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Absurdly scorching weather here in NYC today. Fiercely hot and so humid that the air seems to have the consistency of soup. Makes me pine for British weather.
Anyways, on with the music.
HOW COME NO-ONE DON'T DANCE NO MORE / KANO / 679
REMEMBER ME / KANO / 679
STRAIGHT FLUSH FREESTYLE / KANO / DUB
SIDEWINDER / WILEY, ROLL DEEP, RUFF SQWAD, JAMMER AND GODSGIFT / ROLL DEEP RECORDINGS
GRIME RIDDIM MEDLEY / SLEW DEM / SLEW DEM PRODUCTIONS
BLAZE & ROCK INST / LEWI WHITE / SLEW DEM PRODUCTIONS
REAL LOVE / CHRONIK / SLEW DEM PRODUCTIONS
BLAZE MORE DAN U / CHRONIK / SLEW DEM PRODUCTIONS
I WONT STOP / SLEW DEM / SLEW DEM PRODUCTIONS
MOVIN & BRUSING / BRUZA / AFTERSHOCK
I'LL BE THERE / SHIZZLE / DUB
UNTITLED / TINCHY STYDER / RUFF SQWAD
GOOD GIRL / ROLL DEEP FT J2K / RELENTLESS
SINGLE / SKEPTA / BOY BETTER KNOW
SLEW WASTE MAN / RYDER / LETHAL BIZZLE
FREESTYLE / D DOUBLE E / DUB
THE ANTHEM / NEWHAM GENERALS / DIRTEE STANK
PRANGMAN REFIX INST / FOOTSIE / DIRTEE STANK
MIC CENTRE / NEWHAM GENERALS / DIRTEE STANK
**NEWHAM GENERAL'S LIVE**
WE'RE THRU / TERROR DANJAH VS THE TEMPRAMENTALS / SMOOVE
YOU GOT ME (DEXPLICIT REMIX) / PARABEATS FT CARMEN REECE / PUBLIC DEMAND
FOD FOR THOUGHT / ALEX MILLS / DUB
COULD YOU / GEMMA FOX / DUB
KAOTIC MADNESS FREESTYLE / FACTION G / DUB
CROME OFTEN / SLK / SOLOKEY
RINGER FREESTYLE / NARSTIE & SOLO / DUB
CHA / PLASTICMAN FT SHIZZLE, FRESH & NAPPER / TERRORHYTHM
POP STAR CHICKS / NASTY FT DYNASTY / DUB
SWIFT / MR KEAS / SOUTHSIDE
SHAKE A LEG / ROLL DEEP / RELENTLESS
'Sidewinder' - Absolutely unreal new Wiley production, featuring a massive list of mc's. Eskiboy layers the 'Murkle Man' strings over clanking beats, but what really makes this is the way that the bassline changes for each verse, versioning old tunes, as the mc's drop some of their classic lyrics (including Wiley's 'lyrical sniper' lyric). Stupidly stupidly awesome. I'm actually going to shell out for a vinyl copy of this, as it's that astonishing.
Shizzle 'I'll Be There' - A rare softer tune that I actually enjoy. Shizzle is pretty much always fun to listen to.
That new Tinchy Strider tune. I wish the quality was a bit better, but the tune sounds like something straight out of a chase movie. Robofunk in effect.
The mini Newham Generals set is pretty good, but it would benefit from less Monkey, as he's a bit meh. Apparently their album for Dizzee Rascal's Dirtee Stank (a sub-label of XL, I guess) is going to be called 'Generally Speaking', which is kind of a crappy name. Having said that, if it's all stuff like 'The Anthem' I'm guessing that it will be awesome. 'The Anthem' is really really good, with a nice electroey bassline and gloomy space vibes.