“ Genre: Dance & Electronic / Artist: Scorcher / Audio CD released 2009-11-23 at Staple House „
The Grime artist and UK Hip Hop MC Scorcher made his official debut in 2009 with the release of "Concrete Jungle". The album sees the North London lyricist bringing something a little more commercial (though nothing as watered-down as what you get from Tinchy Stryder, N-Dubz and Chipmunk). Amongst its collaborators, we see Wizzy Wow, Wretch 32 and Darren B all having their say on this release, a long-awaited one since his first mixtape in 2006.
1."Dark Knight" (Intro)
After a pretty nice start to set the mood for the album, here we see that he moves things right on as he is seen to get Wizzy Wow on his side for a tune that takes things directly towards the clubs as he throws down some UK Hip Hop and I felt that it was a great way to set things off and hype up the album as we see that he works off things that Wretch 32 introduced in "Be Cool" and does a good job at it all.
This is a straight banger of a tune and one that you simply can't do without as we see that Wretch 32 does actually get on the thing for this one and they groove over some fly, innovating synth that is bound to take you by surprise whether you've heard it before or not. This tune goes hard and holds up the fact that big things are bound to go down with the album as Scorcher finally gets to show what he's about on a full album.
4."Standing On The Chairs"
For this one we see that he gets straight back towards the clubs and I felt that it was a great move as we see that he does to some fresh, Old School Hip Hop-inspired production that I really couldn't get over and so it was as if he couldn't do wrong after that point. Here he uses auto-tuning as he chooses to half-sing and half-rap his way through this very catchy tune as he runs through his usual routine when he goes out.
The album's biggest single, this is a pure killer tune and one that I really can't see any weaknesses in. There's a lot to like about it as we see that he goes at it intensely over the fast-paced joint and bring you in from the very start before we see that he's joined by J2K and Wiley. I felt that it was a great choice in a single from the thing and its a true representation of what the album is generally like.
Doing things alone for this one, we find that on this one we get another where he's backed by production that you wouldn't really expect to get in many other places and it really sets things up nicely for him with the watery synth backing him up before the Breakbeats are introduced and he does his thing over it all and shows exactly how he does things as a 'London Boy' and all that comes along with it.
Taking on more of the kind of things heard in the American Hip Hop, this one has Scorcher coming out with a heavy one where he seeks assistance in Wretch 32, Mercston and G-Frsh and they get down to things by rhyming about all the kinds of things they are able to buy with the money they rake in and how they push against boundaries along the way. It's another hyped one it keeps the energy high for the album.
In a massive change of direction, for this one we see that he gets into something that is much more directed towards the Grime side of things (rather than the club Hip Hop end of things) and I felt that it was a nice change as we see just how effectively he is able to come up with the goods and flow about how he feels he and his peers qualify as 'Gangsta' alongside some raw Metal in amongst the standard Grime beats.
With this one we get him moving things in a direction that I initially didn't think I would be happy with, however it seemed to come together after a while as we see that on this one he comes out with some rather straight-forward predictable music and a little something that wouldn't sound out of place if he dropped it as a single when attempting to break the mainstream (after doing a proper Pop tune first).
10."We Don't Care"
For this one we see that he gets right back into the swing of things and comes out with a lively tune that holds it together in UK style with the freaky beats that you could only expect out of a Grime/UK Hip Hop hybrid. It is an in-your-face jam and I felt that it was one that that I expect to take you by surprise and take you right in with its intensity and energy as he links-up with Terminator.
12."She Don't Know"
After a short breather designed to set up this one, we see that for this one we have Scorcher coming to perform a tune where he rhymes and gets the UK R&B singer Darren B to do his thing over the jam and show just how effectively he is able to adapt to a variety of differing styles and so by coming with one where he focuses it all around a female in his life and does it as well as any of the other tracks found here.
We get a fresh one here as we find that for this one we have a little something where he rhymes about things that are much closer to his heart than having fun with all the party tunes. It seems as though he mastered that end of things and wants to show just how he can bring things together when he directs its elsewhere and in this case comes with one that focuses on his current family situation and the troubles within it.
A smoother composition than the last, we see that on this one we get a little something where he gets down to a jam that seems quite refreshing as he rhymes about just how excited he is by the relationship he's in as he gets involved with an older woman and he shows that he knows exactly what he's in spite of the fact there's a little bit of an age gap between the two and its been a little hard for her to adapt to it all.
Mercston and Wretch 32 step up to join Scorcher on this one and together they come out with a nice one. I felt that it was a little confusing in respect to the fact it sounds as though it could be directed towards the clubs, but doesn't quite fit in with that end of thing as well as many other on the thing had and so it sounds like its missing something major and it holds it back from being just as strong as it potentially could be.
16."This Is Me"
He gets on some heavy Hip Hop beats for this one and I felt as though it picked it all up massively as he goes out for a tune that has him showing that he doesn't really mind about directing his music towards any specific people and instead comes with an inspirational one that is able to be felt by all of those who are open-minded enough to overlook the 'urban' medium its placed in. It goes hard and looks to be a recovery to the last one.
The album ends on this one and I felt as though it was a nice way to finish it off as it seems to bring it back towards where we were as the album opened up with its introductory piece. Here he rhymes about all that comes with life on the streets and shows how he isn't going to to let anyone take him back to where he was before he made an impact with his music with an extended metaphor of a getaway from the police.
I though that this was a surprisingly good album from Scorcher and a great way to get his career under way. There's not much to fault him for here and I expect that most into UK Hip Hop and Grime will fall for it from the offset as he comes in with lots of lively danceable cuts before taking it elsewhere later on. There's lot to like about it and its only weakness is its length, as it let some weaker tunes through as a result.
this album is hooot trust me ... i have love 4 every tune on there but my favourites r good morning and standing on the chairs ... the price for this album was good but i would have been more than glad to pay more for it =] ...if you,ve already heard dark knight and gangsta u wont be dissapointed wen purchasin this album ... every track has a different vibe and personality ... all in all dis outshines the stars themself ... well done scorcher !!!