For the last 12 months, Slackk, Mr. Mitch and Oil Gang’s Boxed club night has set the bar for what a grime night should look like, drawing in just about every instrumental grime producer of note. To celebrate their one year anniversary, which is occurring this Friday at Birthdays in Dalston, the crew has put together a wildly colorful 18 track compilation featuring some of the most exciting producers in the game. Astral Plane mix contributors Strict Face and Logos appear, as do a host of other transcendent talents including Rabit, Mumdance, DJ Milktray and Inkke. In another year, we might be looking back at Boxed Vol. 1 in a similar fashion as we do Grime 2.0 these days. There’s really no excuse not to grab this masterstroke immediately.
The holidays are the one time of year when I appreciate the fact that my Facebook and Twitter feeds are flooded with promotional posts. That’s because the holidays are the time for giving, specifically the time when producers dump all of their bootlegs/edits/unfinished tracks on the unsuspecting masses. The quality is generally a mixed bag, but we’ve received a deluge of heat in the past few days that deserves its fair due. On the raps front, Lil B, King Louie, Fredo Santana, Lil Silk and Fabolous have let loose new tapes over the past week or so. All deserve your attention, although save Lil B’s 05 Fuck Em and maybe spend a little more time with Silk and Louie.
The good folks at Mixpak were also kind enough to hand out a bundle of free tracks from their roster and beyond. The Holiday Bundle evokes the grime, dancehall and soca-based riddim culture that Dre Skull has so carefully curated over the past few years. Sudanim, Murlo and Koyote all bring their best to the table.
You’ve likely seen these already as well, but big hitters Flying Lotus, Zed Bias, Ryan Hemsworth Clams Casino all gave bundles of tracks away in the past few days. Casino’s third Instrumental Mixtape is probably the most cohesive attempt of the bunch, but FlyLo’s assorted beats, remixes and bootlegs offer some intriguing insight into the producer and his cohort’s recording processes. The Hemsworth collection is largely edits he’s designed for live play and the “Post-Rock Tears” version of Future’s “Honest” is a real beauty. Two step legend Zed Bias handed over 200 MB of live recording, remixes and production work under both his ZB sobriquet and his Maddslinky nom de plume.
Hit the jump for a jambalaya of free tracks…
If you checked out Murlo’s recent contribution to Truants’ “Functions of the Now” mix series (or any of his other recent mixes), you’re privy to the London-based producer’s body moving, eclectic mixing style. Murlo operates in a number of unique spheres in both his production and DJ work, placing soca’s bright, airy melodies across grime’s spacious infrastructure and utilizing American hip hop and R&B to tie the whole affair down. Never one to hide away DJ secrets, he recently let loose a sublime blend of Kevin Gates’ “Arms of a Stranger” and Meleka’s “Go”, superimposing the latter’s aching vocals over the former’s (S1 produced) trance-informed melodies. The blend is a wonderful DJ tool and elicits quite a few feels as an original in and of itself. It’s also free so give it a listen below and jumpstart those creative engines.
We all know Murlo as one of the smoothest operators in the intersection of grime and dancehall, but the man can also include his work as DJ Sharda, bassline extraordinaire, to his ever-growing resume. As Sharda, the London-resident releases popping, pneumatic bassline cuts that rarely offer much in the way of subtly. These are out and out party starters, especially when matched with Murlo’s impeccably melodic sense, and their intention is nothing but obvious. That being said, there is a certain beauty to the aggressively direct symmetry of a successful club track. ” U Don’t Know Me” has actually been floating around for a few months now, but the Don’t Watch That TV crew was kind enough to free the track in anticipation of an upcoming bill with DJ Q in Manchester on Saturday. Stream below and download here.
First off, if you don’t read Southern Hospitality religiously then you’re slipping. Whether they’re putting on for Sinjin Hawke well before most of us caught on or compiling the best of Kevin Gates, the London-based publication is at the forefront of everything club-oriented. Recently, SH extended itself further into the label realm, releasing an EP made up of remixes of songs by rising Dallas duo Yung Nation. Among the producers enlisted was Murlo, one of the more interesting purveyors of the dissonant instrumental grime sound preferred by producers like Slackk and Visionist. Falling somewhere between futuristic grime, classic garage and mid-2000s Southern rap, Murlo’s take on “Shawty Wassup” retains the sing-song flow of the original, contributing fleeting vocal stabs and a vibrant minimalist aesthetic. It’s no surprise that SH is on top of both of these artists and their stamp of approval is as valuable as any, so jump on the bandwagon quick or fall in the dust. Slick Shoota, Suicideyear, Krueger, DJ Tricks, Wreck Tech and Kaptain Kadillac also contributed remixes to the EP.