Logan Sama’S Grime Ministry
Hey! My name's Logan Sama and I am a 7-time award-winning grime DJ, currently hosting the most popular spot for grime on radio every Monday night on Kiss! Welcome to my new column for MTV's The Wrap Up, where I will be making sure you stay on top of everything that is popping off in my world, along with all things grime-related…
What a great time to start a column here on The Wrap Up, as so much has happened since we kicked off 2012 with a huge bang! Lord Of The Mics has been in the top 40 album chart for over six weeks; JME drops an independent single and causes a huge storm getting to 41. But one of the highlights, of not only the last month but also my career, was the return of Eskimo Dance –which took place at Proud2 at the O2 arena. I kicked off proceedings with a hosted vocal set to welcome the 2,000 ravers, letting them know that grime would be centre stage for the rest of the night. Over 30 reloads later and my set was over.
It has to be one of the greatest crowds that I've had the pleasure to play for. Following me were DJs such as Spyro, JJ, Maximum and the legendary Slimzee, alongside Funk Butcher and Marcus Nasty with the house and funky. Standing on stage watching guys like Wiley, Boy Better Know, OGz, Ghetts, Flirta D, Ruff Sqwad and Roll Deep do their thing alongside newer names like Rival, Kozzie, Scrufizzer, Discarda, Lil Nasty and Merky Ace was amazing! You could see in every artist’s faces how much it meant to perform at the event. It was a night to remember. If you weren't there, look out for the DVD and tape pack dropping soon. The next Eskimo Dance will be taking place on May 11 at Proud2.
Speaking of events and nights, I've been playing out in London a lot more recently. Bookings in the capital have really picked up as a new wave of enthusiasm for grime really takes hold of the country. I am now a resident at Cable every other month, and you can catch me there tonight! January 27 is the first date and I'm there alongside Jammer and the legend, DJ EZ. Saturday, I celebrate B Live's birthday at Roadmender in Northampton with JME, DJ Hatcha and the cream of the drum & bass scene. If you want to keep up to speed of where you can catch me in clubland, check out my Facebook page for all events info. Look out for me at Higher Frequency in February kicking off the Lord Of The Mics UK tour. That is going to be INSANE!
I've never really been one for ranking music, putting one track or artist above another is so subjective when music appeals to different people in different ways, so I won't give you a top 10 chart here, but these are 10 tracks, or releases, that are currently doing a lot for me on my sets in clubs and on my radio show…
Preditah – 'Circles EP'
The biggest instrumental in the scene right now, 'Circles', comes with three other big ones for your sets. Look out for vocals of this beat forthcoming from some very big names.
Discarda – 'Rhyme On' (Preditah Remix)
Pure madness! Hype grime and the acapella is mad fun to play with in clubs.
Discarda & MIK – 'Lord Of The Hypes'
Produced by 8 bar champion DJ Spooky, this does exactly what it says: LORD. OF. THE. HYPES!
Teddy Music - 'Grime: The Compilation'
This 22-track unmixed compilation has nearly every single big vocal track from one of the best producers in grime right now. It includes the huge 'Doomed' featuring Newham Generals. If you DJ, you need this! If you love grime, you need this! You just need this! A huge release.
Ghetts Feat. Mercston – 'Red Pill'
A freestyle over a Wale instrumental gets spun over by Ghetts and Mercs, with raw and aggressive flows, and real talk. Get this on the Momentum mixtape hosted by DJ Whoo Kid, which is out now.
Wiley – 'Evolve Or Be Extinct'
The title track from the album of the same name, this is my favourite as Wiley shows off the flows that keep him a father in the game.
JME – '96 Fuckries'
JME and Deeco making GRIME! This is beautiful. I love it! I just press play in a rave and it goes off.
Faze Miyake – 'Second Six EP'
Six hard as nails instrumentals from another rising star in grime. This is an essential purchase if you keep a stock of grime beats ready for your sets.
Lay Z, Merky Ace & Kozzie Feat. Tre Mission – 'Park Up'
Featuring the controversial sample from Canada's own grime artist, Tre Mission, and produced by Teddy, this one is a banger! Forthcoming on Lord Of The Mics Records…
C4 – 'Off Track'
This MC out of Birmingham shows that grime can be anything you want it to be, with his second single, Off Track. The track is also produced by his brother, Preditah. Big up the Midlands crew, because they’re currently expanding the horizons of grime music.
I dropped a lot of those tracks at the 2012 Outlook Festival launch party on the 21st of this month, and that was absolutely insane. I came on between Iration Steppas and Congo Natty, backed by a chest-rumbling sound system, and it was a real honour to share the stage with two massive artists who have been so relevant for so long. I haven't been to every festival going but, out of the ones I have, Outlook is easily my favourite one – it always has an amazing, open-minded crowd of people who just love music and stay throughout. Get your tickets for this year and hopefully I will see you out in Croatia this summer!
The aforementioned Preditah 'Circles' EP is released digitally on February 5 through my Earth 616 record label. I also run the Adamantium Music label, which I set up a while ago to make sure the more vocal side of grime music was being released on a regular basis. In the past, we've put out releases by Wiley, Tinchy Stryder, JME, P Money and Skepta, as well as acting as distribution for a lot of artists’ mixtapes for the likes of Scorcher and Chipmunk, amongst others. We're also now working with younger names like Teeza and Nu Klear, too. It's a good look to see more and more grime labels putting music out, the more the merrier.
Anyway, guys, I'm off to get ready for my first residency night at Cable. If you can't make it down, then you can keep up to date with all of the newest grime music by tuning into my radio show on Kiss 100, Monday nights/Tuesday mornings, 12-1am. Until next month, take it easy.
DJ Logan Sama was speaking to James Walsh (@JW_DittoMusic)
Online editing: Joseph 'JP' Patterson (@Jpizzledizzle)