Featuring human beatbox supremo Rahzel, ‘Out Of Breath’ should be so much more than the monotonous dirge that it is. Roni Size’s beats are grittier than ever, but through not fully utilising his guest he comes a cropper through simply delivering too much of the same thing. Had this been a nice, three-minute-long effort it’d have fared better in the critical stakes; at five minutes plus it well and truly outstays its welcome. Bjork has put the larynx-twister to better work on her otherwise patchy ‘Medulla’ album; get that for an example of how beatboxing can add to a record. Better than ‘Out Of Breath’ is the flip side, ‘Bump ‘N’ Grind’. Club DJs take note: your punters will be.
5Mike Diver's Score