Stereo Typical

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Stereo Typical
Studio album by Rizzle Kicks
Released 28 October 2011 (2011-10-28)
Recorded 2010-11
Genre British hip hop, pop
Length 49:39
Label Island
Producer Ant Whiting, The Rural, Future Cut, Mike Spencer, Craig Dodds, Fatboy Slim
Rizzle Kicks chronology
Stereo Typical
(2011)
Roaring 20s
(2013)
Singles from Stereo Typical
  1. "Prophet (Better Watch It)"
    Released: 14 May 2011
  2. "Down with the Trumpets"
    Released: 10 June 2011
  3. "When I Was a Youngster"
    Released: 21 October 2011
  4. "Mama Do the Hump"
    Released: 18 December 2011
  5. "Traveller's Chant"
    Released: 8 April 2012
  6. "Dreamers"
    Released: 3 August 2012

Stereo Typical is the debut studio album by English hip hop duo, Rizzle Kicks. The album was released on 28 October 2011 through Universal Music Group and was met with generally positive reviews.

Singles[edit]

  • "Prophet (Better Watch It)" was released as the album's first official single on 14 May 2011. Although being released to radio two months prior, the single was unsuccessful, did not chart, and was quickly succeeded. The music video for the track was filmed on Brighton beach, and features a number of scenes in which the duo become warped between the scene and a series of neon lights.[1]
  • "Down with the Trumpets" was released as the album's second single on 10 June 2011. A demo version of the track was released via YouTube in 2010, however, this was removed when the track was officially released. The single became part of the record company's On Air, On Sale policy, debuting at #81 on the UK Singles Chart. The song reached a peak of number 8 seven weeks after its release.
  • "Mama Do the Hump" was released as the album's fourth official single on 18 December 2011. The track became the duo's highest charting single, peaking at number 2 on the UK Singles Chart, four weeks after its release. The music video for the track features cameos from James Corden, and both Jordan and Harley's parents. The single remains the duo's most successful release.[3]
  • "Traveller's Chant" was released as the album's fifth official single on 8 April 2012. The track peaked at number 44 on the week of release, becoming the second worst charting single from the album. The music video for the track premiered on 26 February, and features Jordan in the back of a cab, while Harley wanders along a cold, dark, snowy street.[4]

Promotional singles[edit]

  • "Miss Cigarette" was released as a promotional single on 23 December 2010, becoming the duo's first ever official release. A video for the song was uploaded to the group's YouTube account. The track was not eligible to chart.[6]
  • "Stop with the Chatter" was released as a promotional single on 28 October 2011, in order to promote the release of the album. A music video was uploaded to YouTube in promotion of the track. The track was not eligible to chart.[7]
  • "Even on a Rainy Day" was released as a promotional single on 30 April 2012, to promote the group's theatre and college tour of 2012. The video features footage of the song being performed live on tour, alongside clips of fans and backstage antics.[8]
  • "Demolition Man" was released as a promotional single on 11 July 2012, to promote the new away strip for Arsenal FC's 2012-2013 season. A short music video was uploaded to YouTube, featuring several players of the Arsenal squad.[9]

Reception[edit]

The album was met with mostly positive reviews from music critics, and currently holds a Metacritic score of 70.[10] Allmusic gave the album 3.5 stars out of 5, saying "Stereo Typical's good-natured swagger marks Rizzle Kicks out as one of the British urban scene's most entertaining new talents."[10] Q magazine gave the album 3 out of 5 and called Rizzle Kicks "a pop prospect with a winning charm you just can't teach".[10] The Guardian called the album a "cute soundbed for quickfire lyrics that reveal them to be typical teenage boys" and gave it 4 out of 5.[10]NME felt that they "tag-team across the record with a cheery glint, a self-deprecating wink and a boundless charm that's hard not to like" and gave the album 6 out of 10.[10] BBC Music said, in a positive review that the album is "An infectious introduction to some rightly rising pop-rap talents." MusicOMH called the album "an impressive debut album from Rizzle Kicks. Jordan and Harley confirm through their assured lyricism that they are not afraid of embracing their 18-year-old selves, producing an album that is accomplished, whilst also appealing to their Radio 1-listening peers." and awarded it 4 out of 5.[11] Clash music called it "a contemporary-pop triumph".[12]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Dreamers"   Harley Alexander-Sule, Emily Phillips, Jordan Stephens, Ant Whiting, Patrick Lyons, Alex Spyropoulos Ant Whiting 4:34
2. "When I Was a Youngster"   Harley Alexander-Sule, Jordan Stephens, James Dring, Jody Street The Rural 2:55
3. "Round Up"   Harley Alexander-Sule, Jordan Stephens, Ant Whiting Ant Whiting 3:35
4. "Down with the Trumpets"   Harley Alexander-Sule, Jordan Stephens, Dag Nabbit, Darren Lewis, Iyiola Babalola, Will Davies Future Cut, Mike Spencer 3:06
5. "Demolition Man"   Harley Alexander-Sule, Dean Barratt, Jordan Stephens, Craig Dodds Craig Dodds 2:59
6. "Prophet (Better Watch It)"   Harley Alexander-Sule, Jordan Stephens, James Dring, Jody Street The Rural 3:08
7. "Mama Do the Hump"   Harley Alexander-Sule, Timothy Powell, Jordan Stephens, Quentin Cook Fatboy Slim 3:36
8. "Miss Cigarette"   Harley Alexander-Sule, Jordan Stephens, Tom Caruana, Darren Lewis, Iyiola Babalola Future Cut 4:11
9. "Traveller's Chant"   Harley Alexander-Sule, Emily Phillips, Jordan Stephens, Ant Whiting Ant Whiting 3:28
10. "Stop with the Chatter"   Harley Alexander-Sule, Jordan Stephens, Darren Lewis, Iyiola Babalola Future Cut 3:31
11. "Homewrecker"   Harley Alexander-Sule, Emily Phillips, Jordan Stephens, Ant Whiting Ant Whiting 3:53
12. "Trouble"   Harley Alexander-Sule, Jordan Stephens, Darren Lewis, Iyiola Babalola Future Cut 3:02
13. "Learn My Lesson"   Harley Alexander-Sule, Emily Phillips, Jordan Stephens, Ant Whiting Ant Whiting 3:29
14. "Even On a Rainy Day"   Harley Alexander-Sule, James Murray, Mustafa Omar, Jordan Stephens, Ant Whiting Ant Whiting 4:07

Charts[edit]