Chipmunk - I Am Chipmunk
- Mark Robertson
- 2 October 2009
The British grime scene is defined by its fury and bravado and Chipmunk rolls out a debut album that suggests there’s scope for having some heart too. After demolishing the charts with the simpering proto-Kanye ‘Diamond Rings’ (which features Glasgow soulstress on the up Emeli Sandei), he’s delivered an album evenly split between itchy pop hooks, fatally misjudged tributes to his nan and hood up, head down bangers.
He sounds like every sufficiently paranoid 20something, filled with swagger but secretly aspiring to be understood, in this case, as an ‘artist’. But there are flashes of ingenuity here suggesting that there are much better things to come from him.