Shifty - Off Da Radar (Radio Rip)
I hold no accent-stigmas any more and, to be truthful, the London-centric presence that lingers over the scene may give identity, but it also hampers. Loosening up about it a bit should help the scene broaden and move forward at the same time, while on its own terms. Which is good, in my humble opinion.
Some more rips.
Ribz Freestyle (Radio Rip)
Imp Batch - Out In The Street (Radio Rip)
Jammer - Champs & Weed (Radio Rip)
With the distinct lack of warring in 2008, I suppose I should be heralding the fact that, on the set, the alliterative titan Jeeday Jawz proclaimed live to the nation that he wasn't a 'nerd like Rinser'. However, I can't hide the fact that I don't really care.
Download or stream the set here.
BLESS BEATS // SOLD MY SOUL TO THE DEVIL
WILEY // CLUB 7
BLESS BEATS // CREAM
DEXPLICIT // WAKADOOSA VIP
RAPID // KNIGHTRIDER
DOT ROTTEN // TORPEDO
SILENCER // WORLD WAR 4
MANIAC // THUG
TERROR DANJAH // MORPH
APPLE // MR BEAN ON DRUGS
NOCTURNAL // IN A CORNER REMIX
MACABRE UNIT // SENSE
DEXPLICIT // BIG PICTURE
BIGSHOT // STOMP
WAIFER // GUNMAN SKANK
MANIAC // SALT FISH
DOK // PHONE BOOTH
HAMMER // SHOOTERS
Last week's set with Jammer, Frisco, Tempa T and others is still on repeat. And one beat in particular.
Dirty Danger - 20 Minute Massive
This needs a release sharpish. Some bits and bobs have been said about the nature of grime now compared to its original sound but, to be honest, there are plenty of good beats about that bodes well for the future. Such a view contradicts Prancehall's statement, bemoaning Ruff Sqwad's Bethnall Green as 'the final turd in grime's now festering, fetid septic tank'. 'How the guys responsible for "Anna" can now be making something which sounds like a discarded Mitchell Brothers B-side is utterly depressing'.
To overlook beats like 20 Minute Massive, as well as Bring Your Click, which is one of the best current grime tracks around, is a bit of a shame. Still, he does make a valid point in that if Ruff Sqwad are straying from the sound, then we all might as well forget it. I doubt that will happen any time soon.
Right. The year's nearly up and, before I have to buy presents and shit, expect reviews of Untitled's Misconceptions, Nasty Jack's Shotta Music, and Wiley's See Clear Now. All a bit late, I'm ever so sorry. And maybe some serialised year review with some unofficial awards business.