Few could accuse Timothy McKenzie aka Labrinth of being selfish. Not only did he helm this year's Children In Need single under the watchful eye of Gary Barlow, but he put his solo ambitions on hold for a full 12 months to kickstart the careers of Yasmin, Loick Essien and Ms Dynamite. With both now released from captivity, we're pleased to see label boss Simon Cowell has allowed him some Tim time in the studio to record a new single.
And any fears that he'd forgotten how to be the main attraction are quickly dispelled on 'Earthquake'. "Ladies and gentlemen/ This is something they call a ground-breaker," he announces on the intro over hi-wired synths, before a mosh-athon of squelchy D&B beats shower down on a speaker-splitting chorus. "Hey Simon, we're f**king them up/ Turning them Syco," he boldly claims, before Tinie Tempah promises to "set the place on fire". We know you're bezzies, guys, but we're pretty certain Si wouldn't appreciate the potty mouth.