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Release Date
January 2017
17 Tracks
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2016 has been defined as the year of grime's 'resurgence', with releases from genre heavyweights such a Skepta, Giggs, P Money and more; and 2017 is promising to be a worthy follower by starting off with XL Recordings' NEW GEN.

NEW GEN brings together the very best of the younger UK rap & grime talent, inviting them to collaborate on this unique project which accompanies the listener via a 17-track path that is seamless but unexpected in its rhythms.

But it is much more than just an album showcasing skillful fresh-faced artists who've got a lot to say for themselves and are willing to share their stories in very honest and lyrically talented ways - NEW GEN serves as a channel to access and get a glimpse into the very fertile and multi-faceted underground 'urban' scene that is living and thriving in the UK at this moment in time, and this album has a track for each and every one of these various sub-genres.

NEW GEN shouts quite loudly that the 'urban' scene, as some might call it, cannot just be referred to as the 'grime' one - surely grime has played a fundamental role in its creation but it would be reductive and ,very simply put, incorrect to define it that way. And we can see that from the upbeat reggae-resembling tempo of Tiggs & Avelino's 'Ring The Alarm', the trap bass-heavy sounds of 'Money Haffi Mek' and 'Jackets', the intimate introspective melodies of 'Thoughts' and 'Life Support', the wifey-riddim sounds of 'My Ways', and the summer sunshine sonorities of WSTRN's 'Loose'.

This album feels like the UK underground's Pandora box - once you open it you don't know if you'll get rap, blues, trap, grime, hip-hop or dancehall vibes, but what we know with certainty is that you'll be dazzled.

  1. 1 Welcome to the New Gen 2:13 NEW GEN (feat. Avelino & Bonkaz) Buy
  2. 2 Rather Get Money 3:52 NEW GEN (feat. TE dness) Buy
  3. 3 Busy 3:12 NEW GEN (feat. Ray BLK) Buy
  4. 4 My Ways 3:57 NEW GEN (feat. AJ Tracey & J Warner) Buy
  5. 5 Man of the Hour 3:47 NEW GEN (feat. Jevon) Buy
  6. 6 All Saints Road 0:39 NEW GEN Buy
  7. 7 Ring the Alarm 3:48 NEW GEN (feat. Avelino & Tiggs Da Author) Buy
  8. 8 Money Haffi Mek 4:21 NEW GEN (feat. Stefflon Don & Abra Cadabra) Buy
  9. 9 Flexing 3:06 NEW GEN (feat. Renz) Buy
  10. 10 Top Floor 3:22 NEW GEN (feat. Yxng Bane) Buy
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