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FOREIGN BEGGARS: United Colours Of Beggattron – 2009 – Album review

Rating: ★★★☆☆

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, this autumn has had a mad crazy release schedule as labels everywhere make up for the fact that they could barely be arsed to release anything in the spring. As a consequence, review turnaround times have been shorter than an old-schooler’s come back. Given that the UK hip-hop underground’s ‘most-likely-to’ (that’ll be the FBs) have new album United Colours Of Beggattron out on Monday that left only one option. That’s right – it’s time for a ‘byron’. You must know the drill…

INTRO
Upbeat intro – topical – bit of Obama – yeah, I’m feeling this…

MOVE HIGHER (Audra Nishita)
Sounds like the slow intro-bit to a mid-nineties Goldie/ Metalheadz track. All the way through. With rapping on. Apparently FBs have been around for ages but haven’t got the recognition they deserve. A fresh topic you’ll agree.

KEEP IT COMIN’ (feat. Jehst, Kyza & Dr Syntax)
This one’s ok – bit of scratchin’ and Kidulthoodie ‘ya brer’s beeyatch gat a rass claat’ rhymes. Plus a lame male vocal rnb hook.

BREAK FREE (feat. Audra & Kai Nishita)
The third track with a positive mental attitude title, yet another rnb hook and a kick drum I can barely hear. I went to switch the kettle on during this one.

DON’T DHOOW IT (Feat. King Knut)
Sounds like a Cool Kids beat but Foreign Beggars rapping – first one that makes my ears perk up. Mainly because it reminded me of Cool Kids.

HEREFORD HOSPITAL (Skit)
The promo cd sleeve tells you this one’s a skit in case it’s playing and you’re deaf. Inexplicably imagines a vaguely Asian sounding hospital radio DJ announcing a performance by Foreign Beggars. I’ve had funnier colds.

SEVEN FIGURE SWAGGER (Feat. Dubbledge, Badness & Rednaz)
A chorus that won’t leave your head all day, this is P.R.O.P.E.R.

CONTACT (feat. Noisia)
…as is this. Deserves to be as big as Root’s Witness. Huge beat by Dutch dnb heads Noisia. Some twat on a site called monkeyboxing only gave the single 3.5 out of 5.

SHAKE IT (feat. Noisia)
The one where the boys get a bit ‘naughty’. Contains cerebral rhymes like, “Love to take you out on a date if I could/ Maybe let me give you a taste of my wood.” On reflection, makes me think of filthy bumping and grinding so not that bad.

GET A BIT MORE
The synth-keyboards one.

CORRIDORS (Skit)
This one’s a skit too. Well – more of a 30 second beat really.

ASYLUM BOUND (feat. Ben Sharpa)
Starts with a voice like that Asian Fonejacker character who works for an ‘internet service providings’ call centre. But set in an asylum. About going mad or something. Probably sounds better if you’ve been at the green.

BIG N’BLACK (Phat Kat)
Starts off with a Chicago sample making you think it’s about to turn into a M.O.P. style banger. Then goes a bit tinny – probably so it sounds good on the kids’ mobile phone speakers. Not the best beat for Phat Kat’s 50 second phoned-in rhyme – he sounded much better on DJ Design’s last LP…

PROVE IT (Guilty Simpson)
…as did Guilty Simpson funnily enough. How’m I supposed to get amped off something that permanently sounds like it’s going to kick off but never does?

SOME ADVICE (Skit)
Scratching at the start wakes you up but it turns out it’s a skit.

NO MORE (Kashmere, Jehst & DJ 2Tall)
Arguably the best lyrics on the LP but sounds like it was made during a mad ketamine binge at the Dented studios. Could have done with being a bit faster and having more bass.

KEEPING THE LINE FAT (feat. Graziella)
Mid-nineties female garage vocal hook, a beat that sounds like late-era disco ramming grime at the lights and FBs rock up about a third of the way through. The sound of arriving at some sort of ‘Grime-fest’ in Michael Knight’s K.I.T. In a good way.

NO HOLDS BARRED (feat. Devlin, Noisia & DJ 2Tall)
Noisia again. Not unlike a digital earthquake.

SAFEDRIAN
Instrumental. Sounds like a last track. Mind you, so do quite a lot on this.

COMMENTS: Props to the FBs for attempting to craft an album that aims to maintain underground credibility while giving the pop charts a sly grope but United Colours of Beggattron basically revolves around a three track centrepiece with satellites of largely decreasing interest either side, despite a slew of heavyweight UK and US guests. As an LP this has the same sense of anti-climax that I got from Roots’ Run Come Save Me where nothing else on the LP approached the magnitude of Witness. Still, good enough singles potential to merk the competition and in any case how many whole albums do you listen to on a regular basis these days anyway? Tasteful cover too.

Listen to Foreign Beggars – United Colours of Beggatron

Foreign Beggars – Myspace

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FOREIGN BEGGARS: ‘Contact’ video

More dutty-ness, this time from the dirty south in the shape of the video for recent Foreign Beggars/ Noisia collabo single. And you know what? As I predicted in my own review of this the other week, it’s still improving with every listen. Quite possibly the most convincing bid for homegrown-UK hiphop crossover success since Roots Manuva’s Witness this not only detonates with a shockwave so massive the competition is largely vaporised but also demonstrates that you can keep your credibility’s virginity intact and still have a hit – which this must surely be. The total opposite of Dizzee, Tinchy and Chipmunk who it makes look like a trio of bumfluff-sporting, chancers. Oh. Hang on…
Foreign Beggars – Myspace
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FOREIGN BEGGARS & NOISIA – 2009 – Single review

Rating: ★★★½☆

FOREIGN BEGGARS: (On the phone to Dutch DnB boys Noisia) Got that beat for us yet?
NOISIA: (Excitedly) Sure. We have crazy beats for you right now! You know when you change your printer’s ink cartridge and you lift up the lid and it grinds out for you to catch it before it disappears again?
FB’s: (Warily) Ye-eahh?
NOISIA: (Ridiculously pleased with themselves) We sampled that sound but make it a million times heavier!
Ok, maybe it didn’t happen quite like that but on hearing this I do wonder where else Noisia could have lifted inspiration for beats – the office photocopier doing a big double-sided run with staples perhaps or the sound of your laptop burning a cd. And yet the ‘Beggars bigging themselves up over this grime-y industrial strength rhythm keeps growing on me. At first I didn’t like it at all, today I like it…hell – tomorrow I could be saying stuff like ‘it’s the biggest thing in UK hip-hop since Roots Manuva’s Witness.’ Maybe it’s a bit like when your beer-goggles kick into action – in which analogy this track would be the object of your growing affections. The only problem with that is that I haven’t ‘drunk’ any ‘beer’. Maybe it’s because my senses have just been bludgeoned into submission. Comes with Shake It which finds the boys having a cheeky perv over chicks and a dnb mix of Contact too, if you’ve got the energy.

Listen to Foreign Beggars – Contact

Foreign Beggars – Myspace

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FOREIGN BEGGARS: New single ‘Contact’ + Studio video blog

The band with the best Daily Mail-reader-baiting name ever are back with new single Contact (b/w Shake It) in October and they’ve released a video blog to show y’all how it’s done with regard to laying down a track – see below links…
(PRESS RELEASE) Diggety Damn! The Foreign Beggars back at it with their sizzling hot new single ‘Contact’ b/w ‘Shake It’ dropping this October 5th. Taken from the forthcoming album ‘United Colours of Beggattron’ this smash of a single shows a clear progression in the Beggars direction, heading toward total domination of the dance genre in a serious fashion.
‘Contact’ sees the crew link up with Dutch D’n’B stalwarts Noisia for some seriously bass heavy, tweeter blowing mayhem! Widely tipped to ‘got next’ in the same line as production outfits Pendulum and Chase’n’Status, Noisia’s production on this single can only be described as monstrous, their trademark growling basslines and industrial strength drum programming providing the futuristic soundscape for the Beggars to throw down some serious swagger on the vocal front. A match made in Mordor!! And with a horrendously filthy D’n’B remix to boot, you can expect this to ring in your ears days after you hear it murkalising on a club system. URGHT!
The flipsides ‘Shake It’ picks up where their previous dancefloor hit ‘Gash’ left off… on a griiiiizzzzzzle. Metropolis and Orifice Vulgatron aka Sean Peng trade sordid verses over a heavily swung Noisia production with more bounce to the ounce than Zapp and Roger on steroids. Humourous, witty and ever tongue-in-cheek, the Beggars give you an insight to whaa gwaan in the love lounge! It aims to make you do just what it says on the label!
As the guys say, “We got a whole lot of hype, a whole lot of stripes” – and it’s clear to see why. Let the single take you up to the top of the rollercoaster and then hit the album for the full on loop-the-loop! It’s about to go down, so make sure you’re part of the spectrum of the United Colours Of Beggattron!
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Foreign Beggars – Myspace

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