Skepta steps up with one of this year's most unifying grime cuts so far. Laying down crystal commentary over a crisp-but-squidgy groove, Skepta lives up to the track's name as he shuts down certain behavioural aspects of peers and fans, certain misconceptions of grime and many other ironies he and the BBK crew battle on the regs. Massive... But then you already knew that, right?
Breathe deeply... D Operation Drop return to Subaltern with three potty-sonic shudder-slammers. The title track is a toxic, sludgy doom stepper laced with demonic poetry and cement-thick beats. "Flumen", meanwhile, is the real switch-flipper as they hook up with Piezo for a modern day romp in the sweatiest of jungles, swathing through the madness with breakbeat cutlasses. "Indira", maintains the flipped switch with rifle-like techno dynamics as pummelling kicks cut through the industrial ricochet hook. And if this amount of bold, forward-thinking production isn't quite enough, jump on Wayfarer's remix of "Don't Breathe". This EP is almost too generous.
More off-centre, left-minded beat magic from Welsh wonk-lord Stagga. "Motoskillz" is a heaving bass roller that groans under its own paranoid weight and "Ketamine Bee Swam" is dark, chaotic homage to hardcore told in a brand new universal language. "Hacksaw", meanwhile, is pure Moomin space chatter, brought to us via satellite through a heavy LA beat echo chamber. Trippy, adventurous and stagga-ringly heavy (not sorry).
The shadowy Ganz makes his return to the maleficent Terrorrhythm with another wonderfully abstract bundle of broken bass gems and hard ambient delights. "The New Era" is a sublime collection of electro-acoustic instruments loosely held together by subtle flurries of percussion. "Dino War" is all beatless synths and starry chords, while "Trophies" hints at the dancefloor thanks through broken beats and warm swings of bass that travel across the desolate soundscapes built by Ganz. Seductive.