Son are all set to drop a summer
explosion on us with several releases lined up. The first one I'm taking a look
at is from newbie - DPF who hails from Norwich, and who has cropped up
appearing on Def Tex tracks
and Tufkut's recent EP on Breakin Bread before now. Now he has his own 6 track EP ready to enter the crowded marketplace
and is set to turn all sort of heads. Mental Floss, the name sounds so obvious
someone should have done it before, but the name is just right for this.
Yadda Yadda opens up the EP with some seriously jazzy sounds and a very
humeristic outlook from DPF. Gumbo Ya Ya cooks up piano and a double bass to
make for a pretty swinging track. DPF has a pretty high pitched voice, but
utilises an interesting flow for a bouncy uplifting track, the main topic of
which is generally DPF displaying his skills. For me the comedy comes from the
tone of his voice and the jokily sung chorus. Have to also comment on the very
nice cuts that adorn the outro to this. There are tasty cuts throughout the EP,
but at the moment I'm only aware of DJ Adika performing them for Yadda Yadda,
I'm at a loss as to who gets the credit for the others?
Diss Cuss Peace is a pretty big diversion from the previous track with its
deep dub reggae feel and throbbing bassline by Gabriel of IQ Productins. Sounds
are occasionally passed through extensive reverberation and echo chambers, along
with the off beat guitar and flow from behind the beat. This has the feel of a
proper song and got my head nodding.
Reverting back to the comedy
Wack Rappers, a short skit sees DPF sing in a falsetto voice 'Wack Rappers'
to the theme of Blackadder. Sounds like Dogtanian & The Muskahounds. There
are also a few choice vocal samples thrown in to good effect. Funny stuff.
Bitch Is starts off the B side with a tale that pretty much everyone can
identify with from both a male and female perspective. Everyone has been dumped
on and wanted to get some revenge. The opening verse sets the scene, breaking
down the situation of a bloke who has just found out his girl has cheated on
him. He's losing it and is heartbroken. In the second verse he wakes up and
racks his brain as to where he went wrong. He tries to chill and get advice from
his mates, but the situation eats away at him. Third verse sees the girl phone
to apologise, but he is strong enough to see her for what she is at leaves it
there. The heavy production is concocted by Liam Large and fits the dejected disposition
of the subject matter.
The Outpatient features the only guest spot, possibly in return for them
featuring DPF before. Here Anthropologist from Def Tex gets busy alongside DPF.
This is a very touching story about a lunatic who hears colours and picks up
radio in his teeth. He is abused whilst in care and he breaks out. He should
probably be in hospital, but his mates do the best job they can of looking after
him in the community. The two MCs do a great job of getting inside this
unfortunates mind, makes you wonder if their hinges are a bit loose as well.
Production is by Gabriel of IQ Productins again and is on point.
What is a pretty long EP draws to a close with
Last Man Dead which again comes with a completely different vibe. DPF does
the beat production for this track himself and to be brutally honest doesn't do
as good a job as the more experienced beat makers who did the other tracks. It
is down tempo, the minimalist backing is provided by the ploddy beat and a
single vibrating bass sound. The chorus features a child's voice and the lyrics
are delivered in a semi spoken way and they sit right back in the track. Overall
then this is a very decent and varied offering from DPF, who could have done a
lot worse than this release as a debut, with only one track that I wasn't really