..to the world of Kieren Dickins aka DELS. The young MC has been creating a buzz ever since John Peel heard him as a teenager and put him on the radio. Now he's ready to re-write the rules of rap in the UK in a way that hasn't happened for years.
'Shapeshift' is a perfect place to start. The beat is courtesy of long-time collaborator Joe Goddard, better known for his work as part of Hot Chip. Goddard hooks up some ultra-squelchy, off-kilter electronic madness (as well as dropping in to deliver a poker-faced middle 8). Over it, DELS does what he does best, in this case taking us back to a childhood in which his biggest dream was to be able to turn into something else. It's a proper recollection of childhood, its fears and well as its fun, not one of those fake lists of vintage products like Raleigh Grifters. DELS slams it out in a clear voice which shows the influence of Grime, while the cleverness of his punch lines and metaphors show he ain't kowtowing to any of the many cliches of the form.
DELS has also made a video in collaboration with highly rated design duo Us, and it's no exaggeration to say it's one of the best promos we've seen in ages. We're not going to say any more but please, please check it!