Hold up, Face and The HeavyTrackerz have collaborated to bring you an absolute banger of a summer project for your headtops! This one needs to be cranked up all over the country! Shell it in the rave, shell it in the sun. Vibes, pure vibes. Jheeze.
Face has been around since day, having featured on many tracks, such as ‘Fully Ignored’ with Footsie and President T, Lethal Bizzle’s ‘Box’, alongside JME, and ‘Pow’ in 2011, which had literally everyone on it, if you don’t know...why not? Face has toured with Lethal Bizzle, and is a regular at both Eskimo Dance, and Grime Originals, but man moves like a ghost with his personal info on the net, so there’s not much to tell.
The HeavyTrackerz are a group of music heads, which include producers, DJs, songwriters, and musicians, who have produced for everyone, and I mean everyone. Their impressive back catalog reads like a who’s who in UK music. Having produced for the likes of Stormzy, Fekky, Bonkerz, etc., they are also responsible, recently for ‘Sorry’, Feat. big Narstie, Monstaboy and Mark Asari, and previously ‘Control’, Feat. JME, P Money, Donae’o and Kurt and ‘Rudeboy Flex’, Feat. Ghetts, Lethal Bizzle and Face. They impressively got an all-star cast to shell down on ‘Trkrz’, to be fair, they’ve done so much, I could go on all day. They have regular shows on Rinse Fm, too and are the ones to watch right now, for real.
You already know what it is...
Track 1. Clever
Original Grime vibes coming straight at your head top. This tune is all about coming with the right energy. The track starts with a heavy, thumping bass line, drawing you in from the very first second, with Face calling out the mandem who think they can beat man, from the get-go; ‘You see you, yeah/You see you yeah?/You see you yeah?’ Then suddenly the record slows to a halt, and Face lets a man know ‘You’re not finessing no one’, then it comes back hard and full, and we are dropped straight into a mosh tune with the heavy, hard-hitting refrain; ‘you’re not clever, you’re not, you’re not clever, low it, low it, safe’, backed by hard bass, and full drums. Woven in and out is a pitch-bent synth, which provides both high and low melodies, and seemingly signifies the warning; Face and his crew will body anyone, Face tells us ‘when I come through, I call the shots/man get lairy, I call the squad’. The ad-libs Face has used on this one throughout, almost become an extra instrument, giving us a hint of the skill Face has accrued on how to manipulate his voice. Turn it up. Loud, all the way loud.
Track 2. Fellas
A darker riddim, The HeavyTrackerz production on this one has a slight horror movie quality to it, which lends itself well to Face’s topic, fake gangsters, and MCs who lift flows. With a low, low simple bass line, and a relatively empty drum pattern, the track is back-dropped with two high pitched sounds. One is a slow repetition of just two notes, over and over, and has an almost has a synth-like voice/choir quality, reminiscent of some classic horror movie soundtrack. The other, (which is harder to place sound-wise) however is played faster and more frequently over three notes as an accompaniment, giving the track pace, and making you feel to be on high alert, like there’s something to watch out for, fitting for its subject. Face provides the main melody, with his bars. Here he calls out all fake G’s with the resounding ‘Noooo, I’m not one of them fellas’ in the refrain, drawing out the ‘no‘ to make sure mandem know he’s a real one. This is peppered with the funky ‘low it cuz’ ad-libs, which seem to express how jokes a concept being fake is to Face. Later, in the main bars; ‘I am not one of them, I am not one of them, no never/man said he done bare dirt, has anybody witnessed, not ever/if man address man now, you know that man will fold, bare pressure/I will shut man down, man cannot reset, system error/, Face puts stresses on the end rhymes, drawing them out, creating not only a melody but also a half taunt/draw out in and of itself. Can easily see this being banged in the rave.
Track 3. Motives
The title is self-explanatory, this is a riddim for the dance. The HeavyTrackerz have come differently on this one, with a distinctly Latin American feel, the bongos, shakers, etc., are patterned so well, that you almost feel to salsa. The bass line is that upbeat and funky, they followed it with the melody, for the most part. Face spits this one with sauce, letting us all know that the dance is his jam, hitting us with vibey adlibs, and playing his voice like an instrument to provide little side melodies, etc. The repetitive refrain ‘Move and that, I wanna bust 2 moves and that’, has just enough lilt in it to put us in the mindset Face was clearly in when he wrote it, ready to vibe! Face even takes little journeys into differing accents ‘Selecta’s got them skanking, I wanna bust 2 moves tonight’ to provide different qualities that lend energy to the overall melodies, etc. Face also reveals he doesn’t discriminate when it comes to the gyaldem; ‘light skin and dark skin, all type of types’, a relevant cultural topic lately and a bless thing to do, and draw attention to. This could be a summer banger and is definitely the tune to dance with the gyaldem to, for real.
4. Way Back
Wow! Dramatic. This one is also patterned brilliantly. The HeavyTrackerz have chosen to use dramatic film music for the melody, cut and chopped throughout the track to provide a gripping backdrop to Face’s bars, who this time spits with raw energy, again styling his voice for the subject matter: having been a Grime Don since forever, with the refrain ‘You know me from way back/I’ve been a Grime guy from way back/Been killing MCs from way back/Rudeboy flexing from way back/If I pull off his hat, pree the hairline/that has gone way back/Way back, Been doing this ting from way back’. This is a hook that will be screamed by the crowd, so wavey and so banging all at once. The deep bass line is punctuated by the kick, snares and hi hats sporadically, all carefully patterned, so as to show Face’s flows in the best possible way, e.g., when Face spits ‘I been in this ting from ear-ly/A lot of MCs wanna come against Face, but none have been wor-thy/tell a man sekkle, don’t meddle, I’m on another level for them persona-lly/You might call this ting a music game, but no I don’t pla-y’, the music drops out almost completely, barring the bass line and melody, and Face provides most of the music, then as the verse continues, the drums come in louder and louder, as Face matches the rise, and starts to almost scream rap his lyrics, by which point you are hyped into oblivion. Damn. Crank it.
5. Vybez I’m On
This is a track about having the gyaldem, but not wanting to wife them, another original Grime topic. The track is a vibe for real. The production on this one is varied and vast, there is a lot going on. The HeavyTrackerz start the track with something that sounds like a submerged bongo, a triangle, and a what sounds like a voice synth. Face comes in straight away, with bars and adlibs to express his intent; ‘Oi love, I ain’t into the talking long/I wanna get it in, and get gone/when I pull out my extension/so you know my intention/that thing there needs attention/I don’t wanna give no affection/ I don’t wanna hold no conversation/I just wanna make an infiltration’, providing us once again with the wavy melody, all controlled with changing flows and inflections. When the track kicks into the refrain, which is half whispered, ‘That’s the vybez I’m on’, a deep bass line kicks in, along with kicks and snares, then when we get to the main verse, hit hats come in too. Face spits the verse in a low flow, alongside the bass line and the whole tune has a slightly calmer wave to it.
At the end of this project you want to put it straight back on, it really is a jam from start to finish and gets you in your feels about the upcoming summer. The HeavyTrackerz and Face clearly have a great working relationship, and understand each other well. Every track on the project is produced to an outstanding level of quality, go cop it, now!
Words by Orykal @DirtyCypher for Deez Endz