Review: Well, when we saw this title land in the store we were as surprised as anyone to see that Four40 Records, one of the most active and exciting UK bass labels across the full breadth of 2020 has just turned 10 years old. This is a pretty outstanding achievement, for a label that is still at the forefront of it's sound to this very day. The compilation of course features some of the biggest releases from across the breadth of Four40's incredible catalogue of content, from the likes of Hybrid Theory, I Killed Kenny, Pavv, Limita and more, condensing ten years of musical progression into one extended tape. We also get to hear a bag of exciting new exclusives from the newer breed of the Four40 roster, including music from The Phat Controlla, Blakk Habit, Lucas Maverick, Gemi, Badger, Patrick Kane, Yozhi, George IV and more. What an incredible way to round off the year!
Review: Following on from the fantastic response to its original release last year, Tru Thoughts have supplied us with an absolute gem here as they welcome back the legendary Flowdan for an official remix of 'Welcome To London'. This was one of Flowdan's more spooky creations, operating at a slower tempo, which has been completely revamped by the wonderful Jack Sparrow, who takes the acapella and sends it to an entirely new dimension, speeding up to around the 140 mark and layering it between sumptuous, bouncy bass taps and inventive drum work to give a fantastic original an additional dash of magic!
Review: Let's be real here for a second. There are few vocal artists within the extended circles of grime that boast as high a work rate as Flowdan, a legendary MC with a catalogue of clouty bangers. This latest project takes the title 'The Red Pill', showcasing a different side of his character. There is still a tonne of versatility involved with this one however, from the haunted overtones of 'Savage' alongside Jammz and 'Time Is Money' with Roachee, to the demonic, stripped back structures of 'Upset' with catchy vocal hooks from Snowman Baby. Finally, 'Tell Me Nothing' runs with a very experimental instrumental, letting gunshots and emotive chords run wild beneath Flowdan's unique storytelling approach. This is definitely a different approach, complete with instrumentals and acapellas to match!
Review: As one of the leading forces in worldwide bass music, AC Slater returns to his home imprint of Night Bass to unveil a fabulous selection of remixes, working directly off his critically acclaimed 'Hi8' album project. The line up is spicy to say the least, with the likes of Flava D, Sammy Virji, DALCO, NuKid, CID and more all getting involved for one the biggest remix projects bass music has ever seen. The two real standouts for us come from two brits however, as Bushbaby's colourful relick of 'Attitude' from AC & Taiki Nulight immediately catches our ears, alongside Drinks On Me's smooth and well thought out overhaul of 'Every Pigeon Is a Dove', featuring the wonderful vocal layers of Murkage Dave.
Review: It seems to be the season of Flowdan as he returns to us for yet another hard hitting single release here, this time joining forces with the highly sought after production stylings of Boylan. The pair land on Nomine Sound for an absolute ruckus of an original, with Boylan providing a lethal bed, writhing with reesey bass textures and rocket launcher drum drops, over which Flowdan is given the freedom to run riot, switching his lyricism between extended poetic verses and more hard hitting, shorter style punches. Wicked stuff!
Review: This is a release we were dying to get our teeth stuck into as the legendary Artikal Music imprint welcomes home J:Kenzo for a fantastic new single, alongside the man himself: Flowdan. The pair join forces for a wicked new creation which takes the name of 'Like A Hawk'. You can tell that this is a track that has been created to send the raves into a frenzy, as J provides a stunning steppers backdrop, over which we hear the legendary vocal presence of Flowdan let loose, with classic, gritty lyricism and aggy flow patterns. The release also comes complete with a J:Kenzo 'Darkside' VIP, which sends the track even further into a new dimension.
Review: Following on from a very impressive run of new singles, we are now introduced to the long awaited Flowdan album, going by the name of 'Full Metal Jacket'. In short, it is the perfect showcase of what Flowdan is all about, featuring 11 hard hitting creations with some top draw guest appearances from the likes of Frisco and Irah, the second of whom appears on both 'News At Ten' and 'Level'. For us, there a couple of immediate standouts from this project, which have to kick off with the demonic tones and harsh patois vocals of 'Deadly', followed by the hypnotic melodic experiments of 'Coldest' and the slower, more emotive instrumental flavour and vocal stylings of 'Deal Wid'. Excellent stuff!
Review: There really is no stopping Flowdan at the minute as he returns home to Tru Thoughts again for yet another cruddy single. This latest release goes by the name of 'One Question' and it more than personifies Flowdan's uniquely demonic sound. Through a combination of evil, organ-like synthesizers and dark, moogy bass subs the composition provides the perfect platform over which Flowdan himself is able to less loose. He approaches this one as a call and response between himself and an affected vocal addition, providing and interesting contrast throughout the recording, and we love it!
Review: It's been a brief minute since we heard from the infamous sounds of Flowdan, who returns here to Brighton based experimental label Tru Thoughts for an extraordinary voyage into the spacey realms of 'Welcome To London'. This is Flowdan in his bag from start to finish, weaving his gritty yet insightful lyricism between spooky sub tones and shimmering reverberations, topped with distant car screeches and drill-like drum patterns. This release also comes jam packed with bonus features, including a fully-functioning acapella addition and a full version of the instrumental. Awesome stuff.
Review: Within the grime scene, Flowdan has earned his respect as one of the most consistently shelly MC's out there, regularly returning to 140 with a new belter for the dance. This time he teams up with Tru Thoughts to release his brand new single 'Shell A Verse', a dancehall infused shackout, built up with triplet drum patterns and pulsating subs, topped off with dubbed out chord delays and subtle horn section pressure. As a bonus, this release comes complete with the instrumental and acapella, so you can expect to hear versions of this one all around the country over the festival period.
Review: Returning to Tru Thoughts to pick up the disaster pieces, rebuild them and smash our senses all over again, Flowdan is back on the Brighton label with another power-punch program. Dramatic, funk-barbed beats by Masto, mic-bounced with Brixton's Irah, "Bodybag" is every bit as deadly as the title suggests and you'd expect. Let's hope this leads to another album...
Review: Rockwell bows out of Shogun with an absolute beast of an EP that's been gradually leaked out over the month. It kicks off with "Easy", an incredible Bristol bust-up with the man like Roni, before plunging us into dancehall-dented halftime darkness on "09 Track" and grime-galvanised chaos with the Flowdan-fronted "Inventor". Finally we conclude the "User", a rushed-out slice of euphoria that reminds us of Tom Rockwell's sensitive side. Acutely on point.
Review: Following the massiveness of his collabo with Roni Size, Rockwell teases us with another subversion excursion from his forthcoming "User" EP. This time tagging in with one of grime's most iconic and crystal clear voices Flowdan, "Inventor" is a bashment stamper with militant drums and serious sermons from the Roll Deep professor. The results speak for themselves. Bring on the full EP.
Review: You might recall Flowdan from his recent album, Distaster Piece, but the man's style and swagger has probably been imprinted in your subconscious thanks to his part in the infamous Roll Deep cartel. The man was one of the group's long-term vocalists but, over the last few years, he's been concentrating on his own productions. This extended EP focusses on his "Grime" tune, a dancehall-flavoured gunshot riddim with plenty of aggy vocals and blaring percussion shots, but you also get an original mix of the deep and murky "Groundhog Day", a lo-fi tune with the Animai's vocals sounding more like street poetry than grime. There's a sinister remix of "Horror Show Style" from Shades, a proper bass attack that brings us back to circa '03, followed by a more tribalistic version from Telemachus. Cop it and you also get a selection of instrumental mixes, along with some juicy acappellas - hold tight!
Review: Gentrification is quite a thing. East London might be full of middle class types fetishising '60s Brutalist buildings like Goldfinger's Balfron Tower. But original resident, and former Roll Deep MC, Flowdan (aka Marc Veira) has something to say about it too. Veira grow up by this tower and to him it's a 'Disaster Piece' from a grim place rather than a masterpiece. This album is his most personal and over this 12 track 'melodic grime symphony', he opens up about a hard knock life that he (and pals like Tinchy Stryder, Manga and Animai) knows better than most.
Review: Flowdan (aka Marc Veira) was, along with pals like Wiley, JME, Skepta, Jammer, Double E and Footsie, instrumental in breaking the UK Grime sound 15 years ago. Today he insists that it never went away, and he certainly hasn't either - always keeping it real and, now with new album Disaster Piece looming, stronger than ever. The first taster from the record is single "Horror Show Style", which features a creepy, doom-laden track over which this former Roll Deep MC delivers his unique, time-bending flow. Produced by the mighty Splurgeboys, this track has got us well hyped for the LP!