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Public Domain : Hard Hop Superstars
'Operation Blade' nutters' parping debut
The result is the first "hard-hop" album; a genre-splicing kerblam of crunching guitars, "intelligent beats" and rabid MCing that's almost impossible to resist. They even managed to wrest Chuck D from the jaws of reticence, giving the surly rapper 'Rock Da Funky Beats' to grumble over, while making him sound, rather fantastically, exactly like one of them (ie, a nutter on Buckfast in Bonkers niteclub, Greenock). An impressive feat for sure, though not as impressive as the whistle-tootling parp-anthems 'Too Many MC's' or 'Let Me Clear My Throat', that with horns a-honking and keyboards a-plonking, could take on Basement Jaxx with their eyes closed. 'Operation Blade (Bass In The Place...)', meanwhile, the gleefully manic song that ate last year's charts, is no-frills hardcore brilliance in extremis.
Shaking the genre from obsolescence, Public Domain may well have made the first credible happy(ish) hardcore record. Insanity has never sounded healthier.
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