Deadboy – Cash Antics Volume 1 (Well Rounded Records 004) – 8/10
The label art, with a disturbingly bleeding bare bosom, promises b-movie horror experience. In fact the “blood” is Deadboy’s stylised signature and three tracks are packed with R’n’B-influenced UK garage tunes. Girls rap on swooshing bass lines, breaks and fat beats.
“Way That I Luv U” on A1 sounds as a charismatic female duet in an intense lyrics showdown. The instrumental part is a lightweight synth-driven experience, having even something cheesy in it and reminding of 90’s simple eurodance compositions.
On the flip powerful and naughty girl voice decorate also “Unofficial Girl”, with the same smoothness and moderate bass hooks. “Long Way 2 Go” is another definition of a dubstep ballad with an impressive balance of spiritual and powerful female voices, menacing sub-basses and divine keyboards.
In a constant flood of garage and dubstep releases, Deadboy’s recent one has ventured on a urban vocal trip and created a lively record that works well.