Sunday, June 12, 2005

Times Eye Review

In at the Deep End (Relentless)

Roll Deep are best known as Dizzee Rascal’s old crew. While their roots lie in the eski/grime scene, however, In at the Deep End demonstrates little desire to remain immersed in fractious electro rhythms and dense urban patois. Switching genres with all the alacrity you’d expect from a unit with three producers, a beats merchant and nine MCs, they retain a collective identity that refuses to play to genre rules.

Flying Away sets the tone with smooth guitar and a looped female vocal chorus, fulfilling its promise to “raise eyebrows”, and the surprises keep on coming for 12 more inventive tracks.

4 Stars out of 5

Mike Pattenden