Rat Boy

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Scum

PAR­LOPHONE. CD/DL/LP

Highly promis­ing provin­cial punk/Es­sex rap one-man­band sound­clash.

Like Jamie T and The Streets be­fore him, 21-yearold Jor­dan Cardy’s de­but is a young man’s state-of-then­ation ad­dress. As Rat Boy he presents an Eng­land of pol­luted air, pre­scrip­tion drugs and press­ing dilem­mas such as crap fake ID; that he was fired from Wether­spoons makes sense. “I was all right un­til they took me off my med­i­ca­tion,” Cardy sings on high­light Rev­o­lu­tion. “Started slag­ging off my gen­er­a­tion…” Opener Turn Round M8 echoes dub-like with the same sar­donic small­town hu­mour of The Spe­cials (and fea­tures Da­mon Al­barn on key­boards; Gra­ham Coxon con­trib­utes to Laid­back), while Kicked Outta School most re­calls an Es­sex Beastie Boys, and Knock Knock Knock has al­ready been sam­pled by Ken­drick La­mar. Largely, Scum is a joy­ous mash-up of cheap beats, precinct-loi­ter­ing ag­gro punk and youth­ful vim; it’s by no means a clas­sic, but you sus­pect Cardy may well have one in him soon.

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