Podcast 175: Elijah & Skilliam

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It's funny, no matter how many times grime has been declared dead, the rough-and-ready genre keeps coming back for more. Undeterred by the scene's unfortunate detours into inter-crew beefs, clashes with law enforcement, and out-and-out hypermasculinity, young Rinse FM jocks Elijah & Skilliam are taking grime back to the days when the music was fun, the tempos were fast, and producers were king. Aside from their weekly Rinse program, the guys also run the up-and-coming Butterz imprint, which actually releases vinyl (a total grime rarity these days) and serves as a springboard for a whole new generation of beatsmiths. Given that so little grime ever makes it out of London, let alone the UK, we figured that these boys could deliver a high-quality snapshot of the scene circa 2010, and tapped them to put together this exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series. Unlike most grime mixes, this session is almost entirely vocal-free, save for a few R&B fragments that pop up toward the end. Otherwise, it's absolutely bursting with high-energy tunes, many of them unreleased, and nearly all of them produced by Butterz's increasingly impressive stable of artists. That includes grime granddaddy Terror Danjah, one of the first heavy-hitters to really get behind Elijah & Skilliam. It's a safe bet that he won't be the last.

01 Spooky "Spartan (D.O.K Remix)" (Butterz)
02 Royal T "Hotones VIP" (Butterz)
03 Swindle "Trending Topic" (Butterz)
04 TRC "Oo Aa Ee (Royal T I ? Garage Refix)" (Butterz)
05 DJ Q "Hype Machine" (Butterz)
06 TRC "Skipping Rope" (Butterz)
07 Terror Danjah "Minimal Dub" (Hyperdub)
08 Terror Danjah "Air Bubble (Royal T Remix)" (Butterz)
09 D.O.K "Akumas Dad" (Hardrive)
10 Royal T "Whistle Song" (Butterz)
11 D.O.K "Chemical Planet (DJ Q Remix)" (Butterz)
12 SRC "Goomba VIP" (Butterz)
13 Swindle, Wizzy Wow, Rude Kid, Terror Danjah "Tag" (Butterz)
14 Virgo "Megaman"
15 D.O.K "East Coast" (Hyperdub)
16 DJ Q "Danger" (Butterz)
17 SRC "Untitled"
18 D.O.K "West Coast" (Hyperdub)
19 Terror Danjah "U Make Me Feel" (Hardrive)
20 Swindle "Mood Swings" (Butterz)
21 TRC "Freak In Me"
22 Swindle "Bebop" (Butterz)
23 SRC "Sex On The Beach" (Butterz)
24 Terror Danjah "Air Bubble (Starkey Remix)" (Butterz)
25 SRC "Be Down"
26 Terror Danjah "S.O.S" (Hyperdub)

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