Coming straight out of Leeds, the duo comprising of D Bizzy and Danger together form the Double D Dagger crew. Now coming out on Cryogenic Recordings, the label which previously released Asaviour and IRS the Double D Dagger guys are dropping their debut EP – the Packaged Fear EP.
In the build up to this release the Double D Dagger crew have guested and appeared alongside acts including Roots Manuva and Tommy Evans as well as Leeds favourites LSK and Nightmares On Wax. They have also shared stages with the likes of Oh-No, Klashnekoff, Blak Twang and Jazzy Jeff.
The five track EP starts off with the Intro which features drops from Klasnekoff, J Needles and Skribbla over a backing of Tubular Bells and a bit of a lightweight beat. The first full track is the Twisted Funfair track with its somewhat misleading backing which could be sampled from some Disney films. The lyrics are conversely eerie and evocative and fit well with the sounds which are produced by Cryogenic’s own Darkblue. When taken with the lyrics this beat takes on a haunting string effect. The vocal arrangements and pounding percussion propels Danger and Bizzy into a full on rant about the state of today’s world. Everything from Religion to conspiracy theories is subject matter for the MCs with lines like, ‘ignorant opinions contaminate the millions’, everyone gets it in the neck – Double D Dagger style.
Next up is Left Right which features militaristic snare rolls and marching production from Kennosuke. The swirling, driven percussion is what this beat is all about and gives Danger the perfect chance for a full vocal work out. It doesn’t take long to realise that this track should be a dancefloor killer.
The third track Riddim Ride also opens with some bongo percussion and is produced by Chambers. Populated largely with battle and brag raps this is a carnival anthem in the making. It has a sub-sonic bass line and sparse drums which suit D Bizzy’s flow perfectly. He shows off his skills in style and when coupled with the infectious chorus makes it a potential summer anthem.
The EP is rounded off with Batterram which as with Twisted Funfair is produced by Darkblue. It opens with a great vocal sample which sets up the vibe immediately. This is quite slow paced and is another dark concoction upon which the MCs display their lyrical potency, but it does sound a bit less produced than the other tracks and does lack some urgency.
A new sound emerging from the North. Be sure to look out for Double D Dagger.