Sunday, 30 August 2009
Anyway fast forward to 2009, funky seems to be the new bandwagon, Bassline has sorta already come and gone(people realised garage was 10x better), and every one seems to think Grime is Dead. Ask your bredrin who used to spend all day shouting Wiley's lyrics, but now spends his days with the goons practising his synchronised skanks to are you gonna bang though. He knows.
It isn't dead btw. Not by a long shot. But anyway seeing as it's no longer cool, as a blogger and "music journo" you need to learn how to par it without actually knowing anything about it. I'm gonna give you some beginner tips that will get GF saying "dasapar" quicker than you can click publish post.
Lets get started:
1.Call Ironik a Grime artist.
This is pretty straight forward. No one with testicles like his music. Also no one with out testicles over the age of 19 likes his music. Therefore everytime you label him as an ambassador for the Grime scene, some Grime fans get quite emotional. The fact that the sweetboy wank music he makes doesnt resemble anything remotely like Grime is just a nice way to twist the knife. Oh yeah to further strengthen your par, you must reference and laugh at the song with Elton John.
2.Call Tinchy Stryder a hip hop rapper.
He has had 2 number ones, a few other chart hits, and has almost topped the album charts. Oh yeah he's also the top selling male Artist of 2009 in the UK. Cannot argue with that. Call him a sellout? Nah that's a school boy error. You will just get directed to the free ep's and songs he made available to his fans before the album dropped. All of the downloads were Grime. There's even Grime on the album. But the par here is easy. Ignorance. Call him a rapper, compare him to Giggs, and 50 cent, this par is pretty self explanatory.
3.Pointout the lack of grime raves.
Ignore Chockablock, Dirty Canvas, Rinse, the oneaway launch nights, Concerts, and all the other new club nights that have now popped up that are headlined by Grime artists. Instead ask why all the old raves aren't running anymore. This is the par of choice for most.
4.Violence at all grime raves.
"Woah I heard one guy stepped on one guys shoe, and then he pushed him, and then he apologised and the guy walked away." To be honest there's not really much trouble at Grime related raves, ask JP or the ravers on GF, I'm not saying all the trouble makers have gone to funky, just saying that Grime doesnt cause trouble. But if your reader isn't a fan of Grime, and has never been to a rave, they wouldnt even know. So you must carry on the tradition of this stereotype par.
5.Say theres no releases.
This par is quite tricky, you have to mention the most popular mixtapes and THEN say but theres no other releases. For example "Besides Skepta and Wiley's albums there was no grime released this year really". Just hope your reader has never heard of Earth 616, No hats no hoods, Eskibeat, BBK, GPP, Little Dee, P money, Revolver, Dollar the dustman, J2K, RSG'S, Goodz, Roll Deep Recordings, and a load of others(I gave up with the list). Cos um they sorta released or are about to release stuff.
6.Say there's no new talent.
Everyones still looking at Wiley and Dizzee as the figure heads. Dizzee himself said he no longer makes Grime, and now he has 3 number ones under his belt. Also ignore the new talent like Axeman, Griminal, IceKid, Marvell, ScruFace, etc. And thats a 3 hit par combo, right there.
7.Say it lost it's hype.
If you want to use this par. Then do not acknowledge Tempa T or it just wont work. He will literally par your par. Reference all the bait hip hop and stuff.
8.Say Wiley doesnt even show up for stuff.
Well he usually doesnt, and he is the godfather of Grime.
9. Reference the Mobo's/Brits/and any other generic urban music award show.
They dont have a grime award, they dont want to give grime artists awards, they dont want to even acknowledge the fact that the majority of their newcomers stem from the Grime Scene. Ignore the fact that none of the award shows are actually credible anymore. It's a par. Partake in the par.
10. Pointout the fact that 1xtra see's no need for a 100% Grime show so it must be dead.
Here's a quick quote from DJ Magic.
"The remit of 1Xtra is to play the best in contemporary black music with a strong emphasis on live music and supporting new UK artists. The schedule should also offer a bespoke news service, regular discussion programmes and specially commissioned documentaries relevant to the young target audience (15–24 year olds), particularly – although not exclusively – those from ethnic minorities."
Yup. We pay the license fees, yet the station that states "love black music love 1xtra" does not have a fully Grime show. "the best in contemporary black music with a strong emphasis on live music and supporting new UK artists." Nah that doesnt sound like Grime at all...
Dont mention Kiss 100, Logan Sama, and the fact his grime show gets a ridiculous amount of listeners every week, and this par will be the most powerful of all.
Saturday, 29 August 2009
Click here to download the mix
02: BLESS BEATS - HEAD GONE
03: EZ - PUMP IT UP STAR
04: DONAEO - WATCHING HER MOVE
05: SHYSTIE - PULL IT (ILL BLU REMIX)
06: LIL SILVA - DIFFERENT
07: BBK - TOO MANY MAN (ACCAPELLA)
08: WOOKIE - FLEX
09: BURAKA SOM SYSTEMA FT. KANO - SKANK AND MOVE
10: JAKES - LOVED UP
11: HADOUKEN - M.A.D (PLASTICIAN REMIX)
12: ZERO G - GO
13: UZUL - RUMBLE IN A SYSTEM (SKREAM REMIX)
14: REDLIGHT Ft. REDSKIN & SCORPIO - TWIST UP
15: DOCTOR P - RASPUTIN'S GOLD
16: TIM HEALEY & TAI - POCKET ROCKET (TES LA ROK REMIX)
17: NUMAN - 7th KEY (501 REMIX)
18: ROSSI B & LUCA - THE WAY IT WAS (JAKES REMIX)
19: FLUX PAVILLION & TROLLEY SNATCHER - FUCKING NOISE
20: BOLTAN - NINE TO FIVE (DZ REMIX)
21: NASTY JACK - SKYJUICE RIDDIM (ACCAPELLA)
22: CRISSY CRISS - TEMPLE OF DOOM
23: THE FAUN - ORIGINAL FEVER
24: JAKES - WAR FACE (D MINDS REMIX)
25: REGGIE STEPPA - DRUM PAN SOUND
26: DJ DOSE - RAT BASTARD
27: JAY DAN - PULL UP VIP
28: TOTAL SCIENCE - NOSHER (MARKY AND SPY REMIX)
30: SPOR - AZTEC
31: SWV - CAN WE (ACCAPELLA)
32: DANNY BYRD FT. IK - RED MIST VIP
33: FRICTION & K TEE - SET IT OFF
34: SUB FOCUS - ROCK IT
35: 501 - GANGSTER
Now I am going back to sleep. In a bit.
Wednesday, 26 August 2009
Tuesday, 25 August 2009
^Click the pic you fool
Taken from a free promo I'm dropping early September.
Next EP is out in October. It's called Geography or something like that...
But anyway Geo - The Rockwilder EP and Before the Lights are out now, so go cop that...
I'm gonna start using this thing properly pretty soon, but I need to get to G1 first, hold tight anyone who knows what im talking about. If youve got an xbox and would like to be humiliated on pro or sf4 add: GeoRWD (Disclaimer: If I lose its the games fault, or there was lag, it had nothing to do with your skill).
Oh yeah 3 studio sessions next week all with different guys I haven't really worked with before, so should be interesting to see what comes out of it.
Sunday, 16 August 2009
Friday, 14 August 2009
Upon arrival it became clear that this was not your typical underground event. While all the familiar faces where inside, the atmosphere was one I am not used to. While Bass(supplied by the Urban Nerds sounds system) rumbled through the foundations of the building, I took a quick stroll around the perimeter, and came across these...
They had been painted only hours earlier, with a central theme around corruption, and everyone was voting for their favourite representation. (I couldn't decide between the blue capitalist, or the bunnies, so I slyly voted for both). Other activities included contributing to the fanzine that was made in realtime, sewing(yes sewing), and origami. This was literally meters away from the stage where the Dirty Canvas sound system had now taken over, and Rinse wasted little time in commanding the standing crowd to "Put 'em up".
After Rinse had finished performing, DJ Magic was joined on stage by Dizzle Kid(of Lava Unit), and they kept the crowd lively with a great mix of grime, and garage classics...
Until this guy showed up.
Click here to watch a clip of Bish Bash Bosh performing "Who wants to be a millionaire".
Noel Clarke decided to briefly invade the stage after he was done at the speaker's corner on the roof, (no baseball bat though).
Next up was a set from Afrikan Boy.
Click here to watch a clip of Afrikan Boy performing "One Day I went to...".
The last performers were RizMC and female Dubstep DJ from Manchester, DJ Djinn. Unfortunately by now, I seemed to have lost the ability to hold the camera straight, (blame it on the...) so don't have any pictures of them, but they smashed it.
Gotta send a big shout, to everyone who was involved, and everyone else who attended...
Also gotta send another shout to DJ Magic, who has a massive Mix CD coming soon entitled "No hats No hoods Edition one". It boasts a wealth of features from today's top Grime artists. I was lucky enough to get an early copy and it is definitely gonna be worth the wait.(watch this space)
If you missed out, here's a setlist...and make sure your at the next one. It is for a good cause after all...