Manchester’s very own XP Burstgang proves it’s ‘Better Late Than Never’ with his long awaited debut album
After years of hard work establishing himself, honing his craft and working with some of the biggest names in the UK scene (Mike Skinner, President T, Shifty and Mssingno amongst others), XP Burstgang has finally delivered his debut album project to fans – and it doesn’t disappoint.
On the album, aptly named ‘Better Late Than Never’ XP wrestles with deep and brutally honest subject matter, touching upon things such as substance abuse and dealing with grief. This vulnerability is what ties the album together into a cohesive and well-executed body of work, even in spite of all the different musical styles that XP explores on the album. The album contains standout features from Tonga’s Murkage Dave, who delivers characteristically emotive vocals on deeper cut ‘Sometimes’, and grime veteran Paper Pabs (Bloodline) on high-energy smash hit ‘Paul Scholes’ (produced by dubstep legend Trolley Snatcha). Another highlight on the project is the production from Aitch collaborator Sangy on the introspective and spacey ‘Nothing To Lose’.
Although he may have mainly made his name through grime (and in particular establishing a reputation for clashing, something he has showcased on Lord of The Mics and Red Bull’s ‘Grime-A-Side’, two of the scene’s biggest platforms), XP really shows his versatility on the album.
XP’s debut album definitely proved worth the wait and it truly is one of the most sonically and thematically interesting bodies of work to come from the UK in recent times.
By Kase @OriginalKamS
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