For those who need further confirmation of stand-alone UK hiphopper Roots Manuva's talents, Alternately Deep demonstrates that even his throwaways are lined with gold. A collection of B-sides, remixes and former download-onlys, this is Roots Manuva continuing to have more dark, introspective fun, his baritone bouncing on thumping synth bass frequencies (best case: the Dr. Dre-ish bump of Things We Do). Refreshingly, his lyrical guard is let down a bit here. He's not afraid to let his internal rhymes take him places, and sometimes lyrical gems emerge. Sounds like Roots Manuva on his day off, with reggae hooks sandwiched between lighter and more playful flows than we're used to. Too bad a hot bhangra melody can't save the grating creak-beat of Mean Street.