One of the most important scenes and one of the most exciting underground subcutures bubbling in the inner-city right now, Afrobeats is where many of Grime’s own stars find themselves at following the increasingly mainstream acceptance and exposure Grime is experiencing: Mercury-prize winning emcee Skepta already embraced the genre this year with his remix of Wizkid’s ‘Ojuelegba’ (which Drake also jumped on) and J Hus featured Silva on his breakthrough mixtape ‘The 15th Day’, informing how Silva has already influenced his music. The dancehall sound parties and culture pioneered and performed at by Silva is really the newest iteration of inner-city subculture, as compulsive and vital as you would expect. Listen here
‘Murda’, produced by Fanatix, encapsulates the heat, style, sweat and raw energy around the sound that’s beginning to influence London in ever-increasing ways. Infectious and bass-line heavy, Silva’s iconic baritone adds the right touch of intent to a seductively powerful sound. The originator’s new dancehall anthem arrives at a time when the subculture he helped nurture is seeing itself increasingly propelled into the cultural spotlight as London’s most vital new scene since Grime.
Speaking on the track, Silva states: “Murda means proving the stereotypes wrong! Growing up as a Black African in London, we’ve always been painted with negativity, so this record is about good vibes and shining above the negative energy placed upon me and my people!”