The b-side on Julio Bashmore & Kowton’s collaborative releaseMirror Song is by far the rowdiest of their joint effort. Possessed by the restless spirit of grime ‘And What’ is charged by Kowton’s erratic drum programming and a series of ridiculously barbarous bassline drops. This will induce an involuntary screwface – suggested listening times: rush hour. Mirror Song is out now – make sure you get that.
The Godfather of Grime, known commonly as Wiley, occasionally as the most random man on road in the game or most recently, chart topper connects UK and Canadian dots in this surprising collaboration with rising Toronto songstress Rochelle Jordan. His verse is a typically Eskiboy affair, but more than that his feature shows he’s still an artist with some foresight and an ear very much to the ground. What other British emcee (of his stature) is jumping on relatively obscure R&B releases like this?
Also the perfect time to remind you, Rochelle Jordan’s debut album Pressure was released this week. It marks one of the best R&B albums you’ll probably hear this year, so listen, download for free and read our thoughts here.
Sheffield based producer Walter Ego comes through with a bouncy piece of Game Boy-glitch inspired Grime featuring none other than Trim, one of the best MC’s the UK has produced. Famed for his sharp wit and humorous slant, the video for ‘Set Off’ directed by Rollo Jackson sees Trim bouncing from scene to scene with the same kind of bravado and style as he spits through his bars.
As the sun is still holding up here in London town, we offer up to you some 140bpm summertime UKG. Originally a track that edged on the head bopping side of garage, but settled somewhere inbetween and never fully entered in. Leeds based producer brought it out of all confusion. Squeezed the vocals to almost a non comprehendable 90′s screech, inserted some pauses for hands in the air and packed in some shuffling beats for good measure.
I was lucky to hear this track a couple weeks back thanks to the good folk over at Relentless and they say there is plenty more to come from Jamie Grind.
Some UK bassline for you with this 5 tracker. We featured Londoner Last Japan previously, when he dropped the 3Thousand EP from last year. With this release, he gets hold of legendary Roll Deep member Trim to ride along the nightrider droned instrumental and sets off the EP.
Throughout Last Japan gives us the truest UK sounds available. Grungy, deep rooted warehouse bass, gritty neck breaking 140bpms’ and the pick of the right features (Rudeboy, Avrg Joe) all bringing out the dirty darling nature that London (can) possess.
Enigmatic U.S rapper Danny Brownteams up with London’s Darq E Freaker for an utterly mind altering collaboration. ‘Blueberry (Pills & Cocaine)’ is a genre bending insanity which confidently places itself at the forefront of a movement that’s been brewing here for quite some time.
With Freaker’s quintessentially British influences amalgamated with the Bass heavy trill of U.S Trap, he’s opened up the flood gates for something entirely fresh – British Trap. Combine this with Danny’s unmistakable flow and tripped out lyrics – what you’re left with is an exciting marker for a new wave of what’s about to blow the f*ck up.
Watch as Darq E and his gang of models descend into lunacy as they navigate through London Town.
As an added bonus, enjoy remixes of ‘Blueberry’ from Star Slinger, Morri$, Pelican Fly All Stars and Sinden & 5kinandbone5 – here.
This little number surfaced a week or so ago, humble apologies for delivering a little behind schedule. National treasure Wiley and fellow Roll Deep members Flowdan, Riko & Manga come armed and ready spitting fire upon fire on this new track called ‘F OFF’. Possibly taken off a forthcoming collaborative album from Wiley & Manga, the African drum drive of this is undeniable. Loud. Listen, loud!