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Singles - Grime - Issue 575

Young Spray

Young Spray

Miss Me With That feat. Prez T

RTM Records

9.0
Road rap originator Young Spray springs back into action after a quiet period, gearing up to release his ‘Invisible Tears’ project that promises collabs with an array of grime's hardest, from Skepta through to Giggs. The veteran MC, who's been responsible for a series of formative mixtapes, comes over all CASisDEAD with his flow, alongside a very welcome cameo from fellow North Londoner Prez T ("Big in Stoke / Big in Wales / So much bars / Never had a stroke"). And, wait — is that Gordon Ramsay in the video!?

Reece West

'3D EP'

Ten West Group

8.0
Hotly tipped by the likes of Sian Anderson as the next generation, North London’s Reece West has been showing heaps of promise, shutting down radio left right and centre. New EP ‘3D’ is his mission statement — named so as to show three dimensions to the MC, it includes standout single ‘Arsene Wenger’, which lines up the stellar pack of Discarda, Yizzy and more as guests, plus there’s a remix of Artan’s Afrobeats-leaning ‘Opposite Interests’. Old guard, make way.

RoxXxan

'Crud'

Backpack Gang

8.0
One of the (unfortunately) few female grime voices in a crowd of male MCs, RoxXxan has no problem standing out. That said, the London-via-Birmingham MC delivers more energy than most of her peers in the game, and brings rifle-touting ferocity on ‘Crud’, where she demands “I want Ps, I want stacks” over a teeth-gritting Mikey J production.

Abra Cadabra

'Lemme At Em (feat. Burna Boy, Jelani & Fred)'

Universal

5.5
Abra Cadabra’s work rate is insane at the minute, and his numbers are starting to reflect that — his last drop earned him a million views in just two weeks. For such a huge roll call of artists — the triple vocal attack of Abz No Problem, Nigeria’s Burna Boy and Jelani Blackman, plus production from Charli XCX collaborator Fred Gibson — ‘Lemme At Em’ is unfortunately let down by its energetic but nonetheless basic beat.

Wretch 32

'Tell Me feat. Kojo Funds'

Polydor

7.0
Wretch 32’s new one is all about the musical reference points. Sampling Whitney Houston's ‘It's Not Right’, Wretch eschews a grime beat for an of-the-moment Afrobeats vibe, while also quoting Shola Ama’s UKG classic ‘Imagine’ and Chaka Demus’s ‘Murder She Wrote’. It’s the latest to drop from his ‘F R 32’ LP, which sees one of the UK’s most celebrated MCs flirt with a range of styles.

Filthy Gears

'Treason EP'

Slimzos Recordings

7.0
Filthy Gears is a producer for whom the description ‘prolific’ doesn’t fully do justice (seriously, his body of work is crazy). Latest EP ‘Treason’ arrives on Slimzee’s label and is five straight-up cuts of the kind of hard-as-nails, dramatic instrumentals that will probably have your ears pricking up for their inclusion on Radar sets and the like.

Giggs

'Wamp 2 Dem'

Island

9.0
If you were itching to know what Giggs spitting at a ballet might sound like, the intro to ‘Wamp 2 Dem’ samples ‘Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairies’ from The Nutcracker. It’s good to see Hollowman make his return, following last year’s ‘Landlord’ (and some bars on Drake’s ‘More Life’). This mixtape features a showstopping selection of international guests (Popcaan, Young Thug) but it’s the south London rapper who justifies his cult following on this confident mixtape. Mmmm!

Star.One

'We Run The Show (Star.One x Asher D x P Money)'

3 Beat

6.0
“Take it back, late ‘90s ‘n’ all that,” Asher D fittingly starts this track with, harking back to So Solid’s heyday and a time when they dominated the charts. The veteran MC turned actor spits alongside P Money, over a garage beat cooked up by Star.One — complete with plucked strings and siren samples. While it’s hardly the most innovative track to emerge this month, it’s something the new gen as well as nostalgic oldies will surely lap up.

Krept & Konan

'Wo Wo Wo'

Virgin EMI

7.0
Not content with just the one mixtape, Krept & Konan are putting in double the work and dropping two simultaneously — ‘7 DAYS’ and ‘7 NIGHTS’. Intended to reflect the different sounds of Casyo Johnson and Karl Wilson (aka K&K), the icy ‘Wo Wo Wo’ is a trap-inflected slice of coldness that sees the rap don duo on their A-game.