Releasing ‘Hoodies All Summer’, his sixth studio album, in August, Kano will be following up his sold out Royal Albert Hall show on his UK tour with a stop at our sister venue The Drumsheds.
The Hackney born MC follows up his Mercury Prize-nominated ‘Made in the Manor’, released in 2016, with an album that demonstrates the relevance and importance of grime music in todays society and it’s ability to ask questions of the social direction of the country.
Kano announced his return with two new tracks – ‘ Trouble’ and ‘ Class Of Deja’ (feat. D Double E and Ghetts) – and a new 17 minute music video directed by Aneil Karia, based on a concept by Kano, shot over two days in London earlier this summer.
Produced by Blue May and Jodi Milliner, Hoodies All Summer is the sixth studio album from This is Kano’s first release since his 2016 acclaimed Mercury-nominated ‘Made In The Manor’. The 10-track album sees Kano explore a more minimal – yet still uniquely British – sound which brings his lyrical prowess to the fore. The multi-layered elements of the record embrace a diverse instrumentation, as well as the broader strokes of hip hop and dancehall, and features appearances from Kojo Funds, Popcaan, Lil Silva, D Double E and Ghetts.
With this latest album, Kano moves beyond the more personal themes of ‘Made In The Manor’ to tackle with a soaring fury the social fissures and injustices he sees developing around him on both a local and global level. The result is his most ambitious body of work to date. Hoodies All Summer is a commanding and visceral examination of communities marked by isolation, frustration, anger and loss, as well as creativity, defiance and hope.
One of the most innovative, interesting and pioneering artists to come out of Britain in recent years, Kano writes here at a pitch of scalding urgency, with an honesty that uses personal experience and observation as a means to magnify the current processes of the societal and political system. The centre, he reminds us with unsparing detail, cannot hold.