Chris Leese and Oli Frost release their (loosely) football themed LP entitled ‘Big Shots’. The album was released back in June, and the Euro’s have been and gone, but the concept is still pretty original. Chris is perhaps best known for his appearances on the Don’t Flop battle league, but he’s got a fair few musical releases under his belt, and this latest LP is distributed through his longtime home of Innit Records.
‘Kick Off’ is a decent opener; the beat is a banger and it’s a good introduction to the rapper/singer partnership. Chris’ tongue-twisting flow comes out towards the end of the track, and Oli’s hooks and harmonies are a great addition; the chemistry the duo possess is clear from the outset. ‘The Landline’ is one of Chris’ best performances, displaying honest and introspective writing. ‘Moan’ is a highlight; a catchy chorus, bouncy, crisp production and a witty perspective make for an entertaining and captivating track. The distinctly British character portrayed by Chris and Oli is executed with frantic flows and accessible production.
The excellent ‘Can You’ might piss off the feminists, but Chris delivers a scathingly accurate of Made In Chelsea types and the like, and he displays complex rhyme schemes and hilarious content. The aggressive delivery and hyped production of ‘Tattoos & Trainers’ is well-executed, and it’s nice to hear the LP laced with a wide sonic variety. Chris Leese’s percussive, rapid-fire flow is wildly energetic, and he’s perfectly in-pocket throughout. The album’s closer ‘Full Time’ is an an example of the main flaw though; when the production is on the level of Chris’ animated delivery the results are great, but the beats found on ‘Big Shots’ have a tendency to be overly-dramatic, instead of sticking to the punchier, rawer vibes found on the LP’s more successful tracks.
If you like your hip-hop distinctly British with a sharp injection of humour, Chris Leese and Oli Frost are sure to deliver some material that is to your liking. Chris’ ferocity on the microphone is displayed consistently through the album, and although some of the production is a little overcooked, the overall sound found on ‘Big Shots’ is a cohesive one.
By Sam Bennett