Michael Omari's Stormzy project has played a big part in the grime revival of recent years, and we always respect any artist who chooses one genre and sticks to it until they've reached perfection. This new behemoth of an album drops on the fresh and provocative #Murky label, offering sixteen gnarly curb-side tunes that share a lot of the same energy and freedom as Wiley's Eskimo output. The vocalism comes first and foremost across all these bangers, but there are also plenty of moments where the straight-up hip-hop swagger is replaced by deeper, more seductive r&b nuances. Stormzy manages to transform what is usually a heads-down, lighter-out kind of genre into something more musical, more representative of the multitude of listeners listening to the grime spectrum these days, and altogether more focused on the UK's experimental heritage.
Dutch techno powerhouse Chinedum Nwosu aka Shinedoe presents a reissue of her debut album on 2000 & One's 100% Pure imprint in 2006. It's a pretty straight ahead affair on here from the Intacto Records boss, with some powerful dancefloor oriented techno cuts and a few pleasant surprises, actually. After the deep acid opener "Afrotronic" we are treated to the emotive hi-tech soul on "Enjoy The Moments" (and later the kind of Sueno Latino sounding "Seek And You Will Find", there are the functional stripped back DJ tools like "The Peacemaker" and "Face Your Fear", too. The powerful Detroit influenced closer "Dilemma" ends this impressive album in style, awash in shimmering arpeggios and an adrenalised yet funky groove. Elsewhere, the track "Feel Your Space" is so obviously a zeitgeist of the mid noughties bleepy minimal boom, but the rest of the tracks can still hold their weight and sound contemporary enough for playing on modern dancefloors. Stood the test of time indeed!