We’re going through crates and boxes like it was Cash In The Attic again now, this time it’s producer/DJ Nomis picking out the ten white labels he rates highest. Nomis is dropping a sick Garage 12″, “Symphony/Backstage”, on Bumps very soon, but with tracks in this top ten from the likes of Mondie, Dexplicit, and Lewi White, this one’s 100% Grime.
So, over to Nomis for his top ten tunes (in no particular order)…
1) Akala – Roll Wid Us (Dexplicit Instrumental)
Nomis: “Straight classic. The drums were so different to your typical grime beat too”
2) JME – Skate Park
Nomis: “one of jme’s overlooked beats, been a percy for years”
3) Skepta vs Mondie – Straight Thugz
Nomis: “A clash of two tracks I would have put in my 10 individually, but this culmination of the two gives you the best of both worlds”
4) Ruff Sqwad – Love Me Feel
5) Donae’o & Wiley – Change
Nomis: “Not many people know about this tune; a revocal of Twista’s “Overnight Celebrity”. Heavy refix on the flip too”.
6) Dr Venom – Horse
Nomis: “From a guy who now is part of a indie/rock band (Hadouken!), but 10 years back was a gully producer. This one along with a lot of his stuff is sick”
7) Pandora’s Box – Eskibongo
Nomis: “Wiley vs Youngstar vs DJ Wire = classic bootleg of 3 classic beats”
8) Lewi White – Platoon (Jammer Remix)
Nomis: “from Ghetto‘s vocal to the beat, to Jammer’s remix, this has always been a favourite”
9) DJ Mex – Slow
Nomis: “Out and out classic grime instrumental, especially if you’re from South London”
10) Ginja – Delboys Theme (Wiley Dub Mix)
Nomis: “I never even knew about this tune until I bought a job lot and this was in there, British culture at its finest – Grime vs Only Fools and Horses”
And that should be that, but Nomis has a request. “Can I do a few honourable mentions?”, so here’s a few extra links (where possible) to a few more classics:
Ruff Sqwad – Functions On the Low
Flirta D – Hoe Vocal
Ribz – Do You Know About
Dizzee Rascal – Strings Hoe
If you’re near Brixton tonight (6/3), you can catch Nomis playing at the Bumps all vinyl Grime & Garage night, alongside Horsepower Productions, Riz La Teef, Spindark, Sheik, and Umpah – more info on that here.
“Symphony/Backstage” drops via Bumps next month as a strictly 12″ vinyl release.