Bru-C & Window Kid
Bits Remix (feat. Devilman, Kamakaze, K Dot & Pubman)
Bru-C and Window Kid go touring the UK’s bits for this remix of their deliciously bonkers ‘Bits’ tune — with the bassline-inflected instrumental courtesy of Kontent Dubs. From Birmingham (Devilman) to Nottingham (Pubman) to Leicester (Kamakaze) to Sheffield (K Dot), there’s ample opportunity to get your fix of regional accents. It’s Kam-dog who stands out for his Ritz crackers-themed verse, but Devilman’s contribution is equally entertaining. Now with two Ikea-themed videos under the dynamic duo’s belt, they should really be getting some sort of sponsorship from the Swedish furniture multinational.
As well as Dublin, Derry and Stoke-On-Trent, apparently Prez is big in Missouri too, according to new single ‘Fury’ at least. Here the grime OG eschews straight-up grime for a colder trap beat with sliding 808s, but the classic Prez flow stays the same. Uttering lines like “real bad man don’t get dressed up”, it’s another jewel in the elite spitter’s ever-growing crown.
Following the now-infamous altercation at Eskimo Dance whereby Ribz pushed Jammer to the floor, the Murkle Man decided not to take the L and instead write a track based on the fact that Ribz looked like a certain former Arsenal striker. “Turning a negative into a positive,” the What So Not beat Jammer decides to ride isn’t a by-numbers grime instrumental, while the celeb-starring video is worth a watch too.
Swindon’s Grim Sickers comes through with a new 12-tracked mixtape, mining some of the more introspective takes on grime we’ve been seeing in recent ouput from Maxsta and D Double. Though, with the ominous opener ‘Merking’ through to the chilling ‘Boss Mode’, Grim Sickers also supplies a fistful of hard and heavy tunes to counteract the more emotive cuts. An icon in the making, for sure...
'Red Flag EP'
Instrumental grime lynchpin Terror Danjah can rarely do wrong when it comes to cooking up grime beats, and ‘Red Flag’ is no different. Whether it’s the glitchy, stuttering title cut, or the horn-heavy ‘Snapper’, or the glistening, dubsteppy ‘Ozark’, the four tracks are proof of exactly why so many MCs want to have the Danjah co-sign for their vocals.
Opening the cut with a recording of Giggs namechecking P Money as one of the “underground mandem” who kept grime going during its leaner days, the MC continues his reign as one of the best to ever do it. On this RasEyeVII-produced single P takes aim at the grime scene as a whole, saying that people are too “shook” to release grime. Watch as lines like “Mess up countries like Blair and Bush” become a firm favourite in the genre.
Shorty x Wiley
Boy Better Know
Boy Better Know vets Shorty and Wiley pick up their briefcases and get to business on this one. Over the Silencer-produced, lively beat, Wiley is in “barring mode, battling mode”, dropping OG references like Flowdan and The Bug for a nostalgia-inducing slice of 100% grime bizniz. Making their moves like chess, this is one that long-time fans will lap up.
Putting the Midlands on the map, Wolverhampton’s Macca puts out this ten-track EP that demonstrates his tunnel vision for success. A self-proclaimed V-E-T on the M-I-C, Macca chats about pescetarianism, repping the UK and his ten years in the game over Swifta Beater production. It’s a high-energy release that isn’t gonna win any awards for its inventiveness, but a solid slab of grime in any case.