Rat Boy has shared ‘Laidback’, taken from his eagerly anticipated debut album ‘Scum’ – and you can listen to it now on the Shoot Music – New Releases Playlist.
‘Laidback’- which received its first play on Radio 1 as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record in the World – represents a significant change-of-pace from the anarchic collision of genres that we’ve come to expect from Rat Boy.
The track also features a special guest in the shape of Blur’s Graham Coxon who contributed guitar and recently joined the band to perform it at their sold-out headline gig at London’s Roundhouse.
‘Scum’ finds Rat Boy – aka Jordan Cardy – exploring relatable themes of his and his friends’ experiences growing up disillusioned in suburban Essex. While the album is united by such concepts, musically Rat Boy jumps at will between hip-hop, punk, indie anthems, gospel, big beat and bossa nova like the Beastie Boys for the Brexit generation.
The collection shows Rat Boy’s evolution as a producer and lyricist with several tracks that are established staples of his riotous live show. Other highlights of ‘Scum’ include the Blur-tinged ‘I’ll Be Waiting’ which Rat Boy wrote with his live band and added to the album at the last minute, and ‘Sad Sad’, which was inspired by France’s influential jazz-funk-fusionists Cortex and features en vogue model and musician Mallory Merk.
To unite the album’s scattergun approach to genre, Rat Boy created a series of short interludes which give ‘Scum’ the atmosphere of an anarchic radio station. The DJ was played by voice actor Lloyd Floyd, who is best known for voicing a huge selection of characters in the immersive world of ‘Grand Theft Auto’ – Cardy credits ‘GTA: San Andreas’ as a game that first ignited his interest in music. Floyd, Rat Boy and drummer Noah Booth collaborated on these interludes at The Beastie Boys’ Oscilloscope Studio.