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Rat Boy


Debut album of ska-pop from the Essex-born Jordan Cardy who was sampled on Kendrick Lamar's DAMN.

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  1. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    His rebellion is all real, and this bumper debut sees the 21-year-old, whose work was recently sampled by Kendrick Lamar, show his versatility
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  2. 8.0 |   Q

    The 21-year-old's eclectic debut oozes attitude, his pithy social commentary binding together sonic excursions into breezy funk-punk, poundshop hip-hop and indie tearjerkers. Print edition only

  3. 8.0 |   The Music

    Be warned - Rat Boy's debut is a 25-track juggernaut. But as it's padded out with jarring, quirky audio bites it's still incredibly digestible
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  4. 8.0 |   DIY

    Rat Boy’s a whole a lot smarter than he’s ever allowed himself to be shown as
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  5. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    Cardy seems best-placed to lead a guitar band revival
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  6. 7.0 |   Clash

    At its best Rat Boy delivers some of the most interesting and exciting moments to come from British music this year
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  7. 7.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    If you aren’t into skits and novelty voice acting then you might struggle with the twenty five-high track listing. If you are though, you’re in for a treat
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  8. 6.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Rat Boy shows enough potential on Scum to make it seem like he’s capable of building meaningfully from here
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  9. 6.0 |   Mojo

    A joyous mash-up of cheap beats, precinct-loitering aggro punk and youthful vim. Print edition only

  10. 6.0 |   The Observer

    More Westfield than Westway
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  11. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    It's a bouncy, youthful, over-excited Labrador of a thing
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  12. 6.0 |   NME

    More revolt than revolution. But there’s undoubtedly talent here – and there’s every chance Cardy, not T, will be the touchpoint 10 years from now
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  13. 6.0 |   music OMH

    There’s enough promise here to suggest that with more development and quality control, Ratboy could grow into an artist of significant stature
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