Bars on lock, on her block! Madders Tiff ‘Madders on the block’ EP

Madders Tiff seems to be bouncin’ from block to block of late, the London Grime MC has been busy spittin her no nonsense bars at Reprezent FM, Mode FM, was interviewed on Rinse FM as part of Girls of Grime female takeover set and also performed at their female takeover event in Dalston on June 17th. There’s no denying her work rate is a madness and luckily for us she shows no signs of slowing down....

A Novel stranger returns: Novelist ‘Novelist Guy’ // President T ‘Stranger Returns’

Prez T's second offering is packed full of darkly dangerous beats and tense rhythms giving this body of work a distinctly ominous feel, further amplified by the most identifiable voice in the Grime scene. (Giggs takes that title over the way, in the UK rap world) My highlight of 'A stranger returns' is not in fact a full track but a skit entitled "You're taking the p! ss"...

MEZ: Artist Profile // ‘Tyrone’ *EP Review*

Danger in a durag is the phrase that comes to mind when I listen to the wise but young uncle Mez from the forest (of Nottingham to be precise.) Since 2013 Mez has cast his durag over the Grime scene to make some serious waves. His debut EP ‘28’, dropped in 2015, and early releases 'Sike', 'Normal shoe', 'Magnum' and ‘One line flows' served to increase Mez's popularity; eventually earning...

Album Review: Heavy Smasherz, from The Heavy Trackerz

The ‘Heavy Trackerz’ did right to call their concept album ‘Odyssey’ as it really does take you on an otherworldly journey of the sonic stratosphere and beyond which would explain the space suits on the album cover. The trackerz with the tekkerz explore many tuneful terrains in their exploration through song and space visiting Grime on ‘Rude boy flex’ ft. Ghetts, reggae on ‘Survivor’ ft. Doctor, Inch of section boyz and Joe Grind, Gospel on the choir assisted ‘Feel the love’, RnB/Dance on ‘Days like This’ complete with the gorgeously feminine allure of Tizzy’s vocals. We even have a foray into the UKG arena with a reworking of the singalong garage classic ‘Sorry’ and fresh vocals from original singer Monsta boy. We are treated to a frustrated but brilliant Manga Saint Hilaire airing his ...

More Life in the Park: Parklife festival Review 2017

I arrived at Parklife looking like Ini Kamoze’s ‘hot stepper’ yanking my trusted wellies from inches of mud. I nestled myself in at the front of the Temple stage to catch the last half of the walking soul system’s set - 1xtra’s Jamz Supernova, who was joined by fierce Croydon MC stush, who flexed her skills to an eager crowd ...

Who runs the North? GIRLS!

But what’s going on outside of London? Does Grime exist up North? Is there a UK rap and R&B scene beyond Birmingham’s bull ring? Errrmmmmmm does Marcel mention blazing squad all the time? Duh!! Of COURSE there is! Last year I brought you various interviews, articles and gig reviews from the Manny mandem, but it’s long overdue for the Miss Manny’s to get their time to shine. Step forward ‘angels (and devils) of the North’ …

Our Godfather: The Legend, The Legacy, The Longevity (Part 2)

Last week we looked at Wiley’s musical roots as a youth, his sonic creation - the Eski beat instrumentals, his discovery of Dizzee Rascal and the alliances formed which would stand the test of time. During the interlude you should have become acquainted with the ice rink armed with the avalanche of riddims I left you with at the end of Part 1 (If not skate backwards to Part 1, have a listen and re-join us here.) It’s now time to put down the skates and pick up your skis...

Our Godfather: The Legend, The Legacy, the Longevity (Part 1)

The rise and rhymes of the Godfather of Grime is a perfect example of seemingly random events (some of which were triggered by Wiley himself and others pulled Wiley in like the mass gravity of a faraway planet) swirling and colliding in complete chaos and as a result something complete and wholly organic, which made perfect sense, began to emerge...