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Genre: Dance & Electronic - Trip Hop / Artist: Dan Le Sac, Scroobius Pip / Enhanced / Audio CD released 2008-05-12 at Sunday Best Recordings

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      10.12.2009 17:23
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      Superb album, New stuff to be relased in March - look out for it.

      Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip are a refreshing English Hip-Hop duo, combining electronic beats with classy lyrics and a great ryhming flow. The album comprises of a mixture of songs about everyday life, through political influences to morals and hidden messages abound. Cleverly written and even better mixed.

      Angles is their first studio album, although the pair have relased two limited edition albums prior to this release. ''A Letter From God To Man'' is a personal favourite track, and with one listen through you will understand why. An extremely clever set of lyrics clash with a hugely catchy beat, and upon paying closer attention to the lyrics a huge amount of political and controversial - to some - content can be heard.

      I recommend this, not just becuase of the sheer enthusiasm that they have put into compiling this album, but also due to the hugely enjoyable lyrics. The Hip-Hop scene has a fresh face to it, one that can be enjoyed by a much broader audience, including those who would not normally enjoy the Hip-Hop genre. Give it a listen, you won't regret it. Stunning stuff lads.

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      04.08.2009 16:11
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      Excellent

      Working my way through a list of recent albums by this year's Glastonbury's acts led me to Angles by Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip, I have to say I didn't hold out much hope when I saw the name and assumed they would be a mediocre dance or hip hop outfit. Instead these unique and special characters from Essex impressed me with a very alternative album that crosses the genres of psychedelic electronic music, hip hop and dance.

      Dan Le Sac's method of telling stories with near perfect raps and awesome spoken word is one of the coolest styles of come across recently.

      Musically it's quite strange and could be compared to work by PIL in the way that it's not really the thing you expect to listen to whilst decorating, musically and lyrically it's quite intense. Few bands today look as deep in to subjects as these guys, launching a tongue-in-cheek stinging attack on modern day culture as well as the victims of it.

      Each track is epic and rather different, it could be quite a tough task to listen to the whole thing at once, it's the kind of music that needs digesting. The title track is probably the most awkward due to the fact that the vocals seem quieter behind the music and as the lyrics are key, it's not that easy to catch all of it.

      Some very dark songs notably the title track and in particular "Magician's Assistant" which is hypnotic, psychedelic and rather bleak but ultimately sends a very strong message out to self-harmers!

      1 Beat That My Heart Skipped
      2 Development
      3 Look For The Woman
      4 Rapper's Battle
      5 Tommy C
      6 Fixed
      7 Angles
      8 Letter From God To Man
      9 Magician's Assistant
      10 Back From Hell
      11 Thou Shalt Always Kill
      12 Waiting For The Beat To Kick In
      13 Reading My Dreams

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        01.06.2009 21:04
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        Good album, mixed messages.

        On the surface of it, this record seems to be a well-humoured and fairly intelligent alternative hip-hop album, with the overwhelming theme that modern hip-hop is not very good, and these British upstarts are here to sort it right out.

        The album starts with a monologue from the duo's rapper 'Scroobius Pip' (presumably recorded at the start of a gig) lamenting a lack of originality in modern music and the way it is marketed and promoted.

        From this we launch into opener "The Beat That My Heart Skipped" a highlight of the album for me, it's very catchy and sounds great, and lines like " 'good god damn' and other such phrases, I haven't heard a beat like this in ages" have a distinct britishness but work well within the tune.

        The duo's biggest hit "Thou Shalt Always Kill" is where I feel that Pip is being particularly hypocritical, when we compare the song to the rest of the album, and even within the song itself. Pip criticises the self-righteous, but for most of the album he is explaining what is wrong with hip-hop and how he can make it right, and better. He has a very prescriptive opinion of hip hop, he seems to feel there was a pinnacle where it was perfect, and everything since, hasn't been as good. For a man who says "Thou shalt think for yourselves" he doesn't half force his opinion on us.

        But the thing is, Dan Le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip don't appeal to hip-hop fans, they appeal to indie kids, and these kids already think that hip hop isn't very good and are therefore happy to go right along with what he is saying.

        Don't get me wrong, this album isn't bad, at all. Infact the song "Tommy C" a brilliantly crafted criticism of the over use of the word 'beautiful' and tribute to Tommy Cooper, using his death and the way he went out of this world as a true example of something beautiful couldn't be more right.

        Dan Le Sac's beats make great use of samples and have a very fun and homegrown sound to them, complimenting Pips distinctive rapping perfectly.

        I like this album, I just think it's messages are mixed, I'm sure that won't affect the opinions of their fans at all, and I hope that with time the band will have a more focussed agenda and gain an even greater following.

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          19.03.2009 04:03
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          I thoroughly recommend this for lyrical content

          Me and My Music Taste

          I absolutely hate rap music, and r 'n' b. Pretty much no exception, sure I like some of Eminem's songs, the ones with decent lyrics that aren't all about bitches and bling. It is because of those common themes within that music world that puts me off it, I don't want to hear some one shouting "I'll woop your head boy, you know that I will", to be that is a load of shit, that will never adorn my iPod. Anytime I hear music with such a beat I will ignore it, shout for it to be turned off. Unfortunately by 16 year old brother likes some of that said music, through hanging out with some of his Chavvy friends (thankfully he is not a chav). But one advantage of his taste, which does also include good music such as the music I listen to, is that he introduced me to this unique band, Dan le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip.
          Now I wasn't an instant convert, he told me to listen to a song on YouTube "Letter from God". Of course, hearing the name of the band, I grew sceptical, but the music to start with didn't sound too bad, and when he told me to listen to the lyrics I thought they were OK. But still, a bit too "rappy" for my tastes. But he liked them and asked me to download their album for him, which I did that night.

          He listened to the CD a fair bit, which meant, that since my room is opposite his, I heard the gist of the music, and wasn't a fan. He then came in my room a few weeks later, and told me to listen to the Lyrics of "Angles" which I did. Now I was beginning to get into it. I stuck it on my iPod, and thought, if I get bored, maybe I will give it a go. Which happened after an exam in January.
          Background to the Band

          Dan le Sac and Scroobius Pip consists of two people - Dan Stephens and David Meads and they released this album in May 2008. The name Scroobius Pip is taken from an Edward Lear nonsense poem "The Scroobious Pip" which was left incomplete when Lear died in 1888. The duo are both from Essex, and met when they both worked at HMV in 2001.
          The Album

          The Beat that my Heart Skipped
          This song starts with a bit of a poetry piece from Scroobius Pip, before kicking into the actual song. The music has a kind of drum and base beat behind it with a bassy bit above it, which is rather catchy. I don't think that this is the best song on the album, Pip raps over most of the song, but the bridge piece, with some sort of humming reminds me of some of the Gorillaz music.

          Development
          Starting with a bit of a muted guitar sound, the song sounds to start with more like its going to be an indie song, before the computer sounding voices start. The music then has a futuristic synthesised sound overlapping it. The lyrics to start with are not brilliant, and again this song is not one of the highlights of the album. At about half way through, the rap changes, and is quite funny, it goes through the elements of the periodic table (up to fluorine) telling you a random fact about each of them, I think that was quite clever and made me chuckle while hearing it on the bus after a chemistry exam.

          Look for the Women
          According to my iTunes I haven't listened to this song yet, I think I hear a bit then turn it off. It is less of rap piece, which makes it a lot better, it is spoken with a tune. The music is nothing special, and it has a rubbish chorus which sounds like some 40 year old drunkenly singing in a pub. But other than that it is OK, again, I do not think there is anything special with the lyrics to this song.

          Rappers Battle
          Musically very early 90's sounding to start with, with a more modern overlapping drum beat. This song brings in the beginning of good lyrics. Much more poetic, although better is to come. The song handles the difference between the brain and skin, and the way skin remembers "deep abrasions" but the brain doesn't "deep conversations" and it makes a rather good point. The end of the song is rubbish, after Pip has finished the music continues and has some random crap over the top of it.

          Tommy C
          This name had the provisional title "James Blunt Can Fuck Right Off", the newer name I think fits much better. It handles Pip's definition of Beauty. The lyrics are about Tommy Cooper, and I think it's very clever the way it's written, and does give a good background about Cooper, whilst describing Pip's idea of Beauty as the way that Cooper died. This song is defiantly one of the top 5 from the album, although I do not like the chorus, which I find does the song no justice and could be left out.

          Fixed
          This song uses the beat to Dizzie Rascals "Fix up Look Sharp", one of the many hip hop songs which I find totally unbearable. The songs lyrics are about the UK hip hop scene . I don't really like this song, the lyrics are nothing special, and it just forms background music if its on, doesn't grab the attention that "Tommy C" does.

          Angles
          Possibly the best song on the album, with some fantastic lyrics. The song tackles a story from the different angles there were to it, and has the underlying message of "don't judge a book by its cover".

          Mark is at Uni and wants to make something of his life, and hopes to get a good job so he can afford a house for him and his younger brother, Billy. Their Mum died giving birth to Billy, and his dad blames him for it, and has beaten him since he was young. Billy doesn't blame his dad, and wants to get him a present, but having no money decided to steal it. He was caught by Keith, the head of security at the shop, and since Billy "switched off" he grabbed him by the throat. Billy subsequently realised that "life was just a series of wars". He went home and killed himself.
          When Mark came home after finding out about his brother, he read his suicide note, which said about the incident, he took the old biblical message of "eye for an eye", went to the shop and stabbed the guard.

          The way the story is conveyed, with the added view of the Guard and his assistant, is brilliant. It certainly adds some depth. The anger behind the last verse is quite emotional. And the chorus is underlines the whole song:
          Thing's in life aren't always quite what they seem,
          There's more than one given angle to any one given scene.
          So bare that in mind next time you try to intervene
          On any one given angle to any one given scene.

          Letter from God to Man
          As the title suggests, this song is a letter from god to man, and again boasts very powerful lyrics.

          I know I haven't been around much lately
          But it didn't seem like you wanted me to be
          The last time I sent down a message you nailed it to the cross
          So I figured I'd just leave you to it, let you be your own boss
          The lyrics tackle a number of problems with the human race today, and give "god's perspective" which I think is very clever, especially when some of the terrorist attacks etc are "in god's name". The music at the end of the song does my head in, but the music over the main bit of the song is fine, and adds some feeling to the lyrics.

          Magicians Assistant
          In an interview with the Telegraph:

          "Because of the Emo music scene, self-harm seems to have become an acceptable thing," says Le Sac, "just another thing where people say, 'She's a teen, that's what teens do'. I wanted to address it."
          That is what they addressed in this song. A simple synthesised sound in the background, which is quite eerie, with Pip little more than talking over it. It handles the issues with self harm.

          Self harm, that's what they call it.
          'Cause it just affects you.
          It's your life, your body, so you can choose what you do,
          It then goes on to say what would happen if they committed suicide, taken from the perspectives of family, friends and Pip as the boyfriend. As someone who used to self harm, its sort of a reflective song, that really makes you think about how selfish it is. The lyrics are very poignant, and at times are spoken with a venom behind them, especially near the end:

          But as you said before, this just affects you.
          It's your life, your body, your sister, your parents, your friends, and your partner
          so you can choose what you do.
          And if one day you can't rein it in,
          and of your last breath you are the only witness,
          Then fuck everything else cause that's not something you've got to live with.
          Back from Hell

          A bit too rappy for me really. The lyrics are nothing special, it doesn't speak of any themes that draw attention, and is more of a Hip Hop song than the others. It isn't a song I have ever listened to properly it just annoys me.
          Thou Shalt Always Kill

          Another genius song. It tackles the attitudes of youth of today, and acts like the ten commandments so to speak, telling people what they shouldn't do.
          Thou shalt not stop liking a band just because they've become popular.
          Thou shalt remember that guns, b!tches and bling were never part of the four elements and never will be.

          Thou shalt not pimp my ride.
          Thou shalt not scream if you wanna go faster.
          Thou shalt not move to the sound of the wickedness.
          Thou shalt not make some noise for Detroit.
          When I say "Hey" thou shalt not say "Ho".
          I really like this song since it challenges a lot of the minds of the traditional followers of Hip Hop music, kind of insulting their attitudes, albeit I think that even if those people listen to this song, they might fail to understand that.

          Waiting for the Beat to Kick In
          Starting with some straight rap, with some simple lyrics, about the type of music they do. It then slows to more talking with a tune, and telling a story, and some advice that had been given to him by a number of people.

          Listen here,
          In this life you can be oh so smart or oh so pleasant,
          For years I was smart, I recommend pleasant,
          Being smart can make you rich and bring respect and reverence,
          But the rewards of being pleasant are far more incandescent",
          The song provides some very sensible advice, and is quite thought provoking. The music behind it is simple a smooth beat. The last verse has more grit to the vocals.

          Reading my Dreams
          This is a hidden track after the above song, around 7 and a half minutes in. The music starts of with a soft piano, and then has some soft spoken lyrics. It is kind of a love song and very sweet, the end lyrics are really beautiful:

          In each others arms and with interlocked hands
          Lay two smiling faces and one set of plans
          Summary

          Like I said I am not a fan of hip hop, r 'n' b, rap or whatever. But this quote from a broadsheet newspaper sums it up:
          In an age when hip-hop, both the American version and its UK imitation, has become thuggishly obsessed with machismo,
          ego, guns, sex and money, the wit and musical edginess of Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip is not only thoroughly welcome,
          but right on time

          They present this type of music in a new way, opening it up to a wider audience. The lyrics are clever, and well written, some of it reading like the best of modern day poetry, and the meaning behind some of the songs is excellent. Songs like "Magicians Assistant" tackle subjects which are rarely pressed by "popular music", and I think the way it is tackled is brilliant.
          What Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip have managed to do, is create a Hip Hop album, but shed the connotations of the music being full of droll lyrics which say nothing, they have removed the stigma from Hip Hop that the likes of Fifty Cent and P. Diddy - or whatever his name is - have placed upon it, and through this they have created a great album which speaks to more people than the music would suggest.

          I thoroughly recommend this for lyrical content, though I am certain that the music will not appeal to most people out there, fans of the rubbish stuff like Fifty Cent etc will like it for its music, and possibly the lyrics too. And fans of poetry should be able to appreciate the lyrics of the songs. If you don't like the music and don't want to give it a listen you should at least read the lyrics.
          You can grab your own copy for £6.99 from Play.com!

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            15.03.2009 18:59
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            great album, gonna be a hit!

            Dan le Sac is a musician who I would personally predict we will see a lot more of in the next year. Dan le Sac became a wider known artist after hitting the festival circuit and his tune the beat that my heart skipped is one that people can be found singing along too but without realising who Dan le Sac is. Angles is a great album filled with witty lyrics and tuneful beats. My favourite song on the album would have to be Thou Shalt always Kill, track eleven, which the lyrics describe all the stupid little things we do or say which we wittily shouldn't. Unlike artists such as Mc Lars Dan le Sac is not purely about taking the p***, Dan le Sac is a big artist on the "scene" circuit, fans of Dan le Sac usually like bands such as MGMT, kings of leon and other festival hit musicians alike Santogold, so he along with Scroodious Pip is very cool!
            The album is a must have for anyone wanting to check out the festivals of 2009 or 2010 and Dan le Sac is sure to be about, its also great for students as Dan le Sac often does university gigs which are always a hit! Also for the Dizzy rascal fans check out Fixed... tune!

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          Disc #1 Tracklisting
          1 Beat That My Heart Skipped
          2 Development
          3 Look For The Woman
          4 Rapper's Battle
          5 Tommy C
          6 Fixed
          7 Angles
          8 Letter From God To Man
          9 Magician's Assistant
          10 Back From Hell
          11 Thou Shalt Always Kill
          12 Waiting For The Beat To Kick In
          13 Reading My Dreams