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Dan le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip
Coachella 2008 dan le sac Vs Scroobius Pip.jpg
Scroobius Pip (left) and Dan le Sac (right) at Coachella
Background information
Origin Stanford-le-Hope, England
Genres Electronic, hip hop
Years active 2007–2014[1]
Labels Sunday Best Recordings
Strange Famous Recordings
Website Band Site
Dan le Sac Site
Scroobius Pip Site
Members Dan le Sac
Scroobius Pip

Dan le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip are a hip-hop duo, combining electronic beats with sung, spoken, and rapped lyrics. The pair are Daniel Stephens (aka Dan le Sac; production, programming, keyboards, guitars and backing vocals), and David Peter Meads (1981–) (aka Scroobius Pip; vocals/rapper/poet). The name "Scroobius Pip" is an intentional misspelling of the Edward Lear poem, The Scroobious Pip. Dan le Sac originally hails from Corringham and Scroobius Pip from neighbouring Stanford-le-Hope in Essex. Their first single was "Thou Shalt Always Kill". Signed with the Sunday Best record label, Dan le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip released their debut album in 2008.[2] Titled Angles, it reached 31 in the UK album chart. They released their second album entitled The Logic of Chance on 15 March 2010 on Sunday Best. Scroobius Pip released his debut solo album, entitled Distraction Pieces, on 19 September 2011 – while Dan le Sac released his, Space Between the Words, on 9 July 2012. The duo's third album entitled Repent Replenish Repeat was released 7 October 2013 and debuted at number 22 in the UK top 40, the duo's highest album chart position to date.

History[edit]

Both Dan le Sac and Scroobius Pip worked as solo artists before forming this duo, Dan le Sac as a laptop musician, DJ and promoter, Scroobius Pip as a spoken word artist.

David Meads began writing poetry in about 2005; he adopted the pseudonym "Scroobius Pip" from Edward Lear's poem, The Scroobious Pip. In a 2010 interview with Beatdom, Meads explained why he chose the name: "I loved the story. It's about a creature that doesn't know what it is ...By the end [of the poem] he realises that he is simply The Scroobious Pip. He doesn't fit into any one category and can just be his own creature."[3]

The duo formed in 2006 after Dan le Sac booked Scroobius Pip to play at a gig he was promoting at the Fez Club (now Sakura) in Reading, around this time Dan le Sac started remixing Scroobius Pip’s solo album No Commercial Breaks, a selection of the remixes form the core of their debut album Angles but the band didn’t garner any commercial success until they wrote the original song "Thou Shalt Always Kill" at the end of 2006. Although it is commonly thought that Rob Da Bank of BBC Radio 1 gave the band their first radio play, it was actually John Kennedy of XFM London, the band sent a demo CD to John Kennedy in December 2006 and he played it on his Xposure show within 2 hours of receiving it.[4]

"Thou Shalt Always Kill" was re-released in 2009 with additional vocals by Pos Plug Won (Posdnous) of De La Soul.[5][6] In 2007 the duo released 2 singles on Lex Records, "Thou Shalt Always Kill" and "The Beat that my Heart Skipped" but it wasn’t until early 2008 that they signed for Rob da Bank’s Sunday Best record label and released their debut album Angles; the album was later released on Sage Francis’s Strange Famous Records in the USA and Traffic in Japan.

On Christmas Eve 2007, whilst still unsigned, the duo released a free download of "Letter From God To Man" which includes a sample of Radiohead's "Planet Telex". To promote this, the duo created and posted a spoof video on YouTube showing the pair auditioning for The X Factor in front of Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh. A montage of clips of judges' comments are added to their profanity-laden performance of what Scroobius Pip says is "'It Ain't No Fun' by Snoop Dogg, featuring Warren G, Nate Dogg and Kurupt." The clip, titled "Le Sac Vs Pip Letter from X-factor", was featured in "The 10 Best Clips of the Month" in the October 2008 edition of Q magazine.,[7][8] the video also included a voice over from Zane Lowe.

They have also appeared on the BBC's Sound, NBC's Last Call with Carson Daly, with Scroobius Pip appearing by himself on the BBC's Newsnight Review and Setanta Sport Channel, he has also been interviewed and performed live on Stephen Merchant's show on BBC 6 Music.[9]

They spent 2009 recording their second studio album, The Logic of Chance which was released in March 2010, preceded by the single "Get Better".

In September 2011 Scroobius Pip released his second solo album Distraction Pieces through the label Strange Famous Records (USA) and Scroobius Pips own Speech Development Records (UK). It debuted at #35 in the UK album charts.

In 2011, a portrait of Scroobius Pip was painted by British artist Joe Simpson, the painting was exhibited around the UK including a solo exhibition at The Royal Albert Hall. [10]

In July 2012 Dan le Sac released his debut solo album Space Between the Words on Sunday Best Records. The album features collaborations with B. Dolan, Sarah Williams White, Emmy the Great, Fraser Rowan, Joshua Idehen, HowAboutBeth, Merz and Pete Hefferan from British indie band Pete and the Pirates[11][12]

In February 2014, Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip performed another UK tour, stopping off in Belfast, Northern Ireland on Valentine's Day. [13]

Music and influences[edit]

The duo’s music includes Hip-Hop, Electronica, and Pop. On the duo's Facebook page they cite many influences including Sage Francis, Gil Scott-Heron, Chilly Gonzales, KRS-One, Rakim, Atmosphere, Purple Ronnie (although Scroobius Pip has stated that this is an intentional untruth),[14] Joy Division, Kraftwerk, Clark, El-P, Gorecki, Devendra Banhart, Beta Band, and Mogwai.[15]

Live gigs and tours[edit]

Since March 2007, they have undertaken multiple UK, US and European tours. The band have also appeared at the Glastonbury Festival '07, '09, '10 and '11. Reading and Leeds Festival '07 and '08, Lounge on the Farm '09, Bestival '07, '08, '09 and '10 Camp Bestival '08, '09 and '10, Beat-Herder festival in '10, Lowlands '08 and '10, Pukkelpop, Fuji Rock Festival, Coachella, Monolith Festival, Dour Festival, Beatherder '10, Pohoda festival '10, Electric Picnic '10 & Beach Break Live '10, Greenbelt Festival '09, Play Fest '12, Y Not '13 they played their first headline festival slot at 2000 Trees '11. On May 4th 2014 they are set to headline at YO1 Festival in York alongside De La Soul, Sub Focus and Pulled Apart by Horses.

Remixes[edit]

Dan le Sac also works as a remix producer, he has to date been commissioned to remix Biffy Clyro, Bat for Lashes (feat Scroobius Pip), Eddy Temple Morris's Losers (feat Riz Ahmed (AKA Riz Mc) and Envy), The Maccabees, King Blues (feat Scroobius Pip), Dub Pistols, This is Radio Freedom, Micachu, Tired Irie, Playdoe, Producers with Computers, Yila and has undertaken unsolicited remixes of Elastica, Radiohead, Florence And The Machine, Joy Division, Tricky and Bob Dylan.[16]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Single UK UK Indie Notes
2007 "Thou Shalt Always Kill"[17] #34
2007 "The Beat That My Heart Skipped" #85
2007 "A Letter From God To Man" free download
2008 "Look For The Woman" #72 #1
2008 "A Letter From God To Man" (Re-Release)[18] #170 #8
2009 "Thou Shalt Always Kill [De La Edit]" #116 featuring Pos Plug Won of De La Soul
2010 "Get Better"
2010 "Great Britain" / "Sick Tonight" double-A side
2010 "Cauliflower" featuring Kid A
2013 "Stunner" free download
2013 "Gold Teeth (feat. Flux Pavilion)
2013 "You Will See Me" 2013 Christmas Single

Albums[edit]

Year Album UK UK Indie Label Notes
2008 Angles #31 #16 UK: Sunday Best Recordings
US: Strange Famous Records
2010 The Logic of Chance #43 Sunday Best Recordings
2013 Repent Replenish Repeat #22 UK: Sunday Best Recordings
US: Strange Famous Records
Released 7 October 2013

Dan le Sac solo albums

Year Album UK UK Indie Label Notes
2007 Lesacsayyeah! self-released 50 copies
2011 Good Time Gang War Vol. 1 Dumb Drum Records live album; 100 copies
2012 Space Between the Words Sunday Best Recordings

Scroobius Pip solo albums

Year Album UK UK Indie Label Notes
2006 No Commercial Breaks self-released 1,000 copies
2011 Distraction Pieces #35 UK: Speech Development
US: Strange Famous Records

References[edit]

Notes
Bibliography
  • Wills, David S. (2010). "An Interview with Scroobius Pip". Beatdom 6: 69–71. 

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