We've been on to Frites and his close click of south-eastern rhymesayers for a minute now and when we heard he was getting ready to drop a solo LP, we had to hear it for ourselves.
'The River Wandle' is a full 16 tracks long and is Mnsr Frites debut solo project. It's rammed full of the incredibly intricate rhyme schemes and supersized words he's become know for, all spread thickly over story-fitting, scene setting beats.
Although its All topped off with heavy feature verses from the likes of Cappo, Jester Jacobs, Benny Diction, Archetype & Luca Brazi, production is a big focal point throughout. Having beatsmiths like Blah Records associated Sam Zircon in the rotation always makes for good listening but when Sam loops up a beat for Frites, it seems to perfectly pair with his style. Take 'I Drink Coffee' for example. This track was the first single to leak from the project way back last year and is a perfect testament to my point. The spine-tingling piano striking through from the hollowish bass set against Frite's slower flow and meaningful lyrical content, manages to produce something you can't help but take notice of.
A stand out track for me was number 4 in the rotation titled ‘Copperfield’. Production handled by midlands based Joe Corfield, it features an infectious downtempo jazz centric instrumental with a subtle key loop that rolls over and over underneath Frite’s self confessing bars as he expands on his personal pro’s and cons.
Another stand out for me would have to be ‘Floor Beef’. Again produced by Krang, who I hadn't come across before this project but will be checking for in the future, the beat consists of some solid bass smothered in 8bit goodness that has no trouble maintaining that head-nod-ability we all need. It features guest vocals from Granville/Moose Funk collaborator Luca Brazi and see’s the two long standing bar partners going back to back right the way through as they chat about whacker rappers. The pair get across an element of comedy here without dropping their integrity lyrically.
In conclusion, this project is a feast. Frites has more than proven that he can tear it down solo and I know you're not going to disagree. Sit down and eat!