Wasn't sure about "Random
", the new Lady Sovereign
twelve the first time I played it (I mean, "Ch-Ching
" was always gonna be a tough one to follow)... for starters, it didn't sound alien
enough (I was worried that I was starting to get used
to this stuff)... but, fuck me, what a chorus, though. After a few plays I soon started to swing with it...
But the B-Side Menta rmx with Riko: fuckin' hell
...this is delicious stuff. The beats're slowwwwwed
down to a sludgy migraine blur underpinned by metallic synth chatter that sounds like someone with OCD playing baked-bean tins. Sov hits the first chorus and a plug-in delay multiplies her voice and detunes it down into an eerie-sounding horde of Grimey cartoon ghosts. And the way she slurs "Everyone get random
..." in a weird, almost-disinterested pseudo-Salford-sounding patois: it's fucking fantastic. "...Just do som'ting
random": the emphasis is on "sum'ting", as in: something, anything
Then: a sudden knock at the door and a Cockney voice says: "'Ere, Sov...Riko's on the phone!" And Riko's artfully-delivered, almost-poetic stop/start flow arrives via dictophone.
This is a moment of inspired, almost Fall-like revelation, where the entire recording-process is suddenly peeled back and revealed as artifact; production blemishes are amplified
instead of hidden...There is no attempt to reconcile Riko's contribution with the rest of the track
. Deliberately highlighting the fact that this is an overdub gives the music a strange, queasy sense of dislocation.
Riko's done and the door crashes shut on a crypt-sized whummmpht
of reverb and we're back to the horde of undead backing-vocalists until the bit-rate degrades down to a raw, rasping, scaping, clatter
of sound prior to the final verse: "Just check how me flow differs/I'm droppin' lyrics like a ho' drop her knickers/This shit's hot/Where's the sniffa dog...?"
Then: "London get random/Birmingham get random..." breaks down and freaks itself out
by saying: "The World
get random..." before the track falls away and Sov coughs, realising she's gone too far
, then reins herself in with a simple "Now, bring it back."
Astonishing stuff. I'm getting goosebumps just from writing about it.