Thursday, September 8, 2011

Rizzle Kicks: When I Was Younger

After hitting the top of the charts last week with Olly Murs, the cheeky rap chaps from Brighton ready their first official single, When I Was Younger.

At 19 years-old, Harley Alexander-Sule and Jordan Stephens, who are nominated for a MOBO next month, claim influences from Roy Ayers, Quincy Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Frank Sinatra, Stevie, James Brown and a wealth of ‘60s soul. As well as a nod to the old-skool, the boys also embrace everything from country, ska and hip hop, to straight up pop chord progressions and incredibly, ridiculously catchy choruses. "We’ve slaved to find a definition of our sound because it’s more edgy than pop but it’s not pure hip hop either – it’s somewhere in-between," ponders Harley. "We used to say indie-hop but that sounds really lame!" 

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