Novelist's Hungrily Anticipated Debut Album Balances His Three Loves: MCing, Rapping And Producing

Novelist's Hungrily Anticipated Debut Album Balances His Three Loves: MCing, Rapping And Producing


April 13, 2018

Whether you first heard Novelist with The Square, clashing Cadell, chomping up the "Take Time" instrumental with Mumdance, or campaigning to be Young Mayor of Lewisham, chances are he made a big impact with you.

Ever since then, with each standalone single he dropped, people have been crying out for a full-length project from Nov. That moment is finally upon us with the release of Novelist Guy, a 15-track showcase of what the young MC is capable of.

Novelist Guy is, for the most part, a grimey affair, but rap still gets a solid look-in too. Classic and new school grime are represented on tracks like "Man Better Jump", "Nov Wait Stop Wait" and the politically charged "Stop Killing The Mandem", while elsewhere his love of hip-hop takes over on the likes of "Smiles" and "Gangster", though even then the line becomes slightly blurred at times.

The new album also reminds us of how talented he is behind the boards too. "Clocking The Game" delves deep into his atmospheric palette, giving us a track that wouldn't sound out of place on a PAN release. And then album closer "The End - Don't Lose Faith Riddim" takes us in another surprising direction with some almost new wave style synths that we could see CASisDEAD spitting over.

Having delved into so many different avenues so early in his career, Novelist has done an admirable job of balancing so many disparate strains and disciplines. Judge for yourself below.



Words: James Keith


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