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After his energized flirtation with dubstep on 2003's Pressure, London Zoo is producer Kevin Martin going back to the yard, paying homage to his hometown with a rag tag selection of gravel voiced MCs while he plays selector. Like a battered old rig of wardrobe speaker cabinets — as long as you don't demand sonic elegance or audiophile clarity — the righteous racket is pretty much undeniable. The beat engineering is chunky and rugged, with not much in the way of dub trickery or break chopping, and unlike some of Martin's more invasive dancehall operations, here he simply lets the MCs get their flows on while he brings the ragga-tinged jeep beats each and every time.
The MCs keep things rude and ready. Tippa Irie on "Angry" delivers a tirade whose very relentlessness is more an act of catharsis than conventional dancehall flow. Flow Dan's "Warning" and "Jah War" are the lyrical highlights, both flicking between Yardcore patois and Cockney patter with thrillingly savage precision.
Every part of London Zoo carries weight — from the apocalyptic lyrics and microphone abuse to Martin's primitivist bogle rhythms and rugged touch on the crossfader. Should you ever be steady rolling in an… read more »