Grime has been lurking in the shadows of the UK since the early 2000's, and it's only in recent years that it has been getting the recognition it deserves. These monthly grime articles will highlight all kinds of grime flavors from across the UK and further afield.
1. Kotei – Okay – I’ve enjoyed Kotei’s productions for while now. His mix downs are always perfect and ‘Okay’ is no exception. Starting with absolute clarity, the intro includes some gorgeous choir sample, tough sounding kicks and the crispest of high hats. The drop is dark with various brass and bass instruments all concocted together to kind of throw u from side to side with every drop.
This is a very serious riddim from Kotei and its being released on his next E.P. on Brunswick Sound around easter time. Keep your eyes peeled for that release. Other tunes to that you should have a listen to by him are ‘Ends’, ‘Fire Dance’ and a percy of mine, ‘AK’. Make sure you head over to his soundcloud to keep up to date with what he’s doing musically.
2. Macabre Unit (Nurve)– Darth Vader – I had the pleasure of meeting Macabre Unit (Raff) at the beginning of 2017 for an interview I organized about his and ‘Nomine’s’ new grime release. He was such a down to earth guy and had heaps of knowledge and expertise to give away. I’ve always been a massive fan of his productions and for me, Darth Vader is on the same level as his old work.
It’s the epitome of darkness. The intro starts off subtly with a few light instruments and Darth Vader's voice breathing back and forth. Nothing can really get you set for the drop. It batters you with such force over and over again. Its proper rot pot business as Slimzee would say. ‘Darth Vaders’ breathing carries on through out the song which gives the whole track even more levels of darkness. Be sure to go check Macabre Unit’s soundcloud here for more news on his releases and look out for Darth Vader which should be getting a release very soon.
3. Creep N00m – Payne (Exclusive DUB) – I’ve been wanting to feature ‘Creep N00m’ for some time now, his work rate and over all production ability is outstanding. ‘Spooky’ regularly plays fresh bits from him on almost every radio set he spins on. Creep has such an eclectic sound to his music and is very experimental at times but it always works. His remix of Abattoir by Kahn and Neek has literally been one of my favorite tracks for a while now.
‘Payne’ is a very emotional riddim. Including a mixture of soft high hats, hard kicks and various strings layered on top of each other. Its deep, dark and emotive, perfect to insert within a mix to calm things down a little, or take the mix on a different direction. Look out for his forthcoming release on ‘Spooky’s’ label ‘Ghost House Records’ and make sure you check Creeps soundcloud out for more news on his musical endeavours.
4. Kamakaze – Year of the Kamdog (Produced by Massappeals) – Kamakaze has been unstoppable in the last year. With his deep, dark voice he produces such a hard flow and can come from many different angles. He has a certain presence on the mic unlike some other MC’s I’ve come across. Massappeals has done a madness on the production of this track as well, the intro starts of with a gentle chime of bells. Then it drops with Kam’s lyrics over a dark, bouncy sub bass with some proper punchy kicks. I'm really looking forward to hearing what else Kamakaze has got planned for 2017, judging on this track he’s taking no prisoners at all. The video is absolute levels too so check that out below.
5. JFO – Kottin – JFO has been quietly putting the work in behind the scenes at the moment. He’s in the process of starting his own strictly vinyl record label, and has been getting regular radio plays on a whole host of radio stations. His production style is proper on my level. I am a massive listener of both grime and dubstep and he more or less bridges the gap between both genres perfectly. He’s also one half of the BFM partnership (w/ Sativa) who also specialize in 140bpm, they create a hybrid of both grime and dubstep.
‘Kottin’ starts off in almost a reggae'ish way. With calm brass horns going back and fourth then the sample “what da rasssss” is yelled just before the drop. The actual drop slices you in half, like a knife through butter then stomps and skips about with such authority. I proper rate this tune and everything JFO is doing at the moment with regards to his music. ‘Kottin’ is getting released on ‘Freefall Records’ very soon so definitely look out for that. Keep up to date with all JFO is doing through his soundcloud here.
6. Dallen – Backstrap – The intro of this tune is proper haunting, spacious, and very minimal. There’s like some kind of prolonged instrument that last’s near enough the whole intro, until some kicks surface slowly tapping away, a few murky noises, then it all breaks off and dies down until Dallen’s recognizable female vocal sample says ‘Dallen’. Then, all hell erupts with a mashup of brassy horns and skippy drum loops. This is an epic track with so many levels to it, the way its been produced feels so atmospheric. Be sure to check out 'Dallen's other tunes 'Clarted' and 'Blud', you can also keep up to date with all that Dallen is doing musically here.
7. NSUS - Breach - This tune is so cold. At the core of the track, strings are the main focus and near enough run throughout the entire tune. The intro is solely strings until it gently fades out before the drop. The strings return but with a powerful sub bass alongside it and some melodic vocal choir samples. NSUS also uses some kind of sample sound or instrument that sounds just like a car skidding to a halt, its one of my favorite noises within the tune, works so well before a drop.
8. DSL - The North - This is a seriously weighty tune, its a great contrast and a bit different to his normal sound however its another riddim that I can get fully on board with. I've featured DSL before but that was with 'Jae Man'. This track however features solely DSL, and its seriously dark.
Starting gently with the chime of bells, then just before the drop, a sample from 'Game of Thrones' is spoken, and then the track drops with a deep, dark sub bass bouncing back and fourth. However thats not the heaviest part of the track, about 20 seconds after the first drop one of the most horrific brassy instruments rattles through into the track and gives a whole other meaning to the word 'weight'. 'The North' has just been released on 'DSL's latest E.P. release called Flipside with 3 other mesmerizing grime tune's. Go out and buy it. Check his soundcloud here for all up to date releases.
9. Mic Ty - Walking with Greatness - I've been hearing this track for over a year now having been played on a vast array of radio sets (Rinse FM, Radar Radio, Radio 1xtra etc), and in my eyes its an absolute stomper. The instrumental is very hard but also quite minimal. With a simple drum beat but a great selection of dark sounding bass noises running throughout the entire tune. Partner that with Mic Ty's ferocious flow and the result is perfect.
The MC spits about his own personal endeavor's whether thats music or other topics. His whole presence on this track is very certain, you actually believe what he's saying, and for me personally thats rare. With a professional music video produced by SBTV I'm very excited to see what else Mic Ty has got in store for 2017. Check out what he's doing through his twitter here, and check the video below.
10. TMSV - Bazooka - I've been a massive follower of TMSV from the early days with his deep dubstep productions, tunes like 'Levitate', and 'Flow' were some of the tunes that I used to listened too religiously, and his remix of 'Drones' by 'Benton' is to this day is one of my favorite tracks.
'Bazooka' starts of in a jolty manner, with sharp strings overlapping each other working their up to the drop. It then suddenly becomes very silent, and a male voice says 'Rise the Bazooka', then there is an explosion of sound on the drop. Its heavy, raw and very blunt. With a dark sub-bass instrument bashing you again and again, then the strings come back in giving the track some balance again, for me I think its perfect tune for an MC to unleash there vocal ability on. TMSV has a monthly radio slot on Radar Radio so make sure you have a listen to that. Don't forget to check what he's up to through his soundcloud here.
Below is this months Strictly140 guest mix 002 coming from Dallen himself. Its packed full of dubs so don't forget to have a listen.
The next article I'll be releasing will be the March Deep Dubstep article so keep your eyes open for that.