Sheffield wordsmith Milks, who is a member of the blistering Scumfam collection, partners with fellow South Yorkshireman G8 who solely handles the production with a distinguished sound and clear experience. ‘Food 4 Thought’ is a concise, cohesive effort, and it’s sure to introduce new listeners to the thriving Northern grime scene.
Milks recruits Kdot for the banging ‘GMW’. A catchy hook comes before a tirade of witty punchlines and aggressive, relentless flows from the two Scumfam representatives, and the pounding kick and arpeggiated synth is intoxicating and guaranteed to keep you skanking from start to finish. Milks’ high pitched tone and herbalist bars are consistently heavy, and Kdot’s instantly recognisable Sheffield swagger is a perfect addition to this early highlight.
‘2 Be Real’ is one for the old-school heads, and Milks keeps the lively vibe interesting with an upbeat, classic 80s influenced beat which samples the anthemic Cheryl Lynn hit of a similar name. ‘Track8’ features fellow Sheff spitters AK, Kutta1 & Tempo, who accompany Milks with frantic bars and a grimey stomper of a beat produced by G8, who handles the beats across the entire span of ‘Food 4 Thought’.
Milks has a knack for mixing authentic grime flows and attitude with catchy hooks and radio-ready production. With a huge variety of flows in his arsenal, something which is clear on ‘Coming Up’, the hybrid of a traditionally hype 140 vibe with an accessible, club-friendly backdrop is well executed on the mixtape. ’24 Hours’ is a more hip-hop influenced track, with a simplistic piano based beat and intricate writing delivered in Milks’ unmistakable tone.
Milks demonstrates his eclectic selection of flows and styles with this project, and the lyrics are consistently executed with an effortless finesse. The production is key to the cohesion on display across ‘Food 4 Thought’, and the chemistry between Milks and G8 is refreshingly entertaining. Let’s not make this one the last.
By Sam Bennett