Review of Skip To The Good Bit by Rizzle Kicks
Rizzle Kicks burst on to the scene as the featured rappers on the Olly Murs Heart Skips a Beat, that despite Down With The Trumpets being released prior. The collaboration meant their debut rose from chart obscurity to number 8. Rizzle Kicks genuinely owe a lot to that Olly Murs track.
Rizzle Kicks early material epitomised pop rap. Very radio friendly lyrics, the sense of real musical instruments and happy subjects. There was never a hint of controversy, drugs or money. However, their last track Lost Generation from the new album Roaring 20’s was a bit different. It was a bit harder in terms of the backing track and the boys courted a bit of controversy with the line “more confused than John Terry‘s black friends” originally edited out by Radio 1.
Does Skip To The Good Bit sit more comfortably alongside Down With The Trumpets or Lost Generation?
Opening up, following a female voice, the heavy beats and unmissable tune of EMF‘s Unbelievable plays us in. The scratching also lends itself to a genuine Hip Hop track. The EMF sample is really brassed up, similar to the boys trademark. The lyrics contain some great genuinely British one liners and really plays to the boys strength.
Yes this is still radio friendly music. It is a pop record that uses Hip Hop as a vehicle, but it is still unmistakably Rizzle Kicks. The brass does go a bit over the top and gets a bit too loud when listening at high volume through the cans. But Rizzle Kicks seem to have matured in their style and delivery. There is a bit more of an edge to their music.
Skip To The Good Bit is a good pop record. Easy to queue the jokes in relation to the title, but don’t get drawn in, have a listen for yourself and let us know what you think.