During a drunken conversation with Gang of Four’s John Sterry a few months ago, he asserted to me that he was over London. Too expensive and no musical scene, he said. I was shocked, insisting that there is always a crop of fresh, exciting work coming out of the city, but he vigorously preferred the output of Los Angeles based Burger Records to bands calling the English capital home. I still think he’s overlooking a lot of talent. I’ve already covered plenty of current London artists: Shopping, Savages, Fat White Family (I should add apparently he is mates with them), The Vaccines, Jamie T (technically not London proper, but on the tube map, so close enough). And there are loads more worth a mention. Archy Marshall is certainly on the top of that list. Working under his own name and a bevy of pseudonyms (King Krule, Zoo Kid, etc.) he’s melded genres like hip hop, trip hop, jazz and dubstep to create a dark soundscape all his own. The BRIT School grad can sometimes seem laconic and dazed on record, but his live performances come with a surprising dose of ferocious aggression. One of the few songs that sees those qualities present on record is the jagged, jazzy A Lizard State. It’s a threatening tune made all the more menacing by the erratic composition. The sputtering drums (which are suitably hypnotic live) and punchy sax underlay Marshall’s rapid-fire rantings. It’s a tightly coiled, volatile piece of musical bravado that earns every bit of its raw rage.