Ikil Oriion - 'Paranoise Void'

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Ikil Oriion - 'Paranoise Void'

Pretty entertaining.

There's a bloke in Manchester called Elavi; he's a musician, one of those who puts his stickers all over the city and has been selling himself for so long that it might not just be about fame any more, it might be just about setting up in the city centre with the guitar and boom box and playing his original songs. He's quite good, has the chat and some good hip hop influenced songs. His albums are a bit patchy mind...

Ikil Oriion is a bit like Elavi, albeit, you know, almost famous. He's got an avowedly personal musical vision and although he's boasting members of Fishbone, Suicidal Tendencies and Don Letts as a selling point, they don't muddy his work. And that work is pretty entertaining. He skanks, does Ikil, but also bounces around to the sounds of Taylor Swift and C Aguilera and opens his arms to bathe in the sizzling sun. He can go where he wants and if he sometimes stays there too long, we can surely forgive him a little misplaced pride.

At its worst, this at least has punky energy, as ‘St Roxx’ sprints so fast that it leaves all quality behind, relying on a fast seer-like message in the vocals and a skittish chorus to offer at least a modicum of interest. But at its best, ‘Babylon Fall’ might be recorded on springs, a bright fun-filled feel and cheesy moments of ska served up on a hot slice of Hammond but pulling back for a rather downbeat middle, still skanking, but with head down.

In the middle lie ‘You Talk Too Much’ which wafts a summer breeze through a frugging group of soft rocking fellas spitting some rather nasty lyrics and ‘Got Me Crazy’, roping in Don L, setting up the wheels of steel and scratching with abandon whilst the mix appears to be created in a garage style just for this track, deep bass grooves pushing it right to your very soul. He's trying to be the new, genre-defying face that we're crying out for, and his influences - Beasties, Prince, Morrisey, The Clash - are achingly eclectic. You can hear what he wants to be here, even if he can only get close enough to shout “Your Purpleness, I love you!" over and over again. He has his own voice and if it tends towards one two tone note here and there, it has enough oddness to presage some development.

He will be one to watch. He is a bit different. He won't be playing Wythenshawe town centre.

Steve Swift

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