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60. Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip – Thou Shalt Always Kill



Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip: just a band. And they wouldn’t want it any other way. Thou Shalt Always Kill, though, is not just any old song. Like Mike Skinner on bad speed or James Murphy transported to south London, this record takes on every piece of noughties perceived wisdom and slays it in cold blood, from everyday insincerity (“Thou shalt not stop liking a band just because they became popular”) to raging right-wing red-tops (“Thou shalt not think any male over the age of 30 that plays with a child that is not his own is a paedophile – some people are just nice”). But TSNK is more than just easy-target tubthumping: there’s a noticeable shift to wistfulness when Pip cautions the listener not to “fall in love so easily” and the subversion implied by using art to screw with girl’s minds is also an observation one beyond your average hip-hopper. Sure, there are inconsistencies and contradictions all over the track, but Pip’s sly delivery earns him the benefit of the doubt. And anyway, thou shalt not put musicians and recording artists on ridiculous pedestals, no matter how great they are or were, remember?

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