Posts Tagged ‘Grime Forum’

Newham Generals – Like It or Not

September 27, 2010

Again, the Newham Generals smash it. ‘Like it or Not’ is the latest dubstep-infused tune to be released (in hood video format) from the forthcoming ‘Bag of Grease E.P.’ out on the 4th October. Produced by Skitz Beatz, Dee and Foots ride his rumbling basslines and epic stabs with deceptive ease, dropping lyrics fans may have first heard the duo spit on a recent DJ Cameo set.

Everyone hypes about this new generation coming through, and whilst there is definitely solid talent there, many can’t hold anything to the style, pattern and flair the Generals exhibit. Whilst there is an undeniably serious and violent undertone in most of their music, it is more often than not offset by a playful lyrical approach. If ever you see the New Gens perform live, there is always a smile or a tongue in cheek. Watch the below video to see what I mean.

It’s something I feel is lost on the younger generation of MC‘s who seemingly make it impossible to enjoy their music if you are in anything but an angry or aggressive mood. The hosting element is lost on them. Anyway, back to ‘Like it or Not’ – it’s a record that’s hard, danceable and unique to the UK. Big up Dee and Foots who relentlessly cook up new styles, sounds and patterns like it’s normal.

Good to see Kronik vybzing in the video too!

Kristian

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Introducing…Malic

September 4, 2010

Sorting through my inbox recently I came across a Twitter notification that ‘k1malic’ had started following me. I clicked through to his profile page and although it said he was a Grime producer, I couldn’t for the life of me find any links. I asked if he could send me some links and right away he sent me some showreels; three in all which I nonchalantly downloaded. That was about 15 days ago. I have not stopped listening to them since.

Malic aka Kitt Bevan has only been producing for a matter of months but already he has honed his own sound. Like Z Dot, he utilises strings to great effect – albeit not as sparsely. Malic’s music evokes that Eski Beat sound whilst still sounding relevant and fresh. While many imitators merely sample ‘that’ Wiley snare for an Eski Beat effect, Malic has a much broader approach; layering polished orchestral strings, deadpan brasses and driving basslines on top of current drum patterns and tempos.

As Logan told me in one of many interviews, it’s always better to rework and edit existing Grime formulas than attempt to ‘widen’ the sound by incorporating nuances from other rap-based genres. In most instances, ‘widen’ is just copying what’s in vogue.

Listen to the below and see what I mean. These beats have an Eski texture to them without sounding like imitations. I tip Malic for big things over the next coming months, he has some projects on the way and I hope to hear him collaborate with some other artists, not just MC’s. His instrumentals are beefy enough to stand on their own. Big up Malic.

Malic – Dont Try It by Threefold_Media

Malic – Bally by Threefold_Media

Malic – Negative Actions by Threefold_Media

Kristian

Hammer – Explosive (produced by Royal-T)

August 20, 2010

After a brief foray into cheesy eurodance with ‘Mic Check’, Hammer is back with new release ‘Explosive.’ Employing the talents of Southampton-based producer Royal-T for the beat (1Up, Mega, Damn It etc), Hammer is back to what he does best – vocalling hard, fast-paced Grime.

This record has a touch of nostalgia about it with a skippy, 2003-era beat and a mellow breakdown that’s more in keeping with bubbly 2-Step than Grime. It is an enjoyable stomper nonetheless that Hammer laces with monotone ease; his vocals commanding the beat much like a Garage veteran:

Royal-T has told me a remix is on it’s way featuring a BIG guest MC…

‘Explosive’ is out October 4th from all major digital outlets.

Enjoy

Kristian

JME & Tempz – CD is Dead (Royal T RMX) FREE D/L

August 9, 2010

All those that love their Grime hard, skippy and forward thinking rejoice! Southampton producer and personal friend of ‘The Fold, Royal T, is giving away his remix of JME & Tempz’ smash, ‘CD is Dead’ here for free.

Having been battered by the likes of Elijah & Skilliam in raves for the past couple months or so, Royal-T’s remix is now available for public consumption. The hard snares, stereo keys and raw bass make this one for the iPods as much as the clubs. The download includes the instrumental too, so DJ’s & MC’s that didn’t get it first time round need not feel left out!

Enjoy!

Click Here

Kristian

Logan Sama’s April 2010 Round Up

April 30, 2010

In terms of radio, Chosen Ones Part 2 was a great start to April. We worked with different MC’s and concepts this time, keeping the format fun and fresh. As I mentioned here last month, I wanted a Yardie set for Part 2 and I got one with Killa P, Badness, Shizzle and Jamakabi! It was definitely one of my favourite sets. Double S held down a set on his own (as the rest of Marvell couldn’t make it) for 25 minutes which was very impressive – I’m sure even his critics on the internet would have to agree.

We also had Trim and his Circle, as well as exciting new talent in the form of Dream Mclean, Teeza, Voltage, Onoe and Scruface – the latter an MC who I have high hopes for this year. We are going to keep the Chosen Ones series going and I know people are wondering why I haven’t opted for bigger names so far. However, I’m going to be doing a new Chosen Ones show every six weeks now and as such I don’t want to recycle sets. We are going to get sets from Ruff Sqwad, Cold Blooded, Boy Better Know, Movement and maybe Slew Dem in the summer…rest assured we’ll be doing what the people want to hear! I don’t want it to just be the same show with Newham Gens and Bloodline appearing every week – despite what some may demand!

Chosen Ones gives me the opportunity to feature people from across the UK too, MC’s outside of London – Midlands, up North etc. It’s otherwise hard for me to give exposure to these guys with a one hour show on a commercial station. Kiss management are still giving really positive feedback; they’re really happy with both the Radio listener figures and the web hits. Hopefully, if we can sustain the effort then we might have a two hour show again!

The Grime Forum awards were another April highlight for me. I didn’t even realise I had won the best DJ award – I naturally assumed Spyro had won. There are many things that make a DJ ‘good’ and in light of this award I‘d like to think I’m now alright at most of them! It was a pleasure to receive the award. The fact that the organisers had clubbed together and made a physical award that I can actually keep was special. I made a big deal of it and specifically invited P Money and Blacks down so we could give the awards credibility. Last year the awards came and went. This year, I felt that giving Grime Forum credence on the radio was needed.

People that are doing work should be rewarded for their efforts; Tempa T getting best song and best video, P Money winning best MC and best mixtape and Blacks winning best newcomer was all down to the Grime Scene – not the mainstream/playlist world. It was real fans saying what the hottest shit was this year. I heard Skepta say that for him, this was the first time he had seen a list of award winners and completely agreed with it. Unfortunately, the Grime Daily party didn’t go nearly as well. All I’ll say is it is a shame incidents like that still happen – they are a poignant reminder of what is really going on in the world at the moment. The name ‘Grime’ is very precious and we have to be careful what we attach it to…

Going back to Skepta, he’s currently remixing P Diddy’s ‘Hello Good Morning’ which is big news for Grime. I know Skepta wants to do a big Grime club smasher, so we’ll see what comes of it. As with anybody big dipping their toes in Grime, we’ll have to use it and get as much exposure as possible. It’s good that somebody like Diddy, coming from America, looks to the UK and picks a Grime artist to work with. It’s a step in the right direction when people look over here and see Grime as our equivalent of Hip Hop.

As you may have seen on here and on my own blog, I’m a bit of a Street Fighter fan! A nice surprise this week was D Double’s vocal of Swerve’s Street Fighter Riddim. I had no idea Dee was going to vocal it, in fact the first I knew was when I received a text from Laurence at Dirtee Stank saying ‘D Double’s Street Fighter Freestyle is Fucked!’ I rang him straight back! I got sent it and it was like two of my favourite things mixed together. A special made for me (almost)! In terms of the actual game, I’m really enjoying it. I actually want to get good at this version as me and Jamie are thinking about going to some tournaments and trying our luck.

I’ve been trying to work with Dudley, but like any new character it’s hard at first. As he only punches, using him effectively is quite technical, but once he gets in there he can do some damage!

As a final note, look out for B-Live’s Modern Warfare release this month, which comes with a massive, MASSIVE remix as well as the Sharky Major and Badness CD’s. I would like to say a big thank you to everyone that supported the ‘Shark Attack’ single because it was a bit of a gamble, but it paid off. J Beatz, Nuklea and Z-Dot instrumental EP’s are coming soon. In terms of gigs, if you want to keep up to date with where I’m playing check my blog, http://www.keepinitgrimy.blogspot.com. I’m looking forward to playing Hip Hop Kemp in the Czech Republic this summer, as it’s all good fun and hopefully I shall be going to San Francisco in May…Fingers crossed!

Until next month…Keep it Grimy!

Logan.

3 Days To Go – Royal T 1UP Giveaway

December 25, 2009

Royal T is, without doubt, one of the brightest Grime talents to emerge this year. His fast-paced productions contain a ferocious energy that brings the best out of MC’s and DJ’s alike. The 28th of December sees the digital release of his debut, the ‘1UP’ EP on No Hats No Hoods, and to celebrate, the Southampton producer is over the next 3 days uploading a handful of exclusives.

These exclusives are just that and cannot be found anywhere else!

And so, without further a do, today Royal T presents:

P-Money – Hot Ones (Royal T Remix)

This exclusive remix features some of the hardest Royal T production to date. Beneath those OG vocals, the beat switches between breaks and 4/4 throughout, underpinned by some truly disgusting bass.

Enjoy!

Threefold Media meets Royal-T

December 7, 2009

We met up with Southampton-based producer Royal-T, they guy behind this year’s Grime smash ‘1UP’ as well as set favourites ‘Gargoyle’ and ‘Mega’, to discuss Grime and his upcoming debut EP release on No Hats No Hoods.

So, fundamentals first, who are you and where are you from and what do you do?

I’m Mark A.K.A Royal-T, from Southampton and I’m a beat maker. I would say ‘producer’ but I won’t do that until I start getting paid an annual rate!

You were the man behind 1up, undoubtedly one of the biggest grime tunes released this year. With it you have been catapulted up the producer rankings. When you were making the tune did you have any idea how big it would become?

Not at all. I remember sending it to Elijah and he asked me who else I’d sent it to, and told me to get a vocal straight away. Luckily I had a group of DJ’s that pushed the beat – DJ Smallz, Butterz DJ’s, Logan, Score Five and Vectra.

What did you think when you first heard P-Money’s version?

I thought it was perfect. The only person I ever had in mind for the vocal was him. At the moment, in Grime, he’s the best in the scene. He’s bringing back those old-skool Grime elements along with something original. He isn’t all about content or blah, blah, blah. P-Money is a 2009 D Double E – he’s got skippiness as well as catchy flows…He is what Grime is about.

All the content stuff…leave that to hip-hop.

Your new EP ‘1Up or Shatap’ is out now on NHNH. What does it feel like to have your work published?

It hasn’t quite sunk in yet just because of my location – all the business stuff has been done over the internet or phone. I can’t go up to London as much as I’d like to [and so] I haven’t met any people, or heard my tunes played out at a rave. Once I get the vinyl in my hands it will all feel a bit more ‘real.’

How would you describe your sound and how does it differ from what else is out there?

I’m not sure. It might sound a bit cliché, but I don’t follow everyone else. I know what I want my Grime to sound like and I think that sounds a lot different to what’s out there now. Gargoyle and Mega are similar tracks in the way that they are structured – both have a string intro that leads into a big drop. For me, it’s fast paced and hard. I don’t really like Drum ‘n’ Bass, but I suppose I’ve taken a lot of elements from it – the skippiness, the pace.

I always work on my ‘drops’ and make tunes for clubs. Being based in Southampton I’ve never been able to base tunes around MC’s – which is perfect as most producers will go into studio to make beats for them, whereas I make beats for DJ’s to be played out.

It’s a big statement but I think that without MC’s I think Grime could survive on its own. It just needs a bit of originality and that’s why I make 2-Step rhythms because if I made halftime tunes, it would be Dubstep. If I went slower, it would be Hip Hop. I think Dubstep now is what Grime should be – there’s more bass, frequencies etc…

Do you think Hip Hop has become too big an influence in Grime now?

Yes. It’s not that MC’s have necessarily picked bits out of Hip Hop in terms of lyrics or anything like that, but to gain credibility they’ve taken elements in their flow and content. Grime was punchlines and flows. Now it’s concepts.

You say you make music for the club and for a live environment, do you think that because raves aren’t as regular as they used to be, the Hip Hop element has come into play because people are listening to it more at home and on iPods?

I think it’s down to what people listen to. In London it’s a community. Everyone is swapping tunes and everyone hears what is going on. It’s got so competitive that making ‘hip-hop’ has become the trend. I can’t make Hip Hop, I listen to more UK based stuff.

Back to the release, how has it been working with Magic?

Really good! He has really helped me with this release. Leading up to the release date there will be a lot more promotion – I think we have a Crib session with Westwood planned. I probably wouldn’t be where I am without his help.

How did he get in contact with you?

He reached out to me on Grime Forum. We spoke about work and gradually it happened. We didn’t sit down and plan an EP, it was more of a case of a few phone calls here and there. This all took place around the time Big H went on Logan’s show.

What can fans and MC’s find on the EP?

Grime. There are different remixes, but I’m proud of it. It’ s Grime tunes being remixed and not the other way around.

The B-Side, ‘Beatfighter’ has been on heavy rotation ever since I got it – how did that come about?

Well at the time I was listening to a lot of old skool stuff and thought that there aren’t any 8-bar switches anymore – tunes back in the day that used to get reloads. When I make tunes I make them so someone can get a reload out of them after the drop. The best example I can think of off the top of my head is FWD Riddim. 8 bar switches define Grime and I wanted to bring it back. It was easy to make as I had a Street Fighter sample pack.

It’s quite current with Grime MC’s and DJ’s battling each other on SF4 now…Was that something that inspired you to make it?

It was a bit. But I just thought it was a cool idea. Funny thing is I don’t even play SF4! Obviously I played it on SNES or whatever, I just like the sounds and the melodies.

Is sampling computer games to become one of your producing traits?

It wasn’t really intentional but people will relate me to it. A lot of other people are starting to do it and I’ll leave it to them…

SRC has sampled Mario and other computer effects. Is this a declaration of war do you think? To see who is the best SNES sampler?!

I don’t know! I will let my music speak for itself. I made ‘1UP’, maybe his tracks would be about if ‘1UP’ wasn’t made. But I’m gonna stop doing it now. I’ve got ‘Mega’ which is completely different to all that – with violins and stuff. Retro gaming is what I was into and that’s why I made them.

P-Money seems at home on your tunes – he smashes Gargoyle live and one of his most memorable reloads on Logan was over Mega during the epic ‘M.O.E.’ set. Do you plan to work together again?

Definitely. We’ve been speaking for the last two months actually, we’ve got a lot in the pipeline. Again it might sound cliché, as everybody says that, but we are bouncing ideas off each other. We are on the same wavelength and have similar ideas. If you imagine Tempa T and Silencer, Tinchy and Maniac, then there is P-Money and Royal T. I’ve shown him beats and we have about four or five tracks that we are going to do. These might not even be for mixtapes but it’s just good to make music.

Would you both consider doing something like the Tinchy vs Maniac CD?

Yeah man, I would love to but I don’t want to go down that ‘VS’ route where the producer is in the spotlight. I’d rather produce a P-Money project and be credited as such. That’s the thing with Grime – there is no proven direction to go in. I know that P has a few things coming up so I’m going to try and get involved where I can.

What about the rest of the OG’z? You have worked with Blacks, do you plan to work with him again?

Yeah, I did the booklet for Sick Individual and we do speak. He did my first vocal (I Know My Place feat. Jendor) and at the start he took me under his wing. He told me to keep working and gave me targets. He made me stay focussed and I’m grateful for that because he didn’t have to – we’ve never met. We are definitely going to be working.

Do you think an OG’z vocal of beatfighter could happen because I know people would want to hear that!?

There is one being done already, but I would love it to happen. I know Blacks really liked it and it would be good to hear him on it – but there would be no project after.

Have any other MC’s shown interest in collaborating with you? If so, who?

Griminal, Lil’ Nasty, M.I.K. and Lee Brasco…

Which artists have you been feeling this year?

Erm…P-Money, JME, Skepta, Frisco. In terms of tracks, Don’t Phone me was a big one. To be honest I haven’t been keeping up this year as I’m seeing the scene from a different perspective. Oh, I’ve been listening to a lot of Burial. It’s the darkest garage you can get and it’s not sequenced – it’s all free-flowing. That’s like an urban movie. I’d like to do something like that – evoke emotions and make songs with soul. Songs that have a start, middle and end.

What has been your highlight of the year so far?

Apart from the ‘1UP’ vocal, it has to be Dizzee spitting over my beat on Logan’s Newham Generals set. That was surreal – I jumped around the room when I heard it! Hearing things like that keep me optimistic.

What have you got planned for 2010?

A CD, another EP. I’ve made 6 EP-worthy tracks. I’m not really on making mixtape-fillers – I want to boost raves, just bring that influence back.

Can you give us a sneak peak of what you have in store?

Sure.

1UP E.P. is out today on NHNH records.