I don't know about you, but around these parts, anything with D Double E's name on it is a certified listen. The East London-based grime emcee is not only one-half of the Newham Generals, but he's a highly sought after lyricist who's recently been featured on albums from Skepta and Katy B. Showing his versatility, the master of the "Bluku Bluku" links up with the esteemed Riddim Commission to inquire about what exactly you know about "Dem Tings Dere."
For the uninitiated, the Riddim Commission is made up of Swerve and Marco Del Horno, two producer/DJs who are riddim assassins on their own. Together, they've helped bridge the gap between house music and grime, working with everyone from Merky Ace and the Newham Generals to hip-hop icons like Eve. On "Dem Tings Dere," it's pure party vibes, with D Double E getting the crowd hype with simpler, effective lines over a monstrous bass house track. The hook is perfect in that "you and your squad will be drunkenly chanting this for the rest of the weekend" way. As they put it, "'Dem Tings Dere' is the perfect showcase of Riddim Commission’s sound. It’s essentially a bassy house record, but it features one of UK Grime’s legends—D Double E."
In regards to how the track was created, the Commissions explains that it "came about very organically from the combination of our different musical backgrounds. It's given us a sound that is truly our own and that's exactly what you’re going to get with the album."
That album (We Ain't Gonna Stop) is due out on October 7 via Marco's Bullet Train Records. Until then, bounce to this.