At Your Inconvenience is UK hip hop star's triumphant return
At Your Inconvenience 4/5 ‘I’m back, like I never left,’ croons the cheeky chap of UK hip hop in the opening lines of his new album. Since his debut offering ‘Alive Till I’m Dead’ hit the UK charts at number two, the Professor, aka 27-year-old Stephen Manderson, has got a slick new image, made numerous TV appearances and apparently raked in the riches – but we won’t hold it against him, because this LP has been well worth the pennies. He’s roped in fast-rising pop starlet Emeli Sandé, folk singer-songwriter Fink and long-time collaborator Ed Drewett, among a host of others. The record skips through jazzy twinges (‘Into the Ground’) and dubstep beats (‘Trouble’), all the while maintaining the Professor’s amusing jibes at popular culture and heart-rending confessions.