This week’s two essential grime downloads

As Wiley jogs casually up the UK Top 40 with Wearing My Rolex, it’s heartening to see the grass roots crew upping the levels for the hardcore. 1. Boy Better Know – Microphone Champion vol 1 mic_champ_vil1_cd.mp3 – FileFront.com 1 hour 4 minutes and 10 seconds of grimey biz from Jammer, Skepta, JME, Frisco, Shorty, …

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Blogariddims 40: John Eden & Grievous Angel present grime in the dancehall

74 minute special! Lyrical onslaught! Shocking out! You can also download the mp3 and all previous episodes (which you should do, definitely) direct from http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogariddims/ or via itunes music store. Details of how to subscribe to Blogariddims Direct link to the mp3  

00:00 Introduction 00:26 Neckle Camp feat. Jammer, Rinse FM 01:02 Turbulence acapella …

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things I will attempt to do this week

invoicing for Woofah / lots of scanning / dump stuff in charity shop / water newly planted (not by me) vegetables / listen to the new blogariddims podcast / get technics deck fixed / transcribe an interview tape / review Downpressor’s record he sent me ages ago / purchase mixtapes by Jammer, Tinchy Stryder and …

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WOOFAH needs designers

Awesome fanzine seeks bass-head designers for mutual layout fun Can you help? Woofah is an independently produced magazine covering reggae, grime, dubstep and all points in between. We have just published our 2nd issue featuring Durrty Goodz, Tippa Irie, Iration Steppas, Scuba, grime and policing and a whole lot more – see website for details: …

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new

Most of last week was spent putting Woofahs in envelopes, getting it into shops and telling people about how great it is. Which was and is, a good laff. Here’s a quick run down of some other stuff tho: Paul Meme has an album coming out! And some other stuff I don’t know if I …

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England, My England

The unintentionally hilarious comment below from a neo-nazi has reminded me that I haven’t mentioned this essential new release from Soul Jazz. If you’ve been following this blog and the mixes I’ve done for the last few years, you’ll know that I think the history of UK MC culture has been massively under-exposed – this …

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Rave Futures

The over-analysis of Bassline / Funky / Niche is truly spectacular. What started 10 years ago as some theoretical musings by Simon Reynolds has developed into a full blown pseudo-academic discipline all of its own. It seems that every single minor variation/innovation in The ‘Ardkore ContinuumTM has to be scrutinised under a microscope by bloggers, …

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Who say Prancehall favour Boy George?

PRANCEHALL on Dominic, a white MC who rocked up in JA in the 80s and ended up recording tunes with Jammys and Penthouse, includng this one: …which is blatantly a rip off of “Cockney Translation” by Smiley Culture, but is saved by dint of Dominic’s ridiculous sub-“Minder” stylings. And of course Peter Metro, who recorded …

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Jammer meets Benjamin Zephaniah, downtown

lower end spasm.: Pan-generational dreadlocked legends to collaborate. Possibly. I love all these little fleeting connections between grime and reggae. When Goodz or Trim just drop a line into their lyrics about their Dads doing stuff with soundsystems or whatever it just reinforces the links which are self evident. “Lyric Maker, from England not Jamaica” …

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