Since my recent picks have focused on metal acts, I thought I would mix it up this week with some hip hop. While I’m not the most knowledgeable person when it comes to this genre, Fun Da Mental is not your typical rap group either. The politically-minded British collective typically gets slotted into the hip hop or world music categories, but I would personally describe their sound on Erotic Terrorism as a mix of the Prodigy, Pop Will Eat Itself, and the Butthole Surfers.
The first track available below, “Demonised Soul”, is something any fan of the Prodigy is likely to enjoy. Next up is “Godevil”, which is unlike any song I’ve heard before. The tune alternates between verses with spoken lyrics and south-Asian instruments, and a thundering chorus with STP guitar samples. There is even a piano interlude thrown in for good measure. The track is one of my personal favourites, but it’s perhaps not for everyone. If you are feeling adventurous, the video that accompanies the song is also worth seeking out.
In case those two tracks aren’t hip hop enough for you, I’ve also included “Dog Tribe” from Fun Da Mental’s debut album. Imagine Public Enemy with British accents and Eastern music samples and you’ll have a good idea of what to expect.