Mikill Pane – Blame Miss Barclay

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Mikill Pane – Blame Miss Barclay
Out. Monday 9th September 2013

Discovering talent, whether accidentally or under the guidance of another, is a blessing that comes with its own curse. Talent isn’t enough. Complacency rules and hard work is for other people. Anyone familiar with Mikill Pane knows that he’s a talented wordsmith but a song is so much more than lyrics. Melody and dynamics are both important components in grabbing attention and maintaining interest. Having succeeded and grown with a slew of EPs, it’s time for Mikill Pane to take the next step. Does his debut album, Blame Miss Barclay, offer enough or is it just a laboured talent contest.

Mikill Pane reflects the twin streams of his album back at the listener; gift against hardwork. On the surface, Blame Miss Barclay is a brilliant hip-hop record with probing raps, interesting beats and indestructible flow. However, underneath that shining exterior, is a dark, character driven world that traverses individual tracks. I won’t ruin any of the twisting plots or give away any character development. That would steal something wonderful away from you. There’s something deeply satisfying about basking in epiphany; finding links between tracks after multiple listens and careful scrutiny. Pull apart any verse on Blame Miss Barclay, and you’ll find it littered with a daring and flirtatious use of the English language. Entendres skip freely as puns retain a mystic allure.

The songs that make up Blame Miss Barclay are a heady mix of upbeat, dance-laced wit and dark, skulking rap-threats. The influences are a fantastic collision of British music. From Ed Sheeran and The Streets to The Sex Pistols and The Libertines, Mikill Pane winks at these genre figureheads before strutting off to make his own mark. From the punk snarl of Blame Miss Barclay through the harrowing simplicity of Fade Away to the dangerous rampage of No-One Gets Left Behind, Blame Miss Barclay is proud with a dark humour.

The characters that inhabit Blame Miss Barclay aren’t your usual, disposable plot devices. They’re fully-formed, flawed and oh so real. Mikill Pane treats them with respect, and in turn, the listener cares. Their struggles become yours and you fall further down the rabbit hole. It’s not all bleak commentaries or flawed existences though. There’s a black comedy to the record, most of which is aimed at Mikill Pane himself.  Barbed insults and self-depravation lace the autobiographical songs providing comic relief, as well as buoyant smirks, in a churning sea of dark.

Tackling both the banal and the whimsical with equal charm and wit, Mikill Pane has constructed a breathtaking anthology. The chapters stand tall with isolated brilliance yet come together to create a modern day masterpiece.

Blame Miss Barclay is Mikill Pane’s Magnum Opus. There’s a wicked sense of fun tied together with real weight and heart. His attention to detail is impressive and the work he’s invested in developing melody and refrain has certainly had the desired effect. You can’t help but feel this is just the start of Mikill Pane’s incredible story.

Pre-order the album now, through these handy links.

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~ by justdip on 05/09/2013.

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