Whether you get off on words, beats, tunes or all of the above, Edinburgh six-piece Stanley Odd deliver the full deluxe package. Alternative Scottish hip-hop with heart, mind, wit, grit, conscience and superb live musicianship, Stanley Odd’s sound is reaching well beyond the rapidly burgeoning subculture from which it emerged.
Their debut LP, 2010’s Oddio, won a raft of glowing reviews across mainstream and specialist media, while a hardworking gig schedule spread the word about their inspirational live shows, earning supports with the likes of Arrested Development, Asian Dub Foundation, Sage Francis and Easy Star All-Stars, alongside other high-profile appearances as diverse as T in the Park, Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, the Insider festival, Wickerman and Celtic Connections. Stanley Odd’s profile continued to climb throughout 2011 with the release of three five-track EPs, charting their rapid creative progress while winning further rave reviews and radio play, culminating in an appearance on BBC Radio 1’s live end-of-year rap special, alongside Smiler, Merky ACE, Lioness, Madhat McGore and Kobi Onyame.
Ever since the band first formed in 2009, meeting amid the Scottish capital’s close-knit, genre-blurring music scene, their foremost weapon has been the awesomely eloquent, densely patterned yet unerringly incisive wordcraft of emcee Solareye, aka Dave Hook. His mix of searing anger, subversive humour, sharp-eyed observation and stubborn optimism often targets current social/political issues, skewering topics from the ConDem coalition to Scottish independence in thrillingly kaleidoscopic tirades, declamations and exhortations, all underpinned by Everyman humility.
“Genuinely fresh and exciting. . . hip-hop on a par with the socially conscious likes of Jurassic 5; Michael Franti; as far back as Gil Scott-Heron, and with a pop sensibility that sneers at bling and gets on with living” (17seconds.co.uk)
“Combines the observational wit and savvy of The Streets with the full-band musicality of classic Scottish pop” (The Word)
“In a sane world, Stanley Odd would be way more popular than Snow Patrol” (The Skinny)