Make sure your in a secure, safe place. Isolate yourself and move away from any distractions. Get comfy, brace and listen to Repent Replenish Repeat.
Scroobius Pip is an artist who’s lyrical elegance and intelligence draws you to listen carefully. His intensity and topic sensitivity is what holds your attention unfalteringly.
Dan Le Sac is a producer and DJ who exaggerates the lyrical intensity with beats that don’t just accompany Pip’s words but submerges them in emotion.
Repent Replenish Repeat is the latest album by this unique somewhat un-categorizable duo. This album has been much anticipated by the big, ever growing fan base that follows the band. The witty way pip spits meaningful messages has found him with many loyal followers. This album comes two years after the spoken word artists second solo album Distraction Pieces which climbed as high as 8th on the ITunes chart. Distraction pieces had more of a rock based soundtrack and a faster tempo then the previous two Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip albums. This gave Pip a different dimension but less focus, the songs were wilder, some tracks sound like a call to arms then a well worded thought or message. With Repent Replenish Repeat, Dan Le Sac keeps that tempo and intensity from Distraction Pieces while framing the lyrics in emotion.
This intensity is the thing that separates this album from previous Le Sac – Pip projects. There are no light hearted tracks to escape the dark themes that flow throughout the album. The duos second release The Logic Of Chance had Cauliflower, Last Train Home and The Beat, Angles had Thou Shalt Always Kill and Fixed. Repent Replenish Repeat lacks this rest in what are full on, heavy records. The effect this has is the album seems much more serious, it’s a lot to take in and there is no escaping it.
RRR still has the chemistry to draw fans back from the bands past adventures. Opening track and first single Stunner bangs the drum and says we are here, the same way The Beat That My Heart Skipped did in Angles. Scroobius Pip’s lyrics stretch from questioning the state of modern rap music to daughters in mental hospitals. The lyrical content of the album peaks on the track Terminal which tells you the tale of a terminally ill women spending her last night on a drug fuelled high with a man she had only met that morning. Scroobius pip tells that story in first person through that mans eyes. “I’d met her that morning in the waiting room at 7AM, and 16 beautiful hours later, I’d never see her again.” This epitomizes just how intense this album is, an intensity which accumulates in the last track You Will See me. You will see me shouts an anger we have all felt, an anger which leaves us speechless but what Pip has put into destructive words.
Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip have been on their own pedestal in British music since their first album Angles in 2008. Since then they have just grown in popularity and they are only going to get bigger. The band is unique and exciting but most importantly, they are good for music.