[G]rime is a uniquely British culture: the product of lyrical dexterity, claustrophobic inner city environments, political disillusionment and the culmination of years of musical evolution, experimentation and expansion.
In the genre’s two decades of oscillating between the musical underground and the pop scene mainstream, D Double E has been a fixture – an originator whose distinct vocal and versatile flows have retained deep connections to the jungle, garage and drum and bass sounds that would be melded into Grime around the turn of the century. His latest single “Back Then” – premiered here and cut from the forthcoming album Jackuum! – shows exactly how far D Double has come and displays the same energy that transformed Grime from its underground origins in basement clubs and tower block pirate radio stations into the UK’s most articulate, inventive and vital musical revolution.
Check out the track below alongside photographs from Lower Clapton Road, close to the defunct nightclub Chimes, where D Double played his early shows.