Spenda C sent us some Aussie grime kids killing it to ease your Skepta/Stormzy burn
Down under doin' it right.
Last week saw the 1-2 punch of much-adored grime artists Skepta and Stormzy both cancel trips down under on the eve of large tours. People were upset, we made a meme, and everyone thought it would be fucking hilarious to comment "shutdown" on any news item regarding said abandonment of Australian tours.
Of course, the genre "grime" isn't just limited to those two acts (they're just the two our national youth broadcaster has been getting behind the most in 2015/2016), and while we've covered the UK scene in the past, why not see what's happening down under?
So we put it to Aussie bass king Spenda C, currently touring the country with Ian Munro (check remaining dates down the bottom), to find out a few Aussie artists for you to get around:
Don't be fooled by the South African tag, Mr. Shadow is as Aussie as it gets! The Perth MC has been crushing it lately with features on UK Grime Channel Risky Roads and scoring the local support for D double E. With one of tightest flows in the game Shadow is definitely one to watch out for.
Follow Mr Shadow on FACEBOOK.
I AM D
Check Back doesn't immediately stand out as a Grime track but the more you pull it apart the more you realise it's a very important turning point for the Australian Grime sound. I AM D takes that typical Grime call-and-response style hook championed by the likes of Skepta and puts his distinct spin on it. Yes, he raps in an Aussie accent and yes, it works! Even that flute-laden beat by James Angus wouldn't sound out of place on Konnichiwa. All the best bits of the UK sound with all the best bits of the AUS sound… win!
Follow I AM D on FACEBOOK.
UK born, Sydney based grime god Dominic Rahmeel has been grinding hard this year. Pretty much everything on his Soundcloud is complete fire. His newer stuff is a bit more wavy and melodic but his freestyle over the Rude Kid's One Take riddim (made famous by the likes of Stormzy) stands out as a hard hitting, full blown grime banger!
Follow Dominic Rahmeel on FACEBOOK.
You couldn't do a post about Australian grime music without mentioning Fraksha. Undoubtably the Godfather of the Aus' Grime scene, Melbournes's Fraksha has been on his grind for years. Just to prove my point, I've chosen a freestyle from four years ago, a time well before Skepta and Stormzy started catching radio plays and Dizzee Rascal had already gone full Bonkers. Well OK sees Fraksha go in on Preditah's Gargoyle beat.
Follow Fraksha on FACEBOOK.
Strict Face has made a name for himself in the Aus' scene with releases on NLV Records and spins on Rinse FM France. His Rain Cuts EP just dropped on Blacklink and whilst it is a more stripped back, almost chilled offering from the Adelaide producer there are a few cuts here were I could imagine the right MC going hard on. You can catch Strict Face on the Adelaide leg of the FOMO festival next year alongside Grime stalwart JME.
Follow Strict Face on FACEBOOK.
SPENDA C REMAINING DATES:
Sat 1 Oct - Movidas, Mackay
Sun 2 Oct - Proud Mary's, Erina
Thu 13 Oct - The Helm, Sunshine Coast
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