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Service with a Smile

by dat Brass

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Service with a Smile is dB’s playful middle finger to sterile corporate art. Originally inspired by the faux-uplifting soundtracks to bank adverts, Looby channels conscious East coast rap to rail against the Wall Street wolves in sheep’s clothing. Seb Skelly provides a transcendent flugel solo, weaving through the lyrics like a 90s Bristolian trip-hop vocalist before DJ Dubba Dutch lays the catchiest cuts to drive it all home. Beware the devil you know. Fight the powers that be.


Verse 1
When I peruse
All the new confusing mixes
Reperfusing hits
And breaking tunes in bits
I refuse to listen to a fusion which
Is a soft-pop imagining of Ludacris
Excuse me miss
I just think its too remiss
To take a tune diluted with a stupid twist
Use the same old rubric
You’re not cool for making it acoustic
Might sound ruthless
A bit rude
But when I do spit
I spit truths
Yet I got loose lips when I let loose
So it’s time to pen my first diss track since yes dude dropped
Cause the mess you got
Distracts so misbegot
You got the context swapped
And made the contents cropped
Cut paste
Condense the complex plot
Take concepts
You could never comprehend
And condescend
Cos the con you caught us in is causing me to count to ten

‘Cos the devil that we know
Is the definition definite of devil that we don’t
And we heard it for a while
Purchase with a purpose
And a service with a smile

Verse 2
Every enterprise, trying to utilise
Using music that’s reduced until it’s neutralised
To unify and humanise
I do despise
Now they’re tuning in to intuition
Using feelings like an ammunition
Makes the revolution televised
But you’re no friend of mine
I can see through you like a translucent pair of eyes
Consumerism is its own reward if you are selling souls
A euphemism yes but I am bored of all your wretched goals
It’s a stretch I know
To allege that instrumentals might be acting as an envelope
Messing with us ever so
Softly on a mental level
Peddling the devil that we know
Until it’s bevelled into best in show
Now I rest my case
I presented to you how the west was won
And how they want to make the rest embrace
Seeing corporations as defining what we love to hate
Taking stock of what they got and shining out a smiling face


released April 1, 2021
mc - looby
trumpets - seb skelly (solo), joe prescott
saxes - jake heath, adam mcloughlin
trombones - ben smith, jasper rose
bass (sousa) - michael ruddlesden (production)
drums - jack tann
dj - dubba dutch
electric bass - dan johnson
strings - alleya weibel, cristina cooper, dan giles, niamh sanders, hannah garty

producer - jess camilleri
master - dr meaker

thanks to Moschops & Chris Tofu


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