THE ULTRAVIOLET GLIDE // 008

Introducing the eighth instalment of mixes featuring some of my own soul infused mashups, along with the assorted stylings of UK R&B, UK Rap and more. So, scroll down and press play for a 40 minute musical journey through the soul soaked sounds of The ‘Ultraviolet Glide’.💫

POSTED BY: @TIMI.WATSONROSE

THE ULTRAVIOLET GLIDE // 007

Introducing the seventh instalment of mixes featuring some of my own Jazz and Soul infused UK Drill mashups, along with the assorted stylings of UK R&B, Jazz and something a little bit different. So, scroll down and press play for a 40 minute musical journey through the soul soaked sounds of The ‘Ultraviolet Glide’.💫

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THE ULTRAVIOLET GLIDE // 006

Introducing the sixth instalment of mixes featuring some of my own Jazz and Soul infused UK Drill mashups, along with the assorted stylings of UK R&B, UK Afrobeats and more. So, scroll down and press play for a 40 minute musical journey through the soul soaked sounds of The ‘Ultraviolet Glide’.💫

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THE ULTRAVIOLET GLIDE // 005

Introducing the fifth instalment of mixes featuring some of my own Jazz and Soul infused UK Drill mashups, along with the assorted stylings of UK R&B, Afroswing and more. So, scroll down and press play for a 40 minute musical journey through the soul soaked sounds of The ‘Ultraviolet Glide’.💫

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THE ULTRAVIOLET GLIDE // 004

Introducing the fourth instalment of mixes featuring some of my own Jazz and Soul infused UK Drill mashups, along with the assorted stylings of UK R&B, Rap and more. So, scroll down and press play for a 40 minute musical journey through the soul soaked sounds of The ‘Ultraviolet Glide’.💫

POSTED BY: @TIMI.WATSONROSE

THE ULTRAVIOLET GLIDE // 003 [MIX]

Introducing the third instalment of mixes which features some of my own Jazz and Soul infused UK Drill mashups, along with the assorted stylings of UK R&B, Grime and more. So, scroll down and press play for a 40 minute musical journey through the soul soaked sounds of The ‘Ultraviolet Glide’.💫

POSTED BY: @TIMI.WATSONROSE

THE ULTRAVIOLET GLIDE // 002 [MIX]

Introducing the second instalment of mixes featuring some of my own Jazz and Soul infused UK Drill mashups, along with the assorted stylings of UK R&B, Afroswing and more. So, scroll down and press play for a 40 minute musical journey through the soul soaked sounds of The ‘Ultraviolet Glide’.💫

POSTED BY: @TIMI.WATSONROSE

DANCEHALL ELECTRONICA: THE FUTURE SOUNDS OF AFROSWING

7 years on from the birth of the amalgamated sounds of what has come to be described as ‘Afroswing’ the momentum that was garnered by the likes of Timbo, J Hus, Sneakbo and many others has diminished some what in the last couple years. However, in light of some recent events it’s looking like the sounds and styles of the UK Afrowave may have a new lease of life.

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Over the last few years it’s fair to say that the sound of Afroswing has been relatively conservative and considering the broad influences of the genre, that wasn’t an issue in it’s first few years. But in the last couple of years, outside of projects from front running acts such as J Hus and NSG, the amount of artists that seemed to be fueling the scene’s progression had faded some what, and with it, the force that was evolving the sound. Stylistic stagnation had set in and the music – despite its many influences – was lacking diversity. Well, that was until November last year when Pa Salieu dropped his heavily anticipated debut album ‘Send Them To Coventry’.

The critically acclaimed project that earned the 23 year old rapper the winning spot in the ‘BBC Music’s Sound of 2021 poll’ has been a breathe of fresh air in the UK Rap scene, not just because it masterfully encompasses a lot of the styles that are prominent today, but what makes it especially significant are the Afroswing productions that strongly suggest the potential to for a precursor to the sounds of the future.

Songs like ‘Block Boy’ and ‘Over There’ are stand out selections that really highlight the potential for this new creative direction on the instrumental side of things. Where a lot of ‘Afroswing’ selections of the past have favored the warm synths you commonly find in Afrobeats, these two tracks take a traditional approach to the rhythm and bass, while introducing a colder range of synths to deliver a more electronic sound reminiscent of the various forms of EDM music – but, with an Afro twist.

Fusing the synths and textures of the Post-Dubstep variety with the rhythm section of the Dancehall variety is a direction for the sound that could and should be explored further. Not to say the warm sunshine vibes of the likes of Belly Squad, Swarmz and Hardi Caprio don’t still have their place, but this could be a good point expand on what Afroswing has to offer to the masses. Similar to the ‘Jazz, Grime & Cross Pollination in the Capital’ post I wrote a little while back, a shift in thhe approach of veteran Afroswing producers by introducing more electronic dance elements, or possibly even collaborations with open-minded producers from the “EDM” sphere such as Skream or Joy Orbison could also be an interesting way of shaking things up. In any case, figuring out how to incorporate new influences is a job that will have to fall to the producers, but the good news is, some have already started.

While the prominence of the marimba sound that defined the scene could likely fade into obscurity if producers continue to take the sound down this experimental road, when you factor in the plethora of post-lockdown raves that are likely to pop up due to the 18 month withdrawal from the turn up, this new take on the sound could be an additional soundtrack to the return of the rave scene, and the perfect way to further embrace the ‘swing’ in Afroswing.

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THE ULTRAVIOLET GLIDE // 001 [MIX]

Introducing the first installment in a series of mixes which features exclusive Jazz and Soul infused Grime & UK Drill mashups, along with the assorted stylings of UK R&B. So, scroll down and press play for a 30 minute musical journey through the soul soaked sounds of The ‘Ultraviolet Glide’.💫

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JAZZ, GRIME & CROSS-POLLINATION IN THE CAPITAL

Throughout modern history the soundtrack to the lives of young London has always been in a state of flux, with new genre’s popping in, old ones popping out and the cycle repeating itself time and time again. Grime music has been at the forefront of the conversation around deaths and rebirths in recent times, however developments in the bubbling London Jazz scene and world dominating UK Drill scene have highlighted a growing attitude toward collaboration that could inform some interesting results.

WATSON ROSE TINTED REMIXES

Last year I did a mix series called ‘Soulscape’in The Streets’ – taking UK Drill instrumentals and mashin’ ’em up with soulsoaked beats from UK Garage to experimental post-dubstep instrumentals. I planned on following it up this year, however when I listening back to the original series there was something special about the end product and the time it was made that upon reflection, I didn’t want damage the artistic integrity of it’s original quality. Since I made that series a lot has changed in the realms of UK Drill and broader Black British music. You only have to look at Headie One’s latest project -GANG’ where he teamed up with the likes of Jamie XX, along with the melodic sounds of contemporary UK Drill to see that what was unique at the time, is less significant today. So, to return to this format – in my opinion – just wasn’t going to have the same effect.

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That being, I will be producing a new mix series in a effort to create something thats distinctly different to the sounds that are widespread  today, the details of which will be available soon. But for now, you can check out a couple of the edits I made when planning the 5th installment to enjoy in the meantime.

Keep it locked for more updates and stay safe.

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LORD OF THE DUBS [PART 7]: CORONAVIRUS, CLASHES AND CHAOS

It was all looking up in the world of Grime and broader Black British music culture. That was until the global pandemic known as Covid-19 hit the UK shores and towns and cities across the nation were put on lockdown. For all intents and purposes, from sports to the arts, progression was put on pause. But, with that said, forward thinking members of the scene have taken the opportunity capitalise on the moment and continued to entertain the masses.

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Shoutout C4 for being the first to merchandise the mask ting – salute.

As everyone began to accept the inevitable and adapt to the climate some artists turned to their craft to take them through this period of uncertainty. One such MC was the young mic man known as SBK, who decided to send a shot at the North London newcomer by the name of Subten – who got in the mix of the warfare that kicked off the year with the Wiley dub which was entitled ‘Back To The Village’. With Yizzy closing the door on his feuds with certain MC’s, Subten seemed to be one of the few MC’s that could be a justified target for SBK, so, in the name of war, he waged his offensive in the form of the track ‘Back To The Village’.  It’s unclear if Subten will respond, but the stage has been set, and we’ll have to see how this one goes.

 

As the days and weeks of  a nationwide quarantine progressed in the UK and the US, a lot of us have been tuned in to the beat battles that were sweeping the states and garnering global attention. The culture of clashing is intrinsic to the nature of Grime culture, and the excitement generated by these wars were beginning to inspire some action on our homeshores leading to arguably the most talked about clash since Stormzy and Wiley went head to head in January.

Skepta and Jammer took to insta live for an impromptu beat battle which resulted in a spectacle of epic proportions. Both artists dug deep in the crates, but what made it special was the interactions between the two from Skepta talking up the war and Jammer’s comical reactions. If you missed it, it’s a kinda “You had to be there” situation, but some did manage to capture some of magical moments that will give you an idea of the experience, and incentive to not miss out on the potential clashes that are the cards.

 

 

Although Jammer came with some serious selections and created some magical moments, by popular opinion Skepta took the title with a landslide victory, as reflected in the rundown by some of the key figures in the scene.

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As DJ Logan Sama accurately mentioned, when Jammer dropped the Destruction vocal it was an emotional moment particurlary when the late great Esco verse dropped in. If you wanna sample a piece of the energy check out the extended vocal below – pure Grime gold.

 

 

Following this clash the thirst for more war was a feeling felt by everyone who shared the experience, and work began on coordinated a follow up affair…

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The Rapid Vs DaVinChe clash is one I’m sure all the hardcore Grime fans would love to see. Two Triple OG producers with two contrasting and distinctive styles digging in the crates and clashing for the culture is the stuff that dreams are made of. But with no confirmation from DaVinChe, we can only hope he’ll come out of the shadows to take uo the challenge and gives the people another standout spectacle to lift spirits in these disparaging times at some point in the future – although, for some reason, this seems unlikely.

 

 

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There’s been a lot of people calling it on, but confirmations of who will actually engage in the war are still pending, but we’ll surely be seeing more of these clashes as the weeks progress, especially with Rude Kid & Spyro now confirmed to throw down for the culture.

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With all the attention on the producers, this instalive format lends itself to clashing in all forms, and it was only a matter of time before someone encouraged the MC’s to take part.

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With Jammer now pushing for some vocal match up’s, it’ll be interesting to see how Grime in the digital landscape will shape out in the coming weeks. But, I’m the products of this circumstance driven format will yield some more entertaining moments, and inform the music to come.

Written by Timi Ben-Edigbe

/@TIMI.WATSONROSE