Vision Crew, a homegrown Grime collective from Lewisham, which includes MCs, DJs and Producers in their own right, have brought us a dark and wavy new project ‘Swimming In The Blue’, about their hustle to get out of their ends for us to vibe to, for the rest of the summer. A crew of pure shellers, they’ve been a collective since around 2014, consisting of Whackeye, Goldie, Ezro, Pascall, Tyzz and DJ Kay C, and they've touched sets at Radar, Rinse and Sian Anderson’s 1Xtra show. Now they’ve brought it all together in one project, so you can cop this whole vibe for yourself!
Track 1. Swimming In The Blue, Feat. Whackeye, Goldie, Ezro, Tyzz & Pascall, Prod. Ezro
Kicking off the project with a simple string synth melody, Ezro builds the track slowly, adding a couple of ad-libs, and a light snare, before coming in with a heavier bassline, kicks and light rolling hi hats. The bars come a little heavier, with some judgement for the fakes in the scene, the crew letting us know they’re all about coming for the P, not the popularity, so you won’t catch them faking to be popping, you won’t catch them slipping. G checks will turn up nothing.
Track 2. Movie, Feat. Ezro, Pascall, Tyzz, Goldie & Whackeye, Prod. Kay. C
This track is characterised by a haunting 2 note piano melody and a simple, heavy string synth bassline, with computer like synths woven over the top, and different sounding drums, still, lightly patterned throughout. The theme of the track is getting to the bags at all costs, by doing road and doing music. We are warned violence isn’t a problem, if you don’t come correct, these MCs are proper about it, and they ain’t scared. With visuals hot on the heels of this release, the slick and darkly shot ‘Movie’, is a video where the crew plan and execute a heist/robbery, lifting money and diamonds from a safe, and avoiding the law. Almost a metaphor for their hustle on road, and how you must move, ducking and swerving, plotting and stacking, to make it out of your ends, when life is stacked against it. Excellently shot and edited, and deserving of the title.
Track 3. Going To The Moon, Feat. Ezro & Whackeye, Prod. Whackeye
Whackeye starts the tune with a really high pitched synth, then it kicks in harder with a heavy kick and snare pattern, and some string synths which later the melody, and a low low bassline. The whole riddim has a darker feel to it, with a seriously wavey hook. Ezro and Whackeye share they have mandem who’ve got their backs 100, they are making it at all costs, and are aiming for the moon.
Track 4. Blueside, Feat. Whackeye, Goldie, Pascall, Ezro & Tyzz, Prod. Whackeye
This riddim is a little different, still, with a backwards played synth, starting slow, then picking up pace, and pitch, the snare and bars come in both at once, then a dark bassline, kick and rolling hihats frame the hook, which is rapped by everyone, and where they rep their ends ‘The Blue Borough’, Lewisham, their crew, their music and their hustle. During the main bars, we discover everyone in the crew is coming for more life, and nothing will get in their way, not snakes, fakes or the fact that society’s structure is built to prevent this.
Track 5. Payroll, Feat. Ezro, Goldie, Tyzz, Whackeye & Pascall, Prod. Scam
Starting with a kick and muted piano melody, heavier bassline, then coming in with patterned hihats, bars and a lighter piano melody over the top, this riddim is all about P, via any means necessary, just grafting and hustling all day, every day. They’ll do what it takes to protect their own, though they have no intentions to go to pen. They ain’t wasting with the wasters either, they’re focused, so fall back.
Track 6. Hearses, Feat. Pascall, Whackeye, Ezro, Goldie & Tyzz, Prod. Benz Productions
Starting with a haunting piano melody, record scratches and the sound of metal clashing together, this tune has an off kilter feel, then the hook, bassline and drums all come in at once, full and patterned, where we learn the crew do road and riddims, and are at the top of both scenes. Each MC sharing he is at the top of his game in both areas, and ain’t afraid of no opps.
Track 7. Ghost Town, Feat. Ezro, Pascall, Whackeye & Goldie, Prod. Inner
Finishing with a full production sound, filled with deep synths, vocal samples, piano melodies, breath samples, and heavily patterned drums, a deep low bassline and a higher still synth melodies, woven over the top, Vision Crew share how they’re still stuck in ends right now, people are preying on their downfalls, still, but that isn’t going to hold any of them back. They’re dreaming of more life, they already preed the bottom, they’re reaching for the top, and no less.
A real wave of a project, well produced, well written, well delivered, hailing from the ‘Blueside’, on their way to the top, Vision Crew, the sound of Lewisham.