The D.O.T. – And That
Mike Skinner returns with his new project which sees him partnered with indie rock vocalist Rob Harvey. The duo, titled The D.O.T. is a mix of retro electronic beats; synth fused pop lyrics and a tinge of new sounds that combine to form a rough, yet promising result. Taking into consideration Skinner’s repertoire and legacy amongst the UK hip hop scene, many would expect something rather special from him, especially since the end of The Streets. However, there is an element of this debut album that is lacklustre and dull. Though there are a few gems amongst the colourful sounding tracks, the majority of them seem to possess a droning that is rather irritating.
Goes Off begins with a very generic pop sounding intro and lyrics to match. The chorus is a bass rhythm that is a complete contrast to the verse, but somehow works, and makes the track a potential single. Weapon of Choice utilises strings for its intro, which then lead on to Skinner reciting his trademark The Streets style vocals. Nevertheless, the song moves on to a more electronic funk sounding chorus. The song’s real essence lies in its dark transition into a brooding march of horns, drums and eerily plucked strings. Once again the listener could easily compare it to the characteristic sounds of Skinner’s past successes. The only issue regarding this song, as well as many of the others on the album is Harvey’s vocals. They aren’t bad, but throughout the album you get the impression that his voice is too whiny and mismatched when compared with Skinner’s beats. Shut Up and Keep Talking is a well structured song, reminiscent of an 80s electro-melody. Right Side of Madness keeps the mood sombre and bogged down in the harsh realities of the world, a trait which comes very naturally to Skinner. The beat is sharp and effective. Strong Skunk portrays the funkier faces of both artists with its captivating, tropical attitude.
Overall the album delivers, but in a way that keeps the listener eager for another release as there is definite potential. Not brilliant, but not terrible either and best to keep up to date on any future releases.
And That is released on 22nd October 2012. For more information or to order the album visit The D.O.T.’s website here.
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