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Joe Unknown

Joe Unknown is a mass of contradictions. Yes, he loves music — from drum ‘n’ bass to The Damned — yet the inspiration he draws from films means that he’s more likely to talk you through the production details of early Tarantino than delve into a fellow artist’s back catalogue. He escaped the all-surface, no-substance surroundings of humdrum Hampshire to become a drum ‘n’ bass MC. Yet when it comes to his own music, he drops elegant, expressive lyricism with what seems to be no effort at all.