Many thanks to those of you who came over to Upfest last Saturday and said hello, ’twas much appreciated. I hope you enjoyed. though the lesson of ‘not playing tracks that use a Biggie Smalls acapella in a room where there are impressionable youngsters roaming around in the middle of the afternoon’ has been learnt – oops! Was good to hook up with those wonderful chaps from Antidote, as well as the Funk from the Trunk and Contraband Sessions lads.
Right – onwards!
First up this week is a bit of an odd one for me. I don’t usually ‘do’ Grime, with my sole forays having been rehashes of tunes with Dizzee Rascal vocals on them, but I’m liking this Wiley number (haha, geddit?) .
Numbers In Action is a stripped down beat, consisting mostly of a gorgeous bouncing bassline and handclaps which absolutely make the track for me, with Wiley dropping rhymes over the top. The video is the absolute shizzle as well, with multiple Wileys manipulating everything from piñatas to helium ballons in time to sections of the tune – not seen the concept done so well since the Chemical Brothers did Star Guitar.
Number two is another odd one. It must be something in the water this week, either that or the child induced sleep deprivation has permanently buggered my brain to the point that my taste in music has become even more eclectic which considering I almost picked a Jamie XXtrack consisting of a steel drum rhythm with Burial-esque vocals for this feature, is something I could be convinced of …
I first heard this Tawiah track on Tru Thoughts label boss Rob Luis’ rather brilliant Unfold radio show – I’m loving that the new Mixcloud iPhone App means I can stream this stuff at work now – this is Sweet Me (B Traits Drum Lover Remix) and oooooooh, what drums they are.
With crisp breakbeat drums with a subterranean bassline this one smacks of Tricky before he disappeared up his own arse in a cloud of weed smoke – think his cover of Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos, rather than some of his later, more paranoid ramblings. Combine these two with a twisted soul vocal and Robert’s your Mothers live in Lover. Niceness
Last for this week is something a little more standard for me, with a delicious little jazz based hip-hop number by Dr Kane. Perfida samples Glenn Miller tune of the same name, chopping and slicing it up and adding a subtle little beat and a little bit of wobble at the bottom end. If there was ever a tune that needed a laid back vocal on it, it’s this one – seriously, he’s mentioned that he wants an MC for this one, so if you think you’ve got mad flow, drop me a line on the email address at the top of the page, and we’ll see what we can hook up shall we?