Ep Review: Marger & Sibling – ‘Cheeky’
As far as sub-genres of music go, grime has had some of the best. We've had sub-low, eskibeat and even arguably dubstep before it was given a name and repackaged for kids with lensless glasses and gaping earlobes. But despite the promise of grime's previous offshoots, I've never quite been able to get my head around the "Kushwave" movement that Marger is rapidly promoting, but I was more than willing to give it a chance with his new 8-track EP, 'Cheeky'...
The Sibling-produced EP starts with 'House On Marz', a nice track which eases you into the "wave", as it were, but things are soon shaken up with the million-mile-an-hour flow and punch-your-face-in bars of Scrufizzer and No Lay on 'Goonz'. This aggressive track shows from the offset that Marger has and always will be grime, even if he explores other avenues in his music, he knows where his loyalties lie. The east Londoner proceeds to batter the next few tracks and I soon start to feel that the whole Kushwave thing works out alright when delivered by an artist of this level.
Commercial tunes like 'Shadows' and 'Rain' still hold their integrity in some way, shape or form and they give the listener a clear sense of what this EP is about. Marger has bars for late nights outside the shops with a Nokia blasting an instrumental in the background, but also has concept tunes and lyrics that would feature seamlessly on a proper album.
For me, the stand-out track, believe it or not, was 'Kushwave Anthem' – which features Little Nasty. I'm not just basing this on the fact that I could listen to Little Nasty all day long either, the track – although it has a hook I didn't feel fitted in – has that back and forth bar-for-bar feeling to it that grime is often lacking these days.
Although 'Cheeky' is one of Marger's most commercial-sounding releases, it also stays true to grime and proves he's an advanced lyricist who is ready to prove himself to the big-time A&Rs, possibly even with an outing in the charts at some point. The closing track, 'This Year' – featuring the much-talked-about Josh Osho – clearly sets out what Marger has planned for the near future, something I now look forward to hearing.
Marger's new EP, 'Cheeky', is out on January 29.
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Words: Jake Hanrahan (@OiJake)
Online editing: Joseph 'JP' Patterson (@Jpizzledizzle)