Posts Tagged ‘roll deep’

Opium – freestyle

September 10, 2010

Our first foray into film.

Big look. Big up Opium!

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

Rinse – 28.02.2010 – DJ Karnage & JJ feat. Opium, OG’z & Drifter

March 1, 2010

As you may have gathered by now, Opium is a close mate and client of ours. On Sunday he appeared on Rinse, for one of what will undoubtedly be a multiude of radio appearances this year.

Download the set here.

Kristian

Opium – Out Of This World E.P. Free Download!!

February 24, 2010

Here we proudly present Opium’s debut E.P. Out Of This World for free download! Design work by Threefold Media. Watch out for his forthcoming, full-length mixtape (also designed by us) available later this year.

Big up Opiumtree!

“Opium is a visionary MC whose music pays no regard to industry stereotype or genre. Yet, in terms of style and delivery, he remains positively Grime.

Hailing from East London, Opium is a mere 19 years old and yet, has collaborated with some of the biggest names in Grime – people such as Wiley, Godsgift and Dot Rotten.

It was under Wiley’s tutelage that Opium forged his style – a rapid delivery of Grime lyrics brimming with imagery and turn of phrase. Indeed, Opium’s style is often reminiscent of Wiley around the Tunnel Vision era.

With Opium preparing to release his debut mixtape later this year – mixed exclusively by MSM Engineer – Grime fans can be sure that real Grime music is going nowhere. A new breed of MC, shaped by the foundation, Opium is certainly one to watch.

To prove it, he has put together a small EP of tracks available for free download! Called the ‘Out of This World EP’, expect esoteric lyrics, wicked delivery and hard riddims.”

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Manga – The Adventures Of Manga Review

October 28, 2009

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Manga is a bit of a Grime anomaly; a high-pitched, skippy, bespeckled MC whose bars frequently reference style, garms and crepes, yet unlike most rarely stray into badman territory. As a Roll Deep member, his playful persona often seems at odds with the rest of the group – especially when ‘Skeng’ is the main topic topic of conversation (which it often is.) As such, he has faced stick and general ignorance from both MC’s and fans.

Nevertheless, the perpetually adidas-clad MC has persevered, embracing his differences for debut mixtape ‘The Adventures Of Manga’, released earlier this week. Comprised of a curt 10 tracks, the free download features guest spots from Lady Chann and long time sparring partner J2K, and production from Scratchy, Wiley and Bless Beats.

‘The Adventures of…’ starts as any debut Grime mixtape should – with a collection of snippets showing us Manga’s musical journey thus far. If nothing else, in an era of throwaway music, it reminds us why we should pay attention. Verses cut from ‘When I’m ‘Ere’, ‘Fully Involved’ and ‘Do Me Wrong’ set the right tone; a short, stark reminder of this MC’s calibre and his lyrical dexterity.

Indeed, on closing track ‘freestyle’, Manga showcases a colder, ruthless side that has rarely – if ever – been seen before. Addressing his musical demons and stereotypes, he proves that there is substance to back his bubbly delivery. Which begs the question, why include it as the last track? There it is a footnote, whereas if included earlier, it could have been a bold statement of intent.

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The imaginatively titled ‘Style’ featuring Roll deep affiliate J2K is undoubtedly the mixtapes’ highlight. Over a big bastard of a bassline and skittering drums, the pair talk with finesse about their favourite subject. Given their previous form this should sound tired, but they manage to keep it fresh and enjoyable and more importantly – Grimey.

In fact, from the Chemical Brothers-sounding ‘Me Nar Like You’ through to menacing Scratchy-produced ‘Rampage’, this mixtape showcases a rich tapestry of Grime textures within a dancier, more upbeat context. Yet, unlike many ‘GrimewiddabittaFunky’ mixtapes, this isn’t in any way a compromise. ‘Activity’, Danny Weed’s production of the year makes a welcome appearance, although one is left with the impression that the self-named Sir Matchalot could have hit the much-versioned beat a lot harder.

Unfortunately that is one of this mixtapes’ shortcomings. Whilst you can appreciate and enjoy Manga’s stylistic differences, you just wish he’d punch those lines home and add a little dynamism to his delivery. With such skippy, syllable-governed flows, it’s easy to lose track. The radio clips included on the tail-end of ‘Grime Activity’ hit harder than some of the tracks and if Manga is to become top three, he should recognise this and adapt.

This is a solid mixtape, full to the brim with style and should be a welcome addition to any Grime fan’s MP3 library. A great start for Manga, although he will have to shout louder if he is to step out of Roll Deep’s shadow.

Download here.

Kristian

P.S. – Check out Fullygrown’s interview with the man himself here.

P.P.S. Respect to Lady Chann, apologies for the mistake… check her MySpace here.