Wednesday 21 September 2011

Labrinth feat. Tinie Tempah - Earthquake

"Ladies and Gentlemen, this is something they call a 'groundbreaker'".

It may break your speakers, but groundbreaking this isn't.  It's more a continuation of the work these two gentlemen did on Frisky.

Lyrically this could be considered offensive.  Mentioning "rampages" and "riots", the clear allusions to the London riots are unmistakable.  This extends to Tinie's rap with the explicit line "disturbing London got the whole city panicking".  As such, you could consider it an anthem condoning the violence.  Then again, this is a pretty conservative viewpoint - it's quite simply another record about a mental night out, no subtext required.

It's Labrinth's electric production that ultimately stands out.  From the open synth riff, to the dirty bass and heavy dubstep beat that will undoubtedly quake dancefloors when released next month.  Ironically enough, though, for all its crashing and banging, the most arresting moment is the acappella middle eight when the bass drops out.
"...a straight ten on the richter scale you know" raps Tinie.  I wouldn't go that far, but it's definitely a 'bangin' tuuuune'.