Boomkat Product Review:
Boasting the allegiance of both Lily Allen and Robert Wyatt, Big Dada's Ty certainly has some juxtaposed fans watching his back - with third album 'Closer' further proof that Brit Hop is alive and well beyond the boundaries of grime's ratchet vocals. Pockmarked with guest spots, 'Closer' features the likes of De La Soul, Eska, Speech (Arrested Development) and Rich Medina - all of whom bring an element of contrast to the album whilst never knocking the man Ty off his formidable flow. Blessed with a melodious style that can seemingly flit between Roots Manuva-esque gravitas one minute and a breezy jaunt the next, 'Closer' opens on former single 'Don't Watch That' - a track which buffets a chunky set of breaks and clipped female vocals against Ty's protestations that "apparently I walk with a thousand grand, And love fat girls dipped in marzipan". Quite. From here we're barreled into the path of 'Everybody', an electro laced slab of pro-tooled dancehall that could be off a Quannum LP, before 'This Here' drafts in Arrested Development's Speech for a fragrant bounce of summery hip-pop. Elsewhere, 'What You Want' gives a pronounced nod in the direction of his fractured beats on 'Upwards', 'Sweating For Your Salary' explores his Nigerian roots over a sparse electronic beat, whilst the title track takes its cues from Kanye for a helium soul shrug that is undeniably addictive.