Wednesday 20 September 2017

A sackful of experimental music treats

John Meagher

John Meagher

Dan le sac

Space Between the Words

(Sunday Best)

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Best known as the non-bearded half of socially conscious hip-hop duo Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip, Dan Stephens has used the group's hiatus to record a solo debut album.

And it's a markedly different beast to his previous work.

Featuring an impressive roll-call of collaborators and vocalists, Space Between the Words flits from genre to genre taking in rap, psychedelia, indie rock and folk. The experiments don't always work, but when they do, such as the fantastic Play Along featuring newcomer Sarah Williams White, Le Sac seems capable of anything.

It's already one of my favourite tracks of 2012, Williams White's smoky, languid vocal provides an arresting counterpoint to Dan's futuristic beats and has huge crossover potential.

Much of the album is more hit than miss -- especially the it-sounded-good-on-paper collaboration with former Pete and the Pirates frontman Pete Hefferan -- but inspired work with such eclectic names as Merz (resulting in the folktronica track Zephyr) and Emmy the Great keep things interesting.

KEY TRACK Play Along; Zephyr

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