REVIEW: Smutlee & Serocee – SAS EP

By Liam Monaghan

Incoming! Brumaican Serocee has teamed up with DJ Producer Smutlee to produce an EP which could create a whole new genre of music; could this be the start of… Grimehall?

DJ Smutlee influenced by the sounds of UK Funky, Bashment, Hip Hop, Dancehall and Moombahton which are prolific in his sets, the London-based DJ, producer and mixtape specialist brings the new grime riddims out of UK to the table, whilst allowing Serocee to deliver an array of bars in various styles and deliveries.

Serocee has carved a name that is synonymous with the musical forefront of the club culture. His ability to navigate seamlessly within Hip Hop, Dancehall, and UK Bass movements has made him a mainstay talent within the Worldwide Festival and club circuits. Prolific in producing and writing, this coincides with his stage presence when hyping crowds with the Toddla T or Jus Now sound . Absolutely no party will be boring, when Serocee’s around.

SAS is the name of the EP and the artwork is two balaclava toting manikins, that indicates grit and power, which the EP held true to on its delivery. Looking into the five tracks:

I Luv U
A play and sample on Dizzie Rascals 2003 tune I luv U. Expect Big Basslines and mono Bashment vibes from Serocee. Surely a sound system destroyer.

When im ‘Ere
One of the most famous grime riddims used for this record, and Serocee delivers bars in a variety of ways, generating an on edge record, keeping the EP fresh and showcasing UK sounds.

Another chop up of a famous Grime riddim, as discussed before, ‘Up’ is a fairly new slang and is used throughout this record, singalong points and good hooks sum up ‘up’

Meet Me At The Perimeter
An alarm which reminds me of Golden Eye on the old playstation sets, rings throughout, with huge drums and bass whilst yet again, Serocee brings the bashy vibes onto this record.

Ur Body
Finally, a chop up of Beelzedub by Paleman which has taken the Grime, House and Garage worlds by storm. Arguably one of the best remixes now out there! Sero continues to do what he does with the unique arrangement of the samples, almost creating an entirely new record!

A great EP fusing genres that needed to be fused!