by Tinie TempahTinie Tempah


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Bursting onto the scene seemingly from nowhere, 21-year-old MC Tinie Tempah has rapidly overtaken Dizzee Rascal as the U.K.'s biggest urban star, scoring two huge-selling number ones and two further Top Five singles in just six months. Indeed, whereas the likes of Ellie Goulding and Marina & the Diamonds dominated the 2010 "ones to watch" lists, Tempah was pretty much ignored, with the likes of Giggs and Devlin occupying the hip-hop quota instead. His unexpected chart dominance is undoubtedly down to his unique lyrical content, which is littered with pop culture references and amusing one-liners, his quick-fire delivery, and some rather epic production, from the guitar solo-filled stadium rock-inspired "Written in the Stars," to the dub-heavy Labrinth co-writes "Frisky" and "Pass Out." But despite debuting at number one, Tempah's second album isn't necessarily a case of an underground artist giving in to commercial sensibilities. Indeed, much of Disc-Overy could have easily fit on his 2007 grime-influenced mixtape Hood Economics Room 147, particularly the harsh techno beat-driven "Simply Unstoppable," and the frantic drum'n'bass of the Pendulum-style "Intro." Featuring several well-established guest singers, there are concessions to the poppier end of the spectrum, but they work just as convincingly as the grimier moments. Kelly Rowland appears on "Invincible," whose huge piano riffs sound suspiciously similar to her David Guetta duet "When Love Takes Over"; "Wonderman" combines computer game synth sounds with Ellie Goulding's folk-led vocals to surprisingly powerful effect, and "Miami 2 Ibiza" is an anthemic house floor filler produced by dance supergroup Swedish House Mafia. Elsewhere, "Illusion" echoes the plinky piano sounds of early-2000s Dr. Dre's "Just a Little," featuring the soulful tones of Range, and is the closest the album gets to a ballad, while the Naughty Boy-produced "Let Go" is a dark, brooding finale featuring rising R&B star Emeli Sande. A super-confident and adventurous collection of songs, Disc-Overy is the sound of an artist completely on top of their game, which could finally help the distinctly British grime scene go worldwide.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/12/2010
Label: Emi Import
UPC: 5099990651328
catalogNumber: 9065132
Rank: 112096


  1. Intro
  2. Simply Unstoppable
  3. Pass Out
  4. Illusion
  5. Just a Little
  6. Snap
  7. Written in the Stars
  8. Frisky
  9. Miami 2 Ibiza
  10. Obsession
  11. Invincible
  12. Wonderman
  13. Let Go
  14. [CD-ROM Track]

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tinie Tempah   Primary Artist,Vocals
Eric Turner   Vocals
Kelly Rowland   Vocals
Da Digglar   Vocals
Luke Steele   Vocals
Sam Frank   Vocals
Ellie Goulding   Vocals
Ben Harrison   Guitar
Labrinth   Vocals
Emeli Sandé   Vocals
Mark Asari   Vocals
Vanya Taylor   Vocals
Chris Shorooi   Guitar

Technical Credits

Axwell   Composer,Programming,Instrumentation
Da Digglar   Producer
Steve Angello   Programming,Instrumentation
Charlie Bernardo   Programming,Instrumentation
Sebastian Ingrosso   Programming,Instrumentation
Naughty Boy   Producer,Instrumentation
Swedish House Mafia   Producer
Philippe Marc Anquetil   Composer
Emile Haynie   Composer,Producer,Additional Production
Ben Harrison   Additional Production
T. Bowen   Composer
Labrinth   Producer,Instrumentation
L. Steele   Composer
V. Taylor   Composer
T. Riley   Composer
John Hill   Producer
B. Harrison   Composer
Shuckburgh   Composer
Marc Williams   Programming
Ishi   Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
All About She   Producer
Richie Montana   Engineer
Mario Belem   Illustrations

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