By Frisco Rosso
Sailing down the Mersey, into the Irish Sea and finally landing on SA shores is Bang On! (or Elliott Egerton as the passport office knows him as) with his debut album [sic].
Many reviewers seem to be stunned and ‘pleasantly surprised’ that a man from Liverpool has been capable of producing a grime/ dubstep album – a musical style dominated almost exclusively in the UK by London and south east based MCs. What people should genuinely question is why the ‘stop-you-in-your-tracks’ MC skills of Elliott Egerton are dogged by crappy production, albeit for effect.
There are some inconsistent elements of dubstep throughout [sic] but the overall sound is undoubtedly grime. The lo-fi demo tape ambience may be an intentional effort to keep things real and works effectively to a point but when compared to production sound and standards of Professor Green or dubstep outfits such as Distance the [sic] backing often sounds more like a “that’ll do” rushed job.
While this doesn’t always detract from Egerton’s pace and impact it does sound behind the times. If you were to take Egerton’s spitting vocals and place them over a track like Distance’s Victim Support you’d have a much more potent force to be reckoned with. The point is Bang On! has the MC skills to pay the bills but with a decent producer and DJ at his back the sky would really be the limit.
Egerton’s often exaggerated syllabic rapping style follows the rhythm of his tracks unconditionally one moment and breaks away to borderline freestyle the next, making his vocals unpredictable with a dangerous edge while remaining faithful to the 2-step pattern.
Throughout the record Egerton blends wry humour with venomous contempt and occasional offbeat musings. The intoxicated ramble of No Lifts No Ladders contrasts sharply with the aggressive crime intensity of Munnys while even further removed is the commercial Got It, making for a mixed and disjointed bag.
Although his socially seething lyrical content is unlikely to stir up any controversy amongst underground or hip-hop listeners there is brutal honesty that holds Bang On! in good stead with no element of whim or pretence. Still, there’s enough here to raise the hackles of the apolitical crowd and those living on the more right than left side of a conversation.
Taking everything into account [sic] is not a bad first outing and leaves the door open for Bang On! with plenty of options for a second offering. Hopefully the next time around Bang On!’s grime/dubstep backing will be a worthy partner for the man’s vocal prowess.
Frisco rating: 5.5/10
With more tension than your mother’s suspension, I am Frisco Rosso. I’m likely to deliver a few lines worth at any given moment regarding film, music, sport, books and anything morally unsound that strikes a blow between the eyes in the name of entertainment.