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  • closeups August 23, 2016

    Grimewave

    Grime, the hard-edged, M.C.-led U.K. dance style that flourished in the early 2000s, seemed long gone. Its best rappers had moved on, and its fans increasingly abandoned hope. But then… something astounding happened: 2016 became grime’s biggest year ever. Produced … Read more »

  • feature June 28, 2016

    Fraternization Machine: Simon Reynolds on U.K. Dance History

    Simon Reynolds is the author of Energy Flash: A Journey Through Rave Music and Dance Culture, as well as books like Rip It Up and Start Again and Retromania. Producer Sam Backer interviewed Simon about the history of U.K. Dance. … Read more »

  • feature June 23, 2016

    Keep it Locked!: A History of U.K. Dance in Radio Sets

    Well before the rise of dance music in the late 1980s, pirate radio stations had been a vital part of the U.K.’s musical history. Facing tight government regulation of the airwaves, the 1960s saw pirates like the famous Radio Caroline … Read more »

  • feature June 23, 2016

    A London Sumting Dis: Photo Essay

    To accompany the Hip Deep program “Roots and Future,” producer Sam Backer put together this photo essay of some of the musicians and scenes featured in the show. All photos by Sam Backer. MC Navigator is an absolute legend. He’s … Read more »

  • blog July 13, 2015

    Wizkid Teams Up With Drake and Skepta

    Hip-hop superstar Drake and OVO Sound Radio made a big splash with their debut on Beats 1 radio show on Apple Music over the weekend. They surprised everyone by releasing a remix of Wizkid’s Afrobeats smash hit Ojuelegba, featuring Drake … Read more »

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