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Music Hound Gets Dirty With UK Grime

This little music column, Music Hound, began in some ways as a cheeky kiss-off to the bland insipidness of Taylor Swift. Life is too short for Swift. My friends, our friends, somehow then and perhaps less now embraced her singular disturbing pain au lait sound. But real music fans (ie us) know better. No Taylor for life. We dig deeper!

And as much as Ms Swift as doubled down with her disastrous new album, we are doubling down in a different direction. In 2017,  the Music Hound is all about the polyamorous intersection of new sounds forming through the Caribbean, Africa, and the Roots of American Soul, R&B and hip-hop. And of course Jazz, the well from which all this music began. The strongest example of this new musical movement right now is in the London diaspora, where 25 years after the Brit Pop revolution we find another creeping music phenomenon developing up behind dominant sounds of Uk grime. I hope at some point we will see a new Oasis. One thing for sure is that they will be no guitar in hand.

For the next month, we will wander down this new musical path as we discuss our favourite artists and musicians of this past year from all over the globe. No,we won’t list our favourite albums, cause this is 2017. Music is beyond that ancient categorization now. First stop? London. Mind the gap.

Here are Music Hounds current favourite artists from Ol London Town who is suddenly making music that sounds new and vital again.

J Hus

Blue Lab Beats

Jorja Smith x Preditah


Wretch 32


King Krule