Live Review: dan le sac Vs Scroobius Pip @ Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton – 22/04/2014

Despite their extensive tours over the last few years, this is surprisingly the first time that dan le sac Vs Scroobius Pip have ever played a venue in Wolverhampton. ¬†Embarking on the second leg of their UK tour with their new album Repent, Replenish, Repeat, we’re treated to a packed set of tracks ranging across their three albums together.

Opening on Stunner, the duo mix industrial beats with a pounding electronic back drop. Their new material is darker and exhibits a new intensity, showing how their style and narrative has evolved since their last album The Logic of Chance. Showcasing new tracks such as Gold Teeth, Porter and Night Bus Sleepers we get a blast of hip-hop infused delights and gritty lyrics. Spoken word tracks such as You Will See Me are aggressive yet excellently delivered, each word spitting out emotion and taking the crowd on a journey through home truths and thought-provoking stories.

Across the night dan gave us short bursts of his own music through solo performances, whipping the crowd into a dancing frenzy as he blasted out his highly energised electro tracks. The beats are crisp, confident and meticulously worked, and these mini-solo slots provide an exciting addition to the set over the course of the evening.

For Cauliflower they invite opening act Sarah Williams White back on stage, her soulful voice lending itself beautifully to the supporting vocals.  Her singing is soft and melodic, contrasting well with the grime based elements of the rest of the song. Likewise for Stiff Upper Lip they are joined on stage by Itch for a fast paced and catchy collaboration, much to the pleasure of the crowd.

Re-visiting older tracks, they work through audience favourites such the The Beat That My Heart Skipped, Thou Shalt Always Kill (with an added name drop in the lyrics of Kenny Jackett in homage to the tour area tonight) and the powerful Angles. The vocals in Angles are delivered with a perfect pace and emotive conviction, portraying the dark, hard-hitting narrative in a way that grasps the full undivided attention of the crowd. Their set is inspiring and accomplished, demonstrating once again that dan le sac Vs Scroobius Pip know how to wow a crowd.

Words: Lorraine Teare

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