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 - the way they bleed into one another. Four Tet and Adrian Sherwood guest on what has been described as his best album since his classic Run Come Save Me in 2001.
3/10 Joe Customer review, 18th November 2017
When Bleeds' single Facety 2:11 came out, I'm not going to lie - I was excited; very excited.
Unfortunately, it seems that that is the only plus side of this album. Roots Manuva just doesn't seem like he's even trying within this album; "Hard Bastards" as a starting track should be a solid, but instead comes out as a piece of tripe. Even the way he's singing/rapping seems as if he's had a gun pointed to his head as he does so: it's not as he used to be. A least we had a good run with him, right?
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