The Big Dada office was a bit quite on Thursday as the surprise winner on this years’ Mercury prize was their very own Speech Debelle.
I’m just dropping off to sleep a minute into the first track of Led Bib’s latest album – all dirgy and ponderous bass and piano and a touch of whispery sax – and wondering why I’m bothering, when all hell breaks loose and I realise I’ve been drawn into the false sense of security of a first time log flume rider.
There’s a new riot of sound coming straight out of East London. It’s beautifully noisy and breaks rules, both musically and culturally. Call it the new ‘alternative’ — in the original sense when the word actually referred to music bristling with ideas, rebellion and youth-powered energy rather than the conveyor belt of insipid indie kids playing over-familiar tunes and chords