Hailing from Birmingham and Cardiff respectively, Defiant and Dubzta are two of the most prolific producers in the grime scene right now - and both have the credentials to show for it. Defiant recently placed second out of eight at the prestigious Beat Boss 7 qualifiers, seeing off opponents PK Brako and Abmanrah with ease. Dubzta, meanwhile, dropped his debut album Blood, Sweat & Tears in May via Project Allout Records. The project boasts features from grime scene legends including Devilman, Deadly, and Nico Lindsay.
Both producers are also well-versed in combining cinematic soundscapes with punchy drums and searing basslines. It was only right, then, that they joined forces for a collaborative project. The four tracks on Defiant vs. Dubzta are all equally exhilarating in their own right, although we've been lucky enough to premiere the author's favourite. "Challenger" is a frenzied four-minute number which crosses arcade-inspired blips with epic choral bursts and an earth-shaking bassline, deserving of an instant reload.
The Defiant vs. Dubzta EP drops tomorrow, 29 June, on Juno Download, via Skinzmann's Titanium Audio imprint. You'll be able to stream and buy it elsewhere from 13 July. In the mean time, stream "Challenger" exclusively below: