First Thoughts: Manga Saint Hilare – Make It Out Alive

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One of the Grime scenes most consistent straight talking lyricist Manga Saint Hilare, delves into a pool of reflections, regrets, but yet still optimistic throughout his latest album ‘Make It Out Alive’. ‘Outsiders Live Forever’ was Manga’s last solo album back in 2018, a year in which the album was easily one of my standout albums of 2018 from the UK music scene. So, I went into his recent release with those  current album with many of those tracks fresh in my memory.

‘Escape plan’ opens the album gently in a slightly somber mood leaving Manga’s voice at the center of the track throughout. Manga’s voice becomes all the more poignant and rhythmic as the track evolves, his ability to raise his tempo, fitting more and more words in a bar with consistent clarity is brilliant. I think Manga’s consistency in delivery isn’t spoken about enough within the UK grime scene and, over the stripped back production of ‘Escape Plan’ , it’s an early reminder of his lyrical ability

Stand out track ‘Safety in Numbers’ has a wonderful bouncy bassline with some nice sounding springy percussion synth elements in pockets off beat to the kicks and sub bass.  Speaking from his own personal experiences and journey through life, Manga seems to look forward with optimism as well as offers younger s to learn from his difficulties and to stay true to themselves.

Manga invites a few more features than his previous solo album, with mixture newer artists like Izzie Gibbs, Snowy, SBK, IRAH, to more established artists like Novelist, P Money, Murkage Dave, and Jammer. Manga’s link up with Murkage Dave for the track titled ‘Black Man Timing’ brought back good memories from their joint project last year, ‘We Need To Look Us’. Murkage Dave’s vocals are a welcomed blessing half way through the project, as he links up again with Manga for the track ‘‘Black Man’s Timing’. Manga has to switch his flow for the slower production and rides with the swinging synth melody line.

P Money effortless detailed story telling ability was a solid reminder of his lyrical prowess for the track ‘Not Around’. It’s not my favourite production style for both of them as prefer them on harder grime beat but still a track with replay value. A strong album from Manga Saint Hilare definitely worth a listen!

Check our the album below, and let us know what you think:

 

Author: Kofi Yeboah

I'm a Music & Culture Journalist, and DJ from London. I worked in radio, events promotions, and content production. .

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