SCUM PARLOPHONE, OUT 11 AUGUST
Essex herbert’s inspired take on Brexit Britain.
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