Ed (Mr Scissortongue to all but his closest friends and family) is perhaps the most Ciceronian of UK hip-hop's intelligentsia, and that's quite an accolade given the quality of the competition; Cyrus Malachi, Jam Baxter and Ray Vendetta to name but three. On his records for High Focus (home to a staggeringly talented roster of artists including hip-hop's answer to Sun Ra, Onoe Caponoe and ubermotormouth Ocean Wisdom amongst many others), he's usually paired with producer Lamplighter whose subtle, lilting arrangements of strings and piano lead to unique works of high art such as "Chavassian Striking Distance" and their recently released magnum opus "Tell Them It's Winter". On "Feed Em Freedom". however, he's joined forces with Gregory Feldwick (aka Slugabed), renowned for his complex, bass-heavy tunes that meld dubstep and hip-hop into jaw-droppingly out there hybrids such as "Ultra Heat Treated" and his astounding remix of Roots Manuva's "Witness (1Hope)". This unlikely coming together of bard and bass wizard has resulted in an utterly engrossing mini-album that combines both the rhythmic and the rhythmical to dazzling effect and is without doubt 2016's best shouldn't work but does and wonderfully so record thus far.
Favorite track: These Dreams / Sending U Luv.