Spentshell Music, founded and led by the legendary big Flowdan, up until now hasn’t released a body of work like it. This is a 6 track EP showcasing shellage from the likes of the big man himself accompanied by a bag of other artists, namely the mighty YGG and the young yardman GHSTLY, aswell as some other household names in the scene making an appearance to cause some damage.
This project is coming off the back of the Spentshell Showcase tour back in November which touched stages in Bristol, Nottingham and of course back home in London. A number of the artists featuring on the EP featured on the tour and helped give the dance a right good seeing to and it was a serious display of lyrical ability and stage presence. For those of you who didn’t manage to get down to one of the dates, this set of tunes perfectly shows you why when these lot touch mic not a single shell is left unspent.
Track by Track breakdown:
Water – Flowdan ft. PK (YGG) – Business as usual for the first 32 or so bars we catch some corn from Flow and then in Randy Orton-like fashion PK comes through ‘outta nowhere’ to do what he does best. As you’d expect, Curlos slaps this tune silly with some ridiculous flows and kicks off proceedings with a pretty hefty bang.
War Mode – Saint P, Irah and Discarda – Aptly named, with Filthy Gears on the buttons for this one and as expected he brings a filthy tune for these lot to spin. Saint is on hook duty with this one and there is absolutely no slipping whatsoever. Man of a million voices and commander-in-chief of the Refix Show, Irah is up next and I won’t say too much but as you’d expect the whole gaff get BALALALA. The reload machine takes the third verse and if you’ve been to any grime rave ever I’m sure you know how he gets down.
On Sight – Flowdan, Riko Dan, GHSTLY and Nasty Jack – Theres very few better ways to describe this track than Kweff City, heavy heavy HEAVYweight lineup for this one, real warlord business. This one’s a really heavy track with some proper originators accompanied by a newer recruit giving us a diverse but equally dangerous sounding tune.
Rigamortis – Flowdan, Riko Dan and GHSTLY – Filthy Gears blesses the project with another stomper of a riddim to play host to the same lineup as On Sight, only missing Nasty Jack. More of the same from GHSTLY on this one, the further you get through this project the more you realise how much of a problem he is at this stage in his career. Flow and Riko most definitely bring the heat on this one but it has to be said GHSTLY steals the show.
Certified – Flowdan, Bossman Birdie, GHSTLY, Blakie – This track develops a bit of a tag team situation where we see two newer gen MC’s join the big man and Meridian militant bossman birdie for the project’s penultimate tune.
No Days Off – Flowdan & GHSTLY – To end this 6 track mashfest of an EP we have the man himself accompanied by a familiar voice throughout this tape. Flowdan reserves most of this track to himself and rightly so listening to it, GHSTLY comes with a hot verse in the middle just to serve as a further reminder of how dangerous this guy already is and how sick he threatens to become in the future.
There you have it, if prior to 25/01 you weren’t familiar with the Spentshell collective then it’s safe to say you’ve taken an intensive crash course on them now. We’re barely a month into 2019 and we’re already seeing a large number of grime MC’s level up, especially on this project.
Younger names like GHSTLY are starting to make real moves on the radio scene and are shortlisted to take off some heads in Lord of the Mics 8 hosted by Jammer later this year. Other more recognised names but still relatively new to the scene like YGG seem to consistently be bettering themselves and this project amongst other things is really starting to paint a picture of how dangerously high the levels are set to rise in this scene in the next couple of years. Even though I’m almost certain no one really believes it, if you thought Grime was dead then I hope you’re not afraid of ghosts because you’re gonna get a nasty surprise in 2019.