As is the way these days, the term ‘Instrumental Grime’ has grown to barely scratch the surface when it comes to describing the music its often attached to. Mr.Mitch’s excellent debut for Planet Mu was a masterpiece of minor key electronica, Murlo’s mesmerising synth arpeggios have become a force unto themselves and Mumdance’s music continues to be as much about space and sound design as it is about wheel up’s. Joining this crop of acclaimed artists in using Grime’s sound palette as a jump off point into uncharted territory is Glasgow’s Russell Patterson aka. Inkke.
After building up with a number of devastating dub plates which saw him brought into the fold at influential Instrumental Grime night Boxed, his debut full length arrived for Astral Black last year. A dense and deep fug of Memphis Rap, Trap and Grime sounds, ‘Faded With Da Kittens’ served as a warning that Patterson wasn’t about to fit easily into any pigeonhole. His subsequent work has seen him explore a range of styles, with highlights including last year’s EP for Local Action and an appearance on last year’s impressive Mumdance and Logos curated ‘Weightless Volume One’ compilation. Thus far in 2015 he’s joined forces with the none more in demand Novelist for ‘Mm Yeah’, whilst also collaborating with S-Type on ‘Ice’ for fellow Glaswegians LuckyMe.
Its the relentlessly original hybrid styles championed by the likes of LuckyMe, as well as Numbers, Night Slugs and others that shine through on Hyp 213. Reeling off a breakneck 33 tracks in an hour, Patterson starts right at the cutting edge of the dance floor with a slew of Jersey Club trax from DJ Jayhood, DJ R3ll and Bleszt. His UK cohorts also get a look in, with Murlo, Logos, Slackk and others all appearing via a mixture of exclusives and new tracks, as we get a barrage of Grime leaning sounds before Patterson drops the tempo down for a gorgeous and measured finale.