Album review: Rizzle Kicks – Roaring 20s
PUBLISHED: 06:35 02 September 2013
More redolent of the ‘now’ than the ‘then’, Rizzle Kicks’ return is a sharp and sassy urban-pop set.
As befits the brash’n’bolshy groove that powered 2011 debut Stereo Typical, this follow-up from the Brit School duo leaps into your ears.
They offer a baker’s dozen of cool, FM-friendly tunes loosely based on the duality of being in your 20s now (freedom, fun but no money) and the classic charade of the Gatsby high life.
New single Lost Generation, all thrusting power-pop chorus and Twitter-referencing rap, belies the LP’s deftly executed stock of ideas, from Me Around You’s smooth ska bounce (recalling Lily Allen’s LDN with added trumpet sparkle) to highlight Lunatic, whose school reject protagonist switches up to nihilistic, insomniac anti-hero come night-time.
Elsewhere they remould EMF’s early-‘90s indie-raver Unbelievable with Mexican brass and bass heft (the infectious future single Skip To The Good Bit), and get Fatboy Slim to polish an irresistible, taut groove on Put Your 2’s Up that will keep dancefloors shaking well into the winter.
Packed to the gills with fun and fashionable, sharp and sassy tunes.