November 2, 2009, 2:03 am
Filed under: Album Reviews: Noted Artists


‘Declaration of War’
Surface Noise Recordings

Despite the title, here Hodouken! stray ever further from the confrontational dispositition of their South London Godheads, towards the more touch-feely side of their notorious ‘grindie’ handle. The grime in the grindie is James Smith’s MC flow and delivery, Nintendo breakdowns, cascading casio keys and deep, speaker-blowing bass, with all three elements criminally Xeroxed from their breakout tune. The indie in the grindie is Smith‘s gurny singing in a chorus that contains a genuine charge of synth-y emotion, and the reason the tune will be enjoyed in the bedroom as well as on the dance-floor. Curiously rich music then to be provided by the one band considered as this decade’s arch-villains of trash and disposability.


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