Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Wiley-King Of Grime?

Ok, I'm going to be honest. I'm not an expert by any means on Grime, so if you're hoping for a deep insight on MCs, then you have come to the wrong place. However, I know what I like, and frankly the stuff I have heard from Wiley is fabulous. I have struggled to find a decent picture to post, so apologies.

However, last month, Wiley made the front cover of The Wire, and has a new album out, Playtime Is Over. I picked up a recent 12" '5050/Bow-E3' and have now a few mp3s for your pleasure, bought from emusic, as well as an earlier track from 2004, courtesy of The Wire website (which is fast becoming my favourite magazine and associated website).

Wiley-'50/50' mp3

Wiley-'Bow E3.' mp3

Wiley-'Flyboy.' mp3 all from Playtime Is Over

Wiley-'Ground Zero.' mp3

As always, these mp3s will be up for one week only. If you like what you hear, go and buy the album, preferably from an independent record store. And let me know what you think!


Juan said...

I just listened to your previous Fopp posts and was enjoying iLIKETRAINS while I downloaded Wiley to see what "grime" was. At first I thought it was some sort of UK hip-hop but then I saw a richness in the beats that more resemble the techno, trance, jungle thing than narcissistic American hip-hop.

In fact a good mash-up maybe iLIKETRAINS and Wiley for some intersting music. I am not a hip-hop fan at all but loved Ground Zero Vinyl. Kraftwerk would be proud.

Ed said...

Juan, excellent! This is why I posted the tracks, because I think there really is something about these beats. There is something narcissistic about some hip-hop, but here, like you say, the beats have something. May be time I posted some Kraftwerk too...