Will be opening up FWD>> on the 19th of August at Plastic People, which coincidently is Skilliam's Birthday, and is the next time you can catch us in London until... FWD v Rinse on 10th September alongside an all-star cast. Tickets are for sale now here.

Don't forget we are at the Bongo Club on Saturday in Edinburgh, all info is here.

And we are on Rinse FM tonight, and every Thursday night 1-3am!

One of the top tracks of the year for me. On iTunes now

I interviewed him recently for a magazine and my favourite quote was this:

'Everything I hear, I can murk'

Hopefully we can get him on the show soon!

Featuring Trim & Scratchy!

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We have been on Rinse FM for around 18 months and done on average 5 shows a month since we started. None with MC guests, until Thursday when I said this on Twitter, then Trim popped up saying he wanted to go on radio, I invited him, having never met him or spoken to him.

Thinking that in typical MC fashion they won't show up, especially for my 1-3am slot, I just continued to promote a normal Butterz show. Not only did he show up early, he brought Scratchy as well... I gave Trim an instrumental CD so will be interesting to see if he vocals anything that we have been supporting over the last few months. Watch this space...

He sounds particularly sick over that Swindle tune in the video, watch for Trim & Swindle soon according to twitter!


Back with another mix of recent stuff that we are feeling. If you missed the older ones check out the Mixcloud.

Swindle - Daredevil
Spooky - Night Time
JME & Tempa T - CD Is Dead (Royal T Remix)
Teddy - Speed
Wiley & Shifty V Ghetts & Devlin - 123 Lets Go
Terror Danjah - Bruzin VIP
B Live Feat Newham Generals & Skepta - Modern Warfare 2
Royal T - Freeze
Dizzee Rascal - Heavy
Mr Mitch - Fright Night (Deset Remix)
Teddy - Dirtbag VIP
Wiley - MC Pon 141
Rude Kid - Always Ready
Jammer feat Newham Generals - Badmind People
Numan - Secrets (Mr Mitch Remix)
D.O.K feat Terror Danjah - West Coast
SRC - Birmingham Palace
Maxsta - Back To Grime
SRC - Ryokou


The first six months of this year will be remembered for acts from this scene enjoying chart success. Number ones for Tinie Tempah with Pass Out & Frisky and Roll Deep with Good Times, Chipmunk consistently in the top 40 and Skepta achieving a top 40 in Bad Boy and a top 20 in Rescue Me. Congratulations to them for achieving that, but that is not why I am here, we are to focus on the quality Grime.

My favourite MC of the last six months hands down is P Money. Continuing on from last year P Money has retained his hype by consistently appearing all over the Rinse FM schedule alongside DJs JJ, Plastician, Vectra and Spyro. His war dubs for Ghetts are brilliant and it is a shame it never materialised into a live clash on the radio or in a rave. He has been working closely with the Dubstep producers and voicing their popular beats that have gone down well in Grime & Dubstep Raves. Slang Like This, Come Follow Me and Skream's remix of Left The Room are going to keep P Money and the OGz in the clubs for a very long time. Check out Numb produced by Starkey if you still aren't convinced.

Quality releases have been slow but it is just reflective of the climate. Mixtapes aren't selling, everyone downloads them for free, record shops are shutting (Rhythm Division has gone online only now) and as a result people are either making their music available for free with 'Promos' and 'Free EPs' flooding the scene, especially among the newer artists. This is going to do the scene serious damage, and it doesn't encourage support for young talent with peoples wallets.

New talent like J Beatz, M.I.K, Teeza and SX will find it difficult to do good sales even if they have the most popular tune in the scene. Unless their tunes get picked up by DJs and labels from outisde as has happened to SRC and Swindle they will struggle to sell.

I'm worried about the new generation of MCs coming through, still no real music from much hyped Griminal and Ice Kid, no solo work from Double S, no stand out tunes from Scrufizzer, Maveric and a few other Grime kids that have been expected to deliver since as far back as late 2006. It is such a shame that outlets to promote music are so few and far between, but I hope they pull their socks up in the second half as they are extremely talented and the future of the scene is in their hands.

One of the Grime kids that has managed to put out a 20 track mixtape, a video and cause a bunch of hype is Maxsta.
The Maxtape has an allstar production cast in Danny Weed, Target, Bless Beats, Swindle, Terror Danjah and Nocturnal and hearing a fresh voice over quality beats is really refreshing. Maxsta is very honest about the politics of the scene, in a humorous way openly saying who he has been 'parred' by and outing his own personal set backs. Unlike the names I mentioned previously he continuously reiterates his love and dedication to Grime music, when in this day and age people won't even call themselves a Grime MC is something I rate. This is on album level for me, and for an independent 17 year old it is a tremendous achievement. Tracks to check : Second Chance, Bait Face and Talent featuring Wiley.

Rossi B & Lucas 'E10 Riddim' had to get a mention, a track that we have been playing out all year, getting a stellar reaction all round. It is out now Vinyl & Digital on Planet Mu.

Trim continued his regular mixtape releases with 'Trim City'. I just wish he would make one great tune and push it as a single, he is such a good MC, and picks good beats, so please make it happen! Check out James Blake reworking Trim here.
Skepta's first mixtape, featuring new and classic material including 'Stupid' and 'UFO' which I have wanted for years.

JME continued pushing quality singles in 'Sidetracked' and 'CD Is Dead' and released the vocal parts for producers to remix resulting in thousands of versions up on youtube now. I'm looking forward to his new album 'Blam!' which will hopefully see a release this year.

Jammer's debut album 'Jahmanji' is out now on Big Dada, aside from 10 Man Roll check out 'Bad Mind People' alongside Newham Generals. Hopefully they knock out a video for that as well.

Over the past 6 months the Newham Generals have been previewing their forthcoming material and it is sounding great. 'Im A General' is taken from the 'Bag Of Greeze' EP, 'Street Fighter' is out on July 26th and we have been promised a D Double E EP. I look forward to hearing more.

The big producers have had a much better start to 2010 then they did 2009, with multiple releases, DJ gigs up and down the UK & Europe and a lot more collaboration. Rude Kid's Jack Daniels and Electric have been two of the top tunes this year (and last) and it is beginning to get him the attention he deserves.
Are You Ready? The album is out now, as well as the Jack Daniels and Electric Vinyls, which include bonus tracks 'Best Crawler' & 'Screwdriver' between them.
Watch out for his 'Hypnotize' EP which should be dropping next month on iTunes.

Terror Danjah has been just as prolific getting four releases in the last 6 months out via Hyperdub, Planet Mu and Butterz. There is more to come with releases on his own label alongside D.O.K, Reinforced EP via Rwina, Air Bubble Remixes via Butterz and ending the year on an album with Hyperdub.

Joker has continued DJing all over the world, making some crazy music and working with Terror Danjah, & Swindle.. Tron one of the biggest tunes in both the Dubstep & Grime scenes came out on limited etched vinyl.

One of the producers I predicted greatness for this year was SRC, he now is living up to it with two EPs out at the moment and appreciation a lot further then the Grime scene. He has come through will pretty much no support from any big Grime DJs, but is continuing to make the music, I wish more artists and producers had that kind of spirit.
Teddy continued his style that has worked for the past couple of years with G.Tank on a full 15 track instrumental CD. Wiley & JME also put out their classic beats as part of the Avalanche Music Series.
Spooky took care of the first release on new label 'Oil Gang' with the Murderer EP, and 'Spartan' is shaping up to be one of the tunes of the year.

Swindle is another person I tipped to watch out for this year. He had one of the tunes of the year so far in 'Airmiles' and is currently working the DJ, hosting a monthly show on 1xtra and finishing his debut album.
Guido is more associated with the Dubstep scene like his Bristol partner Joker, but most of the tracks on this album I'd consider Grime, just his own angle on it. If you haven't check out 'Mad Sax' and 'You Do It Right'

Grime Forum Awards Party

Grime Forum is now approaching its third year online and this year we were lucky enough to have a party for it, and some actual awards for the winners of our yearly online polls. If you missed it, it went down like this..

The results:

Positive Contribution - SBTV
Best Instrumental - Rude Kid - Electric
Best Producer - Teddy
Best Tune - Tempz - Next hype
Best DJ Show - Logan Sama
Best Set - Logan Sama featuring BBK, OG'z, Roll Deep
Best Break Through Artist - Blacks
Best MC - P Money
Best CD - P Money - P Money Is Power
Best DJ - Logan
Best Instrumental Release - Maniac - New Age Grime

Wiley decided to release 190 tracks online this week to start a fresh. I don't think anyone else in the music world would do something like this, but that is what legends are made of. Here is a quick comment from The Guardian and a radio interview explaining his motives behind it. There are some real gems in there in '123 Lets Go' and 'MC Pon 141'.

No Hats No Trainers

BBC2 on Saturday afternoons brought us No Hats No Trainers the first program on terrestrial TV dedicated to 'Urban' culture. It featured a healthy amount of Grime talent, so hopefully it gets a second series so these acts can take advantage of this exposure.

Check out JME & Tempz / Skitz Beatz and the Series Montage on Youtube.

Just Jam

Just Jam takes place every Wednesday night at The Alibi and is halfway between a radio show and a tv show featuring artists and DJs that people can watch on Ustream or live at the club. A great concept, and it is in its early stages, but hopefully continues throughout the winter. You can watch it live on Dontwatchthat.tv
Other notable Ustreamers: Ghetts /JME /Swindle /Skepta /Butterz /Mz Bratt

Essential Downloads
Woo Riddim Mixtape
Logan Sama - Still Keepin It Grimy
Logan Sama - Chosen Ones
BBK & OGz Live @ FWD v Rinse
Butterz Mixes: '01012010' / 'Fact Mag:135' / 'Something Very Epic'
Grime Forum Archives are here, if you are new to this music!

You can now find most of the scenes finest DJs on Mixcloud : Butterz, Terror Danjah, Spyro, Vectra, Teddy, JJ, Oil Gang, Logan Sama, Spooky and Grime Forum

Second Half Prediction & Hopes In Brief
  • The younger MCs really get their act together and get making some good quality Grime music
  • More producers get their music up for digital download quicker, on iTunes and Bandcamp
  • Logan Sama gets back two hours
  • No Hats No Trainers gets a second series
  • Some kind of Ruff Squad release perhaps
  • An attempt at charting a Grime single from one of the top acts?
I'll be back with another in December..

This Thursday I am joining some of the Rinse crew and Palladium boots at the Bread & Butter trade show

You will be able to catch us streaming a radio show live from Bread & Butter 3-5pm in the afternoon, should be fun! Follow us on Twitter @Elij_h & @Skilliam for the links when we are live.

Also, anyone who lives in or near Edinburgh has to catch us here at the end of the month!