Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip - Repent, Replenish, Repeat
Three’s a charm…
Back with their 3rd album following debut Angles and follow-up The Logic of Chance, the duo’s new release, Repent, Replenish, Repeat, finds them in fine form. The pair have been keeping busy in the two-and-a-half years since their sophomore album; Pip embarked on a 2012 spoken word tour around the UK with the talented Kate Tempest, meanwhile Dan released his solo debut, Space Between the Words. Their return as a duo has seen their new album debut at No.22 in the UK Album Chart, and No.1 in the Official Record Store Chart.
Back with a banger…
‘Stunner’ kicks things off in style – Dan’s unique, stuttering beat production style is sounding bigger than ever and provides a heavy but spacious backdrop to Pip’s tale of romance gone wrong (I wore my heart on my sleeve / then you stole my f***ing shirt), followed by ‘Nightbus Sleepers’, continuing in a sonically similar vein but with Pip detailing the dramas & characters aboard London’s late-night public transport.
‘Terminal’ is a shift of gear, featuring Pip narrating over a bubbling mass of strings and arpeggiated synths about memories of a dying friend. This is where Pip excels, tackling heavy subject matter and occupying the space between rap and poetry that has become his trademark, delivering the kind of heartbreaking – but heart-warming – lyrics that recall some of the best moments on the duo’s debut, such as ‘Magician’s Assistant’ or ‘Tommy C’.
The staccato strings of ‘Porter’ are accompanied by another lesson in storytelling from Pip. Told from the perspective of a porter at some kind of psychiatric hospital, it is an empathetic and humanising take on our attitudes towards mental health.
Other album highlights include ‘Gold Teeth’ – a collaboration with Flux Pavilion that mocks the bling culture in Hip-Hop, and the second single from the album – and ‘Stiff Upper Lip’, which features Pip and guest Itch pouring scorn on modern British culture and a broken political system.
Carving out a niche for themselves
The UK has produced many great hip-hop acts over the last 10 years – Braintax, Jehst and Dr. Syntax to name a handful – but few have made the crossover into the mainstream. Roots Manuva and Plan B are perhaps the highest profile artists whose commercial success has matched their critical acclaim, but Repent, Replenish, Repeat puts Dan le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip into the same territory, and deservedly so – they are unique amongst their peers in style and substance and are well worth their place in the charts. Thought provoking, urgent and refreshing, this is an album that provides something for the head and the heart.
Repent, Replenish, Repeat is available in store and to download now.