Jan 04

DR. ALBAN — ‘No Coke’

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I know what you’re thinking — rapping dentist from Sweden makes anti-drugs record, time for a chuckle. And certainly the odds are against Dr Alban — his delivery is comically serious and his chorus runs ‘Cocaine will blow your brain and ecstasy will mash — your life!’. But there’s a twist! The digital groove of ‘No Coke’ is undeniable (as is that chorus to be honest). It’s rigid but totally propulsive, android pop-rave skank with a little keyboard squiggle-riff for a power-pack. Once you’re into it you stop registering the lyrics as ‘stupid’ — in fact the verse about Denniz Pop is rather affecting. I would love to see this kind of wide-eyed party sound make a comeback, to be honest.


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    Steve Mannion on 30 Aug 2009 #

    Robyn performing ‘No Coke’ with Dr Alban at the Way Out West festival in Gothenburg a few weeks back: http://bit.ly/IeZ3B

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