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DPF - Mental Floss EP [Son Records]
DPF - Mental Floss 12
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 feeling.

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