Always on top of the game with underground music, Soundpond.net is proud to present Adelaide’s very first grime night.
All well and good… but what is grime you may ask? Click “continue reading” for more…
Sharing similar roots to dubstep, grime is a sound that grew out of the darker strains of UK garage in the early noughties. A sound born of East London’s working-class suburbs, early grime productions were typified by raw and unpolished yet futuristic sounds, often with low production values but a distinctive attitude and energy. Taking influence from hip-hop, dancehall, ragga and jungle, MCs were often the main focus in grime; MCs would spit lyrics over tracks at raves and on pirate radio and many productions were made with this in mind. While MCs such as Dizzee Rascal and Wiley have received both commercial success and critical acclaim, grime was written off as dead by many, with the sound being overshadowed by the growth of its cousin dubstep and with major labels cherry-picking talented MCs to package into chart-friendly pop acts.
Roll Deep crew on Deja Vu FM 2004
In recent years, grime has seen a new lease of life with producers exploring what can be done with grime as an instrumental genre, still maintaining grime’s inimitable attitude and energy but with less of the beef and braggadocio that has plagued the MC scene. The new school of grime is figureheaded by DJs Elijah and Skilliam who run the Butterz label and host a show on London’s pirate-turned-legal station Rinse FM. Butterz started as a blog putting the spotlight on producers, before turning into a label to provide a much-needed home for talent such Terror Danjah, Swindle, Royal-T and D.O.K. This new wave of grime has definitely not gone unnoticed: Fact Magazine named Butterz as one of the top ten labels of 2011 and the new sound has been released on respected labels Planet Mu and Hyperdub.
Royal-T – Orangeade – 2010
We believe the perfect producer to introduce grime to Adelaide is SWINDLE. The South London musician and producer is a perfect example of grime’s new-found sense of fun and musicality, bringing jazz and funk influences to his high-energy productions. A part of the Butterz family, Swindle has also released on Planet-Mu and Deep Medi Musik as well as collaborating with Roska and Silkie.
Swindle – Moodswings – 2011
Swindle – Daredevil -2010
SWINDLE presented by Soundpond.net, Heaps Gully and Cuckoo takes place at Cuckoo Bar, 137 Hindley Street, Adelaide on Saturday 30th June. Doors open at 9pm. Support by MC Griff, Skippy, Gratifly Vs Getoblondie, Kid Language Barrier and Josh Warry.
Presold tickets are $15 and can be picked up from the Soundpond.net office at 264 Rundle Street. Please call ahead on 08 7200 0090 or email email@example.com to reserve yours.
Coming soon: Grime Pond Jam – Monday 25th June on Soundpond.net – More details to follow.