Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Grime / Rephlex Records

Okay, so I'm going to collect together some of the links I've been visiting and try and do one post on Wiley Kat and Eski/Grime and leave it at that, as these links probably aren't of much interest to that many people. Nevertheless - counting down and we've only got 12 days 'til Wiley's 'What do U Call it?' is finally released. And the album, 'Treddin' On Thin Ice' follows it on the 25th April. There's an interesting interview with the man himself here.

Eski Beat: An interview with Wiley

Stayed up listening to Femme Fatale on 1extra last night, hoping she'd play some tracks from 'Treddin...', but she didn't get round to it (despite saying she would). Still, she did have Plasticman on, who was talking about the forthcoming 'Grime' compilation that him and Mark One are working on... on Rephlex Records, which is just brilliant - the darker, dubstep side of 2step has definitely got as much in common with techno and the likes of photek as it does with UK garage.


And Rephlex is the perfect home for any kind of experimental, innovative dance music. And as Rephlex put it:

"Grime. Sublow. Dubstep. It's Music. Different people call it different things, depending on when they discovered it. In the 80's, maybe it was House, Techno and Electro. In the 90's it was UK-G, Drum and Bass, Breaks or whatever. Now there are so many terms for it that the journalists can?t pidgeon-hole it any more. This is a good thing - it's music. Moody music. Multifunctional, multifaceted music created by Humans with Brains, Hearts, Machines & Electricity. Music that?s great for dancing to in clubs, or submerging yourself within your headphones, your car, your home, wherever. It's instrumental dance music, but it's the perfect forum for the best MC's and vocalists. We at Rephlex call it Grime to publicise to the people at large, outside of the specialist world of it's producers. The purists might debate the name, but while they do that, crews around the globe are uniting in this strong & fresh dance movement. In this age of Information Technology, people are able to easily find real quality that they actually want, without being spoon-fed compromised product. Now, it is a time of change and the soundtrack is Grime"

There's an excellent blog-feature on the Grime/Rephlex interface here:

more on grime / rephlex

and an absolutely massive overview of grime in 2003 here:

skykicking grime review 2003

And finally, because I'm conscious that apart from Dizzee and Wiley not much of this stuff has hit the likes of radio 1, a quick guide to beginners, and I'm stopping right...

(what is grime?)


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