February 11, 2016

Kurupt FM presents Champagne Steam Rooms – Koko 04/02/16 @KuruptFM

West London stand up! Or should I say Camden stand Up?

Kurupt FM the pirate radio station crew known for their comedy show on BBC Three People Just Do Nothing with its second series complete last year, took to Koko for their headline showChampagne Steamrooms. With shows up and down the country, they returned to their home of London on Thursday evening to a sold out show.

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Foundation (Sticky & Scott Garcia) kicked off the night, warming up things nicely with a rotation of some of the most banging Garage tunes known to mankind and host DR. Psycho bringing the energy to the half full crowd who had turned up nice and early, getting their positions ready for the main act.

Big Narstie the bass controller was up next and got the crowd bubbling nicely with his hyped bars. He performed tracks such as ‘Gas The Pipe’ and new track ‘When The Bassline Drops’ ft. Craig David. The DJ also dropped classic tracks such as ‘Rhythm N Gash’ by Rebound X.

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Chabuddy G appeared on the screen on stage, and then popped up on the balcony to the left looking dapper in an all-white suit and obviously a bottle of champagne in his hand. He announced that there was going to be a special guest, making everyone wonder who, then introducing himself as the special guest. Only Kurupt could get away with this! DJ Steves was another funny arrival as he swung down from the ceiling above the stage, quite comically on a broken harness. Steves took to his spot behind the decks and began dropping some heavy duty Garage tunes and the whole crowd started to rave.

The Dancehall set in the middle gave a nice, relaxed feeling after the Garage tunes and skanking out (yes by me too), and allowed our weary feet to rest a bit. Decoy did a good job of curating the set with Damian Marley’s ‘Welcome To Jamrock’ playing and the crowd chanting “Welcome To Camden” with what seemed like every single person in the crowd getting involved.

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The highlights of the night were when the special guests started to arrive on the stage. Garage favourites DJ Luck & MC Neat appeared first performing classic tune ‘With A Little Bit Of Luck’. Grime Gods Newham Generals were next with timeless track ‘Hard’. After Grindah’s own attempt at performing ‘Shut Up’, Stormzy came to take the weight off his shoulders and bring the energy bouncing about on stage.

The boys ended the night with everyone from the night who performed joining them on stage for a crowded performance of ‘Get Out The Way’, packed full of energy and vibes.

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Kurupt FM have proved again that even though they are every bit comical, they need to be taken seriously. They have risen through the ranks and portrayed a culture to places unseen before. They aren’t just doing it for themselves; they are doing it for everyone involved.

February 11, 2016

The Sounds Of UK Rap @DonStrapzy_ @YungenPlayDirty @RealGeko @PotterPayper @akalamusic

I’m here to bring you some of the latest tracks and news from the world of UK Rap from the past two weeks. January was the warm-up month and now we’re in February it’s time for artists to really bring the heat.

Don Strapzy

Don Strapzy, a seasoned UK rap artist hailing from South London begins the year in the best possible way with brand new track ‘Enigma’ after dropping 3 covers in the month of January. Presenting the track with a key lead, ghostly beat, he showcases his laid back flow allowing his bars to be evident and heard intensely. Filmed in his hometown in Blue Borough, the visuals focus solely on him, as he takes us on a walk around his local estate, showing us the realness behind his lyrics “100 wraps in my shoebox, man I’m living comfy. Fuck it that’s a lie, man I’m still out here in my rusty.”

Strapzy also released the news of his first headline show at Birthdays in Dalston on the 21st April where he and some special guests (Ms Banks & TE Dness) will perform. This could mean we will see his debut album drop before then?

You can buy tickets for his show here.

Yungen

Yungen signed to major label Sony Records last year after his success was evident, releasing banger after banger and a successful headline show at the 02 Islington. The work never stops for the 23-year-old artist who always shows his consistency, year after year.

‘Comfy’ is the latest cut from the South London spitter, who brings us braggadocious bars, addressing his haters and telling us he’s secure. The video shot at night shows him and his crew, where he pays homage to Section Boyz, Stormzy and Play Dirty. It seems to have upset Chip who thinks he was sending for him on the track, with Chip highlighting it on Twitter and Yungen replying, “If I was sending for you I would have done it a long time ago.”

Yungen also announced his headline show, which is on the 25th April at Village Underground. I’m sure he will be bringing some special guests down too for an unforgettable evening. Get your tickets here.

Geko

Geko the Manchester-based rapper continues to show his hunger and passion for the game, releasing a few tracks already this year. We love seeing a young artist with so much fire in his belly, and who can cater to the ladies and the men with different tracks. His new one ‘Middle Fingers’ is sticking one up to the haters. It seems Geko has a lot he has to get off of his chest on a laid-back beat. He tells us how he thinks some ‘fake’ friends are using him, but fake love is better than none.

Potter Payper

2015 saw Peter Rosenberg of Hot 97 in America bring out Potter Payper at music event Pitched Up, co-signing the rappers credibility. A one to watch for 2016, Potter Payper returns this year with news of his brand new EP ‘One Time dropping in March. He releases the first visuals from the EP Normal featuring the soulful vocals of Maverick Sabre on a New Machine produced beat. The Essex rapper talks us through some real-life issues he sees in the world around him and how it’s normal for people going through them. It’s a reality track and showcases Paypers’s lyrical prowess and how it normal to be different. We can’t wait for his EP and more visuals to drop from that!

Akala

Akala sat down with the presenters on Not For The Radio, the online interview series that began last year and was very much needed for the UK ‘urban scene’. Akala is a huge voice and authority on many topics, not just music, but politics and history too. His intellect is not one to be messed with and on this interview he discusses in-depth confronting the EDL, the relationship with his sister Ms Dynamite, class, self-hatred and the benefits of being vegan. It’s a very interesting watch and shows Akala’s realness

 

February 8, 2016

Pixies Tracks Of The Week @TheBugzyMalone @StickyBloodUK @KaneUHF @CADELLOFFICIAL @TheRealKano

Kano – Endz

“Endz” is the latest cut to be heard from Kano’s forthcoming album Made In The Manor. The album is going to do some serious damage to the Grime scene when it drops with track “3 Wheels-Ups” already dropping and causing excitement. The lyrics match the nostalgic and reflective track perfectly with Kano talking about his career and the journey he’s been on. It shows a different side to the East London MC, who is pensive and analyses life in his hometown.

Cadell – The Death Of Me

Bow, East London is the home of Grime, and Cadell is one of Grime’s newest and freshest MCs to step up from the ends. He slows it down for “The Death Of Me”, getting deep and personal over a chiming, ghostly instrumental. He talks about his life and upbringing in Bow amongst other real life issues. Look out for more from this fiery artist.

Kane – Don’t Be Shy

Don’t Be Shy is the first single to be taken from 21-year old R&B singers Kane forthcoming album Designed For Me. It shows a mature and grown up Kane to previous material. After taking a hiatus to reflect on his music, he is back with a unique and fresh sound. “Don’t Be Shy” is sweet and soulful and showcases Kane’s stunning and striking vocals whilst allowing him to be raw in his authenticity. 

Sticky Blood ft. Gaby Henshaw – Valium

Production duo Sticky Blood made their first appearance for 2016 with brand new track ‘Valium’ featuring the vocals of Gaby Henshaw. An energetic, anthemic, electronic cut is the sound behind it, and the cinematic visuals show Gaby in the hills searching for something, with it intensifying as the track builds up. Check it out below.

Bugzy Malone – Mosh Pit Gang

Manchester Grime MC Bugzy Malone returns in 2016 with “Mosh Pit Gang” to show he is not messing around. Produced by Rude Kid, Bugzy goes in with some braggadocious, intense and warning bars in this high energy packed track. This track is sure to be a hit at raves and festivals and you know it’s going to cause many moshpits when it drops, so be warned!

 

 

February 1, 2016

Pixies Tracks Of The Week @PotterPayper @MaverickSabre @Bonkaz @Novelist @UncleMez @Sneakbo @Stefflondon @FekkyOfficial @Blademusic

Potter Payper ft. Maverick Sabre – Normal

Potter Payper is kicking off the start of 2016 with some great new music and begins with the impressive video for “Normal” featuring the vocals of the soulful Maverick Sabre. The rapper delves into real life issues faced by many, the problems people go through and how it’s normal life for them. It’s a reality check which will relate to people in some way. You’ll be able to get this track on his forthcoming EP One Time, but you’ll have to wait until March!

Bonkaz – And Dat (Feat. Stormzy)

For some time now Bonkaz has been teasing fans with snippets for his new mixtape, Mixtape of the Year and the most popular was his and Stormzy’s collab on “And Dat”. This weekend we finally received the mixtape with the full version of “And Dat” that has the two MCs going back to back on their Croydon memories. Bonkaz’s new tape has the South London MC displaying His varying rhyming ability and confirming 2016 will be a landmark year for the MC.

Novelist – Break In Your House

Novelist is known for dropping tracks regularly on his Soundcloud and over the weekend we got another one. “Break In Your House” is a self-produced track from the young future star from Lewisham, who freestyles with defiance and boldness that solidifies the fact he is not an MC to be messed with. Word is out that Nov will be dropping his debut album this year too, so we have that to look forward too.

Mez – Hunt For The Pumps

Mez is putting Nottingham on the Grime map and is a serious one to watch this year. His flow, energy and bars bring a real freshness to his music, which is why he is rising fast and has the support of many in the game. “Hunt For The Pumps” showcases Mez’s humorous and witty side on a Kidda Beat production. It’s a catchy track that will get you bouncing.

Sneakbo and Stefflon Don – Work

Sneakbo and Stefflon Don wasted no time recording and releasing a remix to Drake & Rhianna’s new track “Work” the day after it was released. Sneakbo and Stefflon Don’s wavy bars fit the track perfectly like it was made for them, with the pair also sounding wicked together. We hope to see more collaborations with them soon.

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Fekky ft. Blade Brown – Racks

Two of South London’s finest rappers joined forces for Fekky’s track ‘Racks’ taken from his recently released free mixtape Brandy & Coke, and now we get the visuals to match. A trappy beat is the setting for the two to present their hard bars. Watch out for Fekky’s El Classico album which should be dropping soon.

 

January 25, 2016

Pixies Tracks Of The Week @OfficialNolay @MrJacobBanks @Shinobidan @officialdpower @YungReeks

Nolay – Netflix & Pills

Nolay’s storytelling and passion shine through her lyrics and delivery in her new track “Netflix & Pills”. The South London MC explores the topics of addiction and abuse in her hard hitting bars, with imagery and styling from London designer Nasir Mazhar to match the chilling descriptions. Production comes from Kid D and is expected to be on her forthcoming projectGrime, Guts and Glory.

Jacob Banks – Grace

He’s often described as an old soul in a young body as his voice and lyrics prove, but there is also always something new and refreshing about Jacob Banks too. He has a power and presence in all of his music. “Grace” takes us on a dark journey of controlling and devious relationships and the problems that emerge. The cinematic visuals portray the lyrics well, with the soulful singer telling Pigeons & Planes; “It was a great shoot with so many creative people. I was tied to a chair for 10 hours straight.”

Shinobi ft. L Dizz – Like I Do

Sheffield is doing its music scene very proud at the moment, and the North of England, in general, is booming with HUGE talent. It’s thanks to veterans who have non-stopped worked hard to not let their talents be unknown and have continually pushed their scene. One of them is Shinobi a Steel City representative who has just dropped the video to “Like I Do” featuring an upcoming Sheffield MC L Dizz. Production comes from the mighty Sticky Blood who draw on the early days of Grime who a fast paced beat, allowing the two different generations of emcees to showcase their flows and bars.

D Power ft. Olivia Louise – Work It Out

D Power has brought back the refreshing grime female vocals over a hard beat for his new track “Work It Out” where we hear Olivia Louise singing to him that they can’t work it out, whilst D Power is trying to fix it. The Audio Slugs produced tracks allows the hard beat to interweave with the honeyed vocals and D Powers bars. This is the 2nd single to be taken from his forthcoming debut album ZION.

Yung Reeks – Blood On The Money

Yung Reeks is one of the hardest working rappers in the UK right now and this week he has dropped two tracks “Pray 4 It” and “Blood On The Money”. He’s due to drop a new project soon Ambition 2 where these tracks might make the cut for. Make sure you play this loud!

 

January 3, 2016

Five Emcees To Watch Out For In 2016 @UncleMez @AJFromTheLane @Jammz @MsBanks94 @TheCocoUK

Mez

Mez is definitely the next in Grime. A young Nottingham artist from Crew 12, he started 2015 on a high by spitting bars on Sir Spryo’s Grime Show on Rinse FM. The rest of 2015 saw some pretty big accomplishments for him such as being on the legendary Lord Of The Mics series where he battled Trappy, putting out a single with DJ Cable ‘One Line Flows’, going on Stormzy’s ‘Live In The Flesh’ tour, performing live at the Boiler Room x Eskimo Dance alongside artists such as Ghetts and last but not least being asked to record for the Grime Live Orchestra at Maida Vale on a session back to back with AJ Tracey. He has serious energy and a lyrical badness that’s not to be messed with.

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 AJ Tracey

West London’s AJ Tracey has had a lot of heat surrounding his name due to the amount of hard work and consistency. He has flourished in 2015. He represents Grime’s original days, where MC’s would go to pirate radio as much as they could for the love and commitment they have for the music. He has been putting in the work on radio shows in 2015 from Rinse to NTS to Radar Radio and 1Xtra. This shine’s through in his bodies of work he has released in 2015, his two EP’s ‘The Front’ and ‘Alex Moran’, as well as individual singles such as ‘Spirit Bomb’ and freestyles where his wordplay shines.

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Jammz

East Londoner Jammz has really struck out this year. I’ve seen him MC’ing on sets with Plastician at festivals and raves such as Ceremony Festival where he drew the crowd in like a pro. This year has been a fantastic year for him; he released his ‘Hit Then Run’ EP in March, and if you listen to radio, well you can’t miss him as he’s performed on sets on Radar, Deju Vu and Rinse among others. Not only does he MC, he also produces too making him an all-round artist, producing his own tracks such as ‘Hit Then Run’ and ‘Warrior’. His lyricism and work ethic makes him a serious threat for 2016.

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Ms Banks

 21 year old Ms Banks is ready to make this year her year. The South London fiery MC is everything we need from a female MC; she’s genuine, commanding and confident. Last year saw her release a string of tracks such as ‘Hallelujah’, ‘The Get Back’ and more. Beware as she’s not afraid to take on anyone as she says on track ‘Halleljuah’ “any brothers can get it”, and you know she means it with her powerful delivery and clear cut lyrics. She means business and this year she’s also featured on Tinie Tempah’s new project on track ‘Been The Man’ with two other high profile MC’s JME and Stormzy. She will take no prisoners in 2016.

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Coco

Sheffield’s Coco has shown you don’t have to be from London to be accepted in Grime. He has come through full force this year with single’s ‘Target Practice’, ‘Big Bou Yah’ and the ‘Big Bou Yah Remix’ ft Jammz, Terminator and Trigga all produced by Toddla T and receiving airplay on Radio 1, and being on the playlist on 1Xtra. His Fire In The Booth dropped on Boxing Day, confirming his status as a next to blow MC, as his lyrics and flow are untouchable, changing pace to suit different vibes. Coco sound and lyrics are different and witty and this is why he’s shut down stages at Nottinghill Carnival, various raves and Ibiza Rocks this year.

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December 24, 2015

Androuet (@AndrouetLondon) [Food Review]

Winter is made for restaurants like Androuet where the food is deliciously warming and hearty. Set in the hustle of Old Spitafields Market, the crux of this restaurant is gourmet cheese and it has the best selection this side of Paris. They have been making and maturing cheese since 1909 in Paris, and since then have seven shops in Paris and one in Stockholm and now their first London establishment.

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The décor is stylish in both the shop and restaurant with an old French brassiere feel in the sweet little restaurant. It’s got a romantic feel to it and the blur of shoppers passing by, along with patrons in the shop and the twinkling lights from the market adds to the charm. The chef is situated in the outside part of the restaurant and makes your mouth water whilst your waiting, and the aromas of cheese just make the waiting even sweeter.

Take a seat at the restaurant for lunch or dinner and you will discover the delightful menu of cheese, meats and homemade pasta. You can also stop by to share a cheese or charcuterie board with a beautifully selected fine wine with waiters on hand to help you choose if you need it. If your lucky enough to work or live nearby they also serve toasted cheese baguettes with a variety of filling such as the Alphine which has a raclette, saucisson, pesto and quiche filling,

We decided to go for the Androuet classic fondue, which consists of an 18-month old Comte, and Emmental Grand Cru served bubbling of course in a cauldron lit with candles. It comes served with a baguette sliced up to miniature bites to dip into the cheese, and as extras we added Charcuterie and Baby Potatoes to accompany the bread. It was a delicious combination, and the fondue was thick, creamy and smooth. It was cheese heaven.

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To have a bit of variety we also ordered the Gnocchi home-made of course with a wild mushroom and ricotta filling and choose out of three sauce options the blue cheese sauce. The Gnocchi was light and as you bit into it the filling burst open allowing the goodness within to reach your taste buds, and boy did it taste good. The blue cheese sauce fit the dish with excellence and I wouldn’t pick any other accompaniment. Drinking wine with cheese is a pretty much must as well, and the selection here has been picked with care.

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This really is for cheese lovers only, where classic dishes such as raclette comes alive in the heart of East London. It’s dreamy, it’s quaint and you can snack or have a full meal, as well as shop their range of home-made cheeses, meats and wines. You may not want to look at cheese for a day or two after though. Visit Androuet for a Parisian voyage.

Where To Find:

Old Spitalfields Market, 10a Lamb Street, London E1 6EA    02072477437      http://www.androuet.co.uk/

December 21, 2015

Pixies Tracks Of The Week @Prez_T @LunarCFT @FekkyOfficial @PrinceRapid @OfficialFudz @RoachMaterial

President T – Don’t Give A Monkeys

President T one of Grime’s supreme MCs dropped his mixtape last week Greatest To Ever Touch Down quite rightly named too and celebrated the moment by releasing his Spooky produced track “Don’t Give A Monkeys” featuring XP. This is just a taster of what’s to come from the President of Grime as he has revealed his album ‘Stranger Returns’ will be out next year, and this mixtape was for fans to enjoy whilst they wait for the album.

Lunar C – 1000 Bitches

Lunar C is best known for being a battle rapper on “Don’t Flop”, as well as a stimulating, cultivated and clever rapper who has collaborated with Zeph Ellis (Dot Rotten), JME and more. His latest mixtape Breakdown Rebuild dropped in Summer, and last week saw the official video to “1000 Bitches” be released ft. Dream McLean.

Fekky – Stop It

Whilst Fekky was in Paris performing, he decided to make his time there useful and shoot his latest video to track “Stop It”, produced by Slic Vic. Two days after he shot the video, the Paris terror attacks took place, so he has dedicated this video to the people who lost their lives. The track is off his recently released mixtape Brandy & Coke and sees the ever confident Fekky in various parts of Paris including by the Eiffel Tower with an appearance from Skepta.

Ruff Sqwad – That’s How We Are

If you know Grime, then you will know who Ruff Sqwad are. The East London crew are key figures in scene responsible for some classic instrumentals, tracks and bars. They dropped the audio to “That’s How We Are” back in September and now have put out the visuals to match, with Rapid, Roachee and Fuda Guy are spitting over a nostalgic beat.

 

December 14, 2015

Pixies Tracks Of The Week @TheCocoUK @Jammz @TRIGGASDC @DynamiteMC @Sneakbo @realmostack @REAL_JSPADES @FekkyOfficial @KingPMoney

Coco ft Jammz, Terminator & Trigga | Big Bou Yah Remix 

The original for this track was big and now Coco drops the remix video on SBTV ft. Jammz, Terminator and Trigga. The momentum building for Coco is huge for him as an artist and this track where it’s on the B List at 1Xtra and is one of the best remixes of the year! Toddla T has pulled it out the bag on the remix and got in some of the UK’s hardest lyricists. Annie Mac has also named Coco as a ‘Hot For 2016’!

Dynamite MC – Ride (Dillinja VIP)

Dynamite and Dillinja bring us the VIP version of ‘Ride’ which was first released in 2004, and is sounding crisp and brand new for 2015. Premiered on Drum & Bass Arena’s site ‘Ride (Dillinja VIP)’ is sounding meatier and full of twists and turns and a naughty bassline.   Dynamite MC took to the Drum & Bass Arena Awards this month to take the Best MC title for the second year in a row and also released his solid 30-track album of heard and unheard tracks with productions from some giants in the game such as Zed Bias, Andy C, Zinc, High Contrast, Danny Byrd and more. The most well-known MC in the Drum & Bass scene is back with a fury!

Sneakbo ft. Mostack & J Spades – Right Now

Sneakbo freshens up his ‘Right Now’ track which he originally dropped on his Soundcloud back in September, enlisting another two talented MC’s Mostack and J Spades who provide a verse each. Sneakbo has kept the fire dropping all year and remained consistent and this track is no different. Mostack and J Spades add special flavour to the track giving it extra zing to make it a hit.

Fekky – Up

As we’re all waiting patiently for Fekky to drop his ‘El Classico’ debut album, he’s helped us out along the way with a brand new surprise project ‘Brandy & Coke’ which can be streamed on Soundcloud. Last week he also dropped the visuals to The Heavytrackerz produced cut ‘Up’ which has kind of quenched our thirst for the meantime. The ghostly beat and video match each other perfectly and shows off Fekky’s trappy lyrics.

P Money 10/10

P Money work’s with Sir Spyro once again for another cut which is a certified banger. ‘10/10’ is a hyped track from P, with the visuals shot at Eskimo Dance with some Grime A Lister’s such as Footsie, D Double E and Kano.

 

December 7, 2015

Pixies Tracks Of The Week @BigFris @iamShakka @merkyACE @CADELLOFFICIAL @StickyBloodUK @TheCocoUK @JusRival @Jammz

Frisco ft Shakka – Different Kind

This isn’t the first time Frisco and Shakka have collaborated, at the beginning of this year Frisco dropped a verse on Shakka’s “Rollin With Elephants”, and he has in turn come on board for Frisco’s “Different Kind”. This track sees Frisco take an unexpected turn as he spits over a rock beat, whilst Shakka brings the fluid gold to the hook. Take a listen to “Different Kind” below, we’re sure you will be impressed.

Merky Ace x Cadell – Alive

Tizzy Gangs Merky Ace and Cadell drop the brand new black & white visuals to track “Alive”. It’s a good track to end the year on, as they both are reflective and talk about how to be valued and appreciated whilst they are here. The lyrics and visuals come across quite chilling, and the track is a definite for our tracks of the week.

Sticky Blood ft. Coco & Snowy – One Bar In

Production duo Sticky Blood show a gritty, futuristic side to their producing skills on “One Bar In”. They are joined by two of the hottest MCs from the North of England, Sheffield’s Coco who Annie Mac has named on her ‘Hot For 2016′ list and is playlisted on Kiss 100, 1Xtra, AKA and Flava TV with his single, and Nottingham MC Snowy who has gained a lot of attention this year too. Both were named on Complex’s ’15 Grime MC’s Outside Of London That You Need To Know Today’ list.

Rival ft. Blay – Alright

East London MC Rival released his latest EP ‘Eat Biscuits’ in October, named after his love for biscuits. This week saw the video for one of the tracks come out ft. Blay who also produced the track. The video and track is dark and sinister, reflecting on people that act like something they’re not and give it the big talk.

AJ Tracey ft Jammz – Bare Girls

Both AJ Tracey and Jammz are names you need to pay attention too as they are set for big things. “Bare Girls” is taken from AJ Tracey’s highly anticipated Alex Moran EP which dropped on Friday. The track shows love to the girls which is quite rare in Grime, especially when it’s in a positive way. The track is produced by Jammz too, and shows why the two are the hottest prospects for Grime.