Swindle isn't new to the music scene. A decade ago he was working with the likes of Pro Green, Roll Deep and Chip. Over the years his presence has been made more known as producers have been given more recognition.

Speaking to Red Bull, Swindle said about the album “No More Normal is a statement of unity and collaboration – there’s no one on earth that doesn’t react to music. It’s the one thing we all have in common, the language we all speak.” Throughout this album you can see the combination of different genres with a range of MC’s and musicians.

Swindle has a way of taking artists out their comfort zone, giving you the element of surprise whilst listening. This is noticeable from the first track ‘What We Do’. Rider Shaique brings a thought-provoking introduction to the record, expressing his opinions on the divides we face every day – be it class, religion or postcode – when in reality we are all closer than we think. This sets the stage for P Money and D Double E to rap over jazz-infused melodies and funky bass guitar strings.

The first few tracks effortlessly mix into one another, without checking the track list you would think that it’s all the same song, or 10 different tracks taking you on a small journey.

Previous records from Swindle, notably Peace, Love and Music have taken more of a focus from the dubstep scene. No More Normal is different, without sticking to one sound; there is a definite jazz/funk theme with some grime throughout. Basically, it’s hard to pinpoint because the genres are blended so well. This doesn’t mean there isn’t still that subtle dubstep influence. On the track ‘Drill Work’ with Ghetts, the plucky guitar strings and jazz resemble that of a bassy dub track. Ghetts comes through with his consistent cutting-edge flows that change along with the music.

It’s not just seasoned MC’s that feature on the album; the massively talented Kojey Radical makes three appearances, which is no surprise as his versatility matches that of Swindle’s production. Kojey features on the lead hit from the album ‘Coming Home’, where prominent trumpets come through as his flow switches from singing to rap, making it seem effortless. Kojey seems quite reflective on the track, looking over at his rise to where he’s reached.

Eva Lazarus, another upcoming talent, shows off her skills with the opening for the track ‘Knowledge’. Her lyrics ooze with confidence, whilst making it relatable for listeners, showing you the keys needed for self-actualisation. The tone get flipped again by a sudden and welcoming change in flow with Kiko Bun.

No one seems to blend jazz and funk with new-sounding music quite like Swindle. There are sonic links to Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly, though this is obviously different and more varied, but that in itself is a high compliment. No More Normal is uplifting and wholesome, packaging a definite homage to UK music through the variety of artists included.