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T8PES – I Feel Good; The Grime Artist Bringing Back the Old School Rave Momentum

I Feel Good is the latest single from the up and coming Birmingham based Grime artist who clearly doesn’t care for sticking to the genre boundaries as much as he cares about creating electric beats that we can use to share the nostalgia, the connection and most importantly, the momentum behind the drops.

With T8PES latest single you can expect to hear a whole manner of elements of contemporary and retro styles which weave together to create something conceptually beautiful. From Old School Rave, to World Music to Hip Hop, it’s all riddled into the beat. The relentlessly clever and lyrics come in the form of traditional Grime rap verses, yet when the chorus hits T8PES proves that he’s more than able when it comes to vocal harmony with his almost R&B style crooning. What blew me away the most, was the polished standard of production to I Feel Good, it’s pretty God damn rare these days to happen across a Grime artist with squeaky clean production, massive beats and standout Rap talent.

You can check out the official music video to the latest track from T8PES when it drops on August 9th. Stick it in your diary, in the mean time get over to Facebook and join in with the countdown.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Leaf x Grim Sickers x T-Man; This Summer’s Hottest Dub-Driven Grime Collab

It’s not all too often you’re treated to pure, unadulterated Grime; I’m not even sorry to say that Leaf x Grim Sickers x T-Man’s is no exception to the rule thanks to their Bassy Dubstep layering of their heavy mix.

Leaf, Grim Sickers and T-Man’s latest collaboration is as lit as any drop from the genre we’ve heard this year. It’s quite ironic considering the title of Pass Dat Spliff, yes it’s nothing prodigal to verse bars about getting high, but what the trio created with the drop was less than typical. The beat was just as hyped as the Grime bars with inventive dubbed mix ups, Trap trickles, drops and swirling reverberating doom impounding chaos. Meanwhile, charisma poured over each of the rapper’s verses with aggressive, relentless vocal offerings that don’t fail to command respect. Unlike with many Grime tracks It’s clear that as much thought went into the production of the mix as was put into the vocals; Badman Studio’s are clearly a force to be reckoned with if Pass Dat Spliff is anything to go by.

You can check out this summer’s hottest grime collaboration when Pass Dat Spliff drops on July 25th, 2018 via Badman Studio’s SoundCloud page. The San Francisco based label prides itself on staying true to Dub and Dubstep roots… If you’re a fan of a dirty bassline you’re going to be in Dub heaven.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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NE6 – Human Resources: In the 70’s We Had Patti Smith, in 2018 We Have Grime Legends NE6

As someone that has lived in Manchester for my entire life, I can’t quite express how much the latest track by NE6 hit me as they reverently expressed their contempt to the shitshow that is playing out in modern day society. Human Resources is proof of the power music contains. The Grime Hip Hop artists may create a sound that is pretty far from musical revolutionaries such as Patti Smith, but the message still as potent. Any lyrics containing the words “Fuck Theresa May” will always win massive respect from me, but the track went so far past the typical crass Grime lyricism. The track was written to depict the artists view on the recent tragedies that have happened in the UK and all across the world with a focus on Grenfell & the Manchester Arena Bombings. The sentiment is made even more sobering by the resounding, haunting Hip Hop beat which spills ominous beats and kicks around NE6’s Grime lyrical bars. The track flows at the perfect pace which allows NE6’s antagonised passion palpable.

You can check out NE6’s latest drop Human Resources on YouTube now which was published May 22nd, 2018.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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KontraBand – 9 to 5: Poetically Piercing London Grime

Hip Hop Rap artist KontraBand has just dropped a track that resonated as deeply as any track by my favourite spoken word Hip Hop artists. The visceral approach the up and coming artist created in his latest release ‘9 to 5’ could only be described as captivating, you just can’t help but hang onto every rhythmically placed word which is laid down into the trickling Trap beat.

There aren’t many artists that can bowl me over, yet with KontraBand’s orchestration of melodic Hip Hop I was well and truly grounded. The immersivity was found in the lyrics, vocals and beats. I’m now ridiculously excited to hear what KontraBand cooks up next with his gritty approach to realism within his lyrics. I’m starting to get convinced that they put something in the water in London to breed such poignant and posed Rap artists. If you’re a fan of George the Poet, Nick Brewer, Ghetts & Krept & Konan I can guarantee you will appreciate KontraBand’s pensive approach to Rap.

Head on over to SoundCloud where you can check out 9 to 5; which was part of Kontraband’s self-titled 2018 EP.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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JASE – Netflix & Chill: Contemporarily Compelling London Grime

I know, I know, there have been plenty of tracks about Netflix & Chill in he past few years since the casual innuendo first became prolific, yet, JASE’s approach is quite frankly amazing. The use of contemporary cultural references in the track is almost ingenious, saying that, I was always going to love a track that mentions Game of Thrones. With his latest single JASE proved that there really is no beating Grime artists who hail from London. That charismatic twang of the accent gets me every time.

It’s perceptible from even before the end of the first verse that JASE isn’t just an aggrandized Rap artist wanting to spit superiority through his bars, he’s genuinely doing it through the pure passion for the genre. His playful style isn’t one that I will forget in a hurry, the charming delivery has gained JASE an infinite amount of respect from me.

If you’re a fan of Wiley, Skepta, Kano or Bugzy Malone, you’re going to be in love with JASE’s fresh new mix. You can check out Netflix & Chill which was released May 1st, 2018 on SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

 

 

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Mayhem NODB – Mr HazeuM : A High Urban Hip Hop Grime.

Birmingham based grime MC Mayhem NODB has recently released his newest 17-track mixtape ‘Mr HazeuM’ which offers a fusion of the highest quality roots level grime and UK hip hop.

Mayhem NODB found a passion for music at a young age, beginning spitting bars in primary school and beginning to perform at dances and raves at just 14. Entering into the West Midlands urban scene at such a young age allowed him to be at the forefront of the movement popularising grime as a British genre in one of the first grime groups hailing from Birmingham NODB.

Looking past the gratifying diversity from each line in the squib sound of the music, the prevailing mood and settings of the song, the beat, as well as the style of this  hip hop music is an ambiguous sense of longing for something unreachable.

Through the mesmerizing textures and surreal emotions the MC evoked, the mixtape ‘Mr HauzeuM’ extends through a dreamlike state toward something that’s falling just out of grasp.

This song is undoubtedly a progression for MC Mayhem NODC, but at the same time, it signifies a beginning, a shedding of former limitations in pursuit of new sanctums. At times on the song, the lyricism tends to bring listeners downward into the depths of consciousness. And just before what was audibly lit became dim, the outro shows that the artist’s musical journey is ultimately the one of personal ascension.

The stunning  victory lap of the rap in this track effortlessly proved that MC Mayhem deserves the crown, and still has the talent to make white-knuckle, world conquering grime.

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Lockz – Don’t Love Me: Infectiously Enigmatic UK Grime

There are some Hip Hop & Rap tracks that instantly resonate with you. Lockz latest hit Don’t Love Me, is definitely up there with the best of the infectiously enigmatic mixes. That may have a little to do with my long standing affinity for UK Grime artists, but still, there’s something infinitely intreaguing about Lockz grittily urban contemporary Rap style. When the chorus hits, you can’t help but embrace the playful lyricism, however, as Don’t Love Me draws to a close, the lyrics start to become slightly repetitive and recycled. So, rather than finishing on a mic dropping line, the lyrics from the first verses carry through and falter as they fail to gain anymore resonance through the momentum of the progression of the verses. Regardless of the minor lyrical flaw, Don’t Love Me is still a track that I won’t be forgetting about in a long time thanks to Lockz gritty approach to incorporating realism within his sound.

If you’re a UK Grime artist fan you can check out Don’t Love Me on SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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A.n.C Dre Announces His Arrival as the UK’s Hottest New Grime Artist

A.n.C Dre’s debut track Arrival is an essential listen for UK Grime fans. The up & coming Rap artist A.n.C follows the same playful direction with his flow as icons such as Dizzee Rascal, Wiley, Skepta and Lethal Bizzle, yet there’s something magnetically unique to the Rap artists flows. The almost haunting aura of the melody makes Arrival one of the most resonant grime tracks I’ve heard this year. A.n.C Dre’s attitude is on point, finding the balance can be tricky for a Grime artist yet A.n.C Dre has got it figured with his sardonically charming charisma that he uses to set his debut track Arrival alight with. It’s clear that A.n.C Dre is an urban artist that takes himself seriously, but that doesn’t mean that his lyrics have to. The narrative that he creates through his 2017 single has you hooked into the pure bounce of the sound.

You can see what Arrival’s about for yourselves over on Spotify

Link up with A.n.C Dre on Facebook & stay up to date with all his fresh new mixes

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Hyphen Works With An Amazing Sound Palette With “Lost”

Hyphen works with a quite amazing sound palette. Whilst many people see rap as an ever shrinking of musical boundaries a slimming down to a core of lyrics and beats, Hyphen looks the other way, towards the various musical associations and related genres. As such Lost is a blend of pop-soul, accessible electronica, rap, hip-hop and breezy brass, a wide screen and forward thinking move which broadens the genres musical horizons rather than shrinks them down.

It is a personal comment on the vacuous nature of the modern social life, something which he has replaced with the solitary focus of making music and reveals his feelings that he is not in any way missing out on much by locking himself away and pouring out his own creativity. The clever part comes in the form of the spoken word break, where the lyrical equivalent of the guitar solo would normally appear, Hyphen goes the other way and throws in the what almost sounds like an answerphone message which reveals a lot about the artist himself, both in what he says and the fact that he uses this device in the first place. I like the way this man’s head works.

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Nick Notes Releases UK Grime Track ‘See Me Comin’

Nick Notes is a driven, charismatic and passionate hip-hop artist, often compared to major rappers the likes of J Cole, Jay Z or Nas, just to mention a few.

His recent studio single, See Me Comin, is a perfect example of Nick’s lyrical prowess and wide-ranging vocal tone. This track showcase a really kaleidoscopic take on hip-hop, with trap accents and massive beats. The song is also influenced by Grime, with a distinctive UK rap flavor.

One of the things that I enjoy the most about this track is certainly that sensation of the arrangement and the production acting like a very solid “glue”: The beat and the melody are perfectly intertwined, acting as an amazing outlet for Nick’s unique vocals. This song has everything you might want from a great hip-hop track: a tight groove, lush and open melodies, analog-sounding samples; a steady lyrical flow and hooks to die for.

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