Tuesday 17th November 2015
‘Lego’ by Milk Kan featuring Emily Capell marks the transformation of the former indie touring band into the multi-layered solo and collaborative career of songwriter and poetic force, Scrappy Hood.
The song is about a relationship break-up and was originally written as a duet that featured on Milk Kan’s last album Junk Shop but without the intended female vocal part. Junk Shop’s closing track ‘The Song The Night Owned’ (with its haunting Brenda Lee sample) hinted at Milk Kan’s wider ambitions and exposed a less boisterous and sensitive side. When Scrappy heard Emily Capell’s moody and menacing acoustic single ‘Who Killed Smiley Culture’ (released on Blang last year) he knew he’d found the missing female voice. The two plan to collaborate again so watch this space.
Milk Kan rose to fame as an innovative South London indie-hip-hop force around 2006 with immediate chart success in the shape of debut single ‘Bling Bling Baby’, championed by the likes of Steve Lamacq and Chris Moyles on Radio 1. Subsequent UK tours with the Violent Femmes and Hayseed Dixie were followed by a second indie chart topper ‘God With an iPod’ and their self-titled debut album on Blang.
Now solo, Milk Kan aka Scrappy has begun testing new material with occasional appearances, melding poetry, playwriting and storytelling into his performances alongside a number of studio collaborations, including a long stretch over at Prince Fatty’s headquarters.
‘Lego’ marks a change in tempo for Milk Kan as well as the welcome voice of Emily Capell. Expect to hear more from this multi-talented wordsmith with an ear for a good tune and a snatched sample.
For this week only you can stream ‘Lego’ over on SoundCloud:
The single also comes with the two following entertaining videos: