“Play the music louder, louder, louder, crank up the bassline” screams the angry and rather confusing opening track of the new Murkage EP Default Sovereign. Confusion seems to be a recurring theme here, with the EP being described as hip-hop/grime/dubstep/electronica. So, all bases covered there then… just in case. If anything, this reminds me of Underworld’s tongue in cheek rave classic Born Slippy than anything else. Throw in a few faux suburban rhymes a-la later Dizzee Rascal and you’ve got a record that’ll fit right in with the core student clubbing audience that, to be fair, makes up most of the Murkage crowd.
To give Murkake their due, Default Sovereign does comprise of a mix of hip-hop, grime and dubstep as they proclaim, but in reality this is a horrible, diluted sanitised version that renders this EP rather irrelevant in 2011. I’m pretty sure we’re not supposed to take this record seriously, and as a bit of light hearted entertainment I suppose it does the job, if thats your kind of thing. I just don’t quite get it though, I’m afraid.
Default Sovereign is available as a free download.