Psychodrama - Dave has taken it up a notch.
Santan Dave has returned with Psychodrama & I’m happy to report it’s an enjoyable listen.
The first song I ever heard from Dave was Wanna Know, but this was the Drake remix, so as you can imagine my first thought was ‘‘who is this ‘Dave’??’’. Ever since that song, though, I have always kept up with his releases & for good reason. Dave’s voice is very mono-toned, yet has a distinct sound that you couldn’t possibly mistake. That’s already a huge advantage in the rap game & if you combine that sound with great lyrics, then your chances of succeeding have instantly doubled, or, perhaps even more..?
I remember when Dave released his 2 Birds No Stones video on YouTube, which was a seriously good song with punchy/everlasting lyrics that, if you hadn’t heard him before, would make you ask yourself, why? After a few other releases, such as, 100m’s & Question Time, then came Hangman & it brought back everything I remembered about Dave when I initially heard him. That song was a reaffirmation of his high quality artistry, lyrics & style.
Fast forward to March 2019 and here we have Psychodrama, which, can I just say, is a force to be reckoned with. Given that this is Dave’s first studio album, it’s impressive, but let me quantify that. Usually, with most artists, when they bring out their first studio album, it usually lacks in one way or another. I remember a time when new artists use to release albums that had far, far too many songs & half of them were terrible, or, they would have a good selection of songs to pick from, yet they felt rushed & plucked from whichever producer’s collection of past recordings they found knocking around in a dusty old library. Therefore, for Psychodrama to sound so thorough, authentic & pure, proved to me that Dave has what it takes to keep himself around the top spot.
Like most artists, only the best get better, so as time passes, we can only hear how Dave progresses in his career. I’m sure after such a successful reception to Psychodrama, we will continue to see/hear Dave as the year goes on & I would feel confident in saying that other big name artists, whether from the UK or abroad, will undoubtedly seek to collaborate with Dave. In my opinion, he represents top tier UK rap music, in every sense, so it begs the question, who wouldn’t want to work with him?