Welcome back to Keepin’ It Grimy’s Weekly Wrap Up, your home of pretty much everything Grime over the last 7 days (Now landing on your screens on Mondays). If you haven’t already, please make sure to check out our video series “This Week in Grime“ and give us a Twitter follow and a YouTube subscription to stay posted on all the goings-on in the world of 140!
Capo Lee x IZCO x Chelsea FC
Ahead of their Champions League semi-finals match against Real Madrid, Chelsea FC called upon lifelong fan and skengman MC Capo Lee and IZCO to release a track and build hype for the occasion. Capo flows effortlessly over the garage-infused instrumental while bigging up the players of Chelsea FC, inspiring them to eventually win the match!
Worked with @ChelseaFC on a song to get everyone in the vibes for tonight. GASSED. LETS GO.
— Lxrd Capo (@CapoLee100) May 5, 2021
Skepta – Eyes on Me (Leak)
Being uploaded on the 5th anniversary of his Mercury-award winning album ‘Konnichiwa‘, we were treated to a leak of a previously unheard Skepta single from late 2020 titled ‘Eyes On Me‘. Although we don’t know who’s on the buttons for the instrumental, it doesn’t take much to recognise the iconic sample from More Fire Crew‘s ‘Oi!‘ instrumental, while the greaze connoisseur spits venom over the track, in what could very well be the last track recorded by the superstar, after he hinted at retiring from music once he drops his next couple of tracks.
J-Wing – Raw & Uncut Freeze FM
Freeze FM is often held in high regard as one of the pioneering pirate radio stations in the early days of Grime, hosting everyone from Wiley, Kano, NASTY Crew, Musical Mob Royale, and so many stars born from the genre. Now, we have been gifted a brand new mini-doc full of unseen footage from the pioneering station, put together by Blackcrown Music‘s J-Wing, immortalising the energy and pure Grime essence that was ever so present in the scene in the early 2000’s.
P Money announces 3 albums in 2021
P Money has kept very busy so far in 2021, dropping two of his own singles, featuring on two more, working on a collaboration with Subway and Star.One to create the worlds first plant-based Grime track, and restarting his Twitch streaming career. Honestly, you’d think that he could take his foot off the gas, but P Money tells us that he’s only just begun, taking to Twitter to announce three more projects landing this year, and dropping a fire freestyle to boot!
Untraditional EP w @TeddyMusicUK
Blacks & P 2
Money Over Everyone 4
All this year pic.twitter.com/a1gDZZk3r1
— P Money (@KingPMoney) May 7, 2021
Kid D – Substance
Kid D is renowned for being one of the most emotive Grime producers, gaining critical acclaim after producing “mature Grime” instrumentals for Wiley and Devlin, as well as other great UK musicians in the realms of Rap and Drill. The producer has now taken a step in a new direction in Grime, releasing his debut vocal album titled ‘Substance‘ on all streaming platforms! Boasting features from Ghetts, Devlin, and Novelist, amongst others, ‘Substance‘ is a well-rounded project taking on a variety of instrumental styles and energies throughout every track.
3Smoke – Side of the Step
Linking up under the new group name ‘3Smoke‘ the veteran trio who share the legacy of being part of the famous Bloodline crew – Paper Pabs, Milli Major and Bossman Birdie have released a new single ‘Side of the Step‘. Stepping away from the “traditional” Grime sound that the group have been pushing for almost 20 years, we’re gifted with a track more reminiscent of UK Trap bangers that have risen to the top over recent years.
J Beatz – #DrillVsGrime Vol. 1
Merging two of the UK’s most iconic genres, J Beatz has released a brand new project titled ‘#DrillVsGrime Vol. 1‘, an experimental release in which the DJ and producer takes the most popping Drill singles and gives them a fresh coat of paint in the form of thumping Grime instrumentals, bridging the gap between the two music styles (which have often clashed, with many artists and fans rejecting the other genre).
Mak 10 & Scratcha DVA – Promise U / Smoke Signal
Veteran producers Mak 10 and Scratcha DVA (also known as Scratchclart) have released two new singles infused with the spirit of UK Funky House, titled ‘Promise U‘ and ‘Smoke Signal‘. The tracks were released for BandCamp Friday and are sure to shut down raves in the near future (we’re so close to freedom!) once live events are reintroduced to the country.
Manga Saint Hilare – Up
Manga Saint Hilare once again blesses us with another instrumental project, showing off his lockdown-acquired production skills with ‘Up‘, which includes some instrumentals that have already been running the rounds on the radio circuit such as ‘5 More Miles‘ and ‘Freeman of The Land‘. Manga has found his own lane in Grime production, offering a blend between “traditional” Grime sounds and the RnG sub-genre, resulting in the easygoing instrumentals found in this project.
Rolla announces discography removal from streaming services
Coming in a shock press release on the 6th of May, Essex MC Rolla announced that he will be removing almost all of his previous work from online vendors, with the exception of his collaborative project ‘BD13‘ with fellow Payback Entertainment member TCDAGENIUS. Rolla‘s decision to remove years of work is obviously not an easy one to make, but the stand-out MC has promised that he’s making big moves in the near future and we’re anxiously waiting to see what happens next.
HITPOINT – Rest Easy
Another BandCamp Friday release from another extremely active artist, HITPOINT dropped a two-track project titled ‘Rest Easy‘, an incredibly fitting name for the easy-going instrumentals, making the most of harmonic wind instruments and subtle guitar riffs to bring out the smoother side of Grime.
Grizzly – Shisha
South London’s Grizzly is back with another single release, this time with his latest single ‘Shisha‘. Like he usually does, the veteran brings slick wordplay with direct delivery for a hard-hitting tune with the MC asserting himself throughout the track, warning that he’s not one to be messed with.
Joe Fire x OwlyBeats – Physical Acts
For the third single taken from his upcoming album ‘Nocturnal‘, OwlyBeats linked up with Joe Fire to bring us ‘Physical Acts‘, a hard-hitting banger complete with visuals by Bipolar Spider. Joe Fire spits pure venom over the dark instrumental, acknowledging the use of the “lyrical” flow and instead threatening “physical acts” while littering the track with skilful punchlines.
KOJ x The Mouse Outfit – Busy/Digeridoo
Liverpool’s KOJ teamed up with producer group The Mouse Outfit for two thought-provoking offerings titled ‘Busy‘ and ‘Digeridoo‘, with both tracks receiving a visual courtesy of Vision In Colour. ‘Digeridoo‘ serves as a brooding reflection of KOJ‘s lifestyle as he swerves through the slow instrumental, while ‘Busy‘ is a livelier offering with KOJ asking questions about his present life and his future.
Ten Dixon – At My Best ft. Simba Boy
Following his recent trend of dropping reflective tracks, Ten Dixon has teamed up with Simba Boy for their latest release ‘At My Best‘. Taking on a more laid-back approach compared to the established Grime sound, the duo spit hard-hitting bars over the relaxed instrumental while addressing obstacles they’ve had to overcome throghout their lives.
Lady Shocker – Facts Freestyle
Veteran MC Lady Shocker brings us her first venture into UK Drill, with her latest freestyle titled ‘Facts‘. Rattling off tough bars at a rapid pace, the Female AllStars member shows why she’s so rated in the scene with this impactful release.
Charlie Trees x Jakebob – Bending a Spoon
Charlie Trees calls upon Jakebob to drop their latest track ‘Bending a Spoon‘, a laid-back single that contains a melodic hook from Charlie Trees and pounding bars from both artists, spitting over the trap-infused instrumental courtesy of Jakebob.
Spooky Bizzle – Rapid EP
Legendary DJ and producer Spooky reached back into the archives for his latest release, the 5 track ‘Rapid EP‘, containing riddims produced all the way back in 2008 with “a heavy Rapid / Ruff Sqwad influence“. The high-octane instrumentals are sure to turn raves upside down with their infectious energy and distinct flavour of early 2000’s Grime.
Grindhouse x Random Dready – Boss Fight
Two production powerhouses unite for the fourth instalment of their instrumental series ‘Beats of Rage‘, as Grindhouse and Random Dready bring us ‘Boss Fight‘, an energetic track with clear influence from arcade games such as the series’ namesake, “Streets of Rage”. The entire series has kept true to the theme, with Boss Fight adding an intense and almost oppresive aura, making it a must-have for DJs and MCs alike.
JT-THE-GOON – Drifting Away
JT-THE-GOON brings us his latest instrumental offering, a chilled out track making use of ripping synths & rapid drum patterns, creating an almost otherworldly atmosphere.
Row D – InstruMENTALS Vol.3
Maintaining his work-rate throghout 2021, Row D has dropped the latest addition to the ‘InstruMENTALS‘ series, gifting us with Volume 3. Yet again, Row D continues to impress with how much variety he packs into these small instrumental packs, finding different flavours of Grime with each track, even bringing in a drill-influenced bassline in the opener ‘Feeling Cold‘
JLSXND7RS – BandCamp Frijay
The “de facto kingpin of Dutch Grime” JLSXND7RS is back with a brand new instrumental EP, which he released for BandCamp Day, aptly titled ‘BandCamp Frijay‘. The Netherlands native draws for his characteristic darker sounds in this one, drawing inspiration from UK Drill alongside the tried and true Grime sound.
Orangesky – Level
Orangesky dropped his latest instrumental ‘Level‘ on BandCamp, a light and bouncy offering, making use of subdued brass and melodic synth sounds to excentuate the airy atmosphere in the track. Perfect for ramping up or cooling down the energies of a set, we’re sure ‘Level‘ will find it’s way on to many USB’s in the near future.
Lewi B – Ice EP
Acclaimed & decorated producer Lewi B returned with his latest instrumental project, the 6-track ‘Ice EP‘, which landed on BandCamp Friday, bringing straight heat from the self-proclaimed “young Grime warlorld” as he explores different tempos and melodies in the world of Grime production.
J Fresh x Ears – Drip
Veteran DJ and Producer J Fresh called upon badboy MC Ears for their new single ‘Drip‘, a pounding Grime banger from the two OGs, with Ears weaving in and out of the bouncy instrumental with assertive bars and to-the-point delivery, living up to his reputation as a top-level spitter. Alongisde the release, we’re also provided with a House remix of the single, courtesy of Dean-E-G.