Ghostpoet‘s been kicking a gargantuan storm this year, his debut album is a hell of a record and the debut single ‘Survive It’ threatened to render all other music pointless. Well, now he’s back with another track from the album, ‘Liiines’; a haunting ballad that avoids mawkish metaphors and clichés.
It’s a track that’s packed with heart-wrenching narratives and ingenious wordplay. It was only a matter of time before someone of xxxy‘s musical calibre would take a crack at reworking a track.
It’s a more upbeat affair than we’re used to from either Ghostpoet or xxxy but it plays its Funky card well, avoiding the trap of becoming either too cheesy or too po-faced. Grab xxxy’s version below and then go out and buy the album.
You may remember Murlo’s remix of BD1982 a week or two ago, well now he’s back with a Funky/Bashment remix of Mr. Vegas’s ‘Certain Law’. The original is fast-paced Ragga and Dancehall MC’ing over a combination of ‘Barbwire’ riddim and Harry Toddler’s aptly titled ‘Bad Man Nuh Dress Like Girl’.
Completely removing the instrumental track, Murlo instead adds a distorted, grizzly version of Rebound X’s Grime classic ‘Rhythm & Gash’. If you don’t like bangers, then look elsewhere. Or, take joy in the implied punnery of all the different tracks involved in this production.
Aside from working on Toddla T’s sophomore album and contributing vocals to Speech Debelle’s ‘Blaze Up A Fire’, ol’ Rodney aka Roots Manuva has been working on his fifth studio album. The new album, ’4everevolution’, is supposed to be an extension of previous albums and possibly Manuva’s best yet. There’s more of the Dub, Conscious Hip-Hop and Grime but elements of Soul and even House music are drawn upon.
Excitingly, though it includes production and performance from Steve Dub and the Easy Access Orchestra respectively, it is the most Roots-produced LP to date. There are still a couple of collaborations though as MCs Lotek and Blakitude assist with vocals on a track each.
Aside from Lotek and Blakitude, newbie Rokhsan contributes vocals to the first single from the LP, ‘Get The Get’. Remixes of the single come from Breakage and Slugabed.
You can stream ‘Get The Get’ below and then buy the album on 26 September on Big Dada.
Famed for his prolific approach to music production, Wiley has already been busy working on the follow-up to last year’s brilliant 100% Publishing. What was originally intended to be an EP has turned into a full length album entitled ‘Evolve Or Be Extinct’.
The new album is to be headed up by the detuned bass-iness of ‘Link Up’. Here Alex D takes on the tune, removes the bassline and replaces it with a thumping Techno bassline. It’s a modest reworking, but one that ultimately serves it’s purpose: to make a more danceable version of the single as a means of promoting the album.
Grab Alex D’s version below and then keep your peepers peeled for the album on Big Dada in the next couple of months.
You may remember when S-X reached 3000 followers on his Twitter account he gave away a special free EP as a little thank you/incentive for more followers. Well, now he’s reached 5000 followers he’s giving away another EP.
The new EP features 9 original Grime tracks from the London-based producer which, given the brilliance of ‘Woo Riddim’, should do more than excite. Grab the whole thing for free below and then start plundering the Butterz back catalog.
Grime poet and all round nice chap Roots Manuva has announced he will be releasing the follow-up to 2010′s ‘Duppy Writer’ LP, ’4everevolution’ this October. The new LP, like its predecessors, will be released on October 13 via Big Dada and is the sixth album of original material.
The new LP also promises an impressive roll-call of guest vocalists and producers including Ricky Ranking, DJ MK, Daddy Kope, Skin and Cass Lewis from Skunk Anansie, Elan Tamara, and Spikey T. Interestingly, the track ‘Watch Me Dance’ features here as well as on Toddla T’s new album of the same name.
As far as styles go, it’s a bit of a melting pot; bouncey club-friendly tracks manage to sit pretty well against his more introverted, darker oeuvre. The first single ‘Watch Me Dance’ definitely falls into the former category, featuring the knob-twiddling talents of Toddla T.
Oh, and if you’re wondering which of the two albums you should own, buy Manuva’s ’4everevolution’. The new Toddla T album is dreadful.
Drawing influences from sources as disparate as Grime and Acid House, Whole Sick is the brainchild of Justin Reid-Simms. The EP, entitled ‘A Little Louder’, is yet another solid release in the Sound Of Sumo back catalog and will be released June 6.
To head up the promotion of the EP, Whole Sick’s also compiled a mixtape which you can download at the bottom. Stream a teaser of the EP below and then grab the mix and order your copy of the EP from Juno.
In the confusing world of post-Dubstep Dubstep, one needs stability. One needs labels and artists to guide us through this baffling world of Future Garage, Funky, Bass, Drumstep and Deep House. So who better than the knowlegable chaps at Hyperdub?
They’re following a strong succession of releases, including the Kode9 & Spaceape LP and releases from Burial and Funkystepz, with the new EP from D.O.K., formerly associated with Terror Danjah’s now defunct Grime label Aftershock. The new release is set to feature his trademark Grime, with the dubbier, techier sounds that Hyperdub is known for.
The new release, entitled ‘West Coast’ features the original, a VIP mix and a b-side track ‘East Coast’ and comes out on June 27 via Hyperdub.
I never thought I’d be agreeing with The Daily Telegraph about Grime, but apparently they know their stuff when it comes to Virus Syndicate. Going so far as to describe them as “some of the tautest British MC-ing since the first Dizzee Rascal Album”, I’d go a step further.
If you heard the recent track I posted (‘Need U’ – a collaboration with Kastle), you’ll also know they have a knack for teaming up with some of the most inventive producers going. So it’ll come as no surprise that this new track sees another Seclusiasis stalwart, Starkey, hand them some magic in the form of this radio edit, the video of which you can watch below.
The new single ‘Your Life’ is out this month on Safe & Sound.