Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip-Angles

After hearing quite sometime ago the lyrically brilliant ‘Thou Shalt Always Kill’ by Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip I always wondered if these two would do an album proper and low and behold here it is. ‘Angles’ is simply fantastic, if ‘The Streets’ are hip-rap then this is punk-rap, beat poetry with humour and edge. If you have heard the first single and wondered like me how they could stretch the idea to 13 tunes, don’t worry, they can and do very well, making this record a joy from start to finish. As well as heartfelt tunes like ‘Beat that my heart skipped’, there’s the interesting juxtaposition of Tommy cooper and relationships in ‘Tommy C’ and a fantastic use of samples in ‘Fixed’ (Fix up look sharp) and ‘Letter from God to man’ (Planet Telex). Never shy of dealing with dark subjects the humour and forked wit balance out the harsher moments especially the 11 minute 3 part tale that closes the record. It’s easy to make comparisons to ‘The Streets’ because of Dan’s vocal delivery but the beats owe more to the likes of Mark B and Blade or Money Mark, but that said this pair do seem to have a style all of their own. If you like semi-spoken word sticking to the man, woman and child music with a message, that doesn’t take itself too seriously then you will probably get a lot from this album. Taking in styles ranging from funk, hip-hop, R&B, soul and dance expect to hear this a loads as the summer approaches and people start to realise just how much fun Dan and Scroobius are, it’s the DJ Jazzy Jeff and Fresh Prince its ok to like.

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