Review: Level up! Sly's new label is heating up by the week. First came the hype-heaved entry theme "Levels", then came the barbed grime flare of "AntiSocial", now comes the third weekly heater "Skank". Providing total drum & bass therapy, club king Sly and long-time mic-man Swifta balance blissful breaks with a riotous riff-blazed drop that's loaded with swampy, sticky bass. Heavyweight.
Review: Sly and Swifta continue to raise the Levels with another balls-out sing-along riff-banger. Gritty, growling and uncompromised with frank and positive vocals from Swifta, it's what you might file under 'riot maker'. Shouts to all the massive. Keep on raving...
Review: Over the last few years, DJ Sly and Swifta have been setting some serious pace, with the Levels movement supplying them the platform to release their joint album project 'Grimey Levels'. As a full length project, it really epitomizes the breadth of musical styles the pair can pull together with ease, with a genre range spanning from grime to D&B. For us the immediate standouts from this have to be the raw power of 'Bust A Little Skank', bringing serious jump up flavour, alongside the descriptive Grimey lyricism on 'London' and the bassline infused rhythms and bass synthesis of 'Get Back'. A very complete project indeed!
Review: It's been a while since Mr Beater served up any of his trademark UKG/breakbeat grime but with eight cuts on offer here, he's made up for plenty of lost time. As with previous releases, there are no surprises, just raw, edgy, bashy DJ bullets that pay homage to the scene's most formative era over 10 years ago. Highlights include the string-stabbed "Fire", the minor-key riding two-step slammer "Swagga" and the fast-paced 4/4 joint "Killer". Strictly club dubs, these are ready and waiting for a dancefloor. And if you're lucky, a fly MC to really make them go down with the energy they require.
Review: To be honest, it's about time that Logan Sama had the space to compile his own series of mythical London club Fabric's, Fabriclive series. The grime DJ started his career back on the equally important Rinse FM back in 2002, and has been an important part of the club's development over the years that saw grime and dubstep blow up. At number 83 in the series, Sama drops a selection of tunes that are wholly representative of his DJ sets in Fabric's Room 1; the mix contains tunes by everyone from grime pioneer Wiley, to vocalist and producer JME, and a whole load of lesser known names that have kept the grime scene evolving. This is the real deal, there ain't not other like it around these days. Recommended.
Review: Entitled simply Grime 2.0, this mammoth release sees grime originators sit next to a new breed of artists, all compiled by Big Dada label boss Will Ashon and journalist Joe Muggs. Documenting grime's continued development over the past ten years, its track selections also demonstrate that it's still a vibrant and flourishing genre. Some 35 tracks deep, the compilation sees Ashon and Muggs securing exclusive, previously unheard material, with notable grime figureheads such as Youngstar, Wiley and MRK1 contributing alongside current stars in Royal T and Preditah as well as an international cast of emergent new talent, with Local Action artist and Grimetapes documenter Slackk featuring too. Essential!