MIK marks his return from hiatus with the 'Died Yesterday' EP

Back in December 2016, influential lyricist MIK announced his retirement from the grime scene with the release of his Last of the Real EP. The project was thematically dark, full of troubling lines like "Sucidal thoughts going through my mind / Thinking when's the time?" and "How much more can I take of this? / Feel like a slave when I'm making this". It seems this break from making music has been beneficial, as he returned reinvigorated in February of this year with the SoundCloud upload "GEE OOH". He then wrote two since-deleted war dubs for the Hell In A Cell 2 sending season, followed by a free single entitled "datway". Today, he officially marks his return with the phenomenal four-track Died Yesterday EP.

The new EP largely uses sparse, emotive instrumentals, with MIK's lyrics taking pride of place in the mix. Title track "Died Yesterday", produced by Detonator, sees the South London MC take on a sombre, eastern-sounding beat, while "Hurry Up & Die" borrows the same Felix Dubs instrumental used on fellow Tizzy Gang members Merky ACE and Tre Mission's "Black and Decker".

Lacing a beat from the in-demand Filthy Gears on "Vibranium", MI is at his most animated, spitting a Black Panther-inspired hook: "How can I die when I'm out here walking with vibranium?" Perhaps the most exciting track on the project, however, is the Dubzta-produced "Wise One", which sees him let off a skippy flow over a huge, bouncy sub bass and an echoing vocal sample. 

MIK has always been consistent at sticking to a particular theme throughout a project: lyrically, sonically, and visually. Over the years, he's proven that the EP format is the perfect medium through which he can showcase these mini concept albums. Died Yesterday is a triumph of a comeback; stream it in full below and find it on all good retailers now.