Matt behind Gamepaused is easily the most talented graphic designer I’ve had the pleasure of working with. I don’t say that likely. His passion is computer games and is putting together a brilliant book dedicated to the art and design of said games and how they’ve inspired other designers, artists and musicians. A couple of nods to Grime’s greats in here. Looking forward to this one dropping.
More info HERE.
Never thought in a million years I’d be saying this but, man like Chronik is riding a crocodile/ alligator .. Like it’s nothing!
From East London to the motherland.
For the first instalment of Royal-T’s latest mix series he has chosen to home in on the Eski sound. He’s compiled a selection of some of the all-time classic Grime tracks that fall into this sub-genre, as a showcase of some of the ringleaders who were experimenting with the sound in the early to mid 00s.
Despite its birth 10 years ago, the Eski still sounds fresh, in both its original form or sampled and updated by the current wave of exciting, new instrumental Grime producers.
“Sometimes I just feel cold hearted. I felt cold at that time, towards my family, towards everyone. That’s why I used those names.” Wiley. Date: Unknown.
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Butterz in full effect with the Gens on Mic duties. Amazingly this is the first time Double and Foots have joined Elijah and Skilliam together on Rinse.
BR012 (Hold On + Home) is out on Monday on 12″ Vinyl and Digital.
We’ve handed over the reigns of the 7 days with… to Elijah, one part of the Grime Dynasty Butterz. Over the last few years the rise of Butterz has seen Elijah and and the crew travel around the world, release records which have become key milestones in Grime’s ever changing scene to working with the likes of Mishka on collaborations, to becoming the key point of reference for Grime heads across the globe.
Ahead of Butterz’s 3rd Birthday at Cable this Saturday, take a look at the last 7 days with Elijah.
I feel like my week begins 7pm on Sunday nights when I do my Rinse FM show with Skilliam. Footsie joined us for the first time and it was hype. We played a bunch of new material and loads of classic Footsie instrumentals that have just come out on his compilation album ‘King Original’ – Can stream HERE
I picked up the new record from Spooky on Oil Gang available for the early birds on the Butterz boutique now. We are going to start selling other peoples records fully for the first time this year. Good to support all the other labels releasing Grime on wax.
Champion, Terror Danjah and I had a meeting at our distributors to sort out a few new records. We have Flava D’s record dropping next month, as well as a special limited edition vinyl which will be announced shortly. You won’t be disappointed!
Skilliam and I landed in Guimaraes, Portugal a day early, we were playing on the Thursday night. We had time to check out a few of the sites and the sunsets which doesn’t happen enough when we play internationally.
I had some time to chill out in the hills before we flew back to the UK. Got to think about some new ideas and projects dropping this year. Will definitely be my most productive yet. Got a new mixtape dropping with DJ Shiftee, collaboration with Mishka, a bunch of new records on Butterz and a new club night called Jamz… Watch this space.
After we played a one off R&B set at The Waiting Room in Stoke Newington, on the drive home a drunk driver clipped the back of our car, then crashed into us. Thankfully none of us are seriously hurt even though the car was written off and our bodies are a bit beaten up.
Had to chill after a long night in A&E. After finishing Seth Godins ‘Icarus Deception’ last week I’ve moved onto this. Great so far if you like reading about geniuses. It’s like a collection of mini biographies of some of the great people that have changed the world and how they did it. Great motivation tool!
To coincide with the release of Spooky’s forthcoming release on Oil Gang, the ‘Coolie Joyride EP’ we have a signed copy to give away on vinyl.
All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning it is to tweet us @B_N_T_L with the answer to a very simple question which is; What was the name of Spooky’s first release on Oil Gang?
Competition closes at midday on Monday.
Spooky – Coolie Joyride EP out Monday 18th February on vinyl and on MP3 two weeks later.
Tipped as one of the record labels to look out for in 2013 by Fact Magazine, Oil Gang kick off the new year as they plan to go on with another hard-hitting instrumental grime offering. For their fourth release Spooky steps up again with an eclectic three track EP that characterises the versatility that we have become used to in his productions over the years.
The title track of the EP ‘Coolie Joyride’ almost became another one of those mythical white label grime instrumentals where the original file had either been lost or corrupted, however, fortunately this was not the case. After numerous years of pleas and foiled searches Spooky eventually found the original file, rebuilt it and as a result it is finally going to see the light of day for purchase.
The flip features two more valiant instrumentals, the first, ‘Electric Fence,’ is my favourite track from the EP, which echoes the old Slew Dem style template of moody basslines combined with liberal gun shot samples. The second is Spooky’s reconstruction of Darq E Freaker’s ‘Rhythm and Slags’ featured on Oil Gang’s ‘Quadrant’ EP, another track destined to cause damage in a rave environment much like it did at the BNTL 5th Birthday.
A1. COOLIE JOYRIDE
B1. ELECTRIC FENCE
B2. RHYTHM & SLAGS PT.2
Available on vinyl from 18/02/2013 and two weeks later on MP3.
Everything apart from this tonight means nothing.
On December the 10th 2012, my teenage years were rolled back with the release of Ruff Sqwad’s White Label Classics cd. A compilation of some of the most sort after beats made by Rapid and Dirty, from way back when being on “endz” entailed one wearing fresh Champion NBA gear from footlocker, or an Akademiks tracksuit along with a pair of loose chunky laced air max 90s or 95s (which we christened in the hood as 110′s, for their £110 price tag).
I don’t even think at the time the name “grime” had been given to this genre of music just yet. Music which I religiously locked into daily via Heat, Flava, Deja Vu or Rinse on my Nokia 8310. Back then Ruff Sqwad was one of my favorite crews, they were relatively younger in comparison to folks such as Wiley, God’s Gift and a slew of other contributors to a genre of music we now know as grime but despite this, Ruff Sqwad were able to go toe to toe with the best of them as mcs and as producers.
Rapid and Dirty‘s production, I feel was different to other producers in their field they seemed to make music which sounded like they were produced with real instruments (as silly as that sounds), unlike a lot of other folks whose stuff blantanly sounded like they had simply used the basic samples which come with Fruity Loops. I have to commend Rapid’s inspirations and sampling choices, which at the time easily put him in his own lane. Not many back then could flip records as diverse and off the radar as he did, then make them flow well enough for mcs to spit over on pirate radio, looking back in hindsight that sh*t was insane. Another thing I really liked about the boys, is there was never any drama/ beef from them towards any other crews. They seemed to stay neutral all the way through, and for those who followed the music from way back will know ego’s, road life and bad attitudes fueled by various “sendings” on dvd’s and radio shows meant there was madness on a regular basis. With all the above said I would like to give a big shoutout to everyone who was involved in putting this cd out. It definitely has a special place in the heart of UK music which will live forever.
If you want a copy make sure you’re quick as numbers are low, buy it from here.
Check out Rapid and Dirty Danger’s interview with Benji B check it out below.