“Gunchester” crew rap brutal-and-British lyrics over techno rhythms
Reviewed by Simon Reynolds (Blender)
Although grime is undoubtedly the U.K.’s answer to hip-hop, the scene has been overwhelmingly concentrated in London. But now, with the emergence of crews like Manchester’s Virus Syndicate, this brash genre is spreading to other multiracial towns across Britain and finally becoming a truly national sound. No one would accuse rappers JSD, Nika D and Goldfinger of dramatically expanding grime’s thematic range. But their North-of-England accents give the same-old-same-old (dissing other MCs, humiliating girls, celebrating their own skills) a refreshingly different flow. And Mark One’s abrasively futuristic production, all colon-spasm bass and migraine-twinge synth, is consistently arresting. Ironically, the most exciting tune is the most quaint-sounding: the old skool, rave-flavored “Major List MCs” has the madcap fairground feel of vintage Prodigy.
- Rudi Zygadlo - Great Western Laymen
- FaltyDL - Endeavour
- Ikonika - Dckhdbtch
- FaltyDL - Phreqaflex
- DJ Nate - Hatas Our Motivation
- Oriol - Night And Day
- Vex'd - Cloud Seed
- Terror Danjah - Power Grid E.P.
- Oriol - Coconut Coast
- Ital Tek - Moment In Blue E.P.
- Rossi B & Luca (feat. Killa P.) - E10 Riddim
- Starkey - Ear Drums And Black Holes
- The Internal Tulips - Mislead Into A Field By A Deformed Deer
- Starkey - Stars (feat. Anneka)
- Slugabed - Ultra Heat Treated E.P.
- Venetian Snares - Horsey Noises
- FaltyDL - Love Is A Liability
- Luke Vibert - We Hear You
- Boxcutter - Arecibo Message
- Shitmat - One Foot In The Rave
- Terror Danjah - Industry Standard Part 4
- Terror Danjah - Gremlinz (The Instrumentals 2003-2009)
- Burnkane - You Know
- Subeena Ft. Jamie Woon & Om'Mas Keith - Solidify