October's headlines in the world of grime have predominantly belonged to Lord of the Mics 4, with the latest installment of the legendary series currently being filmed off the back of the success of it's successful relaunch late last year. That said, EPs from P Jam and J Beatz on their own respective labels have also been graciously received, with P Jam's 'Oxygen' getting some excellent feedback in particular and there was also news from Rudekid, who announced he'd be releasing a free EP. The project, served up as a thank you to fans, involved making a beat a day for a week, with each being named after the respective day in which it was made. A special mention must also go to Mr Mitch after becoming the first grime artist to release on A-Trak's 'Fools Gold' imprint; his track 'Zippo' was released as part of the label's 'Clubhouse' series. Faze Miyake also announced he'd started work on his debut 'Presents' album for Rinse and released a collaborative EP to boot. 'Versus' features 4 new tracks featuring fellow producers Preditah, Teddy and Flava D.
On the MC front, Big Narstie's much anticipated 'Pain' EP was released on October 14th to great acclaim; despite the obvious hilarity, there is now credence to those who refer to him as one of the genre's most improved and consistent MCs. Wiley's new single 'Can You Hear Me', featuring JME and Skepta, is also due and expectancy levels are high after the storming chart success of 'Heatwave'.
Events wise, the countdown to Butterz x Hardrive #4 is down to a few days - P Money will now also be making a special guest appearance alongside EZ, The Heatwave and a comprehensive Butterz roster including Royal-T, Champion and Swindle on November 10th at Cable. Boy Better Know are also in business three nights prior on November 7th at the Red Bull Culture Clash, competing against Magnetic Man, Channel One and Major Lazer with special guests Lethal Bizzle and Chipmunk.
Top 5 Tracks of the Month:
P Jam - SkyBoy
A colourful, soul-infused 140 number from P Jam that moves away from his more typical phrenetic, hard-edged style. Best track on his recently released Oxygen EP.
J Beatz - Injunction
Having been circulating for some time, 'Injuction' is by far and away the young producer's best work to date. Stripped back, raw and aggressive, its a certified club banger. Heavily backed by Spooky and released as part of the 'Injuction' EP on J Beatz' 'Crown Jules' imprint.
Mr Mitch - Zippo
As I mentioned earlier, Mitch is seemingly the first grime artist to have his music signed to Fool's Gold. 'Zippo' is as wacky as grime instrumentals come and exudes the colourful and exploratory manner in which he goes about his business. Great stuff.
Faze Miyake vs Flava D - Volt
Recently released on Faze's 'Versus' EP, 'Volt' is probably the best of the lot. More up-tempo than we've come to expect and frantic in parts, although with trademark 'woofs' aplenty, Flava D's influence gives it real club swagger. A brilliant track.
Wiley - Step 16
Wiley's 16th 'Step' in his seemingly endless freestyle series is another classic, with the instrumental this time co-produced by Spooky and Masro. Quite honestly, just fantastic grime music.
Words by Tomas Fraser