One of the scene’s most reliable selectors runs down ten essential cuts from his record bag.
When the makers of the platinum selling ‘Pure Garage’ series decided to commission a Grime edition of the series, the choice of who should mix it was an easy one. A record buyer and a visitor to the legendary Rhythm Division store in Bow, Sir Spyro has had a life-long passion for Grime that makes him a strong genre equivalent to series’ Garage champion DJ EZ. His Sunday session on Rinse has long been one of the best places to catch new talent and the latest tunes, whilst in his DJ sets he goes straight for the jugular with an era spanning selection that brings it all together.
Before he plays with Logan Sama and Big Narstie as part of a special ‘History of Grime’ set this Saturday for Where Were You at iCan Studios, we got Sir Spyro to give us his ten definitive Grime anthems. Here are a few words from the man himself on the selection:
“Grime has so many bangers but the reason why I picked these tunes is because they are timeless records that will live on for years to come. I wanted to mix it up a bit so there’s new and old records from producers that were doing it back in the day and right now.”
N.A.S.T.Y Crew – ‘Take You Out’
This is a massive tune that was made by Jammer with some of the sickest bars from one of Grime’s first ever crews.
Target – ‘Earth Warrior (Remix)’
One of my all time favourite tracks. This reminds me of when I first started buying records and used to spend hours in Rhythm Division.
Rude Kid – ’11PM’
This is a new school Rude Kid production. I’ve picked this because of it’s originality.
Newham Generals – ‘Hard’
Straight banger! This one needs no explanation.
Danny Weed – ‘Creeper’
‘Creeper’ reminds me of wanting to be on Rinse FM. It’s hard to think that was over 10 years ago but I used to lock into Roll Deep every week and hear this track getting played.
Macabre Unit – ‘Sense’
This one reminds me of the Déjà Vu era when all the Under 18s raves were happening at Club EQ – it’s been demolished now and the Olympic Park is there.
Preditah – ‘Circles’
Had to put this one in there! Every single rave I play at, this goes off.
Wiley – ‘Eskimo’
Wiley was and still is a wizard when it comes to producing. This one is special because he is the Godfather of Grime and Eskimo will forever be one of the golden classics.
Treble Clef – ‘Ghetto Kyote’
I remember sitting in the studio watching Treble make this tune and I told him, “When the world hears this, it’s going to go off!” And it did exactly that.
Faze Miyake – ‘Powers’
‘Powers’ is different to any of the tracks listed above – I like the sample Faze has used and it also inspired me to make ‘Bruce Wayne’.
You can catch Spyro this Saturday 29th November at iCan Studios alongside Big Narstie, Logan Sama, Lisa Maffia, Matt ‘Jam’ Lamont, Preditah, Groove Chronicles and more. Buy tickets here.