'To hear what that underground sounds like, you need look no further than Growing Pains 2, the second compilation Hardy has curated in two years. The 24-track release is a who's who of London's rap, grime, and R&B scene: heavyweights like Skepta and Ghetts weigh in with verses alongside fresh bangers from up-and-comers Nadia Rose and Jay Prince. Alongside the known names, there's the artists whose names you'll want to learn. JGrrey's trippy contribution has echoes of the early songs of James Blake and The Weeknd; singer Kemi Sulola brings a touch of jungle to her heart-fluttering R&B, and spoken word poet Tania Nwachukwu delivers a powerful piece on grief that lingers long after it ends'
The second volume of Growing Pains is just the latest addition to Ralph Hardy and NANG's growing influence, giving listeners a record label, club night, radio show and now a two-volume compilation series to get familiar with the exciting vanguard of the UK underground.
- Complex UK
Growing Pains 2.5. Comprised of some choice picks from the NANG team, the comp features reworking of vocals from GP2, with remix work from OZZIE, CassKid, More/Night, Digital Mozart and Broad Day Night.