Following on from their fantastic debut single Thou Shalt Always Kill, comes the Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip debut album: Angles.
The hook to the single was one that always gets me interested in rap music; a sense of intelligence rather than thuggery. (Previous favourites in this vein: MC Buzz B & The Streets.) And the album carries this on very well. Thirteen tracks in total, some old and some new. I've already heard the singles Thou Shalt Always Kill, Beat That My Heart Skipped plus the free download Letter From God To Man and the song Angles on their MySpace, and the quality is right up there.
Luckily for me the rest of the albums a great listen as well.
Pip provides the spoken word / poetry / performance whilst Dan Le Sac provides the beats and tunes and some vocals. It works spectacularly well, with music complementing the lyrical content well, providing an interesting and upbeat mix of rap / r&b and hip hop that perfectly complements the intelligent lyrics on show.
But like any rap album, it's not so much about the music as what's being said. And Pip's vocal style and lyrical content is absolutely spot on. There's an awful lot on here, much to think about. They're not afraid to mix it up either running through relationships, politics, theology, comedy and much more in the space of these thirteen tracks.
Well worth it. The only question now is what track will make it onto the annual Best Of Year CD?