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Album Review

Named after a character in an Edward Lear poem, Scroobius Pip (aka David Peter Meads) and his partner in crime, Dan Le Sac (aka Daniel Stephens), have always been the more literate of the Streets/Just Jack spoken word electronica crowd, waxing lyrically about art, religion, and politics on their debut album, Angles, while also satirizing pop culture on tracks like "Thou Shalt Not Kill," a hilarious tirade against everything from Hollyoaks to the misspelling of the word "phoenix." Follow-up The Logic of Chance continues this nation-addressing stance, tackling themes of knife crime (the video game bleeps of "Great Britain") and domestic violence (the atmospheric clattering of "Five Minutes"), but Pip's jarring tones too often resemble either a particularly irksome activist bellowing across a crowded high street (the dummies' guide to politics of "Stake a Claim") or a well-meaning but rather patronizing school teacher (the preachy singalong of "Get Better"). The Essex duo's sophomore effort is much more palatable when it drops the "holier than thou" attitude and focuses on the mundaneness of life, such as the '80s-tinged hip-hop funk of "Last Train Home," an Amy Winehouse-referencing tale of the woes of suburban transport; personal issues, such as the surprisingly romantic but strangely named "Cauliflower," an enchanting fusion of techno and avant-garde pop featuring the Björk-esque tones of Kid A; and back-to-basics dancefloor sensibilities, such as the dubstep-infused "The Beat" and the knob-twiddling drum‘n'bass opener, "Sick Tonight." While The Logic of Chance's attempts to instill some intelligence into proceedings is undoubtedly admirable, its sixth-form poetry approach is just a little too clumsy to take seriously. What was an intriguing curiosity on Angles has now become a rather abrasive novelty, but buried underneath the didactics, there is a half-decent pop record that suggests the pair could withstand dropping its unique selling point for album number three. ~ Jon O'Brien, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Dan and Pip do it again......

Gotta love these boys. At the forefront of decent British hip hop, spoken word dance music, with a little bit of drum 'n' bass thrown in... whatever you wanna call it, Dan le Sac and Pip deliver intelligent rhymes backed up by Dan's addictive beats. This album is easily as good as Angles, but if you can, also check out their remix of What if Punk Never Happened by The King Blues.....
Put simply, if you're sick of "grime" and the misconception that decent British hip hop is all about Tinchy Stryder, Kano and Mr Rascal, then check out Dan le Sac and Scroobius Pip - you won't be dissapointed....

They just get better!

An excellent 2nd album.
Full of positivity, brilliant lyrics and top beats.
Possibly the best wordsmith since Morrissey !


Adds another superb collection of tunes to their already impressive oeuvre. As a recent convert I can't wait to see them live on the 25th on this evidence.


Formed: October, 2006 in Stanford-le-Hope, England

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Combining poetry, electro beats, and an amalgam of other genres ranging from punk to Motown, the two Westcliff, Essex blokes under the handle dan le sac Vs Scroobius Pip are even more difficult to label musically than similar-minded artists LCD Soundsystem and the Streets. Both former graduates from the St. Thomas More High School for Boys, Dan Stephens and David Meads started making songs together in October of 2006 after Meads approached Stephens at a show to remix some spoken word tracks he had...
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