Dan le sac vs Scroobius Pip – 'Get Better'
Critics whipping boys they may be, but I'm a big fan of spoken-word duo Dan le sac vs Scroobius Pip. So much so that I went to see them last night at The Foundry here in Sheffield. Much of what's said about the duo bugs me as it's based around fundamental misunderstandings. Firstly Scroobius Pip is slated is slated for his rapping skills, when a rapper he is not. Secondly, his lyrics are seen as preachy and smug. Of course those who see his stream-of-consciousness monologues in this way are usually those who like to be doing the preaching themselves (yes, I'm looking at you Pitchfork).
What I'm basically trying to get at is that Scroobius Pip (and his electro cohort Dan Le Sac) are actually pretty smart and funny guys. They may be self aware, but they have the good sense not to take themselves too seriously. It's always the way that the first to stick their heads above the parapet from the fortress of a terminally underground or uncool scene are going to be targeted by the arrows of the hip and vocal.
The new single was one of many highlights of last night's set and appears on their album, which is due out today. Normally I'll tell you at this point whether or not said record is any good. But in this case, it was dispatched late and my preorder hasn't arrived yet. Of the new material that I have heard by Le Sac & Pip this seems to be the one most likely to ingrain itself in the skull, and seems for that reason a wise idea for a single.
As you might assume from the title, 'Get Better' is a little bit like a motivational speech, and will probably turn some people off because of this. Still, if you listen to what Mr Pip has to say then there's bound to be something to take on board, even if this is only the simple hook that is the repeated refrain of the title. Let's be honest; no matter what we do, there's always some way in which we could all do with getting better.
As a last quick note, this song is available on a nice pink 7”, from the duo's shows and some record shops.