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Maniac

Gunslap

Maniac

Gunslap

Stupendously hyper-syncopated slickness. Forward leaning rhythms from a dangerous talent.

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STARKEY

Gutter Music VIP

STARKEY

Gutter Music VIP

Lazer guided synthline devastation - Starkey's finest moment.

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WILEY

Hummer Activity

WILEY

Hummer Activity

Swaggering bars from the Eskiboy set to one of Danny Weed's special riddims.

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P MONEY

What Did He Say? (Instrumental)

P MONEY

What Did He Say? (Instrumental)

Potent darkside brukkout gear from the No Hats No Hoods star.

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DVA

Bullet A Go Fly ft Badness, Riko, Flowdan + Killa P

DVA

Bullet A Go Fly ft Badness, Riko, Flowdan + Killa P

Ruffneck grime rave from one of the most important producers in the UK right now.

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Durrty Goodz ft. Mac

Forward Skip

Durrty Goodz ft. Mac

Forward Skip

Another innovative DVA production with nasty strings and feverish spitting from Goodz and Mac. Killer!

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Tempa T

Next Hype (Dva Vocal Remix)

Tempa T

Next Hype (Dva Vocal Remix)

Dramatically dutty remix of Tempa T's roadside anthem.

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TERROR DANJAH

Sidechain

TERROR DANJAH

Sidechain

An absolute dancefloor stinger. Powerfully psychedlic rave music seeping up from the underground.

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Nu Brand Flexxx

Radio Sets

Nu Brand Flexxx

Radio Sets

Intense sessions flavours cyphered from the airwaves and mashed into a mental collage.

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TRIMBAL

Money Up Front (Instrumental)

TRIMBAL

Money Up Front (Instrumental)

Wickedly odd and abstract instrumental riddim from DVA.

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Frisco ft. Jammer

One Me

Frisco ft. Jammer

One Me

Tracing rave DNA with swinging mentasms, toxic synthlines and a deadly intent.

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DEXPLICIT

Machine Man

DEXPLICIT

Machine Man

Crooked, crushing and crafty killer from one of the UK underground's most respected characters.

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Silverlink Feat Jammer & Badness

The Message Is Love

Silverlink Feat Jammer & Badness

The Message Is Love

Motor-waisted Soca styles for carnival and club use. Anthem!

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roll deep

Weed Man

roll deep

Weed Man

Forget pills and powders, hi-grade Weed is Grime's intoxicant of choice. Cold riddim from Danny Weed.

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This time on 14tracks:

“14 tracks: Hype Grime”

Of all British contributions to 21st Century culture, Grime must surely rank among one of it's biggest achievements. The style was initially born in the crucible of London's Garage rave scene, but as MC's demanded tougher, leaner and crazier riddims, producers like Wiley and Terror Danjah stepped in to mould the sound with functional rhythmic idiosyncracies made to ignite MCs and dancefloors alike. Fast forward to the end of the decade and new legislation has either pushed Grime upwards into new clubbier directions a la Dizzee Rascal or further underground onto pirate radio. Ironically, these restrictions have provided fertile ground for some of the most exciting producers in UK Bass music, enabling a kind of stylistic cross-pollination that's impossible to ignore. This is a selection of tracks, instrumental and vocal, by those producers skilled enough to have evolved and pushed outside of known boundaries, refracting the grime sound into blinding rhythmic mutations of Hardcore, Soca and avant-R'n'B to arrive at a white light moment in 2009 where the next generation of DJs and producers like Oneman, Zomby, Untold and Lil Silva, are toying with the formula and blazing new routes into the future...

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On 02 Sep 11:35 Ryan Green said:
http://14tracks.com

“What? No Virus Syndicate?!?!”

... Are you kidding?!?! Who picks these things??

Surely one of the forefront runners in Grime scene, VS have a string of hits with varying styles, including probably the cleverest vocals to feature anywhere!

Hmm, a bit disappointing to say the least...

On 02 Sep 12:53 edward taylor said:

“SICK”

Maniac and Scratcha DVA joints are totally rediculous. people use the phrase next-level too often, but these really are. top nothcmakerz.

On 02 Sep 13:51 vandaZandes said:

“Disgrace”

Grime is a disgraceful mess & a backward step for the uk scene. It's musical stupidity both sonically & intellectually. Utter POO!! Grown men need to stop pretending it's good just to look cool.

On 02 Sep 14:35 chris thomas said:
http://www.dirtyrottenbass.com

“hype”

grime is good, but definatley not one of "britains biggest achievements" of the 21st century!!! someone is having a laugh. go watch some youtube vids of the scene's big players lifelessly "freestyling" (reading off paper) on westwoods show. the scene is riddled with some laughable shit. for my money all the best tracks in this pack come from labels more commonly associated with dubstep. big up keysound + planet mu.

On 02 Sep 14:37 sam vincent said:

“Grime”

spot on selection. Not feeling the Grime haters, why the beef? why follow the sterotypes and tar the whole scene with the one brush? You listen to the terror danjah track above, or actually anything here, and say that its lacking in sonic innovation? Personally I think that most of what is good and interesting in bass music right now is indebted to Grime and its ability to be dark, complex and yet big for the rave. Its just one opinion mind, you haters can carry on as you were. Respect out.

On 02 Sep 15:15 p man said:
http://pmandubs.blogspot.com/

“Nice One”

Gonna grab this now. Some of these tracks like "Bullet a go fly" are on my radar but I just haven't got them yet. Others are artists I like but don't have the tunes on offer. A few are just gonna be surprises. Nice one 14 tracks.

On 03 Sep 00:44 nathan lincoln said:

“Looks good but...”

This is missing one of the hypest tracks of the last 5 years: Ghetto's Top 3 Selected remix.

On 03 Sep 21:46 robbadobdob said:

“BITG!”

what the fucks up with all the haters? i can understand why you don't like grime, but that doesn't mean you have to try and rubbish anyone who likes it, and to those who say its not a big achievment obviously most of the british mainstream disagree.
Plus that Durrty goodz tune=heaven

On 04 Sep 20:09 said:
http://14tracks.com

yeah, sure, there is a load of crap in the grime scene. i'm not from london so it can be a bit alien to me. you just know theres a new "greatest-ever" or "grime-scene-saviour" 3-4 times a week, and the the standard badman attitude is a laughable bag of shite. it's got the same weekness hip-hop does - the arrogant, badman personality trip is fucking exhausting. it's like being stuck in a room with a coked up chav.
but its doesn't really matter because A) every other scene has its fat that could be trimmed, and B) you can't deny the influence its had and the quality that it does produce at its best. there is some really good stuff here. i depend of selections like this to sift through the bulk for me, and 14 tracks has always been reliable in producing the best a thing.

On 18 Sep 00:45 Ian said:

“Culture? Really?”

If this is Britain's best achievment to 21st century culture then I'm glad I left for pastures new. I like some of the tracks, and others I like because I think they are hilarious. Sure that's not why I'm supposed to like them. Overhype would be a better title for this selection. Some of the production is really good, other tracks are just late 80's/early 90's rave tunes done with modern DAW production instead of old analogue synths. Some of the rapping/MCing is ludicrously bad. Bringing me to my next point, what's so new and forward thinking about crossing "rapping" (started in the 70s) with "rave" (late 80s/early 90s). It's all a bit 808 State Vs MC Tunes!! haha
I'm probably still gonna purchase this selection for pure comedy value.
Oh, and I'm not a grime hater, just a hype hater. This music is fine for what it is, but don't pretend it's gonna change the world. As for the UK Bass scene, I've got countless 12"s that were doing essentially the same thing years ago, same goes for "electro-house", it's all just creating stupid names/mini sub genres for recycling old, tired ideas.
Wow, am I ever super cynical today ;-D

On 28 Oct 21:39 Khary said:
http://www.myspace.com/kharykadaver

“It Could Be Worse!”

Even though there is alot being said about the urban culture of grime in the UK, trust me....it's a hell of alot better than the US.. more specifically the southern part (I live in TX) screwed hip-hop culture! Or maybe the grass is just greener on the other side of the pond!?