Back in June, web outlet/community Classical Trax released two volumes of grime compilation Architecture in quick succession, bringing in artists like Maribor, Morten_HD, Archer, Korma and more to show off just how many different mutations of the UK sound has arisen. And while it might be a stretch to consider everything on Architecture: Chapter One and Two as following format established by the genre’s forefathers, the nomenclature still seems to fit in a vague sense. On September 30, Classical Trax will release a Deluxe Edition of the Architecture tapes, another stab at the London-centric sound with a new group of talent involved. Today, we’ve got Sugur Shane‘s Jeb1-produced and Deshawn Timothy-assisted “Vintage Rebel”, bringing together the two Philadelphia MCs with some classic-sounding sample chop production. Less an attempt to shoehorn a ballroom production template into grime or vise versa, “Vintage Rebel” features Sugur Shane and Deshawn Timothy spitting at their finest over Spooky-esque production, Jeb1’s cut up beat providing the perfect backdrop for the MC’s verbal acrobatics. Look out for Architecture: Deluxe Edition on September 30 and be sure to check out The Levels Are Very High‘s promo video for the tape after the jump. Artwork for the tape is by Jared Leopard.
While some musicians might opt to tread lightly in the early days of the new year, Kilbourne and Sugur Shane have thrown caution to the wind and started off 2015 with broad, aggressive strokes in “Nastee Gurl”. Hailing from New Jersey and Philadelphia respectively, Kilbourne and Shane share production duties on “Nastee Gurl” while Shane waxes poetic about everything and anything nasty in his signature rapid-fire flow. Both artists are directly involved in New York’s ballroom scene, Sugur Shane functioning as one of the culture’s foremost proponents in the greater dance music world and Kilbourne turning out regular collaborations with the likes of Rizzla, Schwarz and DJ Knockout. The collaboration proves that the Northeast’s respective scenes/subcultures are far from insular solo entities and a dialogue can, and does routinely, exist between Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York. And when artists from said cities are coming together for tracks like “Nastee Gurl”, we’re all the better for it.