here for Record Store Day. He sounds properly energised here: some of the hazy lethargy of his earlier work seems to have been blasted away by the tight and heavy productions of With You (incorporating Switch and Daouda Leonard). 500 12&rdquo...view item »

SK Simeon & Yaw Faso
Maskya (Machinedrum Remixes)

Good times from SK Simeon and Yaw Faso, who ride a strong dancehall sound to the pleasure of all. Both lay their vocal flows over the instrumental productions, which, on Maskya, have been spun up into new shapes thanks to Machinedrum, who drives the dancehall into the 22nd century. Four...view item »

Wiley and Zomby
Step 2001

Long-term premium grime MC Wiley has his ‘Step 20’ track reworked by the younger (but still firmly established) producer Zomby, who turns it into Step 2001. Wiley’s ever glorious flow (“I’m a chicken and pasta man /I like rice / Basmati”) is kept fron...view item »

Roots Manuva

Bleeds is Roots Manuva’s first album since 2011’s 4evereveloution. Manuva has jokingly suggested that the title refers to the fact that he is ready to bleed for his art. It is also thought that the title refers to his melding of genres from hip-hop to techno, to funk and reggae - th...view item »

Congo Natty
Jungle Revolution in Dub

Jungle Revolution by Congo Natty was universally praised by critics from the likes of DJ Mag, Mojo, The Guardian, The Times and Q Magazine. Jungle Revolution in Dub takes its influence from over 30 years of British bass music maximising the bottom end that the various styles have in common. Fans of Shy ...view item »


The Rouseau sound essentially melds soulful, introspective pop vocals with serious sub-bass and spacious synthesiser melodies. Salt has a strong feeling of simmering intimacy, like a mournful contemplation of love gone wrong. This is Roseau’s first record for the Big Dada label, and comes as a CD ...view item »


Sad to say, Offshore (Ewan Robertson) is no longer with us: this album is being released posthumously, with all proceeds from its sale going to a relevant charity. Offshore’s tracks hop around with a light touch, synths, drum machines and a tune-centric sensibility all playing off each other perfe...view item »

Roots Manuva
Facety 2:11

Good old Roots Manuva brings it back to Big Dada with this 12” single. The two tracks, Facety 2:11 and Like A Drum, have been produced by Four Tet and Machinedrum respectively, so fresh swinging percussion and lively sampling is guaranteed. Mix in Roots&r...view item »

Run The Jewels
Run The Jewels

It feels like those two guys were destined to collaborate. I know it sounds corny but the perfection... Maybe not exactly perfection, but the pure awesomeness of what Jaime and Mike bring working together is undeniable. Their flows and ways they have with words, their lyrics and the beats El-P provides, all those thing...view item »

Young Fathers
White Men Are Black Men Too

Boldly titled follow-up album to Young Fathers’ award-winning debut, White Men Are Black Men Too. This group are not afraid to stir things up with their lyrics, their politics and their productions, which continue to mix hip-hop structures with all sorts of not-so-expected sonics. Released by the Big Dada label....view item »

From The Outside (Actress' Generation 4 Constellation Mix)

The eccentric grime icon gets his bars reworked into a woozy banger via Actress’ experimental approach to house and techno. Two London legends and a churning radiophonic-inspired burst of raw electronic exploration. This limited, hand stamped 12” vinyl on Big Dada pushes the limits of both artists and obviously won&r...view item »

Petals Have Fallen

DELS is an alternative hip-hop artist whose flow and motivation is based on contradictions: he goes in for tragicomedy with darkly funny verses about his own experiences and those of the people who fill his life. This is his second record, 'Petals Have Fallen', produced by none other than Kwes, who gives the record its swaying, often raw tones.&...view item »

Tre Mission

Idiosyncratic cross continental beats from Tre Mission. Stigmata is a journey encompassing all things hip-hop from Canada, England and America. His range of influences is similar in scope to his range of collaborations on this record. It's got elements of grime, trap, garage, R&B with poppy sensi...view item »


Dance dad Diplo has been doing his own thing for a decade now and 'F10RIDA' nods at the time lapse sheepishly, offering a bunch of new tracks that celebrate the long, strange trip he's had in being a solo artist. It's a tribute to Florida, his old stomping ground, where a lot of his musical magic began....view item »

Perfect Hair

'Perfect Hair' is the eighth record in the career of lightning fast wordsmith Busdriver, who has been speeding past people with his raps for a minute now. On record, he's joined by a great host of contemporaries, including the Andrew WK of hip-hop, Danny Brown, and Aesop Rock, who shares a love for getting his poems out as fast as possible ...view item »

Kate Tempest
Everybody Down

“English rapper - Brian to review” said the post-it. I could not correlate the picture of the sad Dickensian person on the sleeve with those ominous words. I thought it had fallen off something else. Kate Tempest is indeed an English rapper and a bloody good one at that. Street tough, personable and electric with a cheeky, homely Sou...view item »

Young Fathers

Time is crashing on today, certainly not enough of to fully dissect the long awaited debut from this Edinburgh based hip hop troup. But I will try. Their debut ‘Tape 1’ was one of my favourite releases of last year, a tuneful boisterous off kilter take on hip hop that the subsequent ‘Tape 2’ didn’t quite live up to....view item »

Two Fingers
Stunt Rhythms

A lot of IDM can be a bit too rarefied, but this album packs a lot of street appeal with some dirty lyrics. Definitely crossing some genre lines with perhaps some dubstep appeal, but Tobin, if anything, influenced dubstep, rather than vice versa. My only complaint is that the album is a tiny bit "track-y" - in that it feels like a collection of ...view item »

Roots Manuva

Roots Manuva returns within a year of his last full length with '4everevolution' and it's an ambitious and flavoursome beast indeed. 17 tracks and clocking in at around an hour, Rodney Smith's fifth studio album covers a broad spectrum of style injecting a little of his own personality into...view item »

My Mistakes

Wiley: "My Mistakes" is a track from his "Playtime Is Over" long player on Big Dada. Ace sleeve with a close up of a toy gun in a couple of different states. The track itself takes on the theme of taking responsibility for your own mistakes. Flip features a rare appearance by Dizzee Rascal side by side (or shoulder to shoulder) with Wiley. Just to ...view item »

Roots Manuva meets Wrongtom
Jah Warriors

I reckon this is the best thing I've heard ol' Rodney Smith do for a fair old while. It's a slight darkening of the upbeat dancehall sound he was doing last album around (even retaining the prominent steel drum that was all over that stuff) and all the better for the murkier, more psychedelically dubby feel which almost recalls the deep jungle h...view item »

Anti-Pop Consortium
Fluorescent Black

It's been a long, hard road to Fluorescent Black for Anti-Pop Consortium with fall-outs, break-ups and solo careers all now water under the bridge as they finally follow up Arrhythmia, seven years after that stone-cold beauty. Time hasn't dulled their talent for abstract rhyme acrobatics, nor their sonic inventiveness but in the move from Warp to B...view item »


I'd never heard of these guys until I happened to see them live on a small stage at a festival. Once they blew my mind with their amazing live set Ichecked out the album the next day and I have to say I'm in no way disappointed. Anyone who is a fan of Hip hop or Electronica should invest in this album. Funky, fresh beats with vocals that drive t...view item »

Roots Manuva
Slime And Reason

Roots Manuva's 'Slime & Reason' album drops and it's a return to form. The beats are innovative and razor sharp, basslines fat as you could hope for and lyrics both intelligent and witty. 'It's Me Oh Lord' is a heavy ass tune with neck snapping snares and big bottom end (I like big bottom ends) with a wicked dirty analog fuzzy sound. It contain...view item »

Roots Manuva
Again And Again

The new Roots Manuva single is in on boths 7s and 12s, featuring more artwork with the top of our Rodney's head sliced off in a manner that reminds me of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.. "Ah, chilled MC brains!" Along with his last single (which didn't do a huge amount for me I have to admit) 'Again and Again' confirms that he's gone well d...view item »

Roots Manuva
Buff Nuff

Roots Manuva 'Buff Nuff' 7" is fresh out the box and its a bit of a surprise. Some crunchy dancehall beats and bassline that's like a grime/bassline house/ dubstep/ garage kinda thing. Think I like about Roots Manuva is the sound of his voice, lyrics and delivery which you don't really get here. The hip hop template has been shifted into a dig...view item »

King Geedorah
Take Me To Your Leader

We’ll let you in on a little secret: King Geedorah is an alias (a mask, if you will) of MF Doom’s, inspired by a Godzilla monster. Take Me To Your Leader dates back to 2003, when Doom was on the highest of top forms. Fantastic underground hip-hop with mighty flows a...view item »

Roots Manuva

Roots Manuva: 'Witness (1 Hope)', Spank Rock: 'Bump' Diplo: 'Diplo Rhythm' (Big Dada) Three 12" singles repackaged and re-released in celebration of Big Dada's 10 year anniversary. The rest of the celebration package 'Well Deep' includes a 31 track double CD compilation and DVD of a few of their videos. Anyone with a passing interest in a...view item »

Playtime is Over

Good album,Its good to see that Wiley has released a good record without compromising his sound which most UK acts tend to do in the event of getting signed. Tracks to check include: Bow E3, Flyboy, Letter 2 Dizzee, Gangsters, No Qualms and Eski-Boy. To tell the truth its not a classic in regards to the influx of promotion a...view item »

Spank Rock

Much more my thing, as I'm firmly down with the kids sat here looking like John Peel on smack in my dad's old jumper & big fat bags under my eye, is the new Spank Rock album on Big Dada. Phil likes these cause they put ladies derrieres on their sleeve & rap about naughty things like sex, titties & horny stuff. Phwoooaa...view item »

Roots Manuva
Too Cold

New single from the phenomenally talented Roots Manuva. A decent track, not the best on the album but still quality stuff. CD and 12" feature Go! Team remixes and the 7" is limited and comes on yellow vinyl (and is very cheap). On Big Dada....view item »


First up we have cLOUDDEAD who finally unleash their new LP on an ill prepared world. In a few words this is a  magic maniacal De La Soul meeting a laid back They Might Be Giants all thugging out on the mic over Boards of Canada backing tracks. In two words -quite fantastic. It doesn't ha...view item »

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