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Given its makers’ ages it’s no surprise that Stereo Typical’s lyrical content is largely rooted in the social calendar of inbetweeners – too young to go here, too old to be seen there. When I Was a Youngster talks of losing enthusiasm for being a fireman as soon as cider could be acquired – it adds, "these days you can catch me sitting on a bench in the park with a lager and crisps" – atop skittering percussion and enjoyable brass. Dreamers explores a more innocent time in our protagonists’ lives – "I’m gonna take myself to the moon and back in my dreams" – which is still incredibly fresh in the memory; and Miss Cigarette makes a beginners-level parallel between nicotine addiction and one’s lust for a particular girl. But with a refreshingly laidback approach to production, recalling both D.A.I.S.Y. age hip hop and the ska-meets-soul-meets-pop mix that accompanied the first Lily Allen LP, at no point do clichéd couplets become a problem. As the pair’s worldview expands, they’ll introduce more impressive imagery into their rhymes – which, it must be said, are tight enough right now.
At 14 tracks Stereo Typical is a couple of filler cuts too full of itself – Demolition Man could certainly have been lopped from the final product without affecting its first impressions, and the Fatboy Slim-produced Mama Do the Hump doesn’t really fit with the more relaxed feel of what surrounds it. But Rizzle Kicks’ debut, by bypassing the commonplace put-downs of peers and proffering a very British take on pop-flavoured rap, is an accomplished and infectious introduction to some rightly rising talents. --Mike Diver
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Items arrived on time and although the Cd's were used they were excellent qualityPublished 3 months ago by valerie thompson
This album is by Rizzlekicks and I think they have a very distinct sound. They mix street-style rapping and catchy chant like chorus'. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer