7 Songs, 21 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Nottingham’s Joel Baker once served as a parliamentary assistant for Labour MP Sharon Hodgson but this mixtape concentrates on the personal rather than the political. His confessionals pick through relationship dramas and thwarted ambitions while blending folk, R&B, and hip-hop with incisive hooks. Baker’s weathered croon is arresting and soulful on the title track and “Extraordinary,” while his rapping skills stand up in the company of MOBO-winning MC Abra Cadabra over “Story”’s blithe groove.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Nottingham’s Joel Baker once served as a parliamentary assistant for Labour MP Sharon Hodgson but this mixtape concentrates on the personal rather than the political. His confessionals pick through relationship dramas and thwarted ambitions while blending folk, R&B, and hip-hop with incisive hooks. Baker’s weathered croon is arresting and soulful on the title track and “Extraordinary,” while his rapping skills stand up in the company of MOBO-winning MC Abra Cadabra over “Story”’s blithe groove.

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