Dels - Petals Have Fallen

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Kieren Gallear’s second solo LP as Dels is one of those rarely heard, potential-fully-realised collections that can only emerge from a creative environment of comfort, surrounded by friends tight enough to feel like family. Recorded predominantly beside previous collaborator Kwes, Petals Have Fallen comes, like its predecessor, through Big Dada. The label has evidently allowed Gallear space and time enough to follow his ‘GOB’ debut of 2011 with a record worthy of ranking beside 2014 efforts from fellow Dada artists Kate Tempest and Young Fathers: a third vital volume from another unique voice calling out of Britain’s hip-hop scene. Arrangements are warm and inviting, frequently, but his words carry bite and gain purchase with ease. He has his share of quirky couplets, making very British remarks about bowel movements and bland soup as metaphors – perhaps a knowing nod to the sometimes-odd observations of Big Dada legend Roots Manuva – and drops in references to Wu-Tang Clan and Star Wars, as easy with pop culture as he is conveying intimacies of the soul.