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 [a]Ms Dynamite[/a]'s off
worrying about landmines: it's Return Of The Bad Gyal, Shystie-style.
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