Jay Prince is one of the most highly rated artists in the London’s creative scene. Since his first official project ‘Beautiful Mercy’ in 2015, he has steadily established himself as an artist to watch among music fans in the capital. With ‘Late Summers’, Prince has shown that he has all of the credentials to transcend his current status and join the highest ranks of MC’s in the country.
The album kicks off with powerful blend of energy and aggression. The first track, ’Waste No Time’, sees the MC talking himself up in the rawest way possible. “London city got me feeling like the one”, before crooning “we don’t waste no time” repeatedly. The track sounds like it was influenced by a slap soul pioneered by the likes of Washington’s GoldLink. Prince’s flow on top of the track sounds like it could have been delivered by an Isaiah Rashad.
The album continues in a similar vein, with “Mandem” featuring Shakka striking us as an early fans favourite. The slower, more melodic “Head Right” sees Prince convincing himself about getting his head right and getting his money up. “Vice”, featuring Aminé is a bouncy track that’s set to get the bump time in relaxed settings all over the city. The project ends with a collaboration with Avelino. The track, titled “Peace of Mind”, had already been released prior to the EP, and it brings the project to a celebratory close.
The darker tones spliced through the project contrast with the triumphant and colourful soundscape on Prince’s previous EP “Smile Good”. The low-fi production evident on tracks like “Last Summer” make the project very much a product of its time. We approve of it here, and are sure that fans of Prince will really enjoy the project.
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