Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Album review - Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip

‘The Logic of Chance’
(Sunday Best)

THE DEBUT album Angles from Essex duo Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip was one of the best independent releases of 2008, launched successfully off the back of the success of first single ‘Thou Shalt Always Kill’ - the very first collaboration between the duo.
At the time they resisted major label offers for their much-sought after debut, and resisted the urge to rush release the album, instead taking their time to craft what was a stunning turn of anthemic hip-hop/rap and electro-dance tracks, formed of Scroobius Pip’s (David Mead’s) acerbic and very vivid lyrics and Dan Le Sac (Daniel Stephens’) production and beats.
The Logic of Chance follows the same winning pattern, but we are not sure if the duo took as much time with this release, as they did with the first album.
There are some stunning tracks on The Logic of Chance; the electro-grime and acerbic wit of opener Sick Tonight, the knife-crime referencing Great Britain and dancey first single Get Better, which hypothesizes about encouraging teenagers to take more account of their actions among other topics - but overall it misses an opportunity to follow up on the urgency and superior listenability of the debut offering.
Also, considering he is a master lyrical wordsmith, it is unfortunate that Pip’s vocals are often drowned in the mixes of some of these tracks, and he is simply incomprehensible at times. However, when they are clear, the lyrics deployed here are exceptional - full of anger and vigour - and make The Streets look more like Sesame Street.
Also, when Le Sac gets it right, such as on the dancefloor hip-hop of The Beat and the softer album finisher Cowboi - this is very, very good.
It is just a pity the whole album didn’t get the same careful attention.

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