Release Date: Oct 16, 2012
Record label: Hyperdub
Genre(s): Electronic, Pop/Rock
Terror Danjah's tunes have always been about a quick, snappy attack: bits of string sections compacted into wallops wedded with sinuous synth lines. But on Dark Crawler's title track, which appears in three different vocal versions as well as an intro and outro, everything is blown to larger-than-life proportions. Indeed, aside from the six minute epic "Reinforced," "Dark Crawler" is simultaneously the loftiest thing he's ever made and maybe the most brutal.
Every now and again an artist signed to Hyperdub will take off their safety goggles and lab coat, step away from their experimental sonic laboratory and - politely directed by either by Kode9 or their own guilty conscious - throw a bone to the starving grime hounds on the other side of the fence. That time has finally come around again. After Cooly G’s romantically charged, sorrowful debut and LV’s recent South African Kwaito inspired release, I imagine the some punters are feeling a tad left out.
One of grime’s founding fathers, Terror Danjah, stands among the ever-changing genre’s most important figures. When grime first hit the headlines a decade ago, Terror was there producing some of the sound’s finer early moments, but his efforts remained largely unsung until his 2010 debut, ‘Undeniable’, for the Burial-launching Hyperdub label. After two years of helping to drive grime’s resurgence, ‘Dark Crawler’ is a triumphant follow-up from the London producer, packed with energetic instrumentals and punctuated by vocal features from the likes of Trim, Riko and Ruber Lee-Ryder.
When Grime ignited the UK's rap scene a decade ago, it sounded, above anything else, new. And the sounds were, perhaps, but grime has always relied on the same notions of realness and hardness as gangster rap. And like its American analogue, grime began nurturing these traits organically. Roughneck, 1000 mph pirate radio bleats don't require posturing or explanation.