Too much happening with Grime this year for me to provide anything like a proper roundup.
I can’t even say with any honesty that I’ve had a chance to properly check out everything I’ve bought or downloaded. Which is good – an embarrassment of riches instead of slim pickings.
One of my resolutions for 2009 is to try and listen to stuff deeper, rather than amass a bigger and bigger backlog.
All of these are fully endorsed on the basis of great “killer to filler” ratio:
1) Nasty Jack – Shotta Music
2) Trim – Soulfood 3
3) Wiley – Grimewave
4) Jammer – Are You Dumb 3
5) Dot Rotten – Young Dot RIP
6) Tinchy Stryder – Cloud 9 EP
7) Jammer – Are You Dumb 4
Lots of stuff bubbling under, but the seven above are the ones I keep coming back to again and again. Feel free to kick of a row about my choices and omissions in the comments boxes.
Honorary mention to Logan Sama’s Earth 616 label for keeping grime vinyl alive, but the crown this year goes to one label in my humble opinion:
Silverlink feat Jammer and Badness – The Message is Love (No Hats No Hoods 12″)
Rude Kid – Are You Ready? (No Hats No Hoods 12″)
Ruff Sqwad – RSMD (No Hats No Hoods 12″)
Just proper mixes and releases here, there are untold radio shows and other bits to get drowned in:
John Eden + Grievous Angel – Grime in the Dancehall (Blogariddims)
Boy Better Know – Microphone Champion vol 1
Logan Sama – One Away Style
Wiley vol 1 (grimetapes)
D Double E (grimetapes)
igrime vol1 – Logan Sama and Durrty Goodz (Aza T)