I don’t usually post grime, but there’s one guy I think you should know about, as I think it’s only a matter of time before he becomes a household name as an MC crossing over into dance music. I’ve been listening to a lot of tracks from seventeen year old East-Londoner Maxsta; still unsigned, he was first bigged up during our interview earlier this year with Toddla T. Since then he’s released his debut Maxsta mixtape, as well as a bunch of collabs, my favorite of which was recent tune with Lady Chann ‘Dun Dem Season’, produced by Seiji.
While I’m on the subject, Lady Chann’s another one to look out for, she’s been tipped as UK’s Queen of Dancehall, and is set to release her next record later in the year via Toddla T’s own label: Girls Music. There’s a lot of dancehall stuff to get hyped about this year, particularly after the success of Major Lazer in 2009, it seems a bit like the floodgates have opened up. If you were diggin’ that as much as we were, pay particular attention to Ninja Tune, Mad Decent and Girls Music this year, we’ll be keeping you posted on our picks so you don’t miss a beat.
Despite volcanic disruptions and endless amounts of airline shenanigans, I managed to make it back to London for the weekend. So here’s the craic: Tonight, Fabric‘s playing host to a stunning lineup to mark the drop of Duke Dumont‘s new FabricLive record.
ROOM 2: Friction; Dillinja; Commix; Alix Perez; Xample & Lomax; Ink; Tasha b2b FD; Macpherson + MCs Rymetyme; Messy MC; and IC3.
Where: Fabric (Closest Tube: Farringdon)
Cashmoney: £14 or £11 Students/FabricFirst
A few tracks to send you on your merry way:
Solo‘s most recent tropical effort remixing Berlin-based trio Jahcoozi. Their Sri-Lankan/British MC Sasha Perera sounds eerily similar to M.I.A., minus the gunshots and cashmoney samples, which is not necessarily a bad thing. Their latest album dropped last Monday, entitled ‘Barefoot Wanderer’, and you can get your mits on that here.
Banging remix of New Jersey based UK Garage guru and Daft Punk collaborator Todd Edwards. MJ Cole‘s smashed out a fidgety Garage rendition of the track – for me, it’s the standout remix on the ‘I Might Be’ EP.
Spitting vocals over Mylo‘s house anthem ‘Drop The Pressure’, former Fabric resident collabs with LA-based electro-dancehall outfit South Rakkas Crew. Dope track.
Whether you’re out at Fabric tonight or not – Party on, Dirty Dancers; the weekend starts here. Have yourselves a good one.