GRIME ORIGINALS ‘THE ROUND UP’ WITH CHLOE MYKEL
Summer is deep underway and we are officially back outside – FINALLY! As we come to the end of July, it’s that time again where I round up the past month in Grime.
As always, let’s start with my top single picks for the month…
Bringing a fresh garage flavour, Jaykae enlists fellow Brum dweller Jorja Smith for this Summer slapper. The track even see’s Jorja exploring her rap penchant, as she adopts a more gritty approach for ‘1000 Nights’. Jaykae hits us with his signature effortless cadence as he floats over the instrumental. It’s got a mellow energy but still makes you want to bop along – definitely one to warm you up before the dance.
Reece returns FULLY on smoke with his latest drop ‘Barca’. Between the fast paced Drill instrumental and Reece’s impressive flow, it’s safe to say he packs a punch on this track. Despite hailing from Grime roots, ‘Barca’ proves why he is an artist that can switch up his style and sound in a way that feels effortless.
Chip is at it again as he sends back to Stormzy following on from his recent feature with Dave also titled ‘Clash’. Now let’s not front, when it comes to workrate and tekkers, Chip is pretty hard to square up to. ‘Clash?’, released less than 24 hours after Stormzy’s verse, see’s Chip spitting venom over a staunch Zeph Ellis production. Brazen as ever, Chip has remained consistent during the pair’s beef and he doesn’t seem to be letting up anytime soon.
Namesbliss continues to gift us with banger after banger and ‘Vibin’ is no different. He recruits Manga Saint Hilare to join him on this laid back affair, and Vagrant Real Estate to provide the tracks interestingly mellow Drill infused instrumental. Bliss is an artist who is no stranger to mixing and blessing different flavours and genres when it comes to his sound, and ‘Vibin’ is a shining example of his versatility as an artist.
Britizen links up with Shogun and Local for absolute slapper ‘League of Our Own’. One thing that really gripped me with this one was the production – Turkish Dcypha really wasn’t lacking when it came to this beat. Each MC laces the track perfectly, bringing their own unique energy and flow to form an overall banger of a tune. This one was on heavy rotation for me this month for sure.
Manga is back with yet another quality body of work as he drops ‘Glow in the Dark’, his latest project in collaboration with producer Lewi B. ‘Glow in the Dark’ is chock full of different flavours that you would and wouldn’t expect. Of course, in true Manga style he gives us unparalleled flows that marry perfectly with Lewi’s penchant for Grime production. However, my personal favourite ‘NRG’ see’s Manga exploring a piano-clad Garage inspired sound with sweet vocals from Ikhana. Tracks like ‘Look’ see Manga in his Drill-infused bag and showcase his ability to shape-shift to fit any style. For me, ‘Glow in the Dark’ is faultless – as all of Manga’s music is, it’s comfortingly relatable, perfectly energetic and flawlessly executed.
SBK recruits BBK veterans JME and Shorty for powerhouse link-up ‘Be Careful’. From his forthcoming album ‘Serenity’, which he announced via his Instagram earlier this month, the track is a high energy, no nonsense affair that illustrates SBK’s innate talent and unique flair as an artist. The video, shot by Bi-Polar Spider and produced by SBK himself, is a fitting snapshot of the overall vibe of the track, featuring cameos from DJ Oblig, Jammer and Micofcourse.
To celebrate the release of his latest body of work ‘All In’, Skepta threw a suave, star-studded bash, in collaboration with production company Ultra Haze. Many famous faces passed through, including his fellow BBK comrades JME, Frisco and Shorty. Online personality Alhan, rapper Headie One, and many more also showed their faces, with Capital Xtra’s Tim Westwood making an appearance on the decks. ‘All In’ consists of 5 multifarious tracks with features from Teezee, J Balvin and Kid Cudi.
Before I head off, I want to bring your attention to two events that you will definitely want to be attending this Summer. Firstly, Grime Originals is finally putting on it’s first show back after lockdown at the legendary Studio 338, with an impressive line-up including Wiley, Riko Dan, Discarda, Manga Saint Hilare, Lioness and more.
Then we have Style and Pattern, in collaboration with Major Muzik Entertainment and Nasty Bro’s, bringing you a plethora of different sounds and flavours – it’s going to be a shoobs to remember. Don’t lack and get caught out – cop your tickets before it’s too late!
Chloe Mykel @cocomykel
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