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Two very different right-now sounds. The first is all glittering laid-back party vibe, shrug and innuendo. Chicago's Project Mayhem are miles away from the fight club cinderblocks that gave them their name: they are singing about a purple-hazed get-together where everyone has an easy good time. Forget doom and challenges, forget the Great Recession and the sinking feeling in our chests. Light up, inhale. Enunciate each ss like you're flicking the flint on a flame. It's all good.
And then Plan B leaves us none of these indulgences. His new single is fisted and gnashing, the fury of a kid who has seen his country take too many wrong turns. The Guardian calls it "the greatest British protest song in years". They're absolutely right. Labour MP Jamie Reed compared "Ill Manors" to Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On", the Graun's Dorian Lynskey name-drops Public Enemy and the Clash. Me I hear Rage Against the Machine. As with de la Rocha & co, the politics here are a little muddled, a little clumsy - Ben Drew is hardly offering an electoral platform. But what "Ill Manors" lacks in policy talkingpoints it makes up in a precise, racing wrath, bottleshard-sharp. I think of the nettling slur that follows the Occupy protesters: What are your demands? Plan B has no demands, here. He has a list of complaints. He has a list of snarled complaints and he wants you to know that he is angry. OY, RICH BOY: there are more of us than there are of you. As 2012 ticks into spring, four months after the first eviction of Zuccotti Park, we need songs like this, need them to remind and provoke us. It's fine to go out to dope parties, grab some bbq or maybe a Blizzard at DQ. But shit's not fixed. Let's keep demanding more.
We'd be very grateful if you voted for Said the Gramophone as best local blog in the Mirror's annual Best of Montreal poll.Posted by Sean at March 18, 2012 11:27 PM
The Project Mayhem beat is also used by Atmosphere in "God's Bathroom Floor". Anyone know the original source? Or if it's Atmosphere?Posted by Alex at March 19, 2012 12:06 AM
Why does BH ideas terrify me so?Posted by Bryce at March 19, 2012 3:15 AM
fuck yes.Posted by dan at March 19, 2012 2:22 PM
when STG and Everett True write about the same song on the same day, you know it's time to listen.Posted by david b at March 19, 2012 8:56 PM
The part of the Project Mayhem sample is used in The Grouch's "Till the Endathis" which I think predates the Atmosphere track. I don't know if thats the original though.Posted by Anthony at March 19, 2012 11:59 PM
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