London producer Swindle brings us a superb, hyped-up EP with ‘Funk & Grime’. Swindle recruits some leading names in the grime scene to provide vocals for the bouncy, dynamic beats that make up this concise, entertaining project.
UK veteran Ghetts appears on the rowdy, revved-up ‘Works Haffi Run’, and the textured, glitchy banger is grime in it’s purest form. The formula of hard-hitting synthesizers and frantic drum rhythms works fantastically, and Ghetts’ characteristic energy and intense personality shines through on this cut. Newham Generals representative and staple in the 140 BPM scene D Double E joins Swindle for ‘Lemon Trees’, and the witty lyricism describes Double’s experience mixing marijuana and liquor, and it’s delivered with finesse, humour and unrivalled vigour, with ferocious bars being laced over an intense, upbeat instrumental with loud, unflinching drums and intertwined melodies providing a perfect backdrop for the East London spitter.
Also contained in the ‘Funk & Grime’ EP are the instrumental mixes, as well as a Flava D remix of ‘Mad Ting’, and the genre-bending sound is exciting and entertaining throughout it’s five-track runtime. Any grime or hip-hop fan needs this one in their collection.
By Sam Bennett