Skream - 2nd album details
Skream releases his second album Outside The Box on July 26th.
Ollie 'Skream' Jones is on a major roll. The 24 year old Croydon DJ, producer and original dubstepper had the festival anthem of last year with his Let's Get Ravey remix of La Roux's 'In For The Kill'; he's just been featured on the cover of NME with his Magnetic Man co-stars Benga and Artwork; and as we speak, he is all over Radio 1 with the first single from his second solo album, Outside The Box. The tune in question, 'Listenin To The Records On My Wall', is the perfect introduction to why Skream's current level of success is just the beginning. It's a joyful, ragingly energetic celebration of the last quarter decade of British street music, inspired by the hardcore and jungle records used by his older brother Hijak who was part of Grooverider's Internatty Crew. It's also a brilliant pop record that makes perfect sense to everyone who grew up surrounded by the breaks and beats of the 1990s – and to those who didn't.
Outside The Box is the sound of an artist who is ready to take his considerable talents to a wider audience without compromising any of the raw, hedonistic, emotional, loose-yourself madness that has made him literally legendary to the hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. Take 'Where You Should Be' a song which could have been made by Mike Skinner had he spent his whole life inside nightclubs, and features singer and songwriter Sam Frank. "I don't think I'll ever be sick of that track. I've easily listened to it 500 times. It's not fundamentally for the dancefloor." There's the 8-bit computer game inspiration of 'CPU'; the Daft Punk styled vocals of 'How Real' feat Freckles; the tuff but soothing heart-beat of 'Fields Of Emotion' and the Jocelyn Brown-sampling 'I Love The Way', which sees the first lady of disco pitched right down ('she sounds well mannish") and which you might have heard at Skream's massive festival sets at Pukkelpop, Glastonbury or Roskilde, where he and Benga began their crowd-surfing habit.