Though we’ve seen him crop up quite a bit, ‘No Rehearsal’ is Coco’s debut solo project, rather than him featuring on other people’s tracks. Arriving on Toddla T’s newly minted Steeze imprint, ‘No Rehearsal’ is all about grime you can party to. Featuring horror movie stabs (‘Horrible’), video game bleeps (‘One Step Ahead’) and throwback bassline hat-tips (‘Gimme The Mic’), the EP proves solo Coco has plenty to offer.
With ‘Godfather II’ getting pushed further and further back by the day (@John Woolf, any updates?), at least we’re still getting crumbs from Wiley’s table. It’s unclear whether this cut is going to feature on the album or is a standalone single, but ‘01’ sounds a bit like an outtake from ‘Evolve Or Be Extinct’, with its lumbering, low-end beat, and that’s no bad thing — but it lacks the punchiness of a Wiley classic. We’ll continue to twiddle our thumbs while we wait for the full-length...
Man of the moment Yizzy has thrown in the towel at his day job and has since continued to impress, embarking on a solo career that the whole scene is keeping an eye on. The startlingly young South London talent gets energetic on the mic with ‘BAP’, which sees a rave-ready, rugged instrumental stacked with laser-sharp bars that’ll easily rile up a crowd.
Continuing what’s been a banner year so far, Brum’s Lady Leshurr climbs aboard the DLR for her third freestyle of 2018 — saluting the blockbuster smash with ‘Black Panther’, and tipping her hat to Wakanda as well as Missy Elliott in the beat’s sample. Name-checking Asda and basketball players in the same breath, her freestyle showcases exactly what we love about the First Lady of grime.
This completely free, five-year anniversary compilation from the Boxed massive should be handled with kid gloves. The club night/label founded by Slackk, Mr Mitch and Logos specialising in envelope-pushing instrumental grime has been going from strength to strength, hosting a slew of influential parties and releases, and the comp salutes many a Boxed favourite including Slackk, Inkke, Trends and many more. Essential.
'Never Had (feat Jme)'
Produced by Gucci Mane/Migos beatsmith Zaytoven, ‘Never Had’ is a serious case of UK meets US. Rising Croydon MC Yung Fume and Jme take to the mic, with the latter delivering lines such as “I used to wear Skepta’s creps for years, but now I got SK Airs”. Even with Fume’s Travis Scott-esque, autotuned adlibs, it sees the pair staying true to their UK roots despite an inherently US-leaning instrumental, which people are quick to call out grime MCs for spitting over.
'No Days Off'
The lead single of Kam-dog’s forthcoming project, ‘Facts Not Fiction’, sees the MC-cum-footballer singing the praises of hard work versus holidays, and it’s yet another ace from the Leicester-raised, London-based MC. Produced by Wiley favourite Zdot and Krunchie, the single brings fistfuls of raw grime energy to proceedings, proving that all of Kamakaze’s hard graft has been paying off.
'Phasers Set To Bun'
South London Space Agency
Grime royalty Grandmixxer launched his NASA-inspired label late last year, and here he serves another batch of spacey instrumentals with bonus Mez on ‘Antagonist’, which has enough handclaps to last you till the end of the year. There’s also the ‘Dragonball Z VIP’, a re-rub of his original that surfaced last year, while ‘MIG 29’ is a particularly atmospheric number, that could easily soundtrack some intrepid space exploration.
'Shame On U'
If there’s one thing we know about North London MC Row D, it’s that he goes in hard, delivering bars that spew out of him like lava. Despite supposedly recovering from a recent operation, latest single ‘Shame On U’ calls out the posers and snakes in the industry over an exhilarating LEVLZ-produced beat that’s particularly catchy. If you’re not watching what Row D’s doing, then… shame on you.