LSK Rap Starr (Sony)

LSK is one Leigh Stephen Kenny, and this single is extracted from his second album "Outlaw". And it's rather lovely, a British hip-hop thing depicting a time and place where the drive-by shootings involve eggs and sleep is disturbed by birdsong and postmen. A kaleidoscopic tale of youth and influences, LSK drops in references to Steve Martin, Dylan and The Clash alongside the more expected galaxy of rap luminaries, including De La Soul, to whose seminal "3 Feet High And Rising" debut "Rap Starr" could probably be most instructively compared. Key lyric - "My head was in the Bronx though my feet were in Leeds".