Interview With Milk Kan
BILLY BRAGG BRAWLING WITH JOHNNY CASH IN BILL HICKS’ COFFIN
It’s been over five years now since I started dropping Milk Kan’s Bling Bling Baby into my DJ sets. It took them a further three years to get their eponymous debut together. Now these South London anti-folkers are back with their second long-player (The Junkshop) and it seems they’ve found even more confidence and lyrical geniality somewhere along the way. Produced by respected dub master Prince Fatty, it’s a genre-defying hotch-potch of audio vibrancy that pretty much sums up the diverse melting pot that is their Brixton stomping ground. Milk Kan have always been unafraid to splice styles and genres, and cross-pollinate codes through their use of samples, beats and free-wheeling, sing-along choruses, alongside more traditional band instrumentation. Veering capriciously but coherently between calypso-dappled dubplates, guitar grooves, bursts of Latino and old-school hip-pop-orientated prole anthems, there’s a huge element of warming fun and street humour to everything they do.
Check out these photos they’ve shot for us, download the album’s title track for nowt here and smile. Smile a huge fucking smile, have a beer and chill out. Some bands were made for the summer. Milk Kan are one of those.