Boomkat Product Review:
Forget for now the anal rectitude of Europop, this summer the Stacs of Stamina boys are drunk at the wheel of a shiny new juggernaut hurtling pell-mell down the highway of electronic music. Prepare, mere mortal, for the age of Eurocrunk. And what is this mysterious new genre, I hear you cry? Yes, you've guessed it, it's another completely ridiculous and entirely imaginary genre of music that's taking the worldwide music scene by force. A mixture of crazy Euro lyricism and blip-hop over snazzy syncopated beats, Swedish production outfit Stacs of Stamina have here produced the definitive Eurocrunk LP of this century, and centuries to come. Arriving in the wake of their debut EP on Werk, 'Tivoli' sees Stamina taking the unclaimed territory between hip hop and electro by storm, with 11 tracks of Eurocrunked-up 8-bit hoptronica that will have even the most ascetic dullards swinging from the rafters to join in the digital love-making. And there's plenty of partner swapping on the mic, with twonk-hop superstars Mike Ladd and TTC adding guest vocals, as well as the latest MC 'on road', Earz, all throwing their car keys in the bowl. So what does it sound like then, eh? Highlights include 'Stay Beautiful', a dainty cocktail of crunked up Europop that could so easily be Air producing El-P, while Standing side by side with Stacs MCs Johan, Marcus and Gesan, Mike Ladd throws down some signature rhymes on the quirksome 'Baghdad Boogie', astride a rhythm that's cheekier than a 9-year-old cockney chav with attention deficit disorder. Grime's latest prodigal son Ears pops up on the bass-workout 'Roll' , French supergroup TTC crash the party on the irresistible trance-hop epic 'Donne Moi Un Poisson', and even TV's Noel Edmonds drops a few bars on House Party (sadly missing from the final cut of the album). And in case you were wondering, Tivoli is Swedish for carnival, and there's certainly no shortage of seedy entertainment on the record. So when the freaks come out this autumn to the sounds of Eurocrunk, will you be taking a ringside seat? Tip!