Donation Dubs 016: February 2021

We're back again with another instalment of Donation Dubs, sharing some of our favourite tracks found while digging online.

As per usual, there are two sections: one with free or pay-what-you-choose downloads and the other for releases that have a fixed price but that are an absolute bargain.
You can also check out our Donation Dubs 016 mix on SoundCloud, exclusively featuring tracks from this list, at the bottom of the page.

Have a scroll, have a listen, and support the artists who catch your ear!

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Tigs – Silent (feat. Peppery)

Aussie producer Tigs has teamed up with reggae and dancehall artist Peppery for “Silent”, out on Melbourne’s Raw Tactics Records. Combining elements of dub, grime and drill into one anthemic tune, the original stands strong in isolation, but TuffCulture’s euphoric UKG remix and the pure instrumental give additional angles to the already notable release.

Sh?m – Voyager EP

Sh?m’s pushes the boundaries with the experimental emotional journey of the Voyager EP. Mashing up nimble garage percussion, slamming dubstep basslines, tripped-out shimmer synth hits, it’s truly an out-of-this-world sonic experience. At some times its bizarre and near-overwhelming, and at others airy and beautiful, but the short EP has an undeniable impact that hooks you in to experience all of the strange soundscapes Sh?m has moulded.

DUMULDEPT9 – Bunnin Time

Embracing diverse musical influences, DUMULDEPT9 crafts their Bunnin Time beats by mixing grime, drill and hiphop. Highlights include the ice-cold tension of “Gutter”, the nimble dancing flute-led “Shroom Valley”, the swift jerking drill of “Codeine” and the elegant but sombre “Cold”. From start to finish, Bunnin Time is an enthralling instrumental collection that must be listened to.

Duman – Glue Refix

Dunman continues to go from strength to strength. His highly sought-after refix of Bicep’s “Glue” lifts the already hypnotising production to mesmerising new heights, leaving you drifting through spliced melodic sequences and burst-fire breaks rhythms. The instrumental comes alongside a vocal version that adds Mez’ “Nottingham” verses into the mix.

Stern – Salute // Standards

Stern’s Salute // Standards is a dose of party-ready UK funky. Both heavy but bouncing beats are infectious, with space-age synths, marching drums and thick kick-studded basslines. The tracks are vibrant as the cover art – they’re complex, yet carefully composed and perfectly executed.  

9TRANE – Wifey Riddim Edit 

9TRANE defines all expectation on this fresh version of AJ Tracey’s “Wifey Riddim”. Switching cut and chopped RnG for soulful rock and soaring electric guitars, the new instrumental adds mellower blues to the track that sits at odds with bright and playful vibe of the original. The relaxed and reflective track has  a laid-back summer energy and an organic live music quality that perfectly compliment AJ’s smooth verses.

Free & Pay As You Choose:

Fork and Knife x Hayz – Techski

The latest drop from Nottingham’s Reloaded Sounds imprint sees two heavyweight newcomers combining their styles to create glitched-out barrage of wavy synths and intricate yet powerful drum patterns. Sitting between classic eskibeat grime and electric UK funky, it’s a sonic gut-punch that keeps on coming.

Yelz – Rhythm & Grime Vol. 1

Yelz dropped a Valentines Day special with his Rhythm & Grime Vol. 1. The 4-track EP features grime reworks of Summer Walker’s “Playing Games” and Jay-Z and Beyonce’s “’03 Bonnie & Clyde”. “Playing Games Again” twists the silky R&B original into a sweet but sturdy 140 cut of classic RnG, while “’21 Bonnie & Clyde” goes all out with combative 808s and accelerated vocals to create a fast-paced intensity. Each track also comes with an instrumental version.

Mak10 ft. Tommy B & Agz – Situations Remixes

This EP from Grime Originals sees Filthy Gears, J-Fresh, Biggaman and Helix put their own spin on Mak10’s recent single, featuring the vocal talent of Tommy B and Agz. Filthy Gears and J-Fresh keep the grimey energy high with their dancefloor-ready remixes, while Biggaman’s echoing snares and swirling brass samples bring through a deeper contemplative mood that matches the lyrical content of the MCs verses. Finally, Helix ends with funky blend of deconstructed afrobeat that turns the tracks’ mood on its head once more.

Kenny Davis – Whoopty Remix

Out on Earthspin Recordings, “Whoopty Remix” has Kenny Davis taking the vocal sample made famous by CJ’s US drill anthem and giving it a new grime impression. Also, Kenny and Earthspin are looking for vocalists to share their freestyles over the track using #WhooptyGrimeChallenge on Instagram – because just like the original, this beat was made for an MC to spit over.

Glitch – Glitch Flipz

Rising producer Glitch seizes a selection of the most well-known grime vocals to twist and rework on Glitch Flipz - his sparse style of metallic, clattering breaks and raw bass oscillations run through all 8 of the remix instrumentals. There’s a dark garage energy to both Stormzy’s “Still Disappointed“ and “At All Times” featuring verses from Manga Saint Hilare and Izzie Gibbs, a careful balance between wobbling subs and elegant flutes on the “See No Evil” remix, and an eerie intensity to match the subtly unsettling delivery on his flip of Merky Ace’s freestyle.

 Arthur Read – Rhythm n Drill 1.5

Taking on the name of everyone’s favourite cartoon aardvark, Arthur Read (aka Arma) offers up his angle on rhythm n drill. “F***in Best” samples and slow Drake’s “Best I Ever Had” vocal over a sweet piano-led instrumental that cuts close to more established RnG. “U Tha 1” more fully embraces a drill aesthetic, layering Rihanna’s “You Da One” and dreamy guitar melodies with its signature punching bass and ticking off-centre hi-hat patterns.

Check out the Donation Dubs 016 mix on SoundCloud: