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.