It's that time of the month again where I don a white beard, slide down your chimney and deliver you lovely lot a shed load of Grime goodies.
This month, as with every month, a flurry of huge tracks have been dropped, but I've tried to whittle it down to a digestible 10. Strap in and sit back for some hard beats and slow jams.
Skepta – 'Ladies Hit Squad (ft D Double E & A$AP Nast)'
New one from Skeppy and D Double E sees a union of British and American flavours. The smooth instrumental and Nast’s vocals bring this one down a notch, offering a nice change of pace from the hard cuts we usually hear from the Grime veteran.
Kano – 'Endz'
East Ham’s finest comes through with ‘Endz’ a track off his new album Made In The Manor, which features Blur frontman Damon Albarn. It’s downbeat, raw and real, touching on his years growing up in East London. He continues to stay close to his roots on this one – after six years in the making, expect this album to be a work of genius.
P Money, Big Narstie & Example ft. Takura - 'ACCESS DENIED'
Apart from the video looking like it’s been filmed by somebody having a seizure, this is a straight up banger. The instrumental is hard, fast and sees some big names laying it down, yes even Example. And really his verse is the best part, great witty bars and a skilled flow - who’d have thought it?
Scrufizzer – 'Dun Kno Already (Oh No Remix)'
Taken off his forthcoming mixtape FizzyFlow II due for release in April, West London MC Scrufizzer brings an original touch to a remix of So Solid cut ‘Oh No’. Already taken on by Ghetts, this remix sees Scru picking up the pace, channelling those UKG vibes.
Potter Payper ft Maverick Sabre - 'Normal' (Prod. By New Machine)
Essex MC Potter Payper spits some real honest lyrics over a smooth piano licked instrumental. Bringing gruff tones saturated in feeling, Maverick Sabre takes on the chorus of this track lifted off Potter’s new EP ONE TIME.
Kraze (Slew Dem Crew) – 'When I Let Out'
Part of East London’s Slew Dem Crew, Kraze drops ‘When I Let Out’ - solid bars over producer Westy’s thick Dubstep beat peppered with synth rings. This one’s off his new EP Fire and Brimstone, also produced by Westy – if this track is anything to go on, it’s sure to be straight fire.
67 ft Giggs – 'Lets Lurk'
Brixton’s 67 crew are proving they aren’t to be tested. This track racked up about 19,000 views in 40 minutes, need I say more? Joined by Giggs and his deep tones on this one, it’s all of dat all of datttttt.
Chipmunk - 'Michelle Riddim (Lil Clive Diss)'
Chip is back with a new beef and new bars spat over a rolling riddim. Of course his quick turnaround had him responding to Yungen’s diss video, ‘Punk’, but who’s winning after the first round? You better watch this space, because you know Chip don’t run out of bars.
Hardy Caprio – 'Jezebel'
This guy is still my favourite discovery of the last few months, youngster Hardy Caprio comes through with that soulful realness in the form of ‘Jezebel’. Ironically dropped on valentine’s day this track shows where Hardy’s skill really lies - in the telling of stories.
Konan – 'Last Night in LA'
Following Krept dropping ‘Last Night in Lagos’, Konan brings ‘Last Night in LA’ straight to your ears, and GOD DAMN is it good. Spitting over a dark haunting beat, his wordplay is skillful and he brings a flow that’s going to have you screwing up your face and thrusting them gun fingers in the air.