That’s what I’m talking about! Boylan sneaks a last one in before the year plays out. Meticulous funereal Grime with an undead lumber – there’s almost a kind of Nosferatu-esque (1922 silent version) jerkiness and flicker to the swing and shuffle and dread laden bass grind. Sound system carnage guaranteed.
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.
Hell yeah! This is proper good. Almost startling in its simplicity. Unpretentious, unfussy. A moody head nodder, with funk to boot, that almost veers into Mover darkcore territory. Trends ‘IronFist’ is also a fine bit of darkage…can’t really compete with the Don’s though.
Stoked to be the proud owner of one of these first official prints, still available here, from one of the kings of the London graffiti scene (although it feels like something of an oxymoron to have actually paid for a ‘print’, to have it framed and now have it hanging on my wall. All a bit art gallery and coming in from the cold? But that’s my problem for forking out the money like the middle class twat I am, not his).
Anyone living in London in the early 90s could surely not have missed his name and tag even if only filtered peripherally. He was simply part of the landscape, literally everywhere and absolutely destroyed the underground, particularly the Hammersmith & City line!
No two ways about it, Fume and his crew were seriously hardcore and lived and breathed paint well into the late 90s. There still doesn’t seem to be too much out there on him – to his credit! but I dug up this archived Bomb Alert Magazine interview with 2Kold that gives a snapshot of the kind of lifestyle they were all leading and it all sounds pretty full on and out there ‘on the perimeter’. Amped and angry and totally dedicated to their results. “It’s no use painting the odd wall with pretty colours. You’ve got to smash every depot. It’s a war and no-one can control us”. Seems there was a lot of quite violent rivalry and hate later on which makes it all sound even murkier. See the 1997 Big Issue feature.
This got me reminiscing about that certain period of London sub/culture. Fuck, there was a lot of hardcore business going on then! from the graffiti, the music, the raves, Spiral Tribe, right through to Damien Hirst’s shark & Marc Quinn’s ‘Self’ in the hi-art world, you name it. John Peel & Andy Kershaw on the airwaves. And still no www! – Pre-Starbucks, pre-Pret a (fuckin’) Manger, pre-Sainsbury’s Local virus, pre-fixies (except Buffalo Bill maybe heh?), pre-Flat (fuckin’) Whites, smokey boozers, Mutoid Waste squat still down Portobello Road (props to Tom Vogue’s exhaustive ‘Getting it Straight in Notting Hill Gate: A West London Psychogeography Report’ for making my mind run back in that particular hood).
My internal tape rewind is unspooling now like one of Krapp’s Last Tapes! But that’s why I bought the print and have it on my wall – every time I sit on the sofa with a cup of tea and look at it I think of all of the above and more. Dem days.