Not only is Blay Vision continuing to prove himself to be one of the most exciting producers in the UK, but with ‘Gone Mad’, his latest single which features Boy Better Know’s JME, Blay Vision establishes himself as one of the more introspective & progressive MCs, free to follow the beat of his own drum. The single is taken from Blay Vision’s forthcoming debut album ‘Turner Ave.’ dropping June 2nd via Lit City Trax.
The song breaks out of Grime’s typical 140BPM mold that has defined the sound for so many years. Instead, Blay Vision opts to slow the tempo down to 120BPM, freeing himself from the confines of a tempo-based sound.
‘Gone Mad’ is a return to the roots of Grime where quality & originality reigned supreme, where tempo was an asset, not a defining factor. In Grime’s original-heyday, when the sound was first being developed, before Grime had a singular name, OG producer/MCs like Dizzee Rascal & Wiley were liberal with their use of tempo, often playing around at all sorts of varying speeds.
Following in the same fashion of his previous single, ‘These Guys’ (released April 14th), Blay Vision has assumed the role of both MC & producer. Long-time friend JME rated Blay’s original ’Gone Mad’ beat & the vocal demo that Blay had recorded soon after so highly that he had to jump on the tune.
On ‘Gone Mad’ Blay’s signature MIDI-flutes ring out like melodic car alarms over a Crunk-like bounce, driven by punctuating 808s. Blay & JME are brimming with indignation, furiously riding the beat with a visceral passion. The influence on the production of ‘Gone Mad’ can be attributed to both Blay’s love for classic 8-bit videogame soundtracks & Southern American hip-hop.
With ‘Gone Mad’ Blay Vision & JME raise an eye at the hypocrisy of the establishment & the shortcomings of the system, collaborating to create one of the most memorable songs of the year.
released April 21, 2017
'Gone Mad' produced by Blay Vision
Lyrics written by Blay Vision & JME
Mixed & mastered by MSM
Artwork by Konrad Clough
Artwork concept by J-Cush
Music video directed by Matthew Walker
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