I t's possible Loyle Carner is trolling contemporary hip-hop. For his second album, the 24-year-old's flow remains defiantly old-school, concerned with language and jazzy storytelling rather than the Autotuned postures that get the streams. Carner's food obsession has gone full bougie too, with tracks called Ottolenghi and Carluccio. The former, though, only uses the chef's Jerusalem cookbook as a jumping-off point, and Carluccio only mentions the restaurateur's death as a way of fixing a memory in time: red herrings both, on an album about relationships.
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