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Fraser McAlpine | 10:15 UK time, Friday, 21 May 2010

Chiddy Bang

"Is anybody there?" shouts a worried Chiddy, while something slowish - namely Passion Pit's 'Better Things' - plays far too fast in the background, "I mean I hope somebody out there can hear this right here. Just listen..."

It's a curiously insecure way to start an upbeat pop song, donchathink? It's more the sort of thing you'd expect from a guerilla radio station, broadcasting from the middle of the end of the world, or a last transmission from an abandoned spaceship, set to music, because it's in a sci-fi musical. A hip hop sci-fi musical, no less.

And it raises an interesting philosophical question: if a rapper busts rhymes in the forest and there's no-one there to hear him, can he still boast?

(Here's the video. Some vandal has drawn all over it. I know!)

Well, in Chiddy's case, the answer is Most Definitely. And, being a bright spark, his boldest claims come dressed in scholar's robes, like "I am well endowed like Harvard and Yale", or "periodically, I'm in my element, phospherous". You don't even have to have paid attention in Science class to get the gags, especially when he's claiming to be able defy the laws of physics by jumping over the Empire State building and just gliding back down to Earth again.

Important Note: He can't, so don't mention this in your gravity homework, unless you want an F-minus.

Getting back to Passion Pit for a second, that's the second cracking sample in a row for the Bang, after using MGMT's 'Kids' in their calling card, 'Opposite Of Adults'. The song's been sped-up, touched-up and chopped-up, so it now sounds less homemade, and more streamlined and immaculate.

So we've got unashamedly intelligent lyrics, and an unusual sample treated with absolutely no respect, in order to make the most of what it has to offer. Someone should tell Chiddy that so long as he keeps up the good work, when it comes to people listening, he's got nothing to worry about.

Four stars Download: Out now
CD Released: May 17th
www.myspace.com/chiddybang
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(Fraser McAlpine)

It's A Rap says: "These guys are really showing how to change up music ."

Kickin the Peanuts! says: "if there's anyone to trust to make it big, it's these two!"

Arjan Writes says: "This year will be the year of Chiddy Bang. These guys are making fire!"

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