Killa Kela is a one-time member of the Isolationists, Rock Steady Crew and
The Scratch Perverts. He's also appeared on DJ Vadim's albums and supported the
Super Furry Animals. He says he's not a beatboxer but claims to be "a one-man
multimedia promotion machine".
- Autore: Joe Sacco
In reality though he is just a beatboxer. A bloody good beatboxer, one that
would probably make your jaw drop if you were to see him live. But therein lies
the rub - beatboxing is a live occupation. On CD it doesn't work - it's just
a bit silly. The Permanent Marker contains some admirable musical ideas. But
whereas any normal person would employ a drummer or, at the very least, a drum
machine, Kela does all the beats (not to mention samples and scratching) with
his mouth. Live it's astounding, recorded it sounds muddy, badly miked and shoddily
Kela's also a bit full of himself: track one consists of four minutes of self-congratulatory
rubbish. There's also a long conversation between him and collaborator MC Normski.
He's good - just don't bother to buy the album, go and see him live instead.