Boylan: Hatched 26 / Trends & Boylan: Bedlam (Mean Streets)

Hatched 26

Finally out.

‘Twisted Brass’ was one of the stand tunes that gripped me by the throat and nutted me off the last ever Boxed show on Rinse back in Oct 2017. An absolute snarler and exactly how Grime should deliver: short blows to the abdomen and straight to the MFing point.

This one off the album he did with Trends towards the end of last year (which I somehow missed?) is even more unrelenting in its brutish orc stomp. He’s kind of playing with a formula now, and fine-tuning, honing the template, but damn, who cares? The man’s perfected the sound system grunt to a T.

Walton: Black Lotus (Tectonic)

There’s a clinical sheen to this LP – and I mean that in a good way; that feeling (and chemical smell) you sometimes get when you open up some brand new gadget or pair of kicks you’ve had your eye on for ages; the boxfresh, straight from the factory moment. Also a monastic, almost martial art simplicity and restraint to a lot of the beat and bass mongering (that in the wrong hands is just plod, like say Youngsta’s schtick, but here attains the finesse of handcrafted Japanese blades), a deliberate pacing for the subs to really breath and hit lower. ‘Point Blank’, ‘Mad Zapper’ and ‘Angry Drummer’ are my top tunes here.

The Final Boxed Show

Farewell Boxed then. Almost no chat, just tune after tune throw down. And a couple of real stand outs to my ears (mainly from Boylan if I’m not mistaken?). In (my) ideal Grime world I’d want of a whole set of these kindof tunes back to back; just a hard mix of grunting and brutish, economic and watertight instrumentals but hey…

33:46 Definitely a Boylan tune? (basically a variation of Glass (Boylan Devil Mix) no?)

37:30 Pure filth…

1:19:10 (Boylan & Riko) then into this instrumental…Vicious!!!

And the new Mumdance tunes straight after are on point too. You can instantly hear his quirky tech signatures on the production. Proper tear out bounce business.