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Dr Syntax - Subcultures

Dr Syntax
Dr Syntax - Subcultures
(12") Dented Records/Beer And Rap Entertainment, 2006-09-18

Review :
If underground UK hip hop's your thing, you should have heard of Dr Syntax already , from his collaborations with the Foreign Beggars or the Steady Diggin Workshop crews, you might just have stumbled upon an article about this "Subcultures" EP in a well-informed blog, or you might have checked the beautiful 12 inch at your favorite record store... Either way, you're on the right track. If you're reading this, it also means you're one of those english-speaking people who's able to listen to the words in a rap song, a rarest secialty here in France. The title track's lyrics "Subcultures" is the main course here, observing all kinds of over-categorized so-called "communities", from weed-smoking hippy types to wanking garage ravers, bitching uk hip hop heads to hooligans, drag queens to nasty Barbie girls... The distance between artistry and all those fashion victims is obvious, but put it in rhymes on a phat thumping beat and bassline with cheesy samples and you got yourself a cheeky winner.
"None of these subcultures offered me a spot where I could be myself, I told them all: fine, do what you want to but don't let the limits of your pastime define you". Anyone reading this blog might want to meditate a bit on this...
The rest of the EP is quality boom bap, especially the "Pack Mentality" B-side with Brighton rappers Koaste, featuring frrresh scratching from DJ Manipulate and also starring Dented Records founder/Foreign Beggars rapper Orifice Vulgatron.
An "Off The Radar Vol.1" promotional mixtape from Dr Syntax is already out there but the real thing is his debut LP "Self-Taught" which should be available later this year...

Tracklisting :
A1. Subcultures (Radio Version)
A2. Subcultures (Album Version)
A3. Subcultures (Instrumental)
A4. Animal Hides
B1. Pack Mentality feat Koaste, Manipulate And Orifice Vulgatron (Album Version)
B2. Pack Mentality (Instrumental)
B3. Pack Mentality feat Koaste, Manipulate And Orifice Vulgatron (Acapella)

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Press Release :
A regular feature in the Beggars' award-winning live show, Syntax has been leaving crowds nationwide gob-smacked with his accapella rendition of Sub-cultures. Lampooning everyone from pub bores to artisans to sado-masochistic oddballs, scathing all who fail to heed his final advice, 'Don't let the limits of your past time define you', Syntax shows himself to be a gleefully cynical punchline don with a mind for comic timing and original concepts, the likes of which are all too rarely seen on these shores. All this comes backed by a banger of a beat, courtesy of renowned UK producer Dag Nabbit. Infectious synth stabs complement snappy drums, occasionally lurching into simmering dancehall, sure to get jams hyped whenever dropped. For more traditional boom bap fare, check bonus tracks Animal Hides and Pack Mentality, both produced by Ido, the latter reuniting Syntax with Orifice Vulgatron of Foreign Beggars for a typically raucous offering. Add newcomer Koaste and super-tight cuts from the south coast's finest turntablist, Manipulate, and you've got yourself a mosh-pit inspiring underground anthem on your hands. Sub-cultures is the first 12" from Dr Syntax's debut Lp, "Self-Taught", coming in October 2006.


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