Today’s track is Your Time Is Gonna Come by V.A.P.A. – fast, furious and with an echo of Pop Will Eat Itself at their agitrap finest. Can’t tell you anything about this mob – with absolutely zero online info apart from the lyrics, the only hint is offered by a contact email at the bottom of the page which suggests the hand of our friends at Ambiguous Records somewhere in all this.
Leftwing musicians and journalists of my generation are prone to much handwringing along the lines of “where are the protest singers of today”. Yet most have never even listened to outstanding modern exponents such as Grace Petrie and The Agitator…
Mainly though, iit’s because many of the UK’s best polemicists over the last ten years have been MCs – think Lowkey or Akala – rather than acoustic troubadours in the style of Billy Bragg. My entire knowledge of UK urban music could be written on a post-it note, but for me this song reflects the fury many people feel at what’s being done to us by those in power.
Take a listen and see what you think.