Kate Tempest is a spoken word artist and rapper, I first heard her when she supported Dan Le Sac and Scroobius Pip, with her band Sound of Rum a few years ago. I was instantly trapped by her style, the mixture of passionate spoken poetry and the catchy guitar riffs and hard drums behind her. I bought the album straight after the gig and kept replaying it over and over, her words had the ability to sound fresh even after I’d played the album through 6 times.
Fast forward a few years and here she is signed to Big Dada releasing her début album Everybody Down. ‘The Beigeness’ is the first track/”Chapter” from the album or if you’d prefer, “novel rhyme” as it’s been described. The album is one long complex narrative filled with stories and characters. The song reminds me why I fell in love with Kate’s music in the first place, her thoughtful yet rough and ready vocals interspersed with the hazy bass drum and strained guitar riffs. The brilliant video for the track can be seen here. Everybody Down drops on May 19th.