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Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Official Burnt Toast

Anyone that follows Ralph on Twitter will know he's partial to a bit of toast, preferably charred around the edges, so it's no surprise there was a bit of excitement here in the kennel when the soon to be released (November 2nd) Money As Debt Double A Side Single by Official Burnt Toast hit the turntable. With flip side Hi Time it's a great intro to their Tubs 'n Tongue-Fu album on Sonskrif.

The sociopolitically incisive brand of jazzy, spoken-word hip-hop stylings they purvey are reminiscent of Arrested Development or A Tribe Called Quest but the message Official Burnt Toast bring on this Double A Side Single is germane to what's happening around us today.






Official Burnt Toast are Adrian Lawrence, Patrick Luke and Abrar Hafiz. Based in East London with their version of spoken-word, hip-hop and punk variously described as:

"an infectious cocktail of American paranoia, Canadian objectivity and a very English obsession of introspection and the fly on the wall documentary with the warmth of an accessible sound”.




Official Burnt Toast were featured in The Observer, where respected fashion photographer Perou is quoted as saying:

“I always shoot to music except when we’re being filmed for TV shows and we’re not allowed. My fave band at the moment is Official Burnt Toast. Their music is between spoken word and rap. It’s very funky, but with English sentiment”.




Known for their electric live performances, The band cite Glastonbury where they played the Green Peace stage to a capacity crowd as, “one of the best gigs we’ve done to date”. Needless to say Ralph's already given Official Burnt Toast a spin on his Radio KC Indie Show and it's no surprise they'll be featuring regularly in the future.