Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip
Angles


4.0
excellent

Review

by crimson1 USER (1 Reviews)
May 21st, 2008 | 10 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist


Dan le Sac vs Scroobius- Angles

Dan le sac, is a loose French translation of the saying "in the bag". This feels quite appropriate because with debut album "Angles", this hip hop duo have lived up to the hype created by huge single "thou shalt always kill" and have put this album "in the bag". Now if you'll excuse the cheese, ill get to the review. I am not a major hip hop fan, there are several artists that i can bear but the majority i choose to ignore. The main reason for this is because of the subject matter it always seems to revolve around the same areas such as money, fame, violence and sex. However on a chance hearing of Dan le sac vs Scroobius Pip's new single " Look for the woman", i was pleasantly surprised, the production and music was interesting but what really intrigued me was the intelligent and intricate style of rapping. After this i decided to explore this new discovery more thoroughly by buying their album.

"Angles", is like many debut albums. In the fact that it does not have a concept as a whole and is more of a collection of songs. The title may refer to this, a look at life through many different angles. The album is a whirlwind of different ingrediants, its satirical "Thou shalt always kill", moving "Angles", catchy " The beat that my heart skipped" etc.

The album begins with a rally to arms by Scroobius Pip, " i ain't gona take it no more", " we ain't pushing the boundaries, we're blowin them up". Similar to those cries seen through out many epic war films like " Gladiator" for instance. The listener becomes caught up in this uproar before Pip ends it suprisingly, "tonight, well gee just wanna have some good ole fashion fun y'all". It then blasts into the very catchy, football chant-like, "The beat that my heart skipped". The mix of protest and humour from the opening speech is fitting to an album which heavily features both. The infectious opening song is matched by other catchy numbers, "Fixed" and "Back from hell." The former is a smart attack on the state of British hip hop, "i've gotta holster i keep biscuits in it". Dan le Sac's production is a huge factor in the success of these tracks, molding with Pip's lyrics to make songs which never become monotonous when they easily could do at times.

The album counters these tracks with the poignance of "Tommy C", a homage to the British comedian, "Look for the woman", a track about being stuck in a relationship and not knowing where you want to take it. Both are unique when put into context with what the rest of hip hop seems to be focusing on and because of this are very refreshing. However the album really moves into its own darkly, beautiful territory with the tracks "Angles" and "Magicians assitant". Both relate to self harm in different ways, "Angles" tells the story of several different charcters who cross each others paths, "Things in life aren’t always quite what they seem, there’s more than one given angle to any one given scene." It is a very skilful track and the character's seem eerily real and familiar, i think Dan le Sac's electronic music is at its peak here, the track is a perfect balance of lyrics and electronica.

The album becomes even more fascinating with the intelligence of tracks, " A letter from God to man", in which Pip takes the character of God addressing mankind, the track samples "Plannet Telex" by Radiohead. "Thou shalt always kill" is still as strong a track as it was when it was intitially released. It is both hilairious and very, very true. "Thou shalt not read NME", "The Beatles were just a band, Led Zeppelin just a band", When i say "Hip", thou shalt not say "Hop". It goes on.

In conclusion, i believe this album is a must for any music fan looking for somthing new and different. The mixture, of humour, protest, intelligence and at times sadness is fantastic. The only under power track on this album, is "Rappers Battle" which falls into the trap which many of the tracks here could but skillfully avoid. It is monotonous and boring. The only other fault of this album is somtimes, the music smothers some of the lyrics but this is rare and for the majority the two work well and are nicely balanced. Go out, be surprised and have your belief in hip hop rejuvenated.

Key tracks:
Angles
Thou shalt always kill
Fixed
Look for the woman


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Comments:Add a Comment 
crimson1
May 21st 2008


4 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is ma first review,lol. Diet coke and cigarettes at 2 in the mornin. i'll probably hate it tomorrow, thanx.

Spare
May 22nd 2008


5313 Comments


I really like the singles. Might check it out. But I wont, because I don't have any money.

AtavanHalen
May 22nd 2008


17927 Comments


Thou shalt use proper grammar in reviews.
Thou shalt shy away from using personal pronouns.
Thou shalt word thy phrases more betterer.
Thou shalt NOT question Stephen Fry.

crimson1
May 22nd 2008


4 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yea ano ders some mistakes in it, i rushed it abit tbh was pretty tired ill do better next time

AtavanHalen
May 22nd 2008


17927 Comments


lol yer n also dnt tlk lyk yr in kinda gadun lolololol

crimson1
May 22nd 2008


4 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i dnt even kno wot dat means

TheStarclassicTreatment
May 22nd 2008


2910 Comments


erm, so what does it sound like???

Mattdreyer
May 24th 2008


19 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

In the short term, I really really like it. Its a very refreshing album.
Havent had it long enough to comment on the long term ;)

But i reccomend it.

industrialjunkie92
June 19th 2008


167 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Review is alright.This Message Edited On 08.08.08

industrialjunkie92
August 8th 2008


167 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Diet coke and cigarettes at 2 in the mornin

know what you mean.



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