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Singles - Grime - Issue 584

Flowdan

Flowdan

One Shell Fits All

Spentshell

9.0
What with his newly-minted Spentshell label churning out flames via a slew of younger MCs, former Roll Deep veteran Flowdan now steps up to release on his own imprint. The anthemic ‘Move Up’ (with D Double guesting), thrillingly low-slung ‘Blackout’ and brisk, Filthy Gears-produced ‘Top Corner’, plus Meridian Dan offering up some bars, are yet more examples of the big Flowdan’s unstoppable grime scene prowess.

Snowy

'Back From The Dead'

Self-released

8.5
In the Blair Witch-meets-Detectorists video for ‘Back From The Dead’, Nottingham MC Snowy digs his own grave with a shovel, but there are zero dead bars in this new single. The talented spitter drops lyrics like “I’ve got a Nottingham flow like the Trent but more time it’s coming in like a whirlpool,” while firing shots at Daily Mail readers... What more could you want?!

Polonis & Rapture 4D

'Beat Roots'

Self-released

8.5
We know by now that Glasgow is enjoying a healthy grime scene of its own, and Scottish guys on the buttons Polonis and Rapture 4D are steadily cementing their titles as producers at the top of their game. This stacked 11-track mixtape sees MC cameos from Killa P, Cadell, Manga, YGG, Merky Ace, and many more – a fire-paced, ambitious body of work from two producers with keen ears for rude, dancefloor-slaying anthems.

Cadell

'Cadell'

Self-released

7.0
Though he’s well known as Wiley’s younger brother, Cadell has made a name for himself that’s now totally removed from Eskiboy’s shadow, taking a prolific attitude towards his career. His latest, eponymous, offering deploys a symphonic instrumental, allowing the Roman Road sheller space to fire out bars that you feel like you need to be wearing little white gloves and a tux to listen to.

Milli Major x Flirta D

'Free Up The Free'

Self-released

8.0
Two big dawgs link up for ‘Free Up The Free’, a distinctly old skool-sounding UKG-led joint courtesy of P Jam (who can’t seem to stop doing damage with his productions). With Milli Major and Flirta sparring over the tropically-dipped marimba vibes, this is a cut destined for festival season, jetski riding and cocktails in the sun. BIG.

Maxwell D

'Grimey Stuff'

Self-released

7.5
Founding Pay As U Go Cartel member Maxwell D has tapped the Grime Violinist aka Tanya Cracknell, known for her sublime covers of grime tracks on her five-stringed instrument. Nat Powers tackles the production here, which twinkles and simultaneously slams hard on the brakes which, along with Maxwell’s hefty, patois-inflected vocal, results in a startling statement of intent that refuses to bow down to gimmicks.

Gen

'It's Long Fam'

Self-released

6.5
The drill sound has been permeating all types of UK music lately, and the same is true for Gen’s ‘It’s Long Fam’. Following a brief hiatus from the scene, the East London MC returns to explain that he’s the “best at this grime shit, rap shit, trap shit, drill shit, and everything in between.” Over an explosive beat that’d serve as the soundtrack to a gruelling action role-play game, Gen lays out the blueprints for an unwavering level of hype.

Villain

'Late'

Self-released

7.5
Hailing from Bow E3, Mucky Wolfpack member Villain has made waves on various Lord of the Mics DVDs, but now plays an ace with this Lewi B-produced cut, ‘Late’. Sharp, zig-zagging synths and bassbin-quaking horns are cut through with Villain’s Arsenal and Stephen King-referencing bars that cement his title as a fearsome MC who you wouldn’t wanna cross with a mic in hand.

Vision Crew

'Swimming In The Blue'

KeepinItGrimy

8.5
Straight outta Lewisham, Vision Crew are one of the borough’s most exciting exports. The six-strong crew (comprised of Pascall, WhackEye, Goldie, Ezro, Tyzz & Kay C) cut their teeth on radio, carving a space out as coveted underground talent. This seven-track mixtape, arriving on Logan Sama’s KeepinItGrimy imprint, sees the group staying true to their grime roots with envelope-pushing production that elevates their sound to the next level. From Lewisham to the world...