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Royal-T Beat Blog 3

June 2, 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 ‘CD is Dead (Royal T RMX)’

With this one I bought the acapella from iTunes, whacked it into Fruity and came up with a nice little 2-Step type beat to go around it. From there I played in the bass melody, built a punchy switch-up to contrast with the melodic intro, and seeing as the acapella was free and I was at liberty to do what I wanted to it, I decided to take a risk and make it a little more ‘techno’.

I’ve received a mixed response so far, which I’m happy about because at least my music is generating conversations and debates and not becoming stagnant. It fuels me to seek out new methods, techniques and styles. With this remix, the techno element came out of nowhere; a complete freestyle.

In a way, this remix was influenced by my first Sidewinder experience a while back. There, for the first time I heard my music in a live environment and it’s made me much more aware of ‘sonics’. I might revisit this techno idea in the future, but for the moment I’m focussing on making music with analogue instruments, branching out a bit from the hard Grime sound I’m known for, but still keeping it true to me.

As a big fan of Tempz and JME, I’d really like to work with them in the future. The original CD is Dead edit isn’t hype or downtempo, but is easy to rework into either style as Rude Kid and myself have shown. With my remix I wanted to show what my influence would be should I ever get to work with them.

The video is jokes, and I think its inclusion in the download highlights JME’s entreprenurial talent. By including the acapella, instrumental and video, he has created his own guerilla remix campaign, for nothing. Big up to him for that, that is the kind of savvy Grime needs.


Royal T

P.S. As for a download you’re gonna have to wait a bit for that!

Tempa T Soundboard

December 8, 2009


Tempz is without doubt one of the most charismatic personalities in British music right now. In light of this, Joseph Westwood has created this: the Tempa T soundboard. Drop a beat and then lay down some of his much-love catchphrases over the top.

Play the soundboard here.



Unsung Heroes of The Hop.

November 26, 2009

Today we present, Mr Craig Mack.


When you think of Craig Mack, the first song that comes to mind is the Flavour in Your Ear Remix, the first image that comes to your mind is probably a smug git tapping some bottles. Somewhere in between that track and that person is the reason why Mack is not held with the reverence as his chubby Bad Boy counterpart. Mack picked on scraps, while the Big bandwagon sparred with the rival coast- it’s orchestrator always close at hand.


Many forget that it was Craig Mack who cemented Big Boy Records as a genuine threat to the airwaves. His debut LP, Project Funk Da World possessed all the trimmings of a bonafide boom bap classic. It had character, fine production and an emcee more than capable. Perhaps it’s biggest downfall was that remix which featured two players who were keen to stamp their mark on an industry dominated by a synth-laden west coast. Biggie’s ambivalent flow set the bench mark, and Busta erratic prose stole the show (remember crazy Busta?).

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Both emcee’s are undoubtedly legends of hip hop now, but they lacked the ease with which Mack dropped bars. When he was good, it was effortless; a throwback to the days of call and response and high-top’s (bring it back Temps). This isn’t meant as disrespect to Biggie and Busta. They more than deserve the acclaim, but I would argue that Mack has waited long enough for a bit of recognition; at least a chapter on the revival of east coast hip-hop.

Ladies and Gents, Unsung Hero of the Hop:

Mr Craig Mack.

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