Grime 2016 Skepta / Wiley / Kano / .. Expected 28th October In hot pursuit of Skepta’s symbolic Mercury prize victory, it seems like an entire generation has fallen at grime’s feet and 2016 saw the genre continue its meteoric rise to the mainstream. From its early origins in East London council estates in the early noughties until today’s global recognition, grime’s distinct characteristic lays in its ability to stay loyal to its roots and give back to the community. Since their beginning at pirate radio station Rinse FM, where they offered a platform to burgeoning grime artists, Elijah & Skilliam have showed their dedication to the scene and built one of the genre’s most respected collective around their label Butterz. Dedicated curators, they have compiled a new volume of their essential annual compilation, Grime 2016, their 4th album to date. From Kano’s 3 Wheel Ups feat. Wiley & Giggs, taken from his critically acclaimed Made In The Manor album, singles from mainstays like Wiley, P Money, Dizzee Rascal to a variety of takes from the likes of Swindle, Last Japan, Nottingham’s own Mez, Dread D and Ninja Tune-signed The Bug, the album showcases grime’s broad diversity and the spectrum of influences coming into play in today’s outstanding productions. AEI Media
Skepta Konnichiwa As we said in our review of 2016: Swaggeringly assured, authentic, DIY and a battering ram at the door of commercial success for UK artists yet to come. Properly thrilling. One of our top ten albums of that year. A groundbreaker of an album from grime legend Skepta. Features a whole bunch of guests like his brother Jme, Wiley, Chip, Novelist and even Pharrell Williams, as well as the full Boy Better Know crew. Includes Shutdown, That's Not Me and Man Boy Better Know CD | LP
Skepta Ignorance Is Bliss Double vinyl gatefold LP package printed with touch sensitive, heat signature liquid Cristal applied. Revealing a spectrum of colours when touched. The fifth full length album from Grime legend Skepta, who's also producer on all of the tracks, following on from 2016's Konnichiwa. Boy Better Know CD | LP
Headie One / Skepta Back To Basics - Floating Points Remix ‘One of the UK rap scene’s leading figures’, born in 1994 and raised on the streets of Tottenham, Headie One grew up inspired by US rappers such as Future and French Montana. He surrounded himself with others who also needed an outlet to express their take on life and truly fell in love with music. Music X Road demonstrates Headie’s respect and high esteem he holds amongst his peers with an impressive list of collaborators including grime legend Skepta on single Back To Basics. This was then remixed by the man of the moment Floating Points. Relentless Records 12"
Goldie / Skepta Upstart A blistering collaboration from a drum & bass legend and the grime superstar. Goldie and Skepta unite for a special, vinyl only release that combines big breaks and beats with fierce rhymes. “Grime grew out of speed garage, which in turn came out of drum ‘n’bass,” says Goldie. “It’s come full circle.” In truth, it’s a union that’s surely meant to be. And so fate shuffled the deck bringing Goldie (DOB 19.09.65) and Skepta (DOB 19.09.82) together. It’s a generational thing. But it’s also the alchemy of the in-between, the outsider, the otaku. Forget the kill-switch. Get the deck warmed up. Crank up the amp, play loud and repeat after me: “I’m an upstart…” metalheadz 12"
Skepta Tuesday 4th June at Banquet Records. 5:00pm Celebrating the release of his fifth full length album titled Ignorance Is Bliss, grime legend Skepta visits the shop for a signing session. Admission to the signing is via order number, please bring yours with you. Albums for collection at our shop. CD Past Event