Elijah & Skilliam are as important figures as grime has ever had, with their vision and objective breathing new life into a scene that had reached slight disarray. The duo’s regular slot on Rinse has become a staple diet of many a grime evangelist and their dexterously curated Butterz label boldly places emphasis on the instrumental realms of grime. This new institution has become a regular haunt for the revitalised veteran Terror Danjah & protege D.O.K, as well as offering a ladder to potent newcomers Swindle, Royal-T and TRC. The sound emerging from the Butterz stable is as crucial and imperative as grime has ever been; just think back to S-X’s ‘Woo Riddim’ if you need to re-clarify.
So, following on from enthralling Rinse chapters from Youngsta, Roska and Ben UFO, Elijah & Skilliam step up to Rinse:17 best equipped “to bring you a snapshot of grime music in 2011.” What becomes apparent after the first listening of this mix is that it’s straight club business, 27 blistering tracks mapped out to take you on a high-octane journey through the crème de la crème of current grime and bass, with the notable inclusion of Bok Bok’s ‘Silo Pass’ & Pangaea’s ‘Hex’ showing the outside influence from other bass music circles.
Grime instrumental of the year, the road-ready ‘Take Off’ by Faze Miyake is placed amongst a selection of collaborations and remixes that E&S are responsible for. They gave Starkey’s beat for ‘This Aint Me’ to Trim and pushed him for the funked-up ‘I Am’. Royal-T’s remix of Wiley and P Money’s ‘Boo You’ are two more examples of the rudeness the pair are responsible for. Standardly there’s the chunky list of exclusives thrown into the mix. ‘Tag’ is included, a one-off producer battle between Swindle, Rude Kid, Wizzy Wow and Terror Danjah, only seeing the light of day a handful of times on their Rinse show. DJ Q’s fatal remix of ‘Woo Ridim’ and Starkey’s slick take on Terror Danjah’s ‘Air Buuble’ both make an appearance, having previously only been available on wax.
If this mix is an account of grime today, then the horizon is certainly bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. The tireless work of Elijah & Skilliam is a testament to what can be achieved via persistence and direction.
‘Rinse:17 – Elijah & Skilliam’ is out now on Rinse Recordings.