The Bastard Sunz Present…
“Le Discotheque Martyrdom”
In much the same way that New York was once the epicentre of stateside Hip-Hop, dictating the direction of the music and culture from an almost unquestionable position of authority, the majority of the UK rap community often looked towards London to set the trends. Yet even since rap’s early days in Britain, artists from Bristol and the South West have always walked their own path, from the brilliant Numskullz to the quirky Aspects.
Continuing the Bristolian tradition of creative individuality, The Bastard Sunz’ “Le Discotheque Martyrdom” is a gleefully executed middle finger to what the Sunz themselves describe as a largely “stale, monotonous” UK Hip-Hop scene. The musical equivalent of “The Wicker Man” meets “Wild Style”, “Le Discotheque…” draws the listener into an off-kilter world of twisted imagery, dark humour, politically-incorrect punchlines and unique beats. Emcees B’Tilla and Mylo do a good job here of displaying the various facets of their rhyming abilities, from battle-ready lines to more concept-driven verses, all the time showing a chemistry that can only come from close friendship as well as a shared love of beats and lyrics.
The relentless “Top Rank” boasts sparse, old-school influenced production with the Sunz taking shots at “pussycat rappers trapped in big tiger chokeholds”, whilst the unsettling “The Shades” showcases the brilliant story-telling talents of B’Tilla as he weaves dark narratives around crisp production from Rola of the aforementioned Numskullz.
Whilst “Le Discotheque…” is full of wit and sarcasm, one of the album’s standout tracks is Mylo’s solo cut “Crescendo”, which finds the brutally honest wordsmith detailing his battles with personal demons over Flipz’ stirring strings. Elsewhere, the atmospheric “Jesus Loves Jamie Bastard” is a vicious cut-and-paste track built around the turntable skills of crew member DJ Rogue.
Like a smiling clown holding a baseball bat behind his back, “Le Discotheque Martyrdom” is a heady mix of unpredictable playfulness and underlying menace. Overall, the album is an impressive debut that will keep those who take the time to check it out entertained from beginning to end. Bristol side wins again.