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Bang On! – '[sic]'

Flawed, but impressive

  • Release Date 14 May, 2012
  • Record Label Ninja Tune
  • Fact You can stream the album in full: http://bangonmusic.com/d-n-d
7 / 10
The beats: dubstep-in-the-old-days, mixed with big drums on the ‘Fix Up, Look Sharp’-alike ‘Got IT’, old-school metal riffs on ‘Your Gay’ and d’n’b on ‘MUNNYS’ and ‘Punk-Donk’. The good raps: witty, real-life experiences and anger about misuse of the word ‘gay’, la-de-das ordering extra-large Big Mac meals, footballer Mikel Arteta, getting stoned, working-class discontentment (“Capitalism is a catalyst for cataclysmic class divisions”). The bad raps: that “pissflaps” verse? Nah… The delivery: rapid, and Liverpudlian MC Elliott Egerton’s accent is striking, at no point dumbed down in the way that, say, Mike Skinner’s Brummieness was when The Streets emerged. Flawed, but impressive.

Tom Howard

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