The Vinyl Word: Levo’s White Labels

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Flex FM DJ and Bumps Familia linchpin Levo gets things under way for what should be the start of a regular feature where we get to go through the crates of various DJs in an attempt to unearth some classic, and quite often lost, white label vinyl.

Having just started his “Levo’s Box” channel on Youtube which shines a light on exactly this kind of thing, Levo seemed like the most obvious choice to present his top ten, which you can see below. Classics in this one from the likes of Smasher, Mr Wong, Skepta, Iron Soul, and more. Continue reading

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Interview: Ghostly – Grime Spirit

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I don’t think it’s unfair to say that, for the last few years at least, the instrumental side of Grime has been a lot more healthy than the vocal side. For years, wrongly or rightly, the MC was the focus of most things, but some time ago that stopped. JME said “a new MC is born every weekend”, and that may be true, but where the crews? Who really stood out after Merky ACE, Rival, Maxsta and the rest of them? Not many, but now it seems that the MCs are coming through again (click here for a taster courtesy of GrimeForum’s “Freestyles Volume 2”), and one young MC in particular who’s very much at the forefront of the charge is West London’s Ghostly, who I spoke to below about picking Grime over Rap, clashing and beef, his forthcoming projects, and more. Continue reading

Review: Nolay – Don’t Stop ft P Money & Blacks

mwtisbxbayffeugjfpc4As if Nolay dropping an album wasn’t already enough to have me gassed, she’s now throwing out tunes like “Don’t Stop” featuring OG veterans P Money, and Blacks to really whet the appetite for “Holy Sinners” (out 30th January)! So, the only thing you should really wanna know is: does a tune with 3 of the hardest mic-wreckers to grace Grime live up to expectations?

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Row. D – Elevated

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How many radio sets do you have to shell down before people notice? How many battles do you have to win? How many sick projects do you have to drop before people take notice? I don’t have any statistics, but one guy that has done all this and more this year is N3 mic man Row D, and it seems that, finally, after over ten years of graft, people are beginning to take notice. With that in mind, I thought I’d look back on some of Row D’s highlights in 2014 to show why he’s arguably been THE MC of 2014. Continue reading

Introducing: Blaydes

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It’s possible that, in a few years time, we might be looking back at 2014 as the year that the vocal side of Grime got a much needed shot in the arm. I mean, let’s be honest, for the last 4-5 years there hasn’t really been a buzz around many MCs, but the re-emergence of K9, and consistent work from youngsters like The Square could be taken as pointers to a turn in the right direction. But all of this will count for nothing if there aren’t more skilled and active lyricists following behind, which is where we come to Blaydes. Having just turned 16 years old, south London MC Blaydes is definitely one to keep an eye on over the next few years – which is why I asked him about growing up on Grime, his forthcoming releases, his views on the vocal scene at the moment, and what the chances are that he’d end up on Trap beats… Continue reading

M.I.K. – Ghost Writing (Interview)

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“Guess who’s back with a fresh one…”, yep, M.I.K. drops his eagerly awaited “Ghost Writer” album at midnight and, judging from the previews, it sounds massive. I caught up with M.I.K., who for me remains one of the most consistently sick MCs in the scene, to ask him about the new album, Family Tree, clashing, working with different producers, and more. Continue reading

Spotlight: Grime Zone [Worldwide]

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2014 has been a good year for Grime as the sound has continued to spread around the world, taking new twists and turns as more people pick up on it. A few people have had chart success, and there have been some huge events too, like the LOTM Boiler Room set, and the more recent Red Bull Culture Clash to name just two. But it seems that one thing still lacking is decent places to discuss everything that happens – and this is where Grime Zone [Worldwide] comes in. Continue reading