Slick, Syco-signed beat machine Labrinth lays down an explosive session, laden with bass and bare flow for i-D online. Bounce on it.
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Turned out like a true gent whilst bringing the house down to rubble and dust, twenty-two-year old Labrinth has reigned supreme on the UK hip pop scene throughout 2011. Best known for his work alongside frisky rapper Tinie Tempah, Lab-real name Timothy McKenzie-first appeared on the radiowaves after big cheese Simon Cowell spotted his potential and seized him to spit rhymes in the mainstream. Now spending his every waking hour in the studio, writing and producing, Lab is dropping unstoppable, chart-shattering sonic bombs with catastrophic effect. Linked with pretty much every UK based rap and soul artist worth knowing about (think Pro Green, Jessie J, Ms Dynamite, Wretch 32 and Etta Bond) he knocks up some series notches on the Richter scale with his core trembling tracks. Currently hitting headlines with leaks of crazy big collaborations happening between him and US artists ahead of the release of his debut album, Lab is keeping tight-lipped about what fans should expect next. Battling through the hype, i-D online took time out with the man with the midas touch for an exclusive acoustic rendition of his latest single ‘Earthquake’.
Labrinth wears suit and shirt House of Billiam. Shoes Grenson. Hat Baileys.