‘Rispah’ (Ninja Tune)
Created in the wake of frontman Dave Okumu’s mother’s death, ‘Rispah’ is an album that plunges its listener’s head into the grief-stricken moments of mortality. The follow-up to their Mercury-nominated debut can be unbearably raw; we hear Okumu coaxing himself out of despair, confusion and fear whilst surrendering to a limitless euphoria. ‘Utopia’ chugs mechanically like a bewildered body on auto-pilot, ‘Surrender’ soars with celestial flickers of hope while Portishead-styled beats pound. Irrespective of genre or decade, ‘Rispah’ is an astonishing tsunami of emotion which above all, makes you feel alive.