2009 Barclaycard Mercury Prize Winner, Speech Debelle returns with one of the standout cuts from her hugely acclaimed debut album, ‘Speech Therapy’. Featuring a chorus from another debut artist making waves this year, Micachu, ‘Better Days’ (released 27th July 2009 on Big Dada) is a harder hitting, more beat-led piece of hip hop than some of her earlier releases, but loses none of their emotional charge.
Produced by Plutonic Lab during Speechs stay in Australia, Ms Debelle returned to Blighty without a chorus in place. After various ideas for singers were mooted she settled on Micachu, who could add a distinctive and distinctly British soul to proceedings. The result is blazing swinging, snapping drums contrasted with deep double bass and acoustic guitar, Speechs clever, incisive, real lyrics and the unexpected twists of Micachus melancholy chorus. As NME has already put it, its a slow-burning slice of pop thats both unsettlingly gloomy and joyously uplifitng.
The single also features bonus track, Where Do We Go? a jazzy little number over which Speech ranges lyrically from the personal to the global.
With Speech Therapy already being tipped as one of the albums of the year, Better Days is a reminder just why so many people are getting so excited about this young South Londoner.