Sunday, July 27, 2008

The Kid's more than alright - The Anomalies are back!

Regular readers will know of my love for The Anomalies. Like Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip they're a refreshing homegrown take on Hip Hop. Famed for their blistering live shows, they've already got bunch of classy singles behind them including Employee Of The Month and Bamboo Beats (if you've not heard 'em yet you can check 'em out on their My Space thingy). Now they're back with another one - Kid Riot. Starting off like a 21st Century take on Mungo Jerry's In the Summertime with words by Morrissey (check out the opening line) it suddenly goes all breakbeat mentalist. Love it. Lyrically it's an all too time timely response to the growing knife culture but, if that all sounds a little dark, it ain't. It's a struggle sitting down and listening to it...I have to keep resisting the urge to leap up and start pogoing up and down (partly because it's bloody hard to type when you're doing that and partly 'cos I'd brain myself on the ceiling in the process). At the same time the band seem, quite wisely, to be questioning the media coverage and general paranoia over some 13 year old in a hoodie sticking his gran's carving knife in yer jugular. Yep there's a big problem out there, but fear breeds fear right? Wrapping all this up in something as butt shakingly catchy as Kid Riot ain't an easy trick to pull off, but then I guess that's why they're called The Anomalies. The single's out in cyberspace on the 8th September and the real world on 15th but you can listen to it over and over again on the wonder that is MySpace. As an added bonus the band are hitting the road for a UK tour in September - including a must see date at The Barfly on the 20th - no doubt promoted by the lovely Platform Promotions. It'll be a (Kid) Riot...

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