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Singles - Grime - Issue 594

Capo Lee

Capo Lee

Why Not Part 3

Unlocked

9.0
First things first: Capo Lee made this entire 11-track mixtape in just six hours. We’re still not really sure how, but in a project engineered by Plastician for Pirate Studios, he’s enlisted the talents of Rude Kid, Jammz, Kabz, Cassie Rytz, Crafty 893, P Jam, Coco, Taliifah, J Beatz, Sir Spyro and more. The result is ‘Why Not Part 3’: a wildly impressive body of work that deserves repeat play rather than being held up as an example of someone working quickly — the lethal ‘Powers’ being a standout.

Filthy Gears

'1 DAY EP'

Filthy Gears

8.5
A tidy four-pack of dark instrumentals from the producer putting in work all day, Filthy Gears. From the twinkling ‘First’ to the cinematic, string and horn-laden ‘Second’, to the punishing horror movie vibes of ‘Third’ and finally the retro-sounding ‘Fourth’, the EP embraces all the different tropes of old skool grime instrumentals, but given a 2019 polish.

Skepta

'Bullet From A Gun'

Boy Better Know

8.0
Going back to his roots with a pared-back grime cut, Skeppy revealed this track (produced with frequent collaborator Ragz Originale), with that customary, zig-zagging bass sound that we’ve come to expect on a Skepta production. While there’s Skepta through-and-through lines like “I went silver, I went gold, then I went platinum, so what’s next?”, meaning that this track is a no-surprises, solid offering from the biggest grime MC on the planet.

Cadell

'Don't Lack'

No Hats No Hoods

9.0
Cadell’s already released an album this year, but doesn’t show any attempt to curtail that work rate, with a new single. It’s part of a No Hats No Hoods project billed as a "grime field trip", which saw grime producers travel to Addis Ababa to make use of Ethiopian sounds. ‘Don’t Lack’ has elements of East African folk sounds viewed through a grime prism, and it completely bangs.

Maxsta

'Electric 001'

Electric City

9.0
Maxsta is an unstoppable force in grime right now. Hot on the heels of his ‘MAXTAPE 2’, the gifted MC and producer draws in some of the best of the new gen of the genre (Yizzy, Tommy B, PK, Renz), alongside more established names like Manga and Coco. As we’ve come to expect from Maxsta, the production is fiercely on-point, crossing the line into experimentalism at times, but ultimately he’s a grime purist at heart, as his cold flows prove.

Meridian Dan

'London In The Rain (feat Flowdan)'

Self-released

6.0
Meridian Dan is back following ‘Vegan Chat’, and he’s looped in the L-O-N-don, aka Flowdan, to help him with this atmospheric one, produced by S-X. The chorus is unfortunately a little stale, and could have done with some variation, but overall Meridian Dan seems to be at his best when delivering these kind of moody, cinematic cuts that you can see scoring some BBC drama.

Stormzy

'Vossi Bop'

#Merky Records

7.0
While ‘Vossi Bop’ veers more on the side of a UK rap beat than a grime tune, this tribute to cognac and a niche internet dance found him beating Taylor Swift to the UK No.1 slot — against all odds. Riding a bouncy beat, Stormzy had clearly planned to launch himself into the mainstream with this one, but good on him for doing so via a track that includes the line “fuck Boris”.