GRIME ORIGINALS ‘THE ROUND UP’ WITH CHLOE MYKEL
It’s that time again…May has flown by and I’m here to give you your monthly dose of Grime with this months ‘The Round Up’.
Kicking it off with singles as always, let’s get stuck into my top picks for the month of May…
It’s safe to say this track Queenie at her finest, and in particular showcases her whole vibe, energy and unmistakable talent as an artist. Fresh off her recent EP ‘Forté’, ‘You Know’ is an unapologetic offering from the South London Grime Goddess. Bars like “I’m swimming in the bars, Miss Efficiency” (a fish in sea) had me SCREAMING. Queenie is the truth!!!
A certified link up! Flying the flag for women not only in Grime, but in the industry and beyond with her fingers in many pies (no pun intended), Shay comes hard alongside Grime vet P Money on the first single from her forthcoming project ‘Slice of the Pie’. With energetic visuals to boot and staunch production from FIlthy Gears, it’s safe to say our favourite Persian Princess is back in her bag and ready to shell for the rest of 2021.
If you don’t know about Lady Shocker then I urge you to get to know! Having already had a strong year thus far with bangers such as ‘God Mode’ alongside Pre Wavy and Funky Dee and the release of ‘What You Call Disss’ EP with her fellow Female Allstars NyNy, Frankie Stay Woke and Miz, she keeps her foot on the gas with her latest release ‘Facts (Freestyle)’. Spitting venom and on top form as always, Lady Shocker gives us bars, flows and everything in between on this one.
The Grime Originals Quiz Master himself Manga Saint Hilare teams up with OG spitter Mercston for a collaboration that just makes sense – ‘No Hard Feelings’. This track see’s the pair join forces to spit the realest of the real, with hard-hitting production by Dunman. In true Manga style, the track comes alongside wavy visuals directed by Adam Horton and oozes what I like to call “upper echelon Grime”.
Brum town native Jaykae returns with super sheller ‘Chop (Henry the 8th)’, making it clear to see just how he has forged his name within UK music as one of it’s most revered artists. With crazy production courtesy of Swifta Beater, the track boasts an infectious energy. Jaykae laces the track with signature effortless cadence and punchy delivery, making ‘Chop’ a prime choice for this month’s tracks I’ve had on heavy rotation.
The Queen herself, Queenie dropped her highly anticipated EP ‘Forté’ this month, and it did everything but disappoint. The 6-track project, featuring an intro followed by 5 undeniably strong offerings from the Croydon bred MC, is a reminder from Queenie herself to wake up and smell the coffee. If you’ve been sleeping on her, one listen to the EP and you will be very much AWAKE. Tracks such as ‘Anymore’ and ‘You Know’ present Queenie’s no nonsense, straight to the point angle, with ‘Screenshot’ showcasing her versatility as an artist as she dabbles in an ‘Afrobeats’ type vibe. In a nutshell, if you haven’t listened yet – just do it.
This months ‘Music Video Spotlight’ had to go to the man of the year Ghetts with his latest music video offering for ‘Hop Out’ and ‘Fire and Brimstone’ directed by Ghetts himself and Nathan James Tettey. With both tracks being two of my favourites on his UK Charting album ‘Conflict of Interest’, I was excited to see just how he visually presented them; and he didn’t disappoint. In collaboration with Amazon’s notable ‘+44’ music platform, the two-part video features the UK’s woman of the moment Zeze Mills and comes as the perfect visual representation of the concepts behind both tracks. We have been spoilt for choice so far when it comes to quality visuals from Ghetts this year, with each video feeling like a welcome next instalment in the storyline of the album. Once again, Ghetts deserves his flowers, trophies and everything in between. Take in the video here.
Last but not least for this month, we have my ‘Standout Moment’ which proudly goes to the ‘Girls of Grime’ collective with their International Women’s Day Mixcloud Takeover. Featuring appearances from Ariez baby, Queen Millz, SBK, Tintz and Joe Fire and hosted by DJ Kaylee Kay and DJ Shaxx, the set was full of high energy, fire beats and explosive bars. The set reached #1 on the Mixcloud Global Grime Charts, and #3 in the Mixcloud Global Dubstep Charts…as if you need any more of a reason to tap in. Check out the full set here.
Chloe Mykel @cocomykel
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