Dizzee Rascal - 'Bonkers'
Have you ever had the experience where, at the moment you first find out about a song which is yet to be released, you KNOW you are going to love it, just from the title? And in fact, rather than rushing to hear it at the first opportunity, you're happy to wait, because it's alway nice to have something to look forward to. That's what happened to me with this very song.
It wasn't exactly a shot in the dark, of course. Ever since Dizzee released 'Sirens' it's been obvious that his natural home is the top end of the singles chart - never mind the critical pats on the head and Mercury Prize nominations, never mind that other Dizzee tunes had been bigger hits, and he didn't really hit paydirt until 'Dance Wiv Me' - something happened after he made that video where he's chased by fox-hunters, which changed his status from 'top talent and spokeybloke for UK hip hop' to 'yikes! we've got ourselves a proper pop star here'.
(Here's the video. Small world, innit?)
It doesn't hurt that he has started enlisting the help of producers with a bit of form in the hits department. Calvin Harris brought his best uptight disco moves to 'Dance Wiv Me' and now Armand Van Helden has unleashed a bassline which - if you'll forgive a gross moment - could very well void the bowels of an entire nightclubful of people after just one prolonged stab.
It's totally worth it though, even if 2009 ends up becoming the year of the clubber's nappy.
The highlights of such a preposterously amazing song are almost too numerous to list in this tiny space we call blog, but here's a few:
Highlight 1: "BONKBONKBONKBONKBONKBONKBONKBONK"
Highlight 2: Armand seems to have recorded his opening synth riff with one elbow on the portamento button the whole time, which makes the pre-bass-pocalypse section sound brilliantly drunk.
Highlight 3: "a heavy bassline is my kinda silence"
Highlight 4: The way he shouts "I let sanity give me the slip" so it sounds for all the world like "I let Sunny E give me the slip". Sunny E presumably being an even more artificial version of Sunny D.
Highlight 5: "BONKERS"
Highlight 6: SRSLY..."BONKBONKBONKBONKBONKBONKBONKBONK". That's brilliant.
Of course NOW the hunt is on for another startlingly brilliant musical thing to look forward to. Anyone got any tips?
PS: Watch Dizzee force Swindon to go bonkers at Big Weekend...
The Singles Jukebox says: "As much a sonic slap round the chops as 'Sirens' was, but disappointingly rides the same verse and chorus over and over again."
The Singles Jukebox also says: ""Bonkers" is so well-suited to Dizzee Rascal's nervous mushmouth that it makes me grin every time he says it.."
The Singles Jukebox concludes: "it could be another #1, it could be a flop."