January - Optimism

January is the most optimistic time of year until December when another new year is approaching. Grime has a lot of work to do in the next 12 months, in terms of releases, image, sales, live shows and infrastructure.

Logan Sama's show been cut to an hour
is the first major change of the year. His show is still the only 100% dedicated Grime show on legal radio after nearly half a decade on the airwaves. The implications on our listening pleasure every week are 50% less music and shorter sets, less guests and good music having much shorter runs on the show. The reaction over on the Grimeforum has been really positive so if you want to get that hour back, join the group on Facebook and send an email directly to Kiss and hopefully we can make a change together.

In spite of this Logan has announced a new project which will be kicking off in the Spring, you can read about that here.

This year im expecting the producers to take more control then they have in previous years, with their own CDs, albums and DJ sets. The mixtape format doesn't allow them to make much money from featuring on even the big artists CDs, so to stay afloat they are going to have to put out their own releases. In the not to distant future there are releases coming from Terror Danjah on Butterz & Hyperdub, Rude Kid on No Hats No Hoods & Earth 616, Swindle on Planet Mu and SRC on Numbers.

The Grime scene got a firm grip on Youtube towards the end of last year when Grimedaily & SB.TV were uploading new videos every day with a range of the scenes MC talent. Loads of other channels have now gone up, showcasing talent from up and down the country, with freestyles, music videos and interviews. Hopefully these won't be a too much distraction to what they should be doing to get their fanbase up: Hitting the studio to record music regularly, networking with producers & DJs and if possible turning up to radio sets. The larger channels need to act responsibly not chasing the hype, beef and controversy and focus on showing the acts in a positive light.

A version of this article appeared on Fabric's blog and will do each and every month throughout the year.


This Friday you can catch us live in Prague at Radost FX, and we should be on a radio station out there. Stay tuned to Twitter and I will keep you posted. Event info is available here or here.

Also at Corsica Studios in Elephant & Castle 12th of Feb along with a slew of other dates coming up so stay tuned!

And finally I love the way the '01012010' Mix has motivated a debate over on Dubstep Forum.

See you at Rinse FM Tonight!


Grime to read elsewhere
Sonic Router Interview Terror Danjah
Awkward Star Interview Swindle
Grimes takes over the Guardian
Threefold Media Interview Terror Danjah

Grime to listen to elsewhere
O.T Crew w/ Ghetts & Al Blaze
Spyro w/ Wiley & Ghetto Live from FWD>>
Boy Better Know Live from FWD>>
Terror Danjah - Xmas 09 Mix
Terror Danjah - Old School Dancehall Mix
Logan Sama - Feat Griminal & Litttle Nasty
Spyro b2b Mak10 w/ D Double E & Hyper
Vectra & JJ feat OGz - 24th December Rinse FM
Wheel Vol.2
O.Gz - OGeezuz


  1. Artek 28 January 2010 at 15:29

    yea this year will be live for grime, big up butterz bringing back grime in a completely fresh way.