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Grime In The Dancehall Mix (2013 Remaster)


From the desk of Mr Grievous Angel:
Remember that huge mix of dancehall-infused grime and grimey dancehall me and John Eden did a few years ago for the Blogariddims Podcast?

Well, I’ve done a new master of it so it sounds louder, clearer and better than ever before. Maximum listening pleasure as well as a unique insight into the bashment, dancehall and one drop roots of grime.

Hope you enjoy this and please tell your friends, fans and followers about it if you do.

The link for the new mix is here:

BIG UP Droid, all Blogariddims crew, Woebot, Dan Hancox, Blackdown, all Woofah Magazine crew and all dancehall and grime selectors, producers, MCs, promoters, labels, record shop people, and dancers! WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEELL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Soon come: a special tribute mix for Keysound’s masters of garage weirdness, LHF.

Thank you

Paul / Grievous Angel

John Eden & Grievous Angel – Grime in the Dancehall (2013 remaster) by Johnedenuk on Mixcloud

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To which I would reiterate that I was a total late comer to Grime. I heard it around the place but it never clicked until I saw Flowdan and Killa P perform alongside Kevin Martin at BASH at Plastic People. Then I dived in.

By the time we did this mix in 2008 a lot of the people who had latched onto Grime early had decided it was desperately uncool. Which suited me fine. It meant I could easily investigate the early days and then develop my own opinions about what was good amongst the new stuff without jostling elbows with the hipsterati.

This mix was a case of forcing a connection between dancehall and Grime really, to make a point. Of course, I didn’t need to do too much forcing – it was more a case of just joining up the dots in a slightly different way and then colouring everything in red, gold and green. As with Woofah, the idea was to get open minded reggae heads into grime and vice versa.

The mix was a load of fun to do and went down really really well. It certainly still gets regular rotation here.

I followed it up a few year later with an RSI Radio Grimey Reggae podcast.

I have virtually zero idea about what is happening with Grime these days, though. Perhaps that’s a good thing – my daughter can’t decide whether my appreciation of Tinchy Stryder is cool or embarrassing.

Spooky: Grimey Bashment

Me and Paul used Spooky’s 2005 Joyride riddim rework on our Grime In The Dancehall mix (more of which in a minute). Seems like us, he can’t leave that vibe alone.

This snuck out at the end of 2012, a pitched down version of the riddim used by Beenie Man for “Who Am I?”:

Get vinyl here. (A lot of the No Hats No Hoods vinyl back catalogue is going cheap right now also, so fill up!)

It’s followed by this EP which includes a aggy reworking of the noughties Coolie Dance riddim:

Get vinyl here.

The Heatwave: Showtime DVD out now!

Apparently some of you ignored my advice earlier this year to get to the Showtime event. It was one of those legendary evenings that I can now taunt you about for the rest of your lives. But all is not lost – you can now shock out to its ridiculous line up in the privacy of your own home.

The footage of hype MCs is interspersed with some great interviews.

Rollo Jackson has excelled himself this year with this and Tape Crackers (also now available on DVD from TTT) – both films documenting UK soundsystem / ‘ardkore continumm music in their own sweet way.

Showtime is a fantastic calling card for The Heatwave, who have taken things to another level in 2011. Check the trailer and then order from here.

‘The Heatwave presents… SHOWTIME’ (trailer) from Rollo Jackson on Vimeo.

Grime responds to the riots: ‘They have to take us seriously’

Bars For Change: who polices the police?

I wrote quite a lot about UK policing earlier in the year in relation to the failure of policing (at best) that lead to the death of Smiley Culture. News about that case was always going to ebb and flow, not least because it is now in the bureaucratic hands of the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

But… it was never just about Smiley Culture. Since Smiley’s death a number of other people have died in suspicious circumstances in police custody. Many questions are being asked about heavy handed policing at demonstrations against the austerity measures being introduced by the UK government to pay for the banking crisis. In recent weeks London’s Metropolitan Police have been implicated in the “Hackgate” News International scandal.

Jody McIntyre’s series of films touches on some of the issues, asking the right questions and making the right links. The first episode is above and includes involvement from Benjamin Zephaniah, Merlin Emanuel (both of who have lost family members in police custody) and victims of police crime. The soundtrack includes contributions from grime artists Ghetts, Logic, Mic Righteous and DVS. A future episode will deal with the coalition government’s budget cuts.

The terrible truth is that hard times can bring people together. Four years ago it would have been inconceivable that student protestors and grime artists would find common ground.

Things aren’t about to get any better – an “anarchist threat” is already being talked up by the Met in the run up to the 2012 Olympics, with predictably hilarious consequences.

More seriously, Mark Duggan was fatally shot by the police in Tottenham last night, about a mile away from where I am typing this. Unusually, the IPCC were on the scene within hours – perhaps as a result of the scrutiny they have found themselves under this year?

A Brief History Of Grime Tapes with Michael Finch and Rollo Jackson

I wrote about the film Tapecrackers a while ago – a touching and affectionate look back at Jungle and Garage pirate radio tapes of yesteryear.

My review generated quite a lot of interest and a few people asked about how they could get to see the film.

I’m pleased to say that it’s now available on DVD via Will Bankhead’s The Trilogy Tapes.

The film’s chronology ends with the beginning of Grime, and I was left fair gasping for a sequel that did this era justice.

Now The Wire’s Derek Walmsley has stepped up to the plate with an excellent Resonance FM show featuring Michael and Rollo from the film – and their cassettes, vinyl and minidiscs from the dawn of Grime. It’s as good an intro as any to the early days the genre – done by proper hyped up enthusiasts interspersed with proper hyped up music.

If you have even a passing interest in this sort of thing, then you need to check this.

You can listen to the show here.

When you’ve done that there are some complete tapes uploaded here as well. Nuff vibes!

Shaking The Foundations: Reggae soundsystem meets ‘Big Ben British values’ downtown | Datacide

Shaking The Foundations: Reggae soundsystem meets ‘Big Ben British values’ downtown.

My article for Datacide issue 11 is now online. I wrote it a couple of years back in preparation for the talk I did at the launch event for the previous issue.

But actually it has stood the test of time quite well, anticipating some of the recent debates about multiculturalism. It was quite gratifying to see Professor Anthony Glees spouting yet more nonsense on Channel 4’s “Ten O’Clock Live Show” last month.

Obviously I’d be interested in any comments or criticisms people have of the piece.

Some other content from the current Datacide has also been uploaded to their site, including a piece by Stewart Home on Dope Smuggling, LSD Manufacture, Organised Crime and the Law in 1960s London.

Don’t forget to buy a copy of the current issue to get the full contents and support what Datacide is doing.

Pow!: anthem for kettled youth

A double whammy from Dan Hancox on Grime and the recent London protests:

Lethal Bizzle’s Pow! (Forward) was the unofficial song of the recent student protests. Dan Hancox charts how it went from grime-scene scapegoat to righteous rallying cry:

Pow!: anthem for kettled youth | Music | The Guardian.

Following the lazy misrecognition of the ‘bunking’ EMA protesters from various quarters of media and government, Dan Hancox sets out to explore the complicated and contradictory soundscape of these urban motley crews:

Government Grime and the EMA Kids (Mute Magazine)

grimey reggae podcast

A quick thing I threw together last night – a round up of reggae and dancehall infused grime from 2010, with a bit of muttering from me. Enjoy!



Well, looks like grime is still full of surprises! Most of the CDs I’ve checked recently have been too much on the vocoder/funky tip, but there’s still a ton of interesting things happening under the surface.

In the last week all the producers have been going potlatch crazy and giving away tons of tunes for free. Dot Rotten has given away seventy instrumentals  today, apparently!

I’ve not got time to wade through it all to be honest, or even check radio shows. But when Stinky Jim posted a link to Footsie from the Newham General’s new EP, I was drawn in like a moth to a flame.

It’s FREE and you get four wicked grimey reggae refixes, including the Cuss Cuss riddim and Barrington Levy’s “Under Mi Sensi”. Download from the link up top.