by Alex Griffin
What’s great about the young and developing scene we have in London (and beyond), is the sheer diversity of it. It seems every day a new artist is coming to our attention, sounding new and innovative and original, yet still so distinctly British. Artists are getting weird and artists are getting experimental, and it’s due time we started highlighting some of these creatives that may otherwise slip under our radar. With that being said, we’ve devised this column those looking for something different; Go Left, GRM’s guide to alternative grime, hip-hop and R&B.
After a weeks hiatus, we’re back with the regular column, as well as an announcement. There will soon be a Go Left playlist over on our YouTube channel to support those making creative visuals, and with that we will also be uploading more alternative videos onto our channel. If you fit in with those who don’t fit in, are part of the Go Left gang and have something wavy for us, send an email to [email protected]
Be sure to check out the last column of dopeness right here too.
808INK – “LAT PULL DOWN”
808INK, the rap collective with a real handle on aesthetics, return to the pages of Go Left yet again, with yet another new track. They dropped “LAT PULL DOWN”, a wonky and booming new rap track, with an instrumental that takes us back to some of The Neptunes’ early work. Supported by a melodic, genreless, distorted chorus and some killer verses in their becoming-trademark delivery, this is absolute greatness.
Barney Artist – “Stay Close”
Barney Artist is due to release his new album ‘Painting Sounds’ tomorrow (which you can pre-order here) and has liberated a new single to tide us over Produced by Tom Misch, a London producer who’s built a serious dedicated fan base of his own, the track is an electronic, dance-floor ready track, with Barney opting for a bouncy and energetic delivery. This is perfect Sunday morning groove music, for real.
Ezro – “God Powers”
A member of The Vision Crew, a regular on Radar Radio and producer of AJ Tracey’s breakout banger “Spirit Bomb”, Ezro is well on his way to becoming a force to be reckoned with when it comes to this instrumental grime ting. He furthers that point, with the release of a new riddim titled “God Powers”. It’s got a jilting melody, hissing hi-hats and skippy 808’s, that although stands on its own two feet, is sick enough for us to want an MC to come and shell it down. Come take the challenge.
ItsNate – “SLOCAL OVERSEAS” (ft. IDEH)
ItsNate might be new to a lot of ears, but he’s already local overseas. Whilst out pushing the art in Berlin, he’s also picked up our ears with some seriously wavy music. “SLOCAL OVERSEAS” is an airy and crisp hip-hop song, backed by plinking keys and a relaxed, sensual chorus. The main point of focus has to be ItsNate’s deep, eleqouent and undeniable delivery though; it’s impossible not to really listen to this guy.
Mernau – “Hour” (ft. Luui)
Mernau is an electronic producer who really can’t be contained into a boxed genre. Take a scroll through his SoundCloud page and you’ll hear a whole taste of sounds and influenced. His new track, alongside rapper Luui, is a cold marriage of electronic and UK hip-hop; the instrumental is atmospheric and intense, while the flows are double time, the lyrics spaced out.