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August 22, 2018

DEAD AGAIN

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So Grime is dead again… yippee, the best thing about that is Logan Sama has rereleased his “grime is dead” T Shirts (first issued in 2007) and what he said at that time still resonating, grime is dead to people who follow hype and money and good riddance (my interpretation).

Meantime grime is so dead that I can’t find time to blog about all the grime releases coming out, too many to mention, so focusing for now on the areas that hold special interest to me which is independent artists and labels, who in my opinion are flying the flag…

Limited edition instrumental vinyl releases are selling out on Slimzos and sister label Rot Pot and new addition to the family 2002 Records. Ive already waxed lyrical about SLIMZOS, its focusing on straight grime, brutal and beautiful bass heavy no nonsense productions from old skool DJ/producer label boss DJ Garna, who runs the three labels along side the “Godfather” Slimzee, and their righthand man As If Kid. DJ Garnas’ Magic EP is out now ( members only digital DL ), Rot Pot is more of a breakbeat label with strong flavours of grime and drum and bass, and 2002 a tip of the hat to old skool Grime with promises of future rereleases of unattainable early grime, first release “Champion” by Garna, on the flip side “Left Out” by As If Kid sold out in barely over a week. Their subscription based membership only downloads, and limited vinyl presses have set a precedent for independent labels, fulfilling a niche for collectors, in a world of disposable music, vinyl represents music made to be cherished over time. Their collections showcase an array of fresh styles, no mercy tunes from Slimzee and As If Kid, DJ Garna, Spooky, Boylan, Trends, USF, Filthy Gears, Oddkut, Dallen, Deuce, Mastermune, DJ Vader.

Slimzos website
Slimzos Recordings bandcamp

Spooky Bizzles’ Clartplate 001 with Boylan sold in the blink of an eye, and Ghost House Dubs so much in demand Spooky is hinting of a Gold Finger VIP repress.

The legendary “Playground” latest V.I.P is still available from his bandcamp limited edition 10″ promo , when its gone its gone signed copy

“Swaggy in the Baggy” is a modern classic by Nasty Jack produced by Spooky available now on all major music platforms.

Spooky Bizzle bandcamp

New high end quality labels such as Dream Eater and Bookey Records are holding court with some of the finest creme de la creme producers. Dream Eater now on their 004 vinyl only release (they also have digital release free DL on soundcloud) showcasing oldskool masters JT the Goon and Maniac, also outstanding producers of modern grime such as Filthy Gears, and dubstep JFO, and some exquisite tracks from producers Sir Hiss, Nights, Proc Fiscal, Polonis, Dr Hugo, B thorough, Kotei each of whom are evolving their own unique style.

Dream Eater website

Bookey Records, the brainchild of DJ Citrus (Mode FM) is a vinyl only label making a very strong debut release, a limited edition of 10, showcasing producer DEFIANTs’ wardubs from Mode FM Beat Boss tournament.

Bookey Records website

Defiant soundcloud

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June 12, 2018

June Catch Up

Blink these days and its easy to miss a bundle of Grime releases, a lot to catch up with over the last few months,and these are just a few of the many releases that deserve attention…

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Mode FM Beat Boss 3 champion Sirpixalot has teamed up with American grime label pioneers Slit Jockey Records to bring us Alien Invasion EP.

“Imagine aliens jumping straight out of an Atari game, taking over your speakers and bashing your head to the rhythm of the drums. Thats a glimpse of the vibe you’ll get on the Alien Invasion EP. Video game sounds mesh with ruff neck synths, hacked into a grime format for you to bang ya head!” Trench Magazine

Slit Jockey Website

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Dexplicit cemented his place in history by producing Grime classic “POW” but thats only the tip of the iceberg. As a producer he has mastered, evolved and intertwined a range of genres garage, 4×4 and baseline, his label DXP Recordings showcasing a prolific range of releases since 2005 including DXP 025 “OLD SCHOOL GRIME” (Instrumentals) a 50 grime track goodie bag and Pull Up Dat and The Real Hench EP joyfully ferociously intense and driving riddims.

Dexplicit work rate hasn’t let up and he has to be admired for supporting production workshops for young women, and releasing emerging artists such as Outsider, (Armoury EP earlier in the year on DXP).

Back in 2005,Dubz Vol.1 was released on More2dafloor a delightful playful mixture of garage 4×4 grime and ‘je ne sais quoi’. Thirteen years on Dexplicit productions are still as playful, fun and energetic Dubz Vol 3 is out now.

Dexplicit Dubz Vol 3 bandcamp

Outsider ” Armoury EP” DXP bandcamp

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BOXED is a brand, label and night club hosts run by a collective, Slackk, Mr. Mitch, Logos (and until recently Oil Gang).

BOXED were one of the first promoters to run Grime events in Peckham, in the old Peckham Paladium, or Palace(?), that unfortunately no longer exists as a venue, back in the days when breakdown services fear tread foot there….

As a label Boxed have pushed forward what I can only describe as a kind of cutting edge, intellectual, sharp and cleanly shaved style of grime, sino grime, or experimental electronica. Quality is an essence and their latest release Boxed V is yet another gem with 25 excellent tracks by choice producers.

BOXED V – bandcamp

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April 15, 2018

2018 update

So there been so many releases its been ard to keep up with the blog and sometimes life just gets in the way.. but here is a bungle of things that have happened in no particular order since I last blogged.

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Kraze’s FULL GRIME ALCHEMIST thats a 10/10… Kraze one of the SLEW DEM “YOUNGERS”, now showing next generation how its done, always on point with with poetry and lyricism with guests vocalists FOOSTIE, KRUCIAL and SO LARGE and heavy duty producers like SLEW DEM own producer TOP DOLLA, and old skool Grime pioneer LEWI WHITE, plus the added weight of SKAVENGER, and AUDIO SLUGS and some powerful vocals from BEBE….

SLEW DEM MAFIA website

ITSKRAZEKRAZE Twitter

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CHAMPION – multi artist release by Grime Disiple

GRIME DISIPLES (GD) soundcloud floats in cyber-space like an audio art gallery featuring some of the best upcoming Grime talent available legaly for free DL. Champion is GDs’ second release (his first release last year Views EP by Bliss produced by Invader Spade on GDs’ label Whyss).

“CHAMPION” is one of my favourite releases this year so far, a multi-artists compilation,fine collection of talent MC KWAM over JLSXDRS production, the big screen soundscape “MANY WARS ” by JT THE GOON, and tracks by the unstoppable Filthy Gears, Grandmixxer, 20-4, General Courts, Lemzy Dale, Jakebob, Major Grave, Swimful, Triple S, Sir Hiss Nights, Jammz, JED1, Polonis and a remix of Skepta & JMEs’ Gunshot Riddim by Gundam, the whole release is a delicious assortment of surprises and styles. Here the release showreel mix by Tiatsim (Mode FM).

CHAMPION a GRIME DISIPLE release £12 bandcamp

GRIME DISIPLE soundcloud

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March 02, 2018

JAMMER – ARE YOU DUMB? Vol.5 OUT NOW

Are You Dumb Vol.5 by Jammer out now

Jammer aka Murkle Man needs no introduction except to those who are new to grime, a pioneer of the scene, and instigator of the world renown and now legendary vocal clashes filmed from his basement Lord of the Mics series.

Like a kind of wizard Jammer seems to be everywhere and have his finger in almost every Grime pie.

MC/producer in early days he formed a crew with D Double E and Hyper,187 crew, after D Double joined NASTY (Natural Artistic Sounds Touching You) he asked Jammer to join too. After leaving NASTY CREW, Jammer then collaborated with Slew Dem on vocals as MURKLE MAN, currently he is member of Boy Better Know undoubtedly the most commercially successful and best known Grime crew. Not least of his contribution his mixtape series “Are You Dum”, Vol.1 was released back in 2006 featuring what have become, a wall of fame grime MCs.

Ten years after the last release Are You Dumb Vol.4 Jammer brings out After Vol.5, and it doesn’t disappoint.

Vol.5 features DESPERADO, D DOUBLE E, SOX, JME, SHORTY, BLAKIE,GIANNO,LARNELL KELLER, J2K, DIZZLE, AP, FUSION, FOOTSIE, BRUZA, DAVINCHE, and singer TARA-LILY.

JAMMER – ARE YOU DUMB Vol.5

Very insightful in-depth interview with DJ Target on BBC 1XTRA, link below.

DJ TARGET “JAMMER IN DEPTH” interview 1XTRA

Also the very entertaining and provocative interview with DJ ARGUE Radar Radio.

JAMMER interview with DJ ARGUE on RADAR RADIO

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February 06, 2018

BATTLE WITH BASS Remix EP

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Battle With Bass EP… BATTLE WITH BASS Remix EP Bandcamp

Remixes by JT the Goon, Vigo.7R, Dijon Coleman, Blvck Covvboys, Dutty Tingz, Namanara, Lepke B, MX, Eone, Sha Sha Kimbo, Nik The Deks, Dullah Beatz, Kronzy, Daztronik, Sixty P Beatz (feat Jammz)

This multi genre remix ep will be available as ‘name your own price’ download on Bandcamp. All proceeds from Bandcamp go towards Resonance FM fundraising drive

PRODUCER LINKS:

JT THE GOON soundcloud

VIGO.7R soundcloud

DIJON COLEMAN soundcloud

BLVCK COVVBOYS bandcamp

DUTTY TINGZ Soundcloud

NAMANARI soundcloud

LEPKE B – Resonance Extra Mixcloud

REKNAW – website

EONE – Soundcloud

SHA SHA KIMBO website

NIK THE DEKS – LOFE BANDCAMP

DULLAH BEATZ – Website

DAZTRONIK – Website

KRONZY – Soundcloud

SIXTY P BEATZ – UBC – KRIPTIC
JAMMZ – Soundcloud

DJ BPM – Website

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January 20, 2018

DARX – DARX 001 + 002 – DARK ELEMENTS – OUT NOW

DARX is one of the most unique grime producers of these times, as the name suggests his productions are dark brooding twilight landscapes, 2018 will be the year he starts to get the recognition he deserves.

Hanging around in Birmingham with the likes of BIG MIKEE, DEVILMAN, DEADLY,and MAYHEM around seven years ago he was inspired to get involved and he started making his own style beats, and formed the collective and label DARK ELEMENTS.

As founder of the collective DARK ELEMENTS, DARX has reason to be proud, Dark Elements stands out in UK Grime, showcasing raw uncompromising sounds, made up of a collective of producers and MCs, DARX, DEVILMAN, BIG MIKEE, SKINZMANN, HITMAN, VADER, MAYHEM, CHRONIC, BADNESS, and a lot of other names who feature on his older projects Summer and Winter Sprayout (links below).

“When we all come together its Dark Elements and i feel its the rawest sound.”

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DARX – DARX 001 – OUT NOW BANDCAMP

MAYHEM – SPLASH – PRODUCED BY DARX

SUMMER SEASON SPRAYOUT – YOUTUBE

MR TRAUMATIC – WINTER SEASON SPRAYOUT – DARK ELEMENTS – Soundcloud

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DARX – DARX 002 – OUT NOW BANDCAMP

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January 17, 2018

SPOOKY BIZZLE – Snow Forest / Funky Dub – OIL GANG 016

2018 landed running… Spookys already dropped test presses of GHD3 & GHD4… and full press of 300 of each will be available soon.

Next he dropped RICKY AND MORTY EP in digital on bandcamp.. SPOOKY BIZZLE – RICK AND MORTY EP BANDCAMP

and now.. Oh Shizzle.. OIL GANG… 10″ green vinyl… SPOOKY BIZZLE… forthcoming 2nd March …

Oil GANG is up there with my favourite Grime labels of all time, and at one point in history it was one of the labels certainly helping keeping Grime alive.

Simon (OIL GANG label owner/boss) seems like a magnetic to talent, every release on Oil Gang is a work of art, from the music, to the labels, and coloured vinyl. To a vinyl junkie, 10″ coloured is a shot to the arm. Not just a work of art it feels like a statement of independence Oil Gang always delivers something beautiful, something unique.

Oil Gang not just label boss but also DJ/producer and was until recently one of the BOXED collective, “A club night and brand run by Slackk, Mr. Mitch, Logos and Oil Gang” and hosted a regular show with many guests on RINSE FM,and now make appearances as guests.

BOXED were one of the first promoters to run Grime events in Peckham, in the old Peckham Paladium, or Palace(?), that unfortunately no longer exists as a venue, back in the days when breakdown services fear tread foot there…. by 2016 a BOXED event in Peckham…queues to get in, filling both floors of the BUSSY BUILDING.. the line up featuring Slimzee, Boylan, and other legends from Grime and UK FUNKY, MAK 10 and MARKUS NASTY of the NASTY CREW were in room 2 upstairs, it was the judgement of Solomon, to know which room to go to sometimes because the line up in both was so good.

SPOOKY BIZZLE – SNOW FOREST – Pre Order OIL GANG bandcamp

OIL-GANG Soundcloud

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January 13, 2018

SLEW DEM MAFIA – THE MAF EP – out now

SLEW DEM shouldn’t need any introduction, their contribution to grime is legendary, from “the beginning”, through thick and thin they have soldiered on with a passion.If there was no Slew Dem there would be a gigantic black hole of grime.

Their history is told on their website, and a fascinating insight into early Grime, on the interview followed by an onfire guest liveset on Resonance 104.4FM 2016, links below.

THE SLEW DEM EP is out now, RAGE, KRAZE, CLIPSON, and their very own top producer TOP DOLLA who produced the future classic “NOTHING LIKE YOURS”, with guest producers, Biggaman, Money Beats, Scampz and Humble Hapz. Special guest vocalist….. WILEY…

SLEW DEM MAFIA FT WILEY – THE MAF EP

SLEW DEM MAFIA _ WEBSITE

SLEW DEM MAFIA – INTERVIEW and GUEST SET Resonance FM Slewdem-Mafia-EP

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January 05, 2018

DON”T THROW PEARLS TO SWINE – A TESTIMONY TO GRIME 2017

For those of us that that followed the course of Grime throughout its wilderness years, from around 2007 witnessing MCs and producers say Grime was dead or dying, and abandoning the genre like rats leaving a burning ship, 2017 has been something of a momentous occasion, Grime is not only not dead, but positively flourishing.

Grime has been the buzz word of 2017, and WILEYS album “GODFATHER” was released in January to widespread critical and popular acclaim, it featured all star MC collaborations and some of my favourite producers such as MR VIRGO, my favourite track of album “BANG” WILEYS collaboration with GHETTS.

WILEY – GODFATHER

Although main stream attention has undoubtedly been positive in bringing attention, and interest to the genre, it comes with a caution, even Wiley purportedly saying to BBCs’ Newsbeat “the current sound enjoying mainstream success “is not grime”.”.

DIZZEE RASCALs’ RASKIT was released on DIRTY SKANK in July, and was intended as a Rap rather than specifically a Grime album, none the less came with some characteristically great grime tunes, my favourite being “SICK A DIS”.

DIZZEE RASCAL – SICK A DIS – ITUNES

My personal experience as a DJ and radio host was that some of the most exciting music of 2017, came in the form of unreleased dubs and releases on independent labels.

My 2017 began by being sent unreleased dubs by JT THE GOON. JT a founding member of SLEW DEM and a pioneer producer of the sound that came to be known as Grime, coproducer “Gunman Riddim” with Waifer which is one of the most iconic grime classics of all time.

JTs’ productions transcend Grime, his music appeals to people who don’t consider themselves fans of Grime as a genre, powerful, emotive, dynamic and exquisitely produced. His releases from previous years on OIL Gang such as KING TRITION were highly acclaimed an come highly recommended. “DEVOTION”, DUSTY, FLUX V, BPM X2 SPECIAL, all exquisite dubs, and the sublime GARDEN OF EDEN VIP, the original classic co produced by MURLO and released on OIL GANG.

JT THE GOON – SOUNDCLOUD

TOP DOLLA from SLEW DEM MAFIA DJ/producer sent me a copy of “STILL FLEXIN ” his remix of his own classic “FLEXIN” which even years after its release, is played a least once at every Grime event, if not by every DJ on the line up. Towards the end of the year he invited me to the SLEW DEM MAFIA show on PYRO RADIO, more than a dream come true.

Respect out to TOP DOLLA, RAGE, KRAZE, CLIPSON, and KRUCIAL KID who guest MC’d. Playing B2B with TOP DOLLA is officially off my bucket list.

CLipsons’ track RELAPSE produced by TOP DOLLA is out now. THE SLEW DEM MAF EP and KRAZES EP will be forthcoming in early 2018, “COOL AND CALM” – SLEW DEM MAFIA video came out late DEC.

CLIPSON – RELAPSE – PROD – TOP DOLLA – YOUTUBE

SLEW DEM MAFIA – COOL AND CALM

KRUCIAL KID old skool Grime MC and long time collaborator with SLEW DEM MAFIA honoured me by making a “TALK TOO MUCH” BPM DUB produced by NINJA MAN.

KRUCIAL KID – TALK TO MUCH – YOUTUBE

Another SLEW DEM related occurrence was the release of “2 CARS” ESCO (RIP) produced by S.K.!.T.Z BEATZ, and featuring CHRONIK, D DOUBLE and SKEPTA. Was a lovely tribute by all of them to ESCO who supported them back in early days.

ESCO – 2 CARS – FT SKEPTA – D DOUBLE E -CHRONIK- PROD SK!TZ BEATZ – YOUTUBE

SPOOKY BIZZLE, (no Grime year review for many many years could omit the mention of SPOOKY BIZZLE), ex member of SLEW DEM YOUNGERS, unrelenting workaholic with prolific output, DJing at raves, hosting radio, burning dubs, producing, hosting record labels, running MODE FM with J BEATZ. SPOOKY has been a back bone and provided a melting pot for Grime artists for many years, it is a mystery how he finds time to watch TV, yet another grime artist who doesn’t seem to sleep. He teased vinyl addicts at the very end of the year, by dropping just 5 copies each of GHOST HOUSE DUBS VOL 3 and 4,on 10 inch vinyl white label, the official release 300 copies of each will be released early 2018 available from BUTTERZ and a single SNOW FOREST/FUNKY DUB will also be forthcoming soon on OIL GANG.

SPOOKY BIZZLE – BANDCAMP

J SWEET, original grime producer and label boss of pioneer Grime labels SWEET BEETZ and MARXMEN DUBS joined me in Resonance FM studios early in the year, giving insight into the early years and evolution of Grime, and passing me a copy of his unreleased dub “EXODUS” co produced with fellow Grime legend ALIAS.

J SWEET – CHAT AN TUNES WITH DJ BPM RESONANCE FM

Other excitement during the year was the return of BLACK OPS and ROADSIDE Gs’, both crews coming back with a vengeance and releases that packed punches. Also DJ Big Mikee long awaited Armageddon album finally dropped (see earlier blog) and DEADLY from STAYFRESH didn’t waste time before dropping bangers either.

ROADSIDE Gs

BLACK OPS YOUTUBE CHANNEL

DJ BIG MIKEE – ARMAGEDDON EP – BANDCAMP

DEADLY STAYFRESH – FEAT P MONEY – GYAL WANNA KNOW- VIDEO

One of the most acclaimed albums of the year was OUTBURSTS ON THE OUTSKIRTS by MANGA ST HILDARE produced by LEWI B, (personal commitments at the time of its release left me unable to blog about it) but the album was well documented and blogged about elsewhere.

MANGA & LEWI B – OUTBURSTS FROM THE OUTSKIRTS

KID D released his instrumental PAY HOMAGE EP PAY HOMAGE BLOG

SYER B released his instrumental MERK TOWN EP MERK TOWN BLOG

Most exciting MC beef of the year was the clash between DOT ROTTEN vs P MONEY an exhilarating vocal clash with finely sharped word swords, merciless and breath taking.

DOT ROTTEN vs P MONEY – CLASHES

SHARKEY MAJOR and crew deserve a standing ovation for the GRIME ORIGIONAL events. I attended the one at FIRE in DEC, and it was one of the best events Ive been to in my life, seeing Grime artists from many different crews NASTY CREW, SLEW DEM, ROLL DEEP, NEWHAM GENERALS, MORE FIRE, BBK, MERIAN, AFTERSHOCK, WOLF PACK, RUFF SQWAD, ROADSIDE Gs, O.Ts, SPOOKY BIZZLE, DJ TARGET, TEDDY AKA SILENCER, too many to mention, some of them legends that I never thought I’d ever get to see perform live. RIP MAJOR ACE who sadly died in 2017.

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Mid year I entered into a dubplate tournament (not mentioning any names), I asked producers and vocalists that I admire to send me unreleased and exclusive dubs. I was overwhelmed by the response, the levels were off the radar, I was sent tracks by Grime artists all over the world Russia, Czech Republic, Ireland, Wales, England, Japan, Andalucia, USA, Canada.

Nothing will ever convince me that I didn’t have the best dubplates in the whole tournament. However despite getting more public votes, more positive comments, more exclusives on my mix, judges told me I had been narrowly beaten in the semifinals by a producer/promoter who has good contacts and vocal tracks that could be used as a form of torture… I apparently lost because I should have done my homework and dug out the rules from last years tournament and read the small print where it said no rwds… though unimpressed with the result and unconvinced by the judges decision, what was most important to me, was not the result but the joy of being sent such phenomenal music. Not least “BANG YA HEAD” by PAKIN and YOUNGSTAR released on the 1 DEC and YOUNGSTARs’ DJ BPM SPECIAL ft PAKIN BLOG

BANG YA HEAD – PAKIN PRODUCED YOUNGSTAR- DDJS – YOUTUBE

“DON’T THROW PEARLS TO SWINE” mix is my tribute to all the artists who have sent me music for the tournament and throughout the year, it is mainly unreleased dubs and exclusives that can’t be heard elsewhere, though a few tracks have been released. Showcased on BlueDollarBillz channel youtube. Every track on the mix was there for a reason, every artist/producer featured because I believe they offer something unique, exciting and refreshing to Grime.

DJ BPM – DONT THROW PEARLS TO SWINE – BLUEDOLLARBILLZ YOUTUBE

There is over 40 tracks on the mix, Youngstar, Pakin, JT THE GOON, S3, PAKZ, SLEW DEM MAFIA, MOJOE, JAKEBOB,C/O/MOS, SIR HISS, DULLAHBEATZ,DJ GARNA, VADER, MEREFORMALITY, VIGO.7R, DARX FEAT MR TRAUMATIC, THATHANDSOMEMIKE, MAJOR GRAVE, ROADSIDE GS, SCRULOOSE,ALARMIST, POLICY, YOUNG CHENCS AND THE FORCE, J SWEET AND ALIAS, TOP DOLLA ( SLEW DEM MAFIA), COTTI, BLVK COWBOYS, DUBZTA, FILTHY GEARS, PAKIN, BOYLAN, EL CARNICERO, SPOOKY BIZZLE, DUTTY TINGZ, SIRPIXALOT, EXPEAO AND BERNA, LKD , DEADLY DANJA, SIXTY P BEATZ FT P MONEY, MANUL AND ENERGYMAN, CHEMIST RNS, JOHN BROWN THE REBEL, MENTAL MIGZ, EONE AND ESKIMYTH.

BlVCK COWBOYS was the first to get an exclusive over to me, as soon as I heard it I knew I knew round 1 was over. Blvck Cowboys is putting in the work and over the course of the year it has been rewarding to see his natural raw talent blossom.

BLVCK COWBOYS BANDCAMP

SIXTY P BEATZ also was one of the first to send me an exclusive vocal remix, a producer from Czech Republic who has earned his stripes, his Grime tunes productions are clout with sophistication, he can apply his hand to any genre and refuses to be pigeonholed. Unsurprisingly P MONEY rated the remix when he heard it.

SIXTY P BEATZ – SOUNDCLOUD

Theres many producers who deserve more attention,none more so than DARX from Birmingham, one the finest, most unique heavyweight producers out there and the exclusive he sent me featuring MR TRAUMATIC on vocals is one of my fav tracks of 2017.

DARX SOUNDCLOUD

FILTHY GEARS has been a driving force in 2017 ambitious, talented and hard working 2017 wouldnt have been the same without his abundance of glorious and colourful diverse productions, (see previous blog), he not only sent me a personalised copy of my favourite tune of his “KNUCKLES” with vocals tags by AMBER SMITH, but permitted me to send another of his remixes “FILTHY HOE” to VADER. FILTHY GEARS – FILTHY GEARS ALBUM BLOG

VADER is one of the lynchpins of Midlands Grime, and the wardub he made me over FILTHYs GEARs’production “FILTHY HOE” (samples from DIZZEE RASCALS “Hoe”), edgy driving, and impassioned, showcasing VADERs sharp wit and word play.

VADER and FITHY GEARS – NOTHING LIKE THE REST

JOHN BROWN THE REBEL is another producer who has been perfecting his craft with ingenuity, with the rise in Grimes popularity, there has also been a rise in copycat producers, diluting the scene, which is what makes producers like John Brown so essential bold fresh and not afraid to step out of the box.

JOHN BROWN THE REBEL – ROOM WITH A VIEW

MAJOR GRAVE is pioneering GRIME in Ireland, with releases on BID DADA & SULK Records, and now his own label Neva ready.

MAJOR GRAVE – SOUNDCLOUD

LKD of Seeerious Bass Crew,is a promoter/ producer from Kent, we meet at a Grime events he was promoting with SEERIOUS BASS and BUTTERZ in Ramsgate in the Music Hall, to my delight he started sending me eerily exquisite tunes.

LKD – DISPARAGE – SOUNDCLOUD

SIR HISS is another producer who has been making exceptional grime, always quirky and unique, often themed grime remixes of obscure or traditional world music, one of my favourites being Red Army, his Grime remix of “Moscow Nights”, in November his SARCEN EP was released on ITALDRED

SIR HISS – SCARCEN EP- ITALDRED

VIGO.7R, DUTTY TINGS, Creep N00M producers, DJ MOSCOW LEGEND and other RUSSIAN ARTISTS have been doing a lot in RUSSIA see my blog FROM RUSSIA WITH GRIME

EL CARNICERO of SLIT JOCKEY RECORDS (USA) sent me an exclusive for the tournament. Slit Jockeys were pioneers of Grime in USA, they have been showcasing, producing & promoting Grime stateside since 2015. SHARKEY, EL CARNICERO and DEV 79.

SLIT JOCKEY WEBSITE

THATHANDSOME MIKE sent me some F*K OFF Bass tunesand eskibeats, including HEAVY HANDS which will be forthcoming on his album in 2018.

THATHANDSOMEMIKE – BANDCAMP

YOUNG CHENCS and THE FORCE – these guys were just incredible during the tournament, I asked me to make me a dub plate, they made two- just like that job done, and done in style.

YOUNG CHENCS – SOUNDCLOUD

THE FORCE

PAKZ track “WORK HARD” is released and one of those tunes I binge listen to available as a free DL WORK HARD – PAKZ – FREE DL

SCRULOOSE great to hear him back on grime, one of the most exciting breakthrough producers who went off grid for a little in 2016, has returned with some bruisers.

SCRULOOSE – SOUNDCLOUD

MEREFORMALITY sent me the one of the most joyful, craziest mashups I ever heard , SISQOs’ THONG SONG vs STAND UP TALL by DIZZEE RASCAL produced by YOUNGSTAR, this track made a lot of 27 year old ladies very happy!

MEREFORMALITY – SOUNDCLOUD

C/O/S/MOS sent me one of the grooviest dubs of 2017 “GIVE MAN A SLAP” feat (unofficially) JME

C-O-SMOS – BANDCAMP

KRONZY isn’t on the mix but has been sending me some beautiful music and is definitely a producer to watch out for 2018

KRONZY – SOUNDCLOUD

MENTAL MINKLES sent me some fine dubs including HYPE MEN remix, (though my opinion is he should stick to instrumentals).

MENTAL MINKLES

SWIFTZ an MC with a lot of raw talent, and a unique style did me a vocal dub for the semi final.

SWIFTZ – KRAKEN – SOUNDCLOUD

EONE and ESKIMYTH did a clever and intricate track featuring WILEY samples which hark back to early Grime days when WILEY and GODS GIFT had “a problem”.

EONE – BANDCAMP

SLIMZOS and ROTPOT Records are two labels (see past blog) that have had astronomical impact and output in 2017, phenomenal music, every artist on there pushing Grime forward, BOYLAN, DJ GARNA,TRENDS, POLICY making beats that rattle your bones to the core, fun in a kind of turning into a road drill while on acid kinda way. ASIFKID, SIRPIXALOT, USF, SLIMZEE, DUBZTA, DJ VADER… and many more, take your pick there isn’t a bad track or bad producer on either label. ROTPOT BLOG SLIMZOS 011 BLOG

POLICY – METRIC EP

BOYLAN – THEY MOSTLY COME AT NIGHT – SLIMZOS

DJ GARNA – BOXED VIP – SLIMZOS

DUBZTA – is another producer who has been putting in work relentlessly and 2017 saw him come through with some heavy releases like “FIGHT CLUB” , his remix of CASPAs’ “GET HIGHER” and DJ WIREs’ classic “BELIEVE ME” is a Percy.

DUBZTA – BANDCAMP

DEADLY DANJA is another producer to watch out for 2018, emotively powerful and stiring tunes.

DEADLY DANJAH – BANDCAMP

GRIME DISIPLE who has been pushing forward and showing casing upcoming talent for time now on his soundloud account, so the next logical thing was to start up a label WHYSZ. In the past he attracted my attention to names such as CREEP N00M, BLISS, RAPTURE 4D,INVADER SPADE, KAMI-O and many more so expect a lot.

GRIME DISIPLE – SOUNDCLOUD

CHEMIST RNS (one half of TRIPLE S) sent me an exclusive dub that is “to die for” with catwoman samples, it blew me away and drops like a bomb.

MOJOE and CHEMIST RNS have already been mentioned in previous blogs because of their outstanding contribution to Grime and Bass music over recent years. Their second album CHAMELEON AUDIO 2 came out right at the end of 2017 and features 30 tracks, another choice selection of diverse and bass heavy music, pushing the scene forward and supporting new talent including prodigy MC/DJ/producer JAKEBOB. CHEMIST RNS – MADCHEN EP BLOG TRIPLE S – PULL UP ALBUM BLOG

CHAMELEON AUDIO 2 – OUT NOW – LISTEN

JAKE BOB – SOUNDCLOUD

MANUL and ENERGY from ANDALUCIA, have been making big strides, pioneers of grime in IBERIA “Povenga” out now on CHAMELEON AUDIO 2 and their AK47 EP also released on CHAMELEON AUDIO earlier in the year. Was great to meet MANUL at MEANSTREETs TAKEOVER and celebration of RICO DANs birthday, in Dalston, with an impeccable line up, featuring many legends in the game and talented artists including RICO, DOK, TRENDS, HITMAN HYPER, TERROR DANJAH, PJAM, BOYLAN, CAPO LEE, HI5GHOST, BOOFY, SWARE, BOOFY, LOGAN SAMA, MR DUBZ and more, was a fun event and hope there will be more in 2018.

MANUL and ENERGYMAN – AK47 EP – SOUNDCLOUD

Another producer who has given me much delight is MISTAKAY, not least his cheeky (unofficial) remix of Soft Cell’s “TAINTED LOVE”

MISTAKAY BANDCAMP

2017 has also been the year for GRIME VINYL comeback, which makes my heart sing.

WHITE PEACH record label continues to bring out vinyl after vinyl, venturing into the sublime, dreamscape journey into musical landscapes with artist such as ZHA, BENGAL SOUND, SUKH KNIGHT,TAIKO, MOREOFUS, NEFFA-T, OPUS etc

WHITE PEACH – RECORD LABEL – BANDCAMP

FUTURE CURSE “the Grime scene curator” and grime connoisseur,his mix series on Mixcloud is a living evolving audio database of contemporary grime djs and dj/producers.

FUTURE CURSE – MIXCLOUD

There many many others djs, producers, mcs’ and labels doing amazing things in grime and I just haven’t had hours in the day to list and link them all, check out my previous blogs to read more about SYER B, KID D, EXPEAO BERNA, Sirpixalot and Grime in Portugal, and more.

Grime has been so fruitful this year its impossible to credit everyone who has worked hard, MISTAKAY, WESTY, CHRIS HOLNESS and GLOBAL GRIME, ARMOR, BLACK JACK, THE MIDLANDS MUSIC SCENE, ROB DRAGON LAIR MUSIC, SILK CITY RADIO, 140 SHOW, OIL GANG, BOXED, ELIJAH, SKILLIAM, LVLZ RADIO, POLONIS, GALLUS ONE, RAPTUTRE 4D, TIATSIM, MODE FM, J BEATZ, BEAT BOSS, RADAR RADIO, ARGUE, REPREZENT RADIO, PYRO RADIO, LORD VISHNU, DEATH KISS MEDIA, RINSE, JAMMZ, 1XTRA, TREBLE CLEF, STORMZY,CAPO LEE, LOGAN SAMA, SKEPTA, BIG NARSTIE, JME, FLAVA D, SOUTHPOINT, PROJECT ALL OUT RECORDS ETC.

Congratulations to SIR SPYRO his GRIME SHOW now on BBC 1XTRA. Thank you to RESONANCE 104.4FM for giving me the opportunity to showcase Grime as an art form to global audiences (Monday midnight/00hrs Tuesay morning) and to QBASEFM FM who broadcast my DARKER DARAGE show every Sunday fortnight at 9pm, thank you DJ KINGSMALLZ for inviting me to PYRO RADIO and MODE FM … and shouts to to the people Ive forgotten forgive me I haven’t enough hours in the day …

2017 has been an abundant year for GRIME.

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