Jamie T’s second album in two years is a punk, rap, pop and hardcore tour de force
...[a]Roni Size[/a] and [a]Reprazent[/a] sidekick [B]DJ Die[/B] have finally re-emerged proper under the moniker [B]Breakbeat Era[/B]....
Now Roni Size and Reprazent sidekick DJ Die have finally re-emerged proper under the moniker Breakbeat Era. They're joined by singer-songwriter Leonie Laws, who busked all over the world before hooking up with the Full Cycle posse in Bristol.
Together they've forged an antithesis to the skittering, jazzy, feel-up drum'n'bass of 'New Forms'. Hence 'Rancid', with its Shaft-like shrieking flutes and snatches of Hendrix, or 'Our Disease', rhythms flying in the face like splinters, a breakneck breakbeat pace hurtling backwards at 90mph down a back alley.
Vocalist Laws brings a serrated, downbeat angst to proceedings. "Here's to another crap weekend/ You lie to yourself and shit on all your friends..." she sings on 'Time 4 Breaks', her taut, jazzy vocals conveying as alluringly as possible those moments when you're leaning over the kitchen sink and trying to suppress a nervous breakdown.
If this is coffee table stuff it's for those who like their coffee very, very black indeed.
Character studies and ready melodies abound in the latest record by the Oxford quartet
A battle-like record where fear and dread rule
Another gripping Pedro Almodóvar mystery, full of vibrant visuals and emotional revelations
The Californian succeeds, once again, in exposing the ugliness of mankind. It’ll get under your skin