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Royal T Beat Blog 2 – Kick Out

April 28, 2010


Every month on Welcome To The Fold, Grime producer Royal-T airs rarities, sketches, samples, remixes and other work from his archive. This month, Royal T presents ‘Kick Out.’

Royal T – Kick Out by Threefold_Media

‘Kick Out’ is just a fast-paced beat that I made to bring hype to a set. No special piano solos or big synth lines – just something simple. I made the original beat ages ago and in the video below you can see Blacks spitting over it:

Looking about on my hard drive I rediscovered this beauty and decided to give it a little update before releasing it again. I kept the intro quite minimal so it could bang into something hard, but keep a continuous melody and theme so the anticipation builds and builds. In terms of inspiration, Buddha Finger, Storm and tracks from that era had a similar kind of dark energy.

This tune is typical of my style – retro touches incorporated into Grime music, although I try and stay away from gimmickry. Sometimes I picture my tunes as backing music for Movie and Game Trailers. On the drops for example I see explosions, fight scenes and car chases. In fact, try playing this over a Street Fighter 4 trailer and it fits really well!

The sample is there to break up the rhythm and add focus to the tune. When I first made it, I envisioned Jammer spitting over it because of his appearance on Wiley’s ’16 Bar Rally’. I think he’d suit the early 2000 vibe.

My ‘Hot Ones’ remix is released this month on Butterz so go support that! Also watch out for my ‘Air Bubble’ remix coming out soon on limited edition clear vinyl and my ‘Stomp’ remix for Big Shot. I’m also working on my new E.P. watch out for more news on that coming soon!



Logan Sama’s New Blog Launch on WTTF!

April 5, 2010


We are very pleased to announce that as from today, Kiss FM host and Grime DJ supremo Logan Sama will be contributing an exclusive monthly blog to Welcome To The Fold. Far from a conventional monthly summary, Logan’s WTTF blog will provide unique insight into the Grime scene as well as detailing his encounters, interests and observations over the past 30-or-so days – Grime related or not!

As a DJ, A&R, writer, commentator, gaming enthusiast AND ardent West Ham supporter, there will always plenty to read about! This month Logan talks Estonia, Chosen Ones, Street Fighter and upcoming releases on Adamantium:

Earlier this month I DJ’ed out in Estonia for an event called ‘UKG’ which was dedicated to the spectrum of Garage sounds old and new. It’s always interesting playing in Europe because each country will take different things from the music. In Estonia, as I played my 90 minute set, I could see some people going off to straight up-and-down Grime, whilst the others started jumping about to more Dubsteppy type stuff.

They didn’t really have a grasp of what the Grime classics are, as I suspect they have just started listening recently. But I can really see instrumental Grime spreading across Europe – more so than vocalled Grime – as inevitably, where English isn’t spoken as a first language, it just becomes a barrier. I had a great time and hopefully I’ll be going out there again sometime soon!

This month saw the release of the Palladium/Vice documentary ‘London Pirate Radio’, which yours truly was featured in. It was a really interesting piece and I liked how it went into the history of pirate radio and where it came from. Looking online, the feedback has been really good, not only for the film but for the accompanying mixtape I put together. Vice are really pleased with how it was all received and tell me it’s been the most popular item they’ve made so far!

Earlier this week I held a Street Fighter session at London Bridge and invited some Grime mandem down. JME, Shorty, Solo 45, Score Five and Dexplicit amongst others were in attendance, Dex just edging out Jamie in the final bouts for the title. We might hold a proper tournament sometime soon as there are some half-decent SF4 players in the scene.

We all enjoy playing it and it’s a good reason to get together other than music. I have to say now though that I doubt I’d take the title – I just don’t have that winners’ mentality! I can’t wait for the new edition to come out on April 30th – Dudley is gonna be the guy – his ultra animation looks sick!

Check Dudley Murking Here!

The Chosen Ones show was a big deal for me this month – the four sets (featuring Bloodline, OG’z, Newham Gens, Ghetts, Devlin, Dogzilla, Shrimpoz and Griminal) went well and the online listening figures (as well as the downloads) were really high. The KISS producers said it was a strong look and I can’t wait to air the next show on April 9th. We are recording the sets for it now and all I can tell you is that you can expect to see some promising young talent on there! I’m also trying to get a set recorded with all the Yardie MC’s on it as I know people have been itching to hear that!

Release-wise, ‘Shark Attack’ – which came out on my label Adamantium Music – did well, with some good feedback on the Grime Forum. Next up will be B-Live’s ‘Modern Warfare’ and that will be out as soon as we get the remix done. It looks like single releases is the way to go now – mixtape CD releases (and all the time-dalaying niggles inherent in them) aren’t really the one anymore. Saying that, Sharky’s and Badness’ CD’s will be out soon and once they are out, done and dusted, I’m going to be focussing on getting some producer EP’s released. Watch this space…

That’s it for this month. Next month I’ll be looking at putting the back catalogue online and some other stuff. Watch out for the Newham General’s new EP with Skitz Beatz and my Chosen One’s set on April 9th. It’s gonna be another big month!

Until next time, Keep It Grimy!


Shark Major Album Shoot

September 28, 2009

I was approached by Sharky to take some photos for his upcoming album ‘Major League’. Here are a sample of the shots taken that day. Watch out for the CD which is being released soon, and features big guestspots from Ghetts, Griminal, Jammer and Little Nasty amongst others.

For more info twitter me @threefoldmedia.

Big up Shark Major – he’s bound to make moves with this release.

Check the lead single ‘Shark Attack’ here:


Protest Chic

September 10, 2009

Fashion has, to some extent, always been about message. These messages may have, at times, been slightly counter-productive and even hypocritical, but the fashion world has always flirted with socio-economic statement, purely for the edgy, counter-cultural vibe it gives their wares.

Little wonder, then, that the latest manifestation of sartorial comment is protest chic, a fairly new phenomenon borne of current political and economic circumstances and the high-profile protests that have spawned as a result.

© Unconditional

The agendas on offer are certainly dynamic in their presentation – anti-globalisation, anti-capitalism, climate change; this season, it seems, the one article that no self-respecting fashionista should be seen without is an opinion.

A look at this year’s G20 protests in London certainly does a lot to prove this – the protesters on the front lines were, in many cases, more likely to be sporting designer sunglasses and sloganised clothing than dreadlocks and excessive facial piercings.

It is a sad fact that a significant percentage of those protesting at such events, particularly in the affluent West, are not doing so out of a selfless wish to fight an institutional evil; for many it is all about the aesthetic. The thrill of rebellious discord is, to some, an incredibly romantic and idealised concept, and the proletarian drama of the picket line is something they wish to immerse themselves in, despite having little knowledge of the issues being protested about.

It is this group of protesters that have the genuine hardliners up in arms – an anti-capitalist protest arguably holds less weight if the person next to you is holding a Louis Vuitton handbag. Nevertheless, despite the perceived superficiality, it possibly represents something much more positive; people, particularly the youth, are becoming more interested and observant when it comes to politics.

© Marc by Marc Jacobs

The first decade of the 21st Century has, so far, been a fairly comfortable one for Generation Y – those in the West are lucky enough that they live in a society where politics is something that can be safely ignored, compared with other, more oppressive nations. It is only recently, since the collapse of the American sub-prime market that politics has entered the mainstream consciousness as something that needs our attention.

So what exactly is the protest chic look? Well, according to various patrons of the look, it’s important to capture the hippy feel, without subscribing fully to the hippy aesthetic. So, vintage and flea market finds are in, but shabby, overworn items are out and, generally, conspicuous labels are too, although some do find it very difficult to part with the designer accessories.

Think Glastonbury boho-esque festival styles and you’re on the right track. Protest chic is very much about being fashion-free – typically, items are bought second-hand and therefore do not subscribe to typical industry ideals regarding fashion.

However, this doesn’t stop major brands trying to emulate the look – numerous labels such as Lacoste and Vivienne Westwood Red Label have incorporated layered knitwear, loose trousers and nostalgic patterns and checks into their latest collections for the A/W 09/10 season.

© Lacoste

© Vivienne Westwood Red Label

Plenty of thrift-store knitwear, classic patterns and functionality are key features of protest chic, as are sloganised t-shirts and dynamic graphics, particularly those with a slightly subversive edge. So, this autumn, get yourself to the frontlines and shout like you mean it.