New Orleans' biggest rap export puts his contemporaries in the shade on inspired new mixtape
The Fall - 'Re-Mit'
The band’s 30th studio album to date has a lighter touch than 2011’s bile-fuelled ‘Ersatz GB’.
His entrance on this album, ‘Sir William Wray’, lives up to that sinister billing. He appears to be doing some sort of demented impression of a dying helicopter. Still, his band’s 30th studio album to date has a lighter touch than 2011’s bile-fuelled ‘Ersatz GB’.
It’s almost – dare we say – playful. ‘Jetplane’ is a masterfully written and funny tale set in an airline queue, while ‘Hittite Man’ is full of slow-burning menace that terminates with a drawn-out wheeze. ‘Irish’ contains the intriguing couplet: “James Murphy is their chief/They show their bollocks when they eat”. He’s got me there. However, some tracks, like ‘Noise’ and the brilliantly titled ‘Pre-MDMA Years’ just seem like underdeveloped sketches (the latter is partially reprised on ‘Victrola Time’). Far from being terrifying, it sounds like Smith is actually having fun.
Kevin EG Perry
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