In a recent online conversation, the discussion turned to the paucity of political music, subtext: where are The Clash for our times? Whilst the fringes have always been the place to test the mood and bands like The King Blues make a point of making a point, the mainstream has appeared - with the possible exception of Mr Springsteen's new album and its stateside perspective - to have skated over our own 'local difficulties'.
Now here's Mr Drew, AKA Plan B - the closest to a mainstream act - well he made it onto Jools Holland's Later a season or two ago - who has got something to say. Holding tight to hip hop roots, Ill Manors is about as straight ahead anti-Tory, anti-government, anti-everything as you'll find. Added to that, the man is about to co-star as George Carter alongside Ray Winstone's Jack Regan in the long-awaited screen update of The Sweeney. In other words, this bloke is destined to be big box office and he's telling it, no frills.
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