Little Simz – Speed

Arriving sandwiched between the two of the most hyped rap releases of the year, Little Simz’s new LP Sometimes I Might Be Introvert completely and utterly blows both Kanye and Drake out of the water. Packed full of joy, creativity, energy and a genuine and unashamed passion for what she’s doing, it’s everything they failed to deliver, and shows that it’s completely possible to be reflective, but not morose, bombastic but not overblown, and to deliver an album which pushes above the hour mark without collapsing under the weight of its own self-importance. Speed isn’t one of the singles but it easily could be, like pretty much every other track on here. An absolute pleasure from start to finish and a towering achievement.