Round 1 ft. Giggs
Tiny Boost and Giggs have history. In 2008, Peckham’s Boost featured on Giggs’ ‘Walk In Da Park’ tape, taking the young MC under his wing. Now, on Boost’s new mixtape ‘Strictly For The Streets’, he drafts in his former mentor for ‘Round 1’, the record’s standout cut, featuring a punishing horror movie-style instrumental with tense strings which both MCs ride their deep, punctuating vocals over.
Glasgow production renegade Rapture 4D goes grimier than ever on this EP, landing on Slimzee’s Slimzos Recordings for the occasion. Squeaky, rubbery workouts (‘Circus’) sit next to kung fu weirdness (‘Quan Chi Riddim’), while there’s enough break-infused sounds (‘The Hour Before Next’) to fulfil your jungle appetite.
A three-pack from Plastician? Um, yes please. First up is ‘Anyway’, a floor-focused grime tune that up-and-coming MCs Jafro and Renz fully kill, while its instrumental, ‘Skeletor’, shows it can stand up on its own. The flip finds ‘Hit Somebody’, a face-melting banger that needs to find a home in your record bag or saved to your streaming service of choice right away.
'Fatality ft. God’s Gift'
Returning to the game after a quiet period, Meridian Dan lands his first independent release and loops in grime royalty God’s Gift for additional mic duty. Revolving around the Mortal Kombat sample of the same name, the Bloodline and Meridian MC proves he can slay in his own lane and shake off simply being the MC behind 2013’s ‘German Whip’.
Blay seems to like to drop impressively lengthy projects, and on this one he draws for more of his ice-cold, melodic approach to grime production which he laces with his own sung-rapped vocals. But the double threat invites some other MCs along for the ride this time: namely Capo Lee, P Money and Dapz on the Map. Anyone not au fait with Blay’s mastery needs to get to know.
Blay seems to like to drop impressively lengthy projects, and on this one he draws for more of his ice-cold, melodic approach to grime production which he laces with his own sung-rapped vocals. But the double threat invites some other MCs along for the ride this time: namely Capo Lee, P Money and Dapz on the Map. Anyone not au fait with Blay’s oeuvre needs to get to know.
'Look Over Here'
North London’s Subten emerged in 2016, and since then has been grafting hard, releasing a slew of EPs that quickly found an avid audience. The Tottenham MC who, as he’ll remind you, resides at 140 Shellington Square, goes hard and fast on ‘Look Over Here’, dropping some garagey synth stabs for a rave-purposed tune.
'Off To Work'
Along with President T, Bugzy Malone and D Double E, there’s recently been an influx of thoughtful, introspective grime tracks – and Maxsta’s stripped-back ‘Off To Work’ is a masterwork in relatability, discussing the stress put on twenty-somethings to make a living: “This one’s for my everyday dreamers, man, anyone who feels like they should be doing more than they are.”
Polonis’s blistering grime productions have been spun by any DJs worth their decks, and now the Glasgow producer helms a brand new self-titled EP, going deep and dark over seven tracks. There’s some unmistakeable Ruff Sqwad influence here, and it’s a wholly explosive yet mature-sounding direction for the gifted producer.
'Roll Out ft. Capo Lee'
Sheffield MC Coco has been steadily putting in the work behind the scenes, unleashing the ‘No Rehearsal’ EP this year which drafted in dancehall queen Lisa Mercedez. While it might not contain the most memorable hook ever, the Capo Lee-featuring ‘Roll Out’ is another solid, grime-focused outing for the MC on Toddla T’s Steeze label, with plenty of video game beeps and laser blasts to keep the track rolling.