“WELL. WELL. WELL.”
GM6. First of 2017. Let’s get into this.
Grandmixxer – Balcony Music EP
From the way I was vibzing to this in my kitchen when I heard this for the first time, I knew this EP was a percy. Grandmixxer is one of the most unique DJs and producers around at the moment. How he patterns up his sets with his trademark emotional sounding productions mean you know straight away it’s him on the deckles. When I asked him why his signature sounds are so recognisable, he described them as “his musical truth”. He also said that he doesn’t set out to make one particular sound, “my music is all emotional to me, I just get down and make it, I brought a Triton which a lot of the early grime pioneers were using so you could call my sound Triton based or grime as it was”. ‘Balcony Music’ is inspired by one of the first tunes Grandmixxer ever made which to him had all the elements that he wanted in it, to him, it was a coming of age as a producer.
The EP includes 3 tracks all of essentially the same name; ‘Balcony Music’, ‘Balcony Music 2’ and ‘Balcony Music – Angel Mix’ as well as the contrasting track, ‘Dragonball Z’. With his label, South London Space Agency launching soon and a special bonus track released to mark the EP, Grandmixxer’s not sure what other plans he has but he assured me that whatever comes in the future, it will be big. ‘Balcony Music’ is out now, click on the artwork below to listen to and buy the EP.
DaVinChe – #POWERS
Unless you’re new to grime, if you don’t know who DaVinChe is, you need to come out of the cave you’ve been dwelling in and hold this L. DaVinChe is an R&G don, a respected producer in the game and more importantly, he’s a guy with powers in abundance. In just 14 days, DaVinChe managed to get 32 artists together to make an album, entirely produced by himself. With this album full of singers, rappers and MCs all together, this album is pretty much like a pic-a-mix bag of sweets, there’s tracks in here that everyone can enjoy whether you want to power up or just reconnect with the feelings you were afraid to catch. There are older faces in here as well as newer ones and the combos that they pattern up on this album are pretty interesting, there are tracks that have artists together that you wouldn’t necessary think would go together but actually end up jamming together well. Considering how difficult it can be to put an album and making sure it’s as perfect as it can be, it’s extraordinary that DaVinChe made this album in just a fortnight featuring this many artists but then again, DaVinChe is a pretty extraordinary person, he’s had the #POWERS from early.
Eyez – Never Ever
The start of a new year presents the chance for artists under the radar to make a name for themselves and off the back of captaining Derby to victory in the final of the Red Bull Grime-A-Side, Eyez is out here starting the year on the front foot, trying to cement the momentum he made last year with the music video for his track ‘Never Ever’. Eyez’s witty wordplay, punchy bars and confident swagger are getting more and more recognition and while he’s still underrated, this year presents the opportunity for him to make an impact, he’s not an emcee to be slept on.
Big Zuu – Fire In The Booth
There’s not many in the game who have as much energy as Big Zuu, the West Londoner’s ferocious cannon-like flow allows him to dump a whole heap of bombs whenever he shells down. With bars upon bars in his lyrical arsenal, Zuu graced Charlie Sloth’s Saturday Night Rap Show to do his debut Fire In The Booth. Zuu as always shells down with at least 110% energy. Looking at his performance, it’s almost as if he’s going to explode, a lyrical combustion happening before our very eyes as he uses the power of the serious joints to burn down the booth, Big Zuu is here to stay in 2017.
Mr. ‘Man A Wear Black’ himself is going to busy with a pair of upcoming motives. Firstly, on the 2nd of February, he’s celebrating his birthday in style at the Notting Hill Arts Club in collaboration with Pardon My Blog and Movin Anti, the night will also be raising funds for two charities as well so donations will be welcome. If that isn’t enough, Donae’O will be going in at his debut headline show at The Camden Assembly on the 16th of March. It’s mad thinking Donae’O is only having his debut headline show this year considering how long he’s been clarting down the clubs, delivering the vibes to make all the mandem & all the gyaldem move to each other during his music career but considering that he signed onto the Island Records label, cementing his first major record deal just this month, it seems appropriate to celebrate that achievement with an event that will surely mark much more to come from the talented artist. Click on the pictures below to find out more about the events including coping tickets.
Slimzos Recordings Doing Bits
If you don’t know about Slimzos Recordings, they’re a grime record label that started during grime’s early days when grime (still without a name) was just garage’s new but darker sounding younger brother. The label is run by the iconic DJ Slimzee, a pioneer who co-founded Rinse FM and was one of the early trailblazers in the scene. Even to this day, Slimzee is still the guy when it comes to dubplate exclusives so as a producer, if he spins your stuff, know that it’s going to pop off. That same feeling existed back in the day, his sets on pirate radio the stuff of legend, his work with the likes of Rinse FM, Pay As You Go Cartel, Roll Deep and his contribution on Dizzee Rascal’s Boy In Da Corner album no doubt place him as a juggernaut in not just grime but UK underground music. Wiley may be the ‘Godfather’ when it comes to MCs but Slimzee is the ‘Godfather’ when it comes to DJs.
Unfortunately for Slimzee, he got slapped with an ASBO in 2005, meaning he was unable to place radio transmitters on top of tower blocks for pirate radio, in fact he wasn’t even allowed to go above the fifth floor of any building otherwise he’d go to jail. After that, Slimzee went quiet and left the underground music scene.
Fast forward to now and things are much different, Slimzee’s back in the game, back on Rinse and catching up on lost time. As for his label, that too hibernated when the label owner went into the shadows but this month, Trends, a DJ and producer who’s part of the Slimzos Recordings family dropped an EP on the label. ‘In The Jungle/Iron Fist’ isn’t the only activity in the label, a 4-part All Stars EP is due to drop soon featuring Stirling, Dallen, Garna and AS.IF KID. If that wasn’t enough, on the 22nd of March, the label is hosting an event called ‘Slimzos Sessions’. Slimzee is hosting the event along with the likes of Macabre Unit, J Cush, DJ Argue and more plus special guest MCs spitting bars too. The event’s taking place at The Nest in Dalston, North London from 9PM-2AM.
Slimzos Recordings. Back on the grid and looking to write new memories for a new chapter in a renewed genre.
AJ Tracey – Buster Cannon (Rapture 4D Bootleg)
There’s no doubt that when AJ Tracey released ‘Buster Cannon’ last year, the first track released off his ‘Lil Tracey’ EP that the track was just a little bit special. Canadian producer & MC Tre Mission naturally has to take a lot of credit for the single’s success seeing as he produced it, the production a perfect fit for AJ’s smooth yet striking flow.
The song definitely had a positive impact on Scottish producer Rapture 4D because he’s only gone and made a bootleg for it and made the already spacey sounding riddim sound even more out of this world. The Glasgewian already has a reputation for being a bit of a refix don and this latest instrumental from him hopefully means we’ll be seeing more work of this quality on his new Plasma Abuse label that he and fellow producer Polonis recently started. Rapture’s futuristic sounding bootleg is available for free download, check it out.
New Crown Jules EPs
You know them ones when you’re waiting for a bus to turn up and two of them show up at the same time, well anyone waiting for a “bus” to appear from Crown Jules can expect to see two of them coming together as the label has released two new EPs.
Firstly, you have the smooth ‘Ambience 2’ EP, a mellow five track collection that will make you want to put your slippers on and chill out to the ambient sounds of J Beatz as well as contributions from Juzlo and Limit. Secondly comes the ‘4 Way 3’ EP featuring a mixture of frenzied and calm riddims, a collaboration between Levlz, Limit & J Beatz, Sean D and Sware.
The EPs are out now, click on the artworks below.
Freeza Chin’s Ghetto Gospel Mix
This year marks a landmark, it’s been ten years since Ghetts (or Ghetto as he was known before) released his second album ‘Ghetto Gospel’. To mark the occasion, Canadian DJ and Tizzy Gang representer Freeza Chin put together a special mix and premiered it on Radar Radio to mark the anniversary, the mix is packed the best of the best of Ghetts’ songs. If you’re a fan of Ghetts, I suggest you listen to this mix to either go down memory lane or embark on a musical Mecca and enlighten yourself with the sounds of one of the most influential spitters to come out of East London.
Breakage – Hard (feat. Newham Generals & David Rodigan (2009))
Ending GM6, we go down memory lane with this killer dubstep meets grime track from producer Breakage featuring the mighty Newham Generals as well as the voice of David Rodigan, a stalwart in the reggae and dancehall scene, Rodigan is certainly a man who knows his way around a dubplate clash. Footsie & D Double E have been hard from day, arguably there’s not a better pairing than those two when they’re going b2b, no surprise that they duppied this instrumental.