Named after the rather unusual mode of transport he used to carry around his battery-operated amplifier and custom-made miniature drum kit, One Man & His 30W Pram is former graffiti artist Lewis Floyd Henry's first attempt to transfer the energy and impressive musicianship of his London busking days to the studio. The one-man band may have signed a deal with legendary '70s and '80s funk reissuers Suss'd Records, and accrued an established producer in the shape of Ferg Peterkin (Foals, Depeche Mode), since being spotted performing a cover of Wu-Tang Clan's "Protect Ya Neck" on Brick Lane, but his trademark, ramshackle nature is still very much in evidence on an eclectic effort which veers wildly from Dylan-esque stream of consciousness folk ("Man's Ruin") to Middle Eastern mysticism ("Magic Carpet") to the Nick Cave-does-rockabilly of "Guardian Angels." While the psychedelic blues of opening track "Sacred Gardens," the feedback-drenched dirty rock & roll of "Good News," and Henry's consistently raw, old-school R&B vocals prove his wild afro isn't the only reason he's being compared to Jimi Hendrix, the album avoids drifting into pastiche territory, thanks largely to the humor which peppers its 12 tracks, and to the several flashes of more contemporary influences such as the hip-hop beats of "Sentimental Values," the chugging metal riffs of closer "Miss Dual Carriageway," and the muddy grunge of the riotous "Went to a Party." Of course, Henry's D.I.Y. approach is always going to be more mesmerizing when witnessed live, but One Man & His 30W Pram is still a consistently captivating record which suggests that his gear-lugging vehicle of choice will soon be due an upgrade.
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