Hailing from Maldon, Tommy B may be situated pretty remotely, but he's quite literally gone the extra mile with tireless trips to the capital to ensure that he's at the forefront of listeners' minds this year. The fast-rising 19-year-old has propelled himself into just about every corner of the scene throughout 2018, whether it be a live clash against Bristol's Jay0117 at Hell In A Cell 2; freestyles for 1Xtra, JDZMedia and Tim & Barry; features for Star.One and Madders Tiff; music videos; radio sets; high-profile bookings at events like Grime Originals; or, most significantly, his pièce de résistance: debut EP Racing, released through DJ Argue's new label Glitched in June.
The Essex wordsmith's new LEVLZ-produced single "Shut Your Mouth", released today, is his first musical offering since signing to grime veteran Sharky Major's label, Major Muzik Entertainment. Over catchy, intricately plucked strings and choppy snares, he lets off a string of sharp witticisms in each verse ("Don't mention my name if we're the same age, and / You're still chilling in the park and shit!"), with an infectious chorus to top things off. It's a strong way for the young lyricist to round off a highly eventful year.