There was a time when grime was strictly London, and in many ways, there’s no other city where it could have originated. Fast forward to 2016 however, and grime is now a genre which is represented in every corner of the UK, with international attention growing rapidly. Scene stalwart, DJ and presenter, Logan Sama, is someone who has been instrumental in taking grime to the masses, showcasing some of the biggest MCs of the day on former pirate radio station, Rinse FM, before being picked up by Kiss where he hosted the his seminal show, KissGrime, for ten years.
Recently launching his own brand and website, Keepin’ It Grimy, as a platform and hub for new talent, news and exclusives, while also releasing an essential 24-track Fabriclive mix, Logan has bolstered his position as one of the genre’s key players. This Saturday (27th) Keepin’ It Grimy and Calligraphy join forces for a mighty show at Glasgow’s O2 ABC, inviting grime heavyweight Giggs to perform alongside Aberdeen's Ransom FA, Edinburgh's Sky Boii and local crew DJ Milktray, Jon Phonics and Rapture 4D. Ahead of the event, we asked Logan to select some of grime’s most incendiary production talent from outside London, passing through Bristol, Birmingham, Oxford and of course, Glasgow:
“Bristol’s strong influence on British electronic music goes back decades! Kahn & Neek and Joker have both had a big impact on the genre over the years. Asa & Sorrow are following in that tradition with several strong releases on Joker’s aforementioned label!”
BIRMINGHAM: SWIFTA BEATER
“If you were making a grime project in 2015, you asked Swifta for a production – it’s that simple. The Birmingham producer made arguably the biggest track of the year in JME’s ‘Man Don’t Care’. He’s also just linked up with Kano for ‘3 Wheel Ups’. He’s a beast.”
“Another Birmingham producer who exploded onto the scene with the track ‘Pulse R’, getting battered on Sir Spyro sets. He’s since seen that very beat released on Stripes Records, which both JME and Jammer have vocalled over. He’s also responsible for one of the break-out underground tracks of the year with Capo Lee’s ‘Liff’.”
“If you have been listening to sets with any of the latest MCs emerging in grime, you will have heard Oxford’s very own Trends getting the forward on them. Working closely with Slimzee, as well as DJ’ing himself, Trends has now set up his own label, ‘Mean Streets’, with a number of exciting offerings on the horizon.”
“Glasgow producer Polonis has grabbed a lot of attention through support from DJ Spooky and his own DJ’ing. His ‘Ghetto Kyote’ re-fix was the high point of a recent Boxed event. However, he isn’t limited to appropriating classics, as his recent project ‘M’ showed.”
Logan Sama brings Keepin’ It Grimy to the O2 ABC this Saturday (27th) alongside Calligraphy. He’ll be joined by Giggs, Ransom FA & Sky Boii, DJ Milktray & Jon Phonics and Rapture 4D. Advance tickets are available from Ticketweb. Logan Sama’s Fabriclive 83 mix is out now via Fabric Records.
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