2004 DUBSTEP 5
KODE 9 FT DADDI GEE “SIGN OF THE DUB” (Hyperdub) and “FUKKAZ (SUBKON VOX)” (dub)
One beatless bass excursion. The other a sino-dub quantum leap. The next dubstep phaze has begun.
DIGITAL MYSTIKZ “GIVE JAH GLORY” (Tempa) and “FORGIVE” (dub)
Deep sounds from within. Essential.
LOEFAH “JUNGLE INFILTRATOR” (Big Apple) and “HORROR SHOW” (DMZ01)
DMZ’s Loefah’s opening shots.
PLASTICMAN “SHALLOW GRAVE (SKREAMZ MIX)” (Terror Riddim dub) and “FUNERAL VIBEZ”
Yo Gilles Peterson are you still “looking for the perfect beat?” Skreamz has made it.
GEENEUS “CONGO” (Tempa)
From the essential Tempa Allstars 2 doublepack.
2004 GRIME 5 (that could be 50)
ROLL DEEP “LET IT OUT” and “UNKNOWN (the Asian one on the LP demo)”
Proof that grime 2004 belonged to the Entourage
TRIM FT RIKO, WILEY, D DOUBLE E AND FOOTSIE (TERROR DANJAH PRODUCTION) “BOOGEY MAN” (White)
Irresistible grime anthem and Trim’s vinyl debut.
TARGET AND RIKO “CHOSEN ONE” (Aim High)
Talking loud and saying something. Target’s a genius.
DOK FT BRUZA “GET ME” (Aftershock)
“Yo DOK is this me blad?” G-funk goes Cockney-Eski.
WONDER FT KANO “LATELY” (New Era)
Surfing the popular/innovation boundary.
ALBUMS OF 2004
HIGH CONTRAST “HIGH SOCIETY” (Hospital)
Ecstatic, euphoric, irresistible.
JUNIOR BOYS “LAST EXIT” (Kin)
80s + r&b bounce + melodies to kill for = this years’ Metro Area.
DIZZEE RASCAL “SHOWTIME” (XL)
Inpenetrable yet essential.
The definitive grime mega-mixtape, even though it’s talked over.
ROLL DEEP PRESENT CREEPER VOL 1
Not as good as their Rinse FM sets but seriously mucky in places.
AIM HIGH VOL 1
It’s by Target. Say no more.
RUN THE ROAD
A labour of love throughout 2004 by me and 679’s Dan Stacey.
MIXTAPES/COMPS OF 2004
KNOWLEDGE MAGAZINE PRESENTS BASSBIN RECORDS MIX
Doc Scott-style dub roller.
KNOWLEDGE MAGAZINE PRESENTS INPERSPECTIVE RECORDS MIX
The return of the breaks to d&b
HOLLATRONIX “Inperfection makes is fresh-sha”
R&b, crunk, classic hip hop, dancehall and even The Clash. Fresh.
YOUNGSTA LIVE AT FWD>> VOL 1
A love/hate CD, yet the definitive snapshot of a skunked out sound pushed to the limits … for better or worse.
MC OF THE YEAR: Trim
GRIME INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR: Wiley
D&B TUNES OF THE YEAR
CALIBRE FT MC FATS “DROP IT DOWN” (Signature)
Blissful sub-bass singjay jam.
AR RAHMAN “THE AMERICANS ARE COMING (NURIYA HAMIED & MOISES MODESTO REMIX)” (bootleg)
Insane Indian string epic given the bootleg d&b treatment.
FUTURE PROPHECIES “EASTERN ORGANIC” (Sound Trax test press)
Steps like “Pulp Fiction”. Sounds like Digital Mystikz or DJ Distance. Refreshing Oriental sounds.
Q PROJECT “NATION 2 NATION” (Hospital)
The perfect marimba groove?
0=0 “SOUL HUNTER TESTIFIES” (Inperspective dub)
What Squarepusher should have sounded like. Is this the rhythmic limit of d&b? Is this even d&b?
CHRISTINA MILIAN “DIP IT LOW”
ASHANTI “ONLY U”
KELIS AND ANDRE 3000 “MILLIONAIRE”
TOP 6 PLACES IN 2004
Hackney Wick by twilight
Interviewing Roll Deep and Whileout Onez in Limehouse aka “Whilehouse”
The space in front of Plastic People’s speakers during Forward>>, RinseSessions or Co op
The 2am Sunday nightbus home from DMZ Sessions in Croydon
In Sainsbury’s: getting a call from Riko to say he’s free
On the footie pitch getting the f**kin tackles in
2004 BOTTOM 5
War and poverty
Inequality and intolerance
Right wing media
The collapse of the dance/urban magazine sector/record sales
FUTURE 5 FOR 2005
The Digital Mystikz, Loefah and Kode 9 & Daddi Gee LPs
Burial, Pinch, Fumin and Lowdeep releases
Influx Datum’s LP (Formation)
Drumfunk Vol 1 compiled by Paradox
WISHFUL THINKING 5 FOR 2005
A Trim LP
Some next MC who raises the bar further
Some insane next scene from around the world that’s not buss yet
A Dusk & Blackdown 12”