Roots Manuva – 5 Of The Best

0 Posted by - 31st October 2017 - 5 Of The Best, Recommended

Roots Manuva aka Rodney Smith has been one of our favourite artists since his very first recordings. He’s out on tour at the moment and if you can catch him on any of his remaining dates he’s not to be missed, and also catch Chali 2Na & Krafty Kuts who are on support duties. Selecting 5 of the best is a mighty hard task, and Roots himself is a fabulous producer, for this list we’ve gone for a few  collaborations and tracks that are perhaps slightly less well known, as well as some bangers of course. So enjoy 5 of the best from the UK’s finest on the Mic:


Coldcut featuring Roots Manuva – True Skool (2005)

Straight out of the gate with this dance floor bomb with grand masters Coldcut. A Funkdub favourite right at the get go, there’s little to say other than it’s a perfect collaboration, perfectly executed:



The Herbaliser featuring Roots Manuva – Starlight (1999)

Another deep collaboration, this time with The Herbaliser and early set favourite. Released in the same year as his debut album, Roots casts a spell over a typically sharp groove from Jake Wherry & Ollie Teeba :

Roots Manuva – No Love (2006)

From “Alternately Deep” the companion album to 2005’s “Awfully Deep” comes an absolute masterclass in squelchy bass:

Roots Manuva – Motion 5000 (1999)

The closing cut from his spectacular debut speaks for itself, it still sounds quite terrific:

Roots Manuva & Four Tet – Facety 2:11 (2016) 

From the excellent 2016 Bleeds album, Roots again shows his ability for selecting great producer’s, and after 17 years that he’s still pushing things forward. The production from Four Tet is as original as ever and Roots proves that the years have not dimmed his vocal skills one bit:

Always Room For One More

Everyone loves Witness (1 Hope), an evergreen classic and still a magic video, however the heavyweight Walworth Rockers Dub is a terrific version and regularly gets a spin at Funkdub:





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