Shystie : One Wish
The first lady of grime misunderstands the whole 'genie' concept...
'One Wish', you see, is Shystie's one-way ticket off
the streets of Hackney: less an aspirational money-making anthem, more a plea for a hiding place outside the line
of fire. The original production is stern and oppressive,
all Dre-style jeep beats and needle-prick melodies that cruise the verses like blacked-out limousines. But the
real leap into the future comes on the 12-inch mix,
where Terra Danjah weighs in with a murky, über-grime production that crackles with gamma radiation and
laser-gun whooshes. Meanwhile, up-and-coming street
foot-soldiers Kano, Bruza and Ronnie Reds pick up on Shystie's whip-crack rhymes and speed off from them on bug-eyed, chattery tangents.
Of a number of surefire UK garage successes poised to pounce this year - Lady Sovereign, Tinchy Strider, Kano himself - it's only a coincidence this record is the first to bust. But so far, we've heard no other record this worthy of blowing open the floodgates. Here's what's going on while Ms Dynamite's off
worrying about landmines: it's Return Of The Bad Gyal, Shystie-style.
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