"Deepest Darkest": The title says it all. Just in case you're not up to speed, Slew Dem's Chronik truly is one of grime's darkest lyricists. And you get the impression he could back up every one of his stern messages in a flash. With a flow that calls out all fakers and slim-chatters he incorporates a daring sense of fun in his warnings with all manner of pop cultural references. Naturally the beats are equally subversive and moody; with a smidgeon of US flavour to the trappist riddim, there's a real trippy texture to the dynamics that matches Chronik's verbal heaviness.
Expect the very finest in contemporary grime from this most recent release on No Hats No Hoods. Chronik brings us the compelling "Man In The Boot" which is presented here as a digital package alongside a remix featuring Trim plus a radio edit and instrumental. Let's skip to the original - kicking off with trance-inspired, plucking synths, Chronik spits streetwise, lyrical flavours over the thudding beat, keeping a good flow whilst also creating a powerful drama, which is deeply enticing and very visual. The remix is also well worth checking, shaking up the beats and adding more booming subs, there's also a dialogue between Chronik and Trim which is highly effective. Thumbs up!