Commodo. JME. DEEP MEDi. Just seeing those three names together is enough to get me all hot and bothered. Commodo is one of the most talked about producers here at BnC due to a flawless record of releases, all showcasing his off-kilter, bass-heavy vision of UK bass. While I’m happy enough just seeing Commodo finally working with an MC, as his beats have always hinted at his love of hip hop, this isn’t just any MC. JME is a certified grime legend with some of the most entertaining verses in the game, including a feature on another of the year’s best grime tracks: “That’s Not Me”. United on the quasi-religious home of dubstep, DEEP MEDi, these two legends do not disappoint.
Propelled by an eerie growling sound akin to k-holing Thwomps, “Shift” is a full-body submersion in grime. JME’s simile-laden lyrics flow through this soupy beat, on playful yet deadly serious trip through 10 years of grime history. (As Sir Rodigan says: “LISTEN TO THE WORDS, LISTEN TO THE WORDS“)
“Shift” stands among, yet apart from, 2014’s best grime tracks. Despite JME’s chronology fetish it’s less reliant on the past than Skepta‘s “That’s Not Me” or Wiley‘s “On A Level”, yet doesn’t follow the new wave of grime championed by Mumdance and Novelist on “Take Time“. Commodo has once again carved a bold and strange new hole in UK bass, and I’m more than happy to dive in.
“Shift” is out now on DEEP MEDi and available for purchase along with the instrumental at Boomkat and other fine retailers.
Also, catch the tough and dreadful slowed version: