• Kristie Taiwo-Makanjuola

MUSIC: Breaking Down Dave's Debut Album "PSYCHODRAMA"

Updated: Aug 5, 2019

Santan Dave might just be one of the best storytellers in the UK.

Credit: PsycoDrama Album Cover

UK Rapper, Santan Dave aka Dave dropped his highly anticipated debut album "Psychodrama" on March 8, 2019. The 11 track album touches on racial issues, his upbringing/background, abusive relationships, the struggles of fame and the industry. Including features from Burna Boy, J Hus, and Ruelle, It is clear that Dave is intentional with the direction/concept of this album. He utilizes conversations with his therapist to start the album, transition into songs, and demonstrate his growth throughout the years.


My Top 5 tracks:


1. "Psycho"-

The opening song on this album and in my opinion the best song. Dave's beat and flow change throughout this track is absolutely insane. The change definitely catches you off guard, forcing you to re-adjust and fully prepare yourself for the heat this man is about to deliver. Great way to start the project. Dave, you now have my attention.


2. "Lesley" ft. Ruelle-

The level of Dave's storytelling skills is explicitly shown on this track. An 11 minute track where Dave manages to sets the scene, properly develop the characters while simultaneously putting you in your feelings and spreading a very important message about abusive relationships. This tune paints vivid images in your head almost as if you're watching a movie. If you've doubted Dave's capabilities before, it might be time to reevaluate. Truly remarkable.


3. "Streatham"-

A reflection of where he grew up --Streatham, South London. The wordplay on this track is ridiculous.


4. "Location" ft. Burna Boy-

I was a bit shocked to see this collab but Burna Boy and Dave really did their thing. Burna Boy never disappoints, so no surprises there. A proper summer tune.


5. "Disaster" ft. J Hus-

If you know me, you know I'm a huge J Hus fan, but a Dave x J Hus collab isn't something new. Their ability to spit on a beat together and maintain back-to-back energy is still evident. Considering J Hus' current status, it was really nice to hear his voice again. #FreeJHus. Solid tune.


Honorable Mention:

  • Screwface Capital

  • Black

Psychodrama is a versatile and inspiring piece. The amount of time and effort put into this project is evident. I've listened to this album 5 times today and it has sparked my creativity in the weirdest way.


Although I didn't care for Purple Heart, this album has no bad songs. I believe this album is a solid 9.5/10, but I am interested to know what you think. Have you listened to the album? If so, what are you favorite songs? Least favorite songs? General thoughts of the project overall? Sound off in the comments section down below. If you haven't listened the album links are down below.


SPOTIFY:

https://open.spotify.com/album/4GrFuXwRmEBJec22p58fsD?si=UKlX33AcR_q4wcZ8h85Qng


APPLE MUSIC:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/psychodrama/1453193860


Hope you enjoy!


Much Love,

-Kris x

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