February 2, 2015


Son Raw is spooky white. No seriously, he’s translucent. And he’ll be gone to some islands to catch some sun by the time this post is live.

Spooky deserves an award for being Spooky. He doesn’t release albums full of ambient explorations, or drop music inciting writers to pen corny think pieces but he’s on pirate radio week in and week out playing fresh music and every time he touches a DAW, you get a banger, ready-made to tear up the club. He’s never switched up his style, never gone for an ill-advised crossover and basically, he’s what you should see when you look in the dictionary under Grime DJ. He’s also a master at flipping a beat – he’s remixed everything from his peers’ anthems to Hip-Hop and Garage classics and never hesitates to go for the jugular, raising the energy levels every time.

This month alone, he’s dropped 2 Bandcamp compilations and 4 hour mix. His latest set of Free Jamz chops up tracks by names like Alias, Spyro, Faze Miyake and Musical Mob, dissecting their anthems and putting them back together according to his own internal logic. His re-imagining of Melting Iceberg alone puts everyone else’s Eski-beat revivals to shame. Meanwhile, Sublow Jamz volume 2 does the same thing with beats by Amerie, Dr Dre, Puffy and The Ojays proving that just because your music isn’t made at 140 BPM, it doesn’t mean you’re safe because it can be.

Let’s hope for an album of originals this year, the game needs it.


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