Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Labrinth ft. Tinie Tempah – Earthquake

I want to see the video Iain has in his head…


Iain Mew: The product of two guys at the top of their game and with the kind of insane confidence that leads you to fill a single with earthquakes, dropping bombs and “Disturbing London/Got the whole city panicking” and thus give it a 50% chance of it getting taken off the radio due to one world event or another at some point in its lifespan. The monastic singing and Buckingham Palace fanfare interruptions are both funny and thrilling and it’s a non-stop total banger otherwise. That piercing riff! The apology to “the shirts and ties”! Tinie doing remarkable things with just the word “yeah”! When he claims it as “a straight 10,” he’s not far off. 

Anthony Easton: I for one await the dub-step remake of Phantom of the Opera that this song hints at. 

Jonathan Bogart: It has a nice siren lope, and this is the first time I’ve had any occasion to be impressed by Tinie Tempah’s contribution, but that probably speaks worse of Labrinth than it speaks well of him. I kept waiting for any bomb to be dropped.

Brad Shoup: Did the Pixies ever stumble across dubstep? Sure seems like a wasted opportunity, doesn’t it?

Edward Okulicz: Labrinth is a fine producer, but this is the first time he’s produced something with such whimsy (fanfare!), and with Tinie on fine form on the verses, this is nearly a slam dunk. More ideas isn’t necessarily a good thing because for each witty, inventive touch, you can’t help but wish the chorus, the most oft-repeated bit, weren’t a bit of a lead balloon in comparison to the explosion of effects that permeate the rest of the track.

Katherine St Asaph: This is the warning disturbance before the surely quaking remix by — what, Labrinth’s already on this one? Maybe I need better speakers, or a club, or some makeup to fuck up. Will report back from the scene.

3 Responses to “Labrinth ft. Tinie Tempah – Earthquake”

  1. The music this guy Labrinth makes remains uninteresting to me, but he seems to be achieving considerable success.


  2. Whisper it quietly because I don’t think he wants people to know, but apparently Tinie Tempah is really pleased about how his career is going.

  3. Severely underrated.