When Portion first came onto the scene in 2017 with “Fif’s World,” he was eulogizing a friend, and revealing an ability to transmute difficult emotions into soulful music. On I Am Nothing Without, his Warner Music Canada debut, the mood has changed considerably. “Wave,” an early single, arrives with a flurry of bombastic horns, carrying his melodic autotune to a celebration worthy of Dionysus. The rapper’s ability to turn from mournful solemnity to mirthful celebration on a dime sets him far apart from his emergent peers.
By Jeevin Johal
The Radiohead frontman gives us something to smile about with his new trio featuring Jonny Greenwood and drummer Tom Skinner.