Another grime hero bites the dust
As one of the few grime artists not called Dizzee who still nurtures mainstream hopes, Bashy has rejected the genre’s toothy rhythms, implementing gloopy female vocals and, er, N-Dubz. ‘Living My Dream’ is the worst offender – a wholesale castration of grime’s vitality influenced by the smooth undulations of R&B. The more up-tempo tracks fare better: ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire’ is a sun-baked cocktail of baile funk horns and glutinous sub-bass, ‘She’s A Gangsta’ an arc of rave burbles. But while it’s refreshing to hear positive views on women and knife crime, this is the aural equivalent of one of those Channel 4 ‘yoot’ dramas you wouldn’t be seen dead watching.