“ Genre: Hip Hop % Rap - Grime / VArious Artists / Release Date: 2012 / Music label: Teddy Music „
Teddy made his name in the Grime scene as the producer in Underground Unit, before going solo and making an impact under the made of Silencer. Once he's renamed himself Teddy Music, things took off for the beatmaker and he was 'the guy' who MCs were turning to for beats since 2009. Because his name is being propelled and he's about to enter a new stage in his career, a compilation album which summarises his work since '09 seems like a fitting way to display the work of one of the game's most exciting producers and the energetic music which he makes. With just about everyone on-board for the project (Tinchy Stryder, Skepta, Ghetts etc.) who wouldn't want such a CD? "Grime: The Compilation" is the title and it dropped early in 2012.
The album is literally filled with some of the genre's best songs of recent memory. Teddy sits back an allows his mix of skippy, bassy and full-on instrumentals lead the likes of Lethal B, JME and Tempa T into an utter rage. It's got an all-star line-up of collaborators, all of whom put up top-class performances. Notably, "Doomed" stands out for its commanding presence on the CD. Elsewhere, "Modern Warfare 2" and "Hot Ones" show the various strands of Grime - song-based, or set-style - and how they're made to fit in with the producer's signature style. If anything, the suitably-titled "Grime" tune on the album reflects it most and the teaming of Dot Rotten, Lil' Nasty, Griminal and Ghetts treat the fans to a listening experience like no other.
Every now and again, there's a song which won't fit everyone's tastes. Although Grime is polarising at its best, some of the tunes on the album just don't have the same appeal as the rest. Sitting through it on loop for weeks, it was apparent that Griminal and Tiny's "Stratford to Plaistowe" resulted in a knee-jerk-like reaction of skipping it, whereas every other track raged from tolerable to excellent. This includes some of the more riskier tracks, like the slap-dash "Silencer" track from Badness and a remix Teddy does of Ironik's "Falling in Love", where he gives it an 808 overhaul.
All in all, it's a very entertaining album which manages to summarise what's been going on in Grime for the past few years. It's moved on leaps and bounds in the times when everyone exchanged it for UK Rap, but few of the fans sat through the drought period. This album is designed to show what great stuff was going on, and the fact that it was all revolving around a single producer - who was well-connected enough to get Dot Rotten, P Money, Ghetts, D Double E, B-Live, JME, Skepta, Tinchy Stryder in the same place at once. If Grime is your thing and you've been following it for the past few years, in particular, this is a project you need to own and really should go without. It might have the odd tune there to be skipped, but there's enough to make you forget them. Stick this one in your car and turn the system up.