DL: Once Upon a Grime [.zip]
What is Grime Music? Instead of just leaving you bbs to figure out the meaning of this hotness on your own, we figured you could use a little history lesson from your favorite sXc schoolteacher~ CJ Milli.
Musically influenced by UK Garage, drum and bass, ragga, and jungle, Grime/Eski music originated out of London, UK in the year 2000. Before grime was even known as grime, east London MC/producer Wiley created a sound called Eski – inspired by his cold feelings towards the world at the time. When Wiley first created this new sound, he called it “Eski-beat” and referred to himself as the “Eski-boy”. It was Wiley’s signature sound that came to solidify the Eski era as one of the most important times in the UK underground Electronic dance music scene. This particular sub~genre of grime is said to have a distinctive “icy,” winter-themed beat, whatever the fuck that means. To me, Eski music is most characterized by those nintendo-sounding clicks. You’ll know what I’m talking about when you listen to Slackk’s track ‘Eski Clicks.’ I’ve done a bit of research trying to find the exact origin of some of the most commonly used samples in Eski, but wasn’t able to find any definitive answers, so consider it your homework to find that out.
Until recent experimentation with the genre, almost all Eski beats were spat over and recycled by loads of MCs. For example, Wiley’s “Ice Rink” instrumental was rapped on by about twenty different MCs, both underground and mainstream. You have most likely heard of Lady Sovereign. You may have also heard of Dizzee Rascal. In the US we would tend to call that style of music hip-hop, because here, that’s what we call any music with words rapped over it. In the UK they currently call this style grime. It has words rapped over music like hip hop does, but the music is more clubby than most american hip hop.
Eski music has since gained it’s own life. Producers like Slackk, Walton, Logos are emulating the classic Wiley sound today and are developing it further. And if you hadn’t heard of grime yet, you heard it here first! This is your chance to be on top of the trend early bbs~
Akito put some Eski Clicks on this now classic Jeremih track, hottt! Oops, i mean cooooold~
Swindle’s track “Pineapple,” Royal-T’s “Orangade VIP,” Darq E Freaker’s “Cherryade” and SRC’s “Tangerine” are probably our four favorite grime traxx of all time~ and all so fruity.
SRC – Tangerine (Stream Only)
DJ Cable’s “Cartridge EP” is fucking hot! He oh~so successfully sampled & eski~ed up my main man Super Mario. Check out the video below & make sure to pick up the full EP here, cause you neeeed that instrumental//Devil Remix!
We’ve been playing Strict Face’s forthcoming track “Shibuya Gunner” in all our sets lately! Fire. Also can’t wait for Samename’s track Devil Eyes to come out! Check the video previews of these two~