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Lady Sovereign - Pennies

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As we saw in the reader reviews for Jigsaw lead single I Got You Dancing, Lady Sovereign's grimy take on hip-hop is a far cry from what many American ears are used to. Be that as it may, the British femcee's latest single selection reveals that she shares at least one trait with her stateside counterparts: an obsession with money. In the course of two jittery verses, Sov warns all listening to keep their grubby hands off her Pennies—or else! I Got You Dancing producer Medasyn heightens the paranoid vibe, delivering a buzzing, synth-driven instrumental that builds to a claustrophobic climax only to segue into a surprisingly melodic bridge. This cut is sure to puzzle (ha) some, but those who can appreciate Lady Sovereign's chaotically creative take on hip-hop would do well to spend a few Pennies on her newly-released sophomore LP.

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