RAT BOY

SCUM PARLOPHONE, OUT 11 AU­GUST

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Chelms­ford Wether­spoons isn’t an ob­vi­ous step­ping stone to pop suc­cess. How­ever, for­mer em­ployee Jor­dan Cardy (aka Rat Boy) is well on the way – he’s al­ready been sam­pled by rap roy­alty Ken­drick La­mar. The 21- year-old’s eclec­tic de­but oozes at­ti­tude, his pithy so­cial com­men­tary bind­ing to­gether sonic ex­cur­sions into breezy funk-punk (Get Over It), pound­shop hip-hop (Move) and in­die tear­jerk­ers (I’ll Be Wait­ing). Lo­cal alumni Da­mon Al­barn and Gra­ham Coxon both con­trib­ute – on Turn Round M8 and Laid­back, re­spec­tively – and Cardy trav­els the same roads as night­bus lau­re­ates from Alex Turner to Jamie T through­out. But his voice has an au­then­tic­ity all of its own – he’s headed for the (lager) top. HHHH

PAUL MOODY Lis­ten To: Get Over It | Laid­back | I’ll Be Wait­ing

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