Baileys Brown “Eyes Speak Louder Than Words”


There are a lot of producer projects that have got me hyped recently and the new album from Baileys Brown is no exception. The Bristol beatsmith has been one to watch for the last few years and has steadily carved out a name for himself, thanks to projects with the likes of Datkid, Twizzy and his own MC alter ego, DGreen.
Eyes Speak Louder Than Words is his debut album and he has pulled out all the stops to create a neck snap aural assault, which is already getting praise from peers and critics alike, since its release at the end of last month. It’s only right that Baileys Brown has called in a crazy amount of mic talent, to lace his project with the words they deserve and it’s no surprise that a large proportion are sourced locally. In a city bursting with as much talent as Bristol, why wouldn’t you?
Frequent collaborators Split Prophets make various appearances, including the tight opening track and lead single, Breathe In, featuring Paro and Datkid. Other local heads involved include Koast from Central Spillz, who pops up on a couple of tracks, Bil Next, Upfront MC and Hozay, who drops some laid back bars on the braggadocios anthem Cos I’m Dope. Don’t think Mr Brown’s scrimped on the talent drafted in from outside the city either. High Focus representative Leaf Dog teams up with Krazy on the jazzy, horn driven Million Dollars, there’s something of a love song from Ramson Badbonez on Somewhere Else and EatGood head honcho SonnyJim, drops a sweet verse on Eternal Sunshine, alongside Lowdose.
As with most albums, the only review that will really do this justice, is sitting down and listening to it. But still know this: Eyes Speak Louder Than Words is a strong album, made all the more stronger when you remember it is his debut. Every track is a neck snapper, but unique with it and with the variety of MCs on offer, the final blend is supreme. ESLTW is out now on Crudely Cut Records and is available to buy via Bandcamp.

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