Milk Kan

Within seconds of pressing play, my mind is screaming “if nobody mentions The Streets I’ll eat a hamster”. However, perhaps I’ve spoken too soon and I ought to pop the little fella back in to his cage for a couple more minutes.

The Streets reference aside, Milk Kan are three geezers from South London with suspiciously cool names and cross breed style of Romeo Urban meets Juliette Country-Blues, but don’t worry – no one dies. Yet!

‘Bling Bling Baby’ is actually the only song that really, really sounds like The Streets, with a swaggering beat, vocals with a ‘fick-accent’ and some well placed acoustic guitar and unusual samples.

Something a bit different pops up in each subsequent track, in the form of a Dirty Dancing sample that supplies the main chunk of ‘Wat U See Aint Wat U Get’; the Why-esque (if you can remember them) fast-folk style of ‘Real Fake World’ and the punk-tinged sound of ‘Kill All the A&R Men’, which (as you may have gathered) is Milk Kan’s way of asking for their CDs back. These is also the great listing track, ‘Without You’, which brings to mind The Housemartins ‘Song for Whoever’ (without sounding like it, I might add!)

Milk Kan are clearly muffling a smile as the stiff-upper-lipped world ask ‘I say, are you taking the piss?’ This is poetry without the up-the-arse pseudo-intellectualism and social commentary without the smug superiority.

Did I mention that the first track sounds a bit like The Streets? Hammy’s safe for another night then!

Smith
Stuart 'Saur' Smith was a prolific writer for The Mag throughout the magazine's lifetime. He combined a day job of temporary office jobs in London with a nightlife of trawling the capital's music venues looking for talent. As well as writing about music, he was a session musician who featured on a number of singles in the 90s. Today, Stuart is a Chief Writer for Phonotonal.