November 23, 2015

Pixies Tracks Of The Week @officialdpower @Bigfris @KyleLettman @chaseandstatus @Bonkaz @tompriormusic @YungenPlayDirty @SqueeksTP @WileyUpdates

Diesle ft Frisco & Demolition Man – Who Can Draw

Diesle is gearing up to release his debut album ‘Zion’ and teams up with Boy Better Know’s Frisco and Demolition Man for the first single ‘Who Can’ produced by King Yoof. Filled with jungle and reggae vibes, the two London MC’s bring their raw lyrics to the track and Demolition Man blesses the hook and his verse with his own different flavour. This is just a taster of what to expect from the ‘Zion’ album.

Kyle Lettman ft. Coco Dupree – Matter Of Time

‘Matter Of Time’ is the third track to be heard off Kyle Lettman’s stunning new EP ‘Under Construction’ released on the 27th November. It sees Kyle take it back to the slow jams era of R&B we all know and love from the 90’s. The singer/songwriter is known and loved for this style, and this one shows off the old skool R&B vibe perfectly, with Coco and Kyle joining and bringing a different flavour to the track.

Chase & Status ft. Bonkaz – Wha Gwarn (London Bars Vol III)

This is the third video release from Chase & Status in their London Bars series, and this time they chose a relatively newcomer to the game Bonkaz. Bonkaz follows in Frisco and Giggs footsteps dropping some heavyweight bars over a bass riddled track shot at Birthdays in East London, along with other locations. Bonkaz shows a more aggressive persona for ‘Wha Gwarn’ and his lyrics hit hard.

Tom Prior x Yungen x Squeeks – White Dress

Singer Tom Prior enlists two rappers South London’s Yungen and North London’s Squeeks for his new track ‘White Dress’ where they talk about women they see a future with. It’s definitely aimed more for the female audience and the rappers work really well with Tom’s vocals. The black and white visuals show Yungen and Squeeks in a house in two different rooms with two ladies, talking from the heart and Tom standing alone singing.

Wiley – 25 MCs

Wiley dropped the audio to 25 MCs in June and this week he released the visuals to accompany it. Produced by one of Grime’s best producers Swifta Beater its braggadocious but for a reason, as Wiley is the Godfather he reinstates his position on this track as the leader. It’s shot at his famous Grime night Eskimo Dance and features cameos of Grime’s biggest stars.


November 16, 2015

Pixies Tracks Of The Week @LoickEssien @KokeUSG @CHASEANDSTATUS @OfficialGiggs @IsaiahDreads @casisdead @Young_Spray

Loick Essien ft. K Koke – Glory

Following his collaboration with Wretch 32 “Too Grown”, Loick Essien one of the UK’s favourite homegrown R&B singers hit up North West London rapper K Koke for “Glory”. This track is edgy and has UK culture written all over it, with Loick bringing sensational vocals and K Koke dropping a gritty verse showing he is back to do some damage.

Chase & Status ft. Giggs – More Ratatatin

Last week we announced that Chase & Status had started a series London Bars where they drop a track each week with some of the UK’s finest artists. Beginning with Frisco, they have this week moved on to drop a new one “Ratatatin” with one of UK Rap’s greatest Giggs. The Hollowman rapper spits over a sick instrumental that mixes hip hop and Grime showing him taking to the street and studio in the video. The next one up will be Bonkaz.

Isaiah Dreads – Lights Turn Green

A serious one to watch Grime artist for your radar for 2016 is 18-year old Dorset based MC Isaiah Dreads, who’s premiered the title cut off his forthcoming mixtape Lights Turn Green on Clash Magazine. It has a guest feature from Saskilla, and shows the wiser, maturer and confident Isaiah to his previous music. It’s calm, cool and graceful and is the introduction to the mixtape which is full of Isaiah’s explosive passion.

CASisDEAD ft. Giggs – What’s My Name [Directors Cut]

The masked MC CasIsDead dropped the Director’ Cut to “What’s My Name” last week and grabbed Giggs for the second verse. Giggs adds his menacing style of rap to the already gritty track and video and is seen walking with his crew. The impressive video still sees meth labs and serial killers with added intensity for the second cut.

Young Spray – Sho

North London’s Young Spray shows us a different side to his music as he drops “Sho”. This track sees him spray bars over a Show N Prove beat. Whilst normally dropping road bangers, this track shows a more upbeat, lyrically charged and witty Young Spray, and it could easily be heard in the clubs, not just on the road. We look forward to hearing more tunes like this from him.


November 11, 2015

One To Watch: YGG (@YGG_ @Saint @Lyrical_Strally @TheReal__PK )


YGG are a Grime trio from North London made up of Saint P, Lyrical Strally and PK. Through their hard work freestyling on radio sets on stations such as Rinse FM, NTS and Radar Radio, they have attracted a lot of attention this year. They dropped their official debut single “Okay” produced by Moony back in September which also brought a lot of attention their way, along with a recent freestyle on Fact’s series. They are full of charisma with big, fierce bars to match. Although the crew work undoubtedly well together keeping the connection there, they each have individual lyrical qualities that sets them apart from one other. 2016 is set to see huge things from this impressive and talented crew.

Check out their debut single “Okay” here 

Watch their Fact Freestyle here 

November 9, 2015

Pixies Tracks Of The Week @ChaseandStatus @BigFris @Skrapzisback @CraigDavid @bignarstie @Bonkaz @scrufizzer

Chase & Status ft. Frisco – Funny

After announcing their London Bars series which will be released on their label MTA Records, Chase & Status dropped the first track from the series titled “Funny” featuring Boy Better Know’s Frisco. The beat is grimy and Frisco spits fluidly over it. At the end of the video we see Giggs calling the producers, is this them showing us he’s next? It’s a warm up for their fourth studio album, and will see some of the UK’s best MCs working with them on the project.

Skrapz – They Ain’t Ready

Church Road-rapper Skrapz has been doing his thing for a while dropping mixtapes such as “’80s Baby” and “Skrapz Is Back”. He’s warming us up with this brand new track “They Aint Ready” which is on his mixtape out November 13th “The End Of The Beginning” and will see features for high-profile rappers such as Wretch 32, Giggs and his Ice City Boyz comrade Nines.

Craig David x Big Narstie – When The Bassline Drops

Kurupt FM seemed to have kindled a musical bond between Craig David and Big Narstie when they went on 1Xtra for their Sixty Minutes Live session. The two clearly hit it off and went straight into the studio to record a track together. Their both legends in their own right in different areas of dance music and their new tune “When The Bassline Drops” is an absolute banger. It’s got an old skool garage vibe filled with Craig’s smooth vocals and Narstie’s heavy lyricism.

Bonkaz – You Don’t Know

Bonkaz relives the Grime culture he grew up in on his new track “You Don’t Know, sampling one of Grime’s most influential MC’s Dizzee Rascal’s track “Bonkaz”. He pays homage to Kano, More Fire Crew and Channel U amongst others. The video shows a more fun and light-hearted side to the Croydon-born MC and he couldn’t have picked a better-named tune to sample!

Scrufizzer – Rapid Freestyle

Scrufizzer is one of Grime’s fastest flowing lyricist and is impeccable at it. He takes on Rapid’s instrumental to drop nothing but hard bars, repping his ends West London too.

October 27, 2015

Shakka Wows At Electric Ballroom [Review] @IAmShakka

Shakka’s headline gig took place at the Electric Ballroom in Camden packed full of excited fans. Arriving just after 8pm the newly signed singer to label Pitched Up, a Sony imprint was not heading on stage till 9.15, so we got to hear the warm-up DJ play tunes such as Giggs “Look What The Cat Dragged In” and “Monsta Man”, Sean Paul’s “Get Busy” and some more new skool hip hop and R&B jams.

Etta Bond was the supporting act before the main man himself performed, and she set the tone well. With a blue lit background and just her and the musicians on the stage. Etta filled the stage with her presence and sultry voice. The mix of calming tracks and more energetic ones kept the audience on their toes. Etta worked it like a pro on the stage singing her tracks such as “Boring Bitches”, “Seen and Never Heard” and a performance of a classic R&B track from Teedra Moses “Be Your Girl” which everyone seemed to know even the younger faces.


Shakka’s entrance onto the stage exploded with a roar from the crowd, alerting any unsuspecting people that he was there, announcing “It’s Shakka with two K’s if you don’t know who I am”. I’m pretty sure everyone knew exactly who the talented West London singer/songwriter was. He kicked off with “When Will I See You Again” leading into a new song off the “Lost Boys” EP “ You Don’t Know What You Do To Me”. He then performed an incredible acapella showing off how strong his vocals are without his band.

He took a break to talk to the crowd expressing his gratitude but also expressing his passion “It’s amazing to have you know it no joke I do this full time, my mums very happy”, also showing a humorous side to him. He slowed it down and took it back to 2012 for one of his older songs “Take Our Time” going into the audience to sing to one lucky lady. A track I would say that really caught people’s attention was up next “Blackout” which he announced unfortunately the rapper on it would not be there, so Shakka performed the rap himself fluently.

He then made the crowd “Turn Up” with a rendition of “Am I Wrong” and freestyling over beats such as D Double E’s “Hard”, before going into “Walk With The Elephants” which got the crowd going wild, especially when BBK’s Frisco joined him. Shakka’s stage presence and hunger was evidently present and he commanded the audience and kept them enthralled, whether he was standing still or dancing to one of his more upbeat tracks. He ended on his latest release “Say Nada” with the words “One Day I’ll Make A Million” as he sung with such truth. Shakka is destined to be a star and nothing is going to hold him back.

Buy Shakka – Lost Boys EP here

October 26, 2015

Pixies Tracks Of The Week @Adele @Bonkaz @YellowsUK @Young_Spray @OfficialGiggs @Novelist @KyleLettman

Adele – Hello

News came out that one of Britain’s finest singers Adele has completed her new album 25 and this week saw her release the video to her first single to be heard off of it “Hello”. The single was premiered on the breakfast show on Radio 1 along with an honest interview with Adele that reminded us why she is seen as a national treasure to us. The soulful singer has yet again captivated people with her voice, haunted with her lyrics and got people talking about the flip phone in her video. Watch it below.

Bonkaz – You Don’t Know

Bonkaz shows people he can have fun with his music too with his new track “You Don’t Know” which samples Dizzee Rascal’s “Bonkers”. Produced by Splurgeboys and Sonny Reeves, Annie Mac announced it as her ‘hottest record in the world’ on her Radio 1 show. This track is set to be another future anthem from Bonkaz, who we can see is going to be bringing us hits for a long time to come.

Yellows – Yella Belly 

Alwayz Recordings rapper from North London Yellows has just dropped the visuals to accompany his new freestyle “Yella Belly” which premiered on GRM Daily. Yellows talk real life issues in this new one, what he’s been going through personally and why he’s been quite for a bit musically. He rides the beat like a pro and his flow is naturally tight on it. This is real and why it’s one of my tracks of the week.

Young Spray & Giggs – Gangster For Certain

What a combination. When you hear these two names together you know this is going to be a banger. North London’s Young Spray joins forces with South London’s Giggs who are two of UK rap’s hardest; bring us the video for “Gangsters For Certain”. This is UK rap at it’s grittiest and is a street anthem that will be a classic for years to come.

Novelist – Endz

Lewisham Grime MC Novelist keeps coming with the bangers and “Endz” sees the 18-year-old take it back in time to the foundational roots. The video is nostalgic, looking like it was filmed on a handheld camera giving it a vintage feel, and the beat is minimal allowing Novelist to spray his bars about his hometown of Brockley.

Kyle Lettman – Crush 

Kyle Lettman that will get you feeling all hot under the collar when you press play on his sexy, brand new single “Crush” off his second EP Under Construction which will drop next month. “Crush” brings old school R&B vibes back that we all remember and love with some reggae influence, which kind of reminds us a bit of Sean Paul but more R&B. It will make you want to hit the dance floor as it’s filled with straight vibes bringing a basement feel.

October 19, 2015

Pixies Tracks Of The Week

Dapz On The Map – Murdah

Birmingham’s Dapz On The Map keeps it local, as he hooks up with fellow Brum Swifta Beater for the production of new track “Murdah”. The track features a guest performance from his 5-year old daughter Lee On The Map. Dapz brings the heat lyrically to this track talking about his life and his own presence in the music game. The video to the track dropped this week and the visuals are really on point. Check it out below.

Mic Righteous – Ronnie Pickering

Mic Righteous has been silent for a little while, but we do know he has been quiet for a reason as he has been working on his debut album. He makes a fiery return showing us his passion and ethic is still here. If this is a taster of whats to come on the album, it’s definitely going to be something to look forward to!

Cadell x So Large & Grim Sickers – Cilit Bang

This war dub is crazy from London Grime MC’s Cadell, So Large and Grim Sickers who send for Sheffield Grime crew Scumfam. All three MC’s bring lyrical beef as they go in with some of the hardest bars, all bringing something different to the table. These three should work together more often as you can see they bounce well off each other. Now we will have to wait for Scumfam’s response.


WSTRN came and conquered with their first official single “IN2” and last week brought the visuals to accompany the track which has been all over the airwaves. The feel-good, sunny track has a lot of crossover appeal, with smooth vocals, a catchy hook and sick rapping that gives it the street credibility needed to create an irresistible track. Check out the laced visuals..

DJ Cable ft Mez – One Line Flows

If you’re a Grime fan you would know who Mez is instantly. The Nottingham MC who recently clashed on Lord Of The Mics 7 spits pure fire on DJ Cable’s new track. If you like listening to an MC with pure energy, passion and some humor to go along with it, make sure you check out the video for “One Line Flows”.


September 28, 2015

Pixies Tracks Of The Week @SectionBoyz_ @Heavytrackerz @lilnastyuk @Frictionshogun @HannahV

The Heavytrackerz x Section Boyz – Say It Ain’t That

Section Boyz dropped their project Don’t Panic this week which now has landed in the UK Top 20! They also dropped the visuals to “Say It Ain’t That” a collaborative track with producers The Heavytrackerz, it’s not grime, it’s not rap, it’s just pure UK vibes. This collaboration was always going to be good, but the collabo is on next levels…

Lil Nasty, Grim Sickers, Mez, So Large & Roachee – Hear Dat A Lot

Taken from East London MC, Lil Nasty’s 100 Rounds mixtape which dropped earlier this year, the video for “Hear Dat A Lot” has now arrived which features a variety of grime artists on it. Grim Sickers, Mez, So Large & Roachee all accompany Lil Nasty bringing fiery bars to this heavyweight track.

Friction ft Josh Barry – Freak VIP

Shogun label bossman and producer/DJ of all things drum & bass Friction returns with a soul coated, heavy new single “Freak”. Friction teams up with vocalist Josh Barry for this poignant, elated track along with a VIP remix. If you’ve been to any festivals across the UK you would recognise this track from his sets which he’s been using as his finale!

Hannah V – It Ain’t Right

Hannah V is a one unique and talented lady, and has just unleashed upon us her brand new single “It Ain’t Right” on the label Pitched Up. The producer who is a beast when it comes to laying down a track, brings in Louise LaBelle to lay down the vocals. Hannah loves bass heavy productions and this track definitely is no different with sonic vocal highs merged with the basslines gritty lows.

September 21, 2015

Pixies Tracks Of The Week @OfficialChip @OfficialKozzie @Jaykae_Invasion @Disclosure

Chip – Run Out Riddim & Hat Trick

Chip continues his assault on Manchester’s Bugzy Malone following up from “Light Work” dropping two more tracks “Run Out Riddim” and “Hat Trick” dropping bars with diss after diss targeted at the Manchester-rapper. He also dropped the Light Work EP which includes the three disses and the other original diss track for Bugzy “Pepper Riddim”. We should expect a response soon.

Kozzie – RIP Part 1 & Part 2

It’s definitely war season in grime as the legendary Lord Of The Mics returns for it’s seventh series. Kozzie and Jaykae are clashing each other, and before the live show on Wednesday (September 20), Kozzie sends two dub for the Birmingham MC, letting him know what he’s in for and firing warning shots. I wonder if we’ll see anymore in the few days in the lead up to the clash?

Jaykae – Blankets Bedtime

Invasion Alert’s Jaykae swiftly replied to Kozzie’s dub this week with one of his own “Blankets Bedtime” showing Kozzie he hasn’t taken his send lying down, and is not scared of the Lewisham based MC. These two have built such a huge tension ahead of their live clash, it’s certainly going to be very interesting and entertaining to watch on the night!

Disclosure – Jaded

Ahead of the release of their album Carcacal later this month, Disclosure reveal a brand new video “Jaded”. This is the latest video in a four part installment, picking up from “Omen” ft. Grammy winner, Sam Smith following protagonist Maria who steers her way across a dystopian civilization. It features Sam Smith, the Lawrence brothers who vocal the track and the Disclosure brothers.


September 16, 2015

Found Presents: Ceremony Festival [Review]

Returning to Finsbury Park for it’s second year on Saturday 12th September, Ceremony Festival was the second to last of five festivals from promoters Found and along with United Festival closed Summer 2015.


Arriving at 4pm I headed to the Tropical tent where I spent most of the evening, as this was predominately Grime. When I had arrived Logan Sama was just stepping off and Dubstep/Grime DJ Plastican was coming on with an MC who is making a name for himself right now, Jamz. He started off with some old skool garage tracks such as Wookie, then moved into old skool Grime and Dubstep.

We then headed next door to the Heritage tent to catch some old skool garage from a figurehead of the scene, Matt Jam Lamont who had MC Kie on his set hosting. The two had the whole packed tent raving and the atmosphere was like taking it back to early 2000’s, packed full of good vibes.

The next hour or so was spent in the VIP Sports Banger Area which was hosted by sportswear’s brand Sports Banger. Artwork played a banging 80’s set, with some club classics that got the VIP area all singing and dancing along. This proved a hit for everyone here and was a perfect set to end the last festival of the Summer.

We then headed to catch Birmingham born brothers producer Preditah, and MC C4 who hosted the set. Preditah started off with some light house music, moving into Garage and then Grime, playing some classic old skool Grime such as ‘Pow’ and JME’s ‘Man Don’t Care’.

The two artists everyone had been waiting for were next up in the Tropical Tent; Skepta and JME from Boy Better Know. They were joined by DJ Maximum, Shorty, Frisco and Jammer for their set which was a full hour long. The tent was packed to capacity and everyone was chanting their lyrics as they filled the arena with vibes and energy performing tracks such as ‘It Ain’t Safe’, ‘Serious’, some old skool ‘Blacklisted’ and of course Skeppy’s latest hit ‘That’s Not Me’.


Slimzee switched over next on the Tropical tent and repped for the old skool Grime generation whilst having MC’s such as Jamz, Elfz and Flirta D on his set to host. We headed to the 4,500 capacity main stage last to catch a bit of Bronx born The Martinez Brothers who had everyone in the crowd in a trance playing innovative house and trance.

The organisers Found have done a spectacular job with Ceremony, especially with the sound levels which I expected to be quite low, but went above my expectations. The venue was a great size and the tents were all easy to find and nice and close to each other. I’ll definitely be back next year.