Friday, July 30, 2010

VIDEO: D Double E - Streetfighter

Hyper Meets Bless Beats

Bless Beats, the man behind the hit record ‘Wearing My Rolex’ is back with a new single entitled, ‘Let It Go’. Laura ‘Hyperfrank’ Brosnan caught up with the super-producer to talk grime, electro and...Andre 3000? (MTV WRAP UP)


Let’s start from the beginning shall we. What has your journey been like up to this point?

I'm from Bow E3 and I’ve always made a range of music throughout my whole career, like hip-hop, but grime is where I come from. I’ve worked with so many people when I was starting out, like obviously Wiley, Roll Deep, Jammer, Frisco and Chipmunk, to name a few. These collaborations all came about just by networking, I used to go to places like I Luv Live and The Jump Off to talk to other creative people and things went from there.

You've also dabbled in MCing, why was it producing that you focused more on?

It’s all just fun for me, I thrive off of making music, I get kicks out of it. I’d always be late for work, if I had a job now I’d be constantly late, because I just love making music so much. If you can turn your passion into work, have fun and make money, then that’s the best job ever!

‘Wearing My Rolex’ in 2008 was the signature track that the mainstream and underground world recognised you for. How did the song come about?

I was just making a few dance beats and I found a BSK sample just to see what it would sound like. So all I had was the beat and a few of my mates really liked it, so I gave it to Wiley and he had it for a week, sent it back to me and that was the start of ‘Wearing My Rolex’. It wasn’t a manufactured track for the charts, it all just happened so quickly.

What does the track mean to you now?

It’s a good feeling; it’s a part of my career. It’s my most successful tune, but I don’t look at it like it’s the be all and end all. I’ve got ones that are better than that in my opinion, but it was a foot in the door and I respect the tune for what it did for me. At the same time I feel like I got a lot more to come and a lot more to do in terms of music. I don’t think it’s selling out, because if you’re in an underground rave or in a pop commercial rave, that tune will smash up the whole dance. I understand the selling out argument, but selling out is when you’re going places that you’ve never been before and you’re not appealing to your initial crowd. That’s what I think selling out is. I don’t feel like I have left my initial crowd and I don’t think they think I have either.

You’ve been signed as a producer, right? What does that kind of deal involve, compared to a rapper/MC?

To me, I see it has a chance to make tunes with a range of different people, but sometimes I may make a tune with someone and a lot of the input maybe all mine in terms of concepts etc. It’s not like I just give them a beat and they go away and do what they do, sometimes artists are artists because of the producers. It’s a good deal though, because I get to put across ideas of the angle they should take, I see it as if I was an artist myself. I’d have an idea of what music I’d like to make and people I’d like to work with, but I’m doing it as a producer. Remy Nicole, Wiley and De La Soul might have never worked together if it wasn’t for me thinking from a producer’s angle thinking what would sound cool, what would sound good and who would complement each other.

How has having record deals changed from being in an independent situation?

That’s a hard one, because off the back of ‘Wearing My Rolex’ I got a deal for a single ‘Sex In The City’ last year. I released a single with another label with Wiley called ‘My Mistakes’. I’ve had singles signed with collaborations with Skepta and Ironik as well. So I’ve been in a label situation before. I’ve recently worked with Dionne Bromfield (Goddaughter of Amy Winehouse) on a few singles. I’m working with labels but also independently on my own projects, so it’s all a bit mismatched. I’ve learnt a lot of things while being signed that might of took me longer if I had stayed clear of labels.

Who have you been working with recently?

I’ve got an artist called JLB who I’ve signed, I’m staying quite close to her in terms of what I’m working on. I’m just having fun, putting my album together, but also trying to break a new artist. I’ve been working with so many different people: Maxsta, RoxXxan, Ironik, Sam Sparrow, there’s so many things happening it’s hard to keep track.

What would you say to someone who said that you’ve sold out on grime and the underground for electro-pop?

I’d say, ‘Maybe I brought money to grime?’ Thing is, if you listened to Pete Tong’s radio show, Rolex sounds nothing like anything on there; it’s not a proper dance record. ‘Wearing My Rolex’ had the basics like a grime record does; if you talked to a hardcore dance critic they’d totally understand what I’m saying. Just like a grime critic would say that it isn’t a grime tune. It doesn’t fall into any specific box, it’s easy to think that because of the sounds I used. It’s not about selling out; it’s about a career for longevity. I’ve got a mixtape coming out of solid instrumentals and like 80% of that CD is grime beats. I can make grime tomorrow with my eyes closed and I will continue to do so. I can also however make a ballad; I’m capable of many things. Part of that is just me being real to myself.

Who would you really like to work with?

I’d like to work with Andre 3000, I think he’s sick. Based on OutKast albums, he’s very open minded, diverse and not afraid to experiment music wise. If it sounds good, it sounds good and I like people who take that attitude to making music, rather than sticking to a formula. I understand playing it safe, but sometimes you have to be outgoing with your sound, do what you do, rather than what you have to do. I’d like for Gary Barlow to write a song for my beat, he’s big. Bjork is sick, imagine her on a grime beat, there’s just too many. Obviously I’d jump in the studio with Drake or Lil Wayne, it would be sick, but you know what? It wouldn’t be anything you haven’t heard before; it would be a good tune, but still...

What artists have you been working with that we should check out?

Bless Beats: Janee, who I worked with on ‘Sex In The City’ and on Roll Deep’s ‘Do Me Wrong’ with. Obviously JLD, who’s working on some great stuff. Look out for Maxsta; he’s always on the grind. Most Wanted, who’s a dance producer has a few EP’s dropping which I’m involved in. Watch out for my latest single with Wiley, Remi Nicole and De La Soul’s Plug One called’ Let It Go,’ the official remixes to that are big as well. I’m in the studio every day, it’s all productive. Keep locked to my Twitter on a day to day basis of what’s bless.

Bless Beats featuring Wiley, Remi Nicole and Plug One: ‘Let It Go’ – is out Monday 14 June

Stay up to date with Bless Beats on Twitter –

A Version of this appeared on MTV WRAP UP

Sunday, July 25, 2010



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So I'm gassed off my head top right now and trying to be as calm and collective as possible so I can inform you of exactly what has just gone down over the last couple of hours. In a nut shell, Mista Jam put a great platform together to soundclash the best of 'UKG' sounds. Which I'm guessing is the broadest name, not exactly the best name to describe but, Grime - Dubstep - Bassline & UK Funky.

The idea was that over the course of the LIVE show, which was aired on Radio 1 & 1Xtra, each sub genre had their own studio and team which would soundclash it out till only one genre was left standing. Now before I get into this, Mista Jam didn't actually have any pull on who was on what team or any sway on the votes within the clash. All votes were from us, the live listeners through all the social networking sites and texts, so no 'fixing' or silly excuses can be blamed (just had to get that out the way).

Team Representation

DUBSTEP - Team Leader - True Tiger (Stanza)
Sukh Knight, Rod Azlan, Newham Generals, D1 and P Money

GRIME - Team Leader - Mz Bratt
S-X, Ruff Sqwad, Opium, Maxsta, Dot Rotten, Lioness and Macca

FUNKY - Team Leader - Donaeo
Lady Ny, Ill Blu, Flukes (Crazy Cousinz) and Lil Silva

BASSLINE - Team Leader - DJ Q,
Slick Don, Majestic, Mc Bonez, Ts7 & The Wideboys

That is where it all got a little controversial as many were arguing that aside from who was representing the teams, why were 3 of the most important grime artists of this year, P Money, D Double E and Footsie, on the Dubstep Team? Sources (sounds like News Of The World) have explained that the artists didn't know before hand which teams they would be on, still though - what was that all about!?

So all teams were ready to go in but before they did, as it was also on peak time Radio 1, each team was told to introduce their genre with one of the most important or relevant tracks that even listeners who weren't regularly ravers would understand which sound was which.

Grime came in with Lethal Bizzle Pow (Forward Riddim) dub which set the war tone along with Lethal B's sending intro to all the other genre's "we're the dad's of this ting... we run this ting... you're our son's we run this ting.. grime no one can't talk to us"

UK Funky came with Donaeo's I’m Fly which didn't seem very relevant more just a ploy to add more money to his PRS Cheque. He also sent back for Lethal B with "Lethal can't tell me much because he jumped on my tunes and he's not making grime now he's making dance music..."

Dubstep introduced us with La Roux's In For The Kill (Skream Remix) which to some was a moist move, but in relevance to people who haven't heard the genre before this would definitely give them a flavour of what a softer side of Dubstep is like. As well as that this was one of the main tracks that pushed dubstep into the forefront last year and made a lot of people take notice.

Bassline hit up with T2's classic Heartbroken that stormed the charts a few years back.


The first round hit us and the clash was about to begin, Get On The Mic was a chance for some of the MCs and singers to take to the mic, each had 3 minutes, to represent for their genre.

Grime: Round 1 - Get On The Mic - Macca, Opium & Maxsta - [DOWNLOAD]

Grime went in with Macca and Opium represented but Maxsta definitely went in hard and backed the team with his unique attack over S-X productions. Was a bit disappointed that no strong instrumentals were used by the likes of Rude Kid or Teddy within many of the sets.

Funky represented with Lady Ny singing but was completely ruined by Donaeo's non stop commentary of why funky is 'the best' and anoying 'zoop brap yeaaah'.

Dubstep: Round 1 - Get On The Mic - P Money & Rod Azlan [DOWNLOAD]

Dubstep went in on a mad one with some gritty beats, P Money, made grime slyly proud, when he ripped up and skipped over every beat that was laid under him with his insane energy. No wonder he's BBC Radio 1 playlisted now - he definitely has come along way since Coins To Notes.

Bassline dropped some quirky bassline beats and gave us an introduction to just how Sheffield, Birmingham and the rest of the up north massive rip up sets on a regular.


My Opinion: Definitely deserved to win, dubstep had the strongest 3 minutes while grime came second for me they missed out due to the beat selection and the choice of the first MC's to spit. Whatever team P Money was on, would of won, as his flow and delivery over beats has become so strong he's hypnotising to the ears. Why again was he on the dubstep time? Apart from him dropping two dubstep tracks in the last couple of months what other music has he ever done that was not grime? With regret of sounding too much like Craig David, please fill me in!


The first round hit grime with a nice slap as dubstep beat us with our own fire ball but the second round approached fast with the subject If All Else Fails. All the teams drew for their secret weapon, the tunes that go off in a club when all else fails.

Grime - Round 2 - If All Else Fails - Bring out the ladies... [DOWNLOAD]

Grime attacked on a woman knows best vibe with Mz Bratt & Lioness breezing over grime's claps and snares.

Funky drew for last year's anthem Are You Gonna Bang Doe -

Dubstep - Round 2 - If All Else Fails - Newham Generals go innnn [DOWNLOAD]

Dubstep went in with fire I say, I say fire, with Newham General's Hard P.A - D Double E and Footsie are hype central arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

Bassline drew out You What You What? but wasted most of the time bigging people up.


My Opinion: What on earth was that all about? they spent half of the time bigging up people from their ends rather than playing a track or spitting. D Double E and Footsie literally spat their heart out in a ground shaking P.A and Mz Bratt and Lioness went in, someone must of got their whole family, including their nan and all of her retirement home to text in.


This was one epic round and definitely one of my favourites. Round 3 was where each team bought in a Wild Card which was laid under by a beat that was from another genre

Grime - Round 3 - Wild Card - Dot Rotten over Gucci Mane's Lemonade [DOWNLOAD]

Grime came first and literally blew my socks away, Dot Rotten was our wild card and he did not disapoint. Last night I was listening to this while at a family BBQ and it was emotional to say the least after hearing this live. Dot Rotten has been an underdog for years and always seems to come back so strong but I think his major downfall is that he lacks consistency, last night just showed him that people still rate him and he still has the edge over so many others... he's got the hype now he just needs to back it up with the material we know he has.

Funky came with Lady Ny again having a sing song but following up from grime it definitely wasn't strong enough to stand up against what grime had to offer. Also Ny Split Endz Vol1 & 2, you're grime why you on the UK Funky team?

Dubstep - Round 3 - Wild Card - Dubstep P.A Junior Spesh [DOWNLOAD]

Then Dubstep came with Doctor P's Sweet Shop with a P.A from Red Hot Entertainment Junior Spesh. Now I'm trying not to take this personally, but Junior Spesh is a grime tune right? Red Hot Entertainment is a grime crew right!? Don't get excited from all the hype guys "we don't touch grime, we don't touch bassline..." oh please. Other than the politics was a random but clever move and definitely sounded good.

Bassline pulled out their wild card with a brand new bassline mash up of V.I.P remix by Majestic & the Wideboys with Bob Marley's One Love. Although most of the hype came from the Boy Better Know's verses from the V.I.P Remix (grime representing everywhere).


My Opinion: Much deserved, grime was included in all of these clashes in different ways. Dot Rotten absolutely smashed it and deserved to of took the crown for grime just for that strong skippy flow.


After much hassle trying to move on from the hype of the 3rd round, the 4th round consisted of a second part of Get On The Mic where everyone had another chance on the microphone to fully represent.

Grime - Round 4 - Get On The Mic Part 2 - Ruff Sqwad [DOWNLOAD]

Grime had Dirty Danger reproduce a beat while in the studio and was played within 30minutes of when he first began to make it. He along with the rest of the Ruff Sqwad family (as westwood enjoyed pointing out, Tinchy wasn't there) Fuda Guy, Slix and Rapid all Xtra'ed up the grime beat - I have to say Slix's 'East London where da man dem a boop boop boop boop' will make me flip out a chicken leg skank any day of the week. The levels, listening wise, seemed very low on this one, it was really hard to hear much of what they were saying which I can only assume was just a fluke.

Funky - Donaeo spitting waffle.

Dubstep - Round 4 - Get On The Mic Part 2 - P Money [DOWNLOAD]

Dubstep brought us a live P.A of P Money Left The Room and then went in with fire balancing the grime bars with wobbling dubstep

Bassline brought the classic bassline grimey beats lining them up with that mix of grime and garage delivery on the bars front.


My Opinion: vote's wise it could of been hard to see who won but in my opinion P Money won it for the grime I mean Dubstep team.


The final round (well in the end it wasn't the final round) Round 5 saw the Yankee Swap. Which was where teams had the opportunity to steal a member from their rivals. Grime knicked P Money, Team Funky stole Lioness, Mz Bratt ended up with Dubstep and Donae'o went in with Bassline.

The full swap mania [DOWNLOAD]

VOTE DECISION: Bassline and Funky kicked out, Dubstep Vs Grime to the final.


Grime Vs Dubstep - Round 6 - Sudden Death [DOWNLOAD]

After the close rounds a sudden death round was started for Dubstep and Grime as they were easily the main genre's shining through out the whole clash. Grime has Maxsta backing the attack over Eskimo while Rod Azlan


Aftermath: So grime isn't dead, I didn't have to tell you that, while a lot of people including myself thought that the people representing as the main leaders, DJ's and spitters could of been at a higher level. The conclusion is that at the end of the day all of these sounds were represented at peak time on Radio 1. It wasn't just us regular underground fans locking in getting excited about hearing our favourite sounds go back to back but new listeners and possible music lovers were given access points to our music. Grime came out on top, and too damn right! pretty much every genre that represented had artists that started and created their foundations within the grime sound and then went off to experiment with other sounds. It would of be great to of had Skream and Silencer representing their corners as well as other DJ's to give it more of an edge but from what I hear, Rinse FM have a complete ban on their DJ's going on 1Xtra. Imagine if these competitive barriers could be smashed and important DJ's just like I named could represent along with some of the key names as well as up and comer names within our scene, pushing aside all the pointless politics. We can all dream right!? Was a great show... listen back to it all to get the whole hype. Salutes to Dot Rotten who completely came out of no where to take the crown for grime, with Maxsta following through so grime gave the final punch.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Sunday, July 18, 2010




I actually thought this would be an official release because the tracks as well as the artists featured are high end level of the underground. I actually picked up a few copies of this release a few months back at a DTA/Dirty Canvas night so I've been banging out the mix for ages now and it's still in regular rotation. As well as that DTA are slyly a sick brand, I had to pick up a few bits and bobs at their sample sale the other day so expect me walking around with 'Don't Trust Anyone' on my T's. From the heart though this is such a great compilation of music, there's so much free music out nowadays and it's hard to pick the best of the bunch but this is a MUST!


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Tuesday, July 13, 2010



Myself and my bassline wobble master Joseph JP Patterson will be bringing you one of the biggest takeover's Just Jam has seen for up and comers. It's dominated by grime newest generation with Scrufizzer, Merky Ace, Opium, RTKAL and Kozzie leading the new wave of talent hitting our ears while underground veterans Riko and Ears lead the exclusive hype with one of their first performances in years on the underground circuit. While we're catering from grime, UK hiphop's newest specimen Don Strapzy is ready to smooth en the kick and snares to bring his gritty homegrown edge to the set. While we hit the lyrical tones on the head dubstep's DJ Chef is ready to delivery some bass to our ears while DJ Complex and Spooky cover the classic grime front, Cotti & Raggs together will keep the crowd moving with their b2b underground set.

What excuse do you have:

Location: Dalston, Kingsland Road - club Alibi

Price: FREE


Bust A Nut flyer

Right after we've finished smashing up the Alibi dance we'll be heading to BUSTANUT to spin a little on the ones and twos and enjoy the great vibes that this night has to offer. I went to the first launch of this night and I literally had such a great time, it was packed out with a merge of all people who just loved all kinds of music. Music played on the night ranges from Grime, Garage, Funky, Hiphop and Bashment and also a LIVE performance by BBK's Jammer!

Location: Drop East, Commercial Road, E1 6LT

Price: £5 on guestlist (email on flyer)


Monday, July 12, 2010

Video: Low Key , Akala and Black The Ripper - I Still Believe

Now this tune is like a dream come true to the underground, 3 of the most honest and talented rappers in the UK have come together to united for a positive but realistic track that would have 2pac and Immortal Technique saluting across the heaven's and Atlantic. I believe...

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Video: Random Impulse X Tinchy Stryder - Gangsta? refix

Woiiiiiiiiiiiiii so damn true....

Friday, July 09, 2010

I don't need the practise I'm already nang...


Return Of Wiley Freestyle [ DOWNLOAD ]

This last couple of days has been the flooding of Wiley's empire, with the zip folder explosion, and today he's cleared his hard drive and brought us this freestyle to start a new era of Eski.

Video: Devlin - Brainwashed

The original urban Wiley big godfather give away - ( Wiley Zip file bonanza )


Wiley talks about why he leaks 10 folders of music

You're probably thinking what on earth has happened, is he pulling some classic over dramatised typical Wiley stunt? The answer is balancing on the fence, of out of this planet to stereotypical Eski. It appears that Wiley has got a little anoyed with management and control issues with his music and has decided in usual William fashion to just take it into his own hands and leak a whole back catalogue of his own music, including the album that he had just signed a new record deal with. I don't know if Kylie is going to wake up tomorrow feeling fresh as a bar of dove soap or wake up after a little c**** binge and think to himself 'Did I really do that?????' On one side people could argue that he's an absolute idiot, that he's going to annoy a lot of people who thought they were going to get a nice pay check and on the other he's took back the control to his own music. Imagine how many people are going to see this blog post and spit their morning coffee out at their computer screen. Whatever was on his mind if this is the result of a years work then he should be extremely proud as their are some absolute bangers hidden within these zip folders.

Check the audio above for a recent mini interview into what the hell was on his mind. What a crazy genius we have for a godfather... Are you ready in true Rude Kid style?

Wiley - Zip Folder Give Away - expect a mass amount of unheard beats, grime, commercial electro and experimental music as well as heard Wiley collaborations and memorable releases from the godfather and part time king of grime.

Check out: Electric Boogaloo, Never Be Your Woman & Can't Get Enough are big commercial pop tunes . 8BNC is Wiley on a good day observing the world at a stand still while The Elusive is full on grime king Wiley going straight in hard and loaded with all Mak 10's blazing. Us Against The World has that calm feel about it just like the feel of Dizzee's Dean but with a Wiley twist worming through his thoughts, struggles and lyrics throughout the years. What They Want chorus reminds me of some attempted Rihanna fail, I couldn't stop laughing.

Okay so Electric is something like corn beef tinned with a side order or Electric Boogaloo, leave that crap out please. Swimming sounds like Wiley got drowned by crazy frog while Trina's Pull Over chorus is screamed by on lookers. Exp 102 attacks the beat in true eski boy style quick and fast past freestyle. Magic is serious, Mz Bratt and Ice Kid go in but it ends up getting a little lost in electro and auto tune through the mid to the end.

I Owe You sends back jaga from PDC while Brand New Groove is a bait Commercial chart single. While a lot of the collection of music that has been leaked is completely unheard William as added a few classics like '09's Head banger and '04's Doorway demonstration not only how much he's changed over the years but also how some of his music has completely been watered down. Then we get mad woiii moment with Ice Kid, Kano and Wiley collaboration Hello People is just another reason why Ice Kid needs to focus on music. Remember the clip I had on my Pigeon Face with Ice Kid well this was Don't Hide Away, the Mike Skinner collab with Wiley, Rinse & Ice Kid, I would of paid good money for this track.

Livin It Up and Loose Your featuring Mz Bratt are the best tunes easily out of this bundle of pop, however Temptation would of been epic if the verses would of had more of a jungle or drum and bass harder edge.

25 Freestyle is Wiley showing he still has it, wow, he sounds like he's spitting bars that just pop in his head like his life depending on it. One of my favourite tunes from the A-List Runway, which the beat is going to be pushed on Professor Green's next single. After a few decent tracks Wiley seems to of listened a few too many times to Drake's Thank Me Later with his Thank Me After, which slyly isn't a bad tune (don't judge me). He's also leaked Sidetracked without JME's verses....

I is a re-fixed beat of several beats including Where's My Brother, grime flows from Wiley & Brazen. Grimedaley is a full on straight grime track and the chorus doesn't have auto tune (thumbs up) so it's a smash. Face Off Bars features Opium who reminds me of a Turkish version of Will, the way he spits, talks and thinks is literally eski boy. Still Gonna Miss is the tip of the grimey iceberg which sounds like an updated classic Wiley sound, like the sounds of Pies & Treddin On Thin Ice with an American bass twist, Sem is a don.

Bass & Trigz 09 set an authentic underground vibe and then Wiley follows with mouldiest track within the folders labelled Happy pure cheese electro. Along with a few other added tracks there's a bundle of great unheard instrumentals straight from Mr Cowies Laptop (MC's your time)

A package formed of mix of killer beats, Morgue Remix hits you up with an oriental Japan remixed Pie's, describing it sounds out of this world, it is. Mc Lyric & Done It Already is just another pure grime freestyle attack track while Untrustworthy is like '03 eskimo dance era meets '10 auto tune electro loving will. Bun A Lickle Weed is a great part 2 to In A Corner and Frozen would of made a strong album edition to bring together the party bangers.





Some of the files uploaded have been taken from GRIMEFORUM so a few when downloading a few of the names have too many instead of .zip so if it doesn't extract the first time try editing it. Also check that link if some of the links have expired.

Thursday, July 01, 2010

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