"Again & Again," the second single from Roots Manuva's forthcoming long-player, Slime & Reason, is a summery blast of warmth and humor with a simple message to impart-- one doesn't have to be a plastic, manufactured "Pop Idol" to make popular music that people are going to love. While the album version of the tune is built around a classic Manuva production and Captain Pugwash keyboard, the single version was dreamt up by Shy-FX. The man took a day off from drum 'n' bass rollouts and instead added a full horn section and general liveness to get Mr. Manuva in a laid back, celebratory mood. It's a carnival-anthem-in-the-making but with the kind of easygoing charm that should take Manuva to a much, much wider audience without sacrificing any of the soul that has made him one of the UK's most consistent, innovative, and successful performers.
1. Moody Boyz Remix
1. Moody Boyz Remix Dub