Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Dizzee Rascal the Shows We Missed

I missed my chance to catch Dizzee Rascal at Emo's last night, but bloggers get tired too. Besides Dizzee loves it here, in the last year he's performed at least half a dozen times, including once where I get my haircut (Bird's Barbershop). If you didn't hear about Dizzee Rascal back when Fix Up, Look Sharp was being hyped, then keep your ears open for his 2008 summer jam, Dance Wiv Me. This song is already number 1 in the UK following Dizzee's triumphant Glanstonbury appearance, where some say he outshone Jay-Z?!?! Most who would say that are English though.

UK hip-hop is much different from US hip-hop, the UK sound is much more closely related to electronic and dance music as opposed to 70's R&B/Soul. Dizzee Rascal sounds like he's a bigger fan of Orbital than he is of the Jackson 5 for getting the party started. Dance Wiv Me is a great example of this aesthetic, Calvin Harris and Chrome are both featured, with that signature Calvin Harris electro-funk groove leading the way. I see this hitting the U.S. market in a commercial before the radio plays it, which is a pretty sad statement. But what're you gonna do when Clear Channel won't take any chances?

Video and more after the jump:

Dizzee Rascal - Dance Wiv Me ft. Calvin Harris and Chrome video via YouTube

Just for fun here is a live video of Orbital doing Chime in .MOV format. Which, means it's like a 30MB file. But it's pretty awesome...especially considering this post isn't even about Orbital.