INTRODUCING: TreeHouse – “Rise”

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‘Treehouse, didn’t know now you know now/ Brought it back to the old style/ Don’t ramp on us brudda, you’ll be thanking us brudda/ Bunch of London kids with our own sound…’

Got something very exciting here for you guys today. This week, seemingly out of nowhere. this tracked popped up on Soundcloud along with newly registered Twitter handle @TreeHouse303. Information is extremely limited and there isn’t anything we can find on the internet about this elusive group yet, but TreeHouse have advertised themselves via social media as a ‘creative collective’ from North London. Who are they? We can’t really reveal, but track “Rise” (currently their only release) is an absolute banger with a unique steel-drum led instrumental and tight lyricism and a catchy auto-tuned hook from whoever their barsman is. We’ve been bumping “Rise” all week, and will definitely be keeping a keen eye on this mysterious collective.


Follow TreeHouse on their (currently very limited) social media accounts to make sure you’re in the loop!

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Introducing: Meet North London’s Jiggz, and listen to his bangin’ new mixtape ‘Till A Trillion,

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A few weeks ago, we introduced you to Crouch End producer Beecher Productionz and warned you about the fire coming out of that area in recent times. Well, as if right on cue, this week Hornsey don Jiggz, a close associate of Beecher’s, released his debut mixtape Till A Trillion. Jiggz has really put in the work on this 21 track tape, which features Hornsey locals BronsonLuvBox and Mostack (who you will recognise from his recent high profile banger “No Buddy”, which inspired remixes with Chip, Paigey Cakey and J Hus).

Production for the project comes from Beecher Productionz himself, alongside a whole host including E.Y, Ivy LeaguerJhalilbeatsSojiboyCxlebJTPD.WilliamsNickEBeats and Riddle. We’ve talked before about the very defined sound coming out of Hornsey and Crouch End, and Jiggz’ Till A Trillion is nothing short of a triumph for this particular niche. Jiggz has an instantly recognisable tone and flow, with spitting skills diverse enough to sound comfortable talking on anything from the life of the hustle, as on “Northside Baby Remix”, or talking emotional love affairs over R&B instrumentals such as on “LuvBox”. Jiggz is representing UK music in a strong way, and at only 19 years old somehow has the ability to spit life experiences that will resonate with a number of different audiences. We absolutely can’t say enough good things about this tape, and we’d be very surprised if he doesn’t have the labels pestering him for a signing soon!


You can download Till A Trillion via the link below, alongside a few of Jiggz’ most recent videos.

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Make sure to buck Jiggz on the social media links below, and watch out for our exclusive interview with him coming soon!

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INTRODUCING: MEET EAST HAM’S MULTI-TALENTED EKLIPSE AND HIS UNIQUE BRAND OF UK R&B, INCLUDING Q+A

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‘Go slow to the bass, fast to the hi-hats / then we’ll beat to the beat til the bed frame cracks…’

Got one for the ladies here – East London artist Eklipse dropped a brand new EP last month as a special Valentines present to all the gyaldem. With production from Swiftstar and Wondz, the project, entitled ‘Intimate Affairs‘, is a dark and sexy quad-part story of romance and sexual encounters (with not all the ladies in question being single). Eklipse has an intriguing and unique sound, creating a genre sitting in an exciting grey area bordering the regions of trap, R&B, Grime and UK Hip Hop. This latest release is a no holds barred barrage of sexually-fueled slow jams, delivered in a meaningful and poetic way that warrant a number of playbacks. Ladies, forget curling up with Fifty Shades of Grey for your kicks, stick on ‘Intimate Affairs’ instead.

Scroll down below to stream ‘Intimate Affairs’ and read our exclusive Q+A sesh with Eklipse!


Dontfckabout : Tell us a bit about Eklipse – What ends are you from? Where did you grow up/ where are you based now?

Eklipse: I’m East London born and raised man. I’ve always lived in Newham man, but to be more specific I’m from East Ham.

Tell us, how old are you + is there any other interesting personal information you’d like to share?

I’m 21. I started off as a poet funnily enough. I was shit at English as a kid and used to get into loads in trouble at school cos I just wouldn’t focus. My mum’s a poet and when I got taken out of school she home schooled me by teaching me how to use metaphors and whatnot. But when I went back to school and started listening to Grime more often it caught me in a different way and I started barring at about 14.

Tell us about the name – where is Eklipse from?

To be honest I just wanted a name that no one else had haha. I picked Eklipse cos it sounded dark but not too gritty but everyone has always said it’s really appropriate for me and my style so since then it’s stuck.

Are there any crews/ collectives you’ve worked with in the past and/or work with now?

I’m not really into the crews thing man. Back when I was a young buck a couple man that would spit together would try form a lil clique but I’ve always been on my own sort of vibe.

Give us a basic outline of your journey through music so far – when/how did Eklipse come into being, and what has happened up to this point?

Well I started writing poetry at the age of 9, performing at the age of 11, released my poetry pamphlet independently at 13 then jumped on the music at 14. It’s been a long but dope adaptation. I started off releasing EPs at first but I never really pushed them cos I always thought I could do better. That’s why I’ve never done a mixtape but been constantly releasing tracks on Soundcloud. But 2015 I’m looking to finally cement myself as an artist cos now I’m comfortable with myself and know the directions I want to go in. On Valentine’s Day I released an R&B influenced EP called “Intimate Affairs” which was produced by Swiftstar and Wondz, and now I’m just wrapping up my LP “Dark Matters” which will be produced by my darg Swiftstar and should drop around my birthday in Summer.

Are there any particular MCs/artists from back in the day that particularly inspired you to start spitting?

Definitely. I guess the guys that influenced me the most where Kano (especially cos he’s from my manor), Ghetto, Scorcher, Wiley, J2K and then later on the likes of Dot Rotten etc.

What are your plans for the next year and further? Are there any upcoming projects you want me to shoutout?

Yeah Dark Matters in landing this summer but in the mean time look out for me on CDs like Deadstock Grime’s “Authentic”. Next year I’m likely to be dropping another LP with my homie SGT Static as well as a couple individual things that’ll be revealed in due time haha.

Have you/ are you currently doing shows? If not, are there plans for shows in the future?

Well I went uni for 2 years and dropped out so prior to that I was never really available to do shows. But now I’m back in London I’m definitely looking to perform again.

If you could work with any UK MC or producer right now that you haven’t already, who would it be?

Ooooft. That’s a tricky one. MC would probably be Ghetts, that would be nuts and I’d learn so much. In terms of a producer it would probably be Swindle, his sound is so unique and varied but it’s such a vibe.

UK Hip Hop seems to be going through a very healthy patch at the minute – are there any artists nationwide that you’re particularly feeling right now?

Right now I’ve gotta say I’ve been listening to a lot of Grime as I’m slowly coming back into it having been making solely Hip Hop for the last two years. So atm it would have to be Ghetts, Stormzy, Maxsta and Wretch if I exclude all of the people I know personally.



Make sure you buck Eklipse on social media to keep your eye on out his upcoming projects! He’s also got some great poetry to check – links below!

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‘Intimate Affairs’ Free Download Link


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Introducing #5: Beecher Productionz and the sounds of Crouch End and Hornsey

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‘We’re all from the same shit, all from the same area, we’re all coming with something that can benefit all of us, and benefit our area. To make an impact on the U.K music scene our area has to come together and nurture that sound. I remember back in the day, you had the West Coast sound, you had the East Coast Sound… It was very defined, and it’s like now, we need that CROUCH END sound, we need that HORNSEY sound.’

This week we ventured into Crouch End to link up with up and coming producer Beecher Productionz, who is very much involved in an established yet underrepresented sound coming out of the Crouch End/Hornsey area of North London. This area hosts a number of extremely dedicated MCs and producers, who are working their way onto the industry map, with the area having a certain degree of attention recently after local MC MoStack released certified banger No Buddy (which now has a remixed versions with Paigey CakeyJ.Hus and Chip).

  Beecher Productionz, who is also very much a part of the creative force in his area, crafts intricate Hip Hop instrumentals, which for the most part sound vaguely inspired by the trap instrumentals coming out of the US in the past couple years, but with technical idiosyncrasies which give Beecher a very unique and distinct U.K sound.

From talking to Beecher, it was very apparent that he has a sharp and clear vision for the direction of his music and his place in the local music scene. After cracking a bottle of champers for his lil bro’s birthday, we had an interview with Beecher Productionz alongside local MC Jiggz to find more about their sound. Read more below:


Tell us about yourself. How old are you, and how long have you been doing music?

Beecher: My name is Beecher Productionz, I was born here in North London, Crouch End, and have lived here my whole life. I’m 20 years old, and have been producing to coming up to 6 years now. To be honest with you, in school, I weren’t really focused, and music was the only thing I was interested in. Like, around the school times, I didn’t really think I was going anywhere, but then I got into a music college and that made me think ‘yeah man I can go for this sort of thing’. I started in primary school, and what motivated me really was the fact that music is all I had going for me, and yeah I’ve been doing it ever since, and now, it’s my passion man, I love this stuff.

Are you working with any artists at the moment?

Beecher: At the moment, I’m independent, and working on my own to be honest. I’m not working with any artists at the moment, but I had a record label before where I was working with a few local artists.

What genre would you call your music?

Beecher: I would call it real music! It’s musical, you know, it’s not like mad synthetic. It’s got a nice melody, it’s smooth… I wouldn’t really like to put it in a genre, you know what I’m saying?

Jiggz: Its real UK Hip Hop man, which is what really comes through in the sound at the moment. It’s got that soul feel, you can hear the garage come through. His music’s coming from a certain place.

Beecher: And I’m not getting gassed saying this, but coz we’re all from the same shit, all from the same area, we’re all coming with something that can benefit all of us, and benefit our area. To make an impact on the U.K music scene our area has to come together and nurture that sound. I remember back in the day, you had the West Coast sound, you had the East Coast Sound… It was very defined, and it’s like, we need that CROUCH END sound, we need that HORNSEY sound.

Ahh, so you’re very much aware of your influences. What music do you listen to, and what would you say has really influenced you.

Beecher: My main influence is the oldschool, like RnB, like Lauryn Hill, like Aaliyah, the oldschool Timbaland stuff was just crazy.

How are you getting your music to people at the moment? Is your music being played anywhere? Radio stations etc?

Beecher: To be honest with you, I haven’t even been putting my music out for that long. My website came out like a week ago, with a short beat tape with like six beats on it, and I’ve put that out on Facebook, Twitter, and I’ve had some good feedback from that. My music hasn’t been about that much yet, but I’ve got some music on the way with, no one’s heard of him yet but you’re gonna know soon trust, Jiggz, and he’s got a mixtape dropping soon which I’m involved with. I’m not giving it away, but we got some videos coming too.

Think big – who would you like to work with?

Beecher: In the U.K, Mo. MoStack…Right now he’s doing big things, and especially for our area. There’s so much talent in our area, and it’s been behind closed doors for so long, and it needed that one someone to just break through, and give the rest of the talent in the area that chance, you know what I’m saying? So yeah, MoStack definitely, he’s big on the scene right now. Big up MoStack for real for real. No offense and what not, but when it comes to other U.K rappers, apart from my bro Jiggz, I’m not really tryin to mess with anyone when it comes to UK rappers. But, to go mad, my dream is to work with people like Ed Sheeran. I got mad respect for Ed Sheeran and the way he came up, he was grindin’ and how he struggled, you know what I’m saying, and now he’s made it to the top, so he’s inspiration to show that it’s possible. When it comes to America, the bait ones really… Like Drake, coz I respect the fact that he’s still keeping his music real. Meek Mill… Timbaland… He’s my biggest biggest producing influence, so to be in the studio with him would be crazy.


Beecher Productionz was enough of a don to share a wavy new instrumental, exclusive to dontfckabout – which you can  listen to below:

Be sure to check hit him up via Twitter and his brand new website (where you can hear his recent ‘Change The View‘ release with more of his tunes!):

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Watch out for:

Beecher Productionz’ new 6 beat tape dropping on the weekend entitled “Light Work”.

 Jiggz‘ debut mixtape ‘Till A Trillion’ which is out next week (Interview coming soon).

Both are gonna be bangin’!

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 We’re tipping you lot right now that these North London dons are gonna be doing big bits in the next year or so. Watch this space and we’ll keep you updated with what you need to know!

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Introducing #4: Meet Lewisham Mcdeez’s newest export – Blaydes

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‘Man wanna diss me coz of my age, I will swing for a man spin man like a rollup / You wanna hype up coz you’re an older but wanna back up there when I roll up’

In the last edition of our #Introducing series, we turned our ears towards the up & comers of Grime, and trained your attention on Nottingham’s local celebrity MC Snowy. This week we’re bringing the focus back to London ends and are proud to introduce you to Lewisham Mcdonald’s regular + local MC Blaydes. We became interested in Blaydes after a number of recent standout grime releases, both solo and in collaboration with a number of national artists <tracks available at the bottom of page!>. What impressed us even more is that after a bit of research we clocked that he’s only 16 years old! If you listen to Blaydes, I’m sure you’ll agree that this young don has the flow and delivery of someone who’s much older and has had more time to hone their craft. It’s quite clear that Blaydes is a natural, and we’re definitely excited by the fact that he’s so new to the game and has only really interacted with the scene for the past 4 months. We’ve mentioned before about Grime having had somewhat of a resurgence recently, both in terms of international interest from established entities (think Drake dropping bars from Skepta’s ‘That’s Not Me’on the new Lil Wayne mixtape) along with a whole host of new fans due to increased publicity, which has developed a schism between newer fans and some of the ‘puritans’ of Grime (or so they believe themselves to be). We’re glad that there are still people like Blaydes on the horizon who are bringing that street-level, energetic sound that gave Grime its life force in the first place. Make sure you watch out for this don, because Blaydes and a whole host of rugrat new artists are ready to show these new fans what Grime is all about.


We got in touch with Blaydes to find out a bit more about him – Find what went down here:

What ends are you from? Where did you grow up/ where are you based now?

I’m from South London – hail up all my Lewisham dons. I was born in different ends though, Reading, which is where I grew up throughout my very early years of life, but I’m based out here in Lewisham.

Tell us a bit about yourself:

I’m 16 now, 17 in September. I’m not too much of an interesting character haha, I just like to do simplistic things like read, play football, and a bit of graphic design.

Are there any crews/ collectives you’ve worked with in the past and/or work with now?

I haven’t released anything with them, but I can 100% tell you that I’ve got some stuff lined up with a few guys from The Square. I’ve done a few collective tracks, for example “The BudJacker Suite” which featured myself, Snowy, Chemz, Dubz D, and Marsta Menzz but I’ve never released a track with a collective group.

Give us a basic outline of your journey through music so far – when/how did you start etc:

I started back in like year 7; I used to freestyle with some of my friends during break times at school, and really since then I just slowly developed… who would have known it would have turned out to be like this though. I remember I put out a track back when I was like 11/12 but I never pushed it out due to my age. Respectively, I think I can say I’ve done quite a bit now as I only just jumped into the scene about 4 months ago. Really since I jumped in I’ve just been steady cruising, so we’ll see how far this journey takes me.

Are there any particular MCs from back in the day that particularly inspired you to start spitting?

Respect to all of them, but really other than Chip, there is not too many other than the likes of Skepta and those lot. Really Chip inspired me to do grime because I can relate to the age he was when he first started his grind in grime.

What are your plans for the next year and further? Are there any upcoming projects you want us to shoutout

 Yeah I’ve got a few projects dropping: hopefully an EP, another EP that is joint with a producer, also I’m featured on a project called “Authentic” which is dropping on February 24thand hopefully I’ll get some visuals out.

Will you/ are you currently doing shows?

As of right now I’m not doing shows, but I can only hope that I will be in the near future.

If you could work with any UK MC/ producer right now that you havent already, who would it be?

Ah, I think it would most likely have to be Stormzy in terms of MCs and SNY/Rynsa Man in terms of producers.


 Listen to ‘Gassums’, ‘On It’ ‘Strap Hard Remix’ here:

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Our next ‘Introducing’ feature will be on North London’s Beecher Productionz. See you there!

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Meet one of the MCs keeping the East Midlands on the radar – introducing: Snowy

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 ‘Got a champagne flow, watch how I ace them/ Man wanna copy my flows lemme paste them / I fully boot up the tracks and I lace em/ Fuck a metaphor man are going in blatant’

Snowy is an 18 year old MC from Nottingham, and has been active in the scene for a number of years now. Having recently worked with a number of influential artists and producers, he is set to make some serious noise for himself in 2015.

If you’re a fan, you’ll be very aware (and possibly even sympathetic to) the constant rumbling and groaning that seems to have undercut the Grime scene for a number of years now. ‘Grime is dead’ you’ll hear… ‘there’s no money in it’, ‘the energy has gone’. In any scene, there are constantly those that prefer a nostalgic view of things compared to taking it for what it is. What do we say to these people? Well, we believe one of the godfathers of the genre said it best, so we’ll bless it with his words:


Now, that we’ve got that through with, we’re gonna show you why we’re still banging on about Grime. There are a number of young MCs at moment who are riled up and ready to do a madness this year. One of them is Nottingham’s Snowy, who along with a number of other youngsters from his city <namely Mez, J.Dot, Kyeza + others>, is keeping the Midlands a strong blip on the Grime radar. He’s had some particular attention recently due to his collaborations with veteran producer Masro, and an energetic b2b with J.Dot filmed by JDZ Media <both of which can be found at the bottom of the page!>, but looking through his current discography, and considering how young Snowy is, we can say that it’s looking very promising that himself and his team are looking to bring through some serious fire in 2015. As a strong representative of the East Midlands Grime scene, Snowy has been regarded with respect from the scene for a while now as one of the most promising youngers, and is a strong candidate for being one of the leading figures in the near future in showing the rest of the country the levels.


We contacted Snowy for a quick Q+A session to find out what he’s been up to, and here’s what we found out:

What ends are you from? Where did you grow up/ where are you based now?

I’m born and bred in Nottingham, East Midlands and I’m still here! Nottingham Shottingham yoooo  hahaha!

How old are you and tell us any other interesting personal information –

 I’m 18 right now.. Some girls think I’m older but I’m 18 hahaha. I can’t give too much away I like being mysterious lol

Are there any crews/ collectives you’ve worked with in the past and/or work with now?

 Erm well I work with loads of people I’m all for collaboration. Watch out for PRxSM though… Again I can’t say much but you’ll see it coming this year I promise. 

Give us a basic outline of your journey through music so far – when/how did you start etc.

 I hate showing people my old videos it makes me sick lmao! I’m gonna show you my first ever though, I did a Cameraman Sketch New Talent when I was 14/15 I can’t remember:


Then this is my latest solo music video ADHD: 


This is my latest freestyle, b2b J Dot:


Are there any particular MCs from back in the day that particularly inspired you to start spitting?

Ermmmm to be honest not entirely no. I used to listen to Nottingham MCs more than anything. Blaze (he’s my g from my ends), Marvin, Kezzy K, Shadow. Old school Dizzee and Titch did a bit too, but that’s a bait answer that you’d expect to hear to be honest lol.

What are your plans for the next year and further? Are there any upcoming projects you want me to shoutout?

I’ve got releases I could (and should) bring out and release but I’m kinda riding the wave and seeing how it goes right now. But I will put something out this year because everyone keeps getting on to me hahahahaha.

Will you/ are you currently doing shows?

 Yeah I’ve just started taking on bookings properly. I would tell you some but I don’t even remember where or when I don’t even deal with them any more. Should see me up and down from Bristol to Manchester though tbh. 

If you could work with any UK MC/ producer right now that you havent already, who would it be?

Erm would probably beeee Dot Rotten, maybe Skepta. Or M.I.K but hopefully I can get those features in one day.


To check out some of his music, and find more info about Snowy here, click these links!

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And download his current mixtapes here:

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