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...

Side-WOW-der! : Sidewinder Spring Festival 2017 (Review)

Standout performance of the night for me was Cadet, Big Tobz and DJ Russke. This time Big Tobz sported a red man united shirt (as opposed to the white one he was flexin; earlier in the week during my interview) with the words ‘Kool Nuh’ big and bold on the back; which prompted me to turn to my girls and say “He better not wash the white and red together imagine the colour run on that!” Cadet...

Wind It Up! SIDEWINDER Season is here! (Promo piece)

If you missed So Solid crew last year, guess what? They are back at Bowlers on Saturday 25th February 2017 to set it off with a bang, you lucky lot! Fresh faces Abra Cadabra will be robbing us of energy as he is set to shell down on stage and cause a madness and man of the moment Big Tobz joins the line up alongside Cadet ...

Grime Lands on Mercury: Konnichiwa wins coveted award

The 2016 Mercury prize was a year of firsts. It was the first time Hyundai had steered the show as sponsor, David Bowie’s ‘Black star’ album was the ceremony’s first posthumous nominee and it was the first time Grime had a double edged sword to fight the competition; with Grime’s experimental electronica indie bwoy Kano’s ‘Made In The Manor’ shortlisted as well as Grime’s man of the moment often hailed for the ‘resurgence’ of Grime Skepta with ‘Konnichiwa.’ Both very different but equally important albums to the genre....