MIKE SKINNER – YOU BETTER BE

It’s been a while since we’ve heard an official release from Mike Skinner, who now spends that majority of his time DJ-ing and film-making.  New track ‘You Better Be’ is a simple, uplifting, Garage-influenced instrumental which comes with footage from a week in the life of Mr Skinner.  If there’s one thing we’ve always loved about…

ZUPER – WANT TO

West Coast beatmaker Zuper releases ‘Want To’, a track originally created for The Fader and previewed on Instagram.  The track is a shuffling, Garage-influenced number, and is characteristically mellow.  It follows ‘Profanity‘ as the second Zuper track released this month.  Stream below via SoundCloud.

NOVELIST X MUMDANCE – 1 SEC EP

Between them, Lewisham MC Novelist and producer Mumdance are giving music fans a reason to get properly excited about Grime again.  In celebration of Novelist’s birthday, the duo release their ‘1 Sec’ EP, consisting of singles ‘1 Sec’, ‘Shook’ and their respective instrumentals.  Stream the Simon Halsall-directed visuals for ‘1 Sec’ here, and stream the EP below via Spotify.

FEKKY X DIZZEE RASCAL – STILL SITTIN’ HERE

To my mind, Grime has never been able to top Dizzee Rascal’s archetypal ‘Boy In Da Corner’. Eleven years later, the album’s continued influence is borne out in Fekky’s re-work of the BIDC classic, ‘Sittin Here’. The track samples that original twanging melody and perfectly brings it up to date, beefing it up with Trap-inspired…

KANO – BUSKETEER

  Kano links up with the legendary Benga for the second time this year for the Dancehall-inspired ‘Busketeer’, which also features a verse and hook from Kingston’s Elephant Man.  Kano continues to be one of the most exciting prospects in the UK rap scene despite being one of the most experienced, and it’s great to…

SCRUFIZZER – KICK IT

UK grime artists often have a strange obsession with house music, and often the result is a hideous-sounding chart banger (a la Dizzee Rascal).  Fast-paced MC Scrufizzer on the other hand, clearly knows how to get it right.  Released through Black Butter Records and produced by Zed Bias, this track has an excellent UK garage…

DARKSTORM – MIND LIKE WATER

To be released July 29th, Mind Like Water is the latest offering from Sheffield-based producer Darkstorm, and is available for pre-order now.  The four tracks feature deeply textured, down-tempo beats with a distinct Hip Hop influence.  The result is smooth and soulful, but with beats that are big enough to satisfy: a bit like something…