Blay Vision’s roots are planted in Grime, & whilst Blay may be best known for productions for & features with the grime scene’s very best; Wiley, Skepta, JME, President T, Flirta D, Shorty & Fekky to name just a few, Blay Vision is an artist who strives to be true to himself at all times, not limiting to himself to any singular sound in anyway; musically or lyrically.
Blay Vision’s debut album ‘Turner Ave.’ is the product of years of introspection, growing up in London, in a city full of big business, heritage & power. ‘Turner Ave.’ sits on the cusp of tradition & revolution. You can trace the lineage of Blay’s sound; the impact of life & his surroundings, yet the music is fresh & forward-thinking. Uncomfortable with being comfortable, Blay Vision carves out his own lane, finding a perfect middle ground by combining the essence of the original Grime sound, where originality reigned supreme, with the infectious bounce & driving 808s derived from American & British Rap. As both a producer & an MC, Blay’s approach to creating music is strictly on his own terms, for himself.
Born & raised in Tottenham, North London, Blay spent his formative years growing up on an Turner Ave., the album’s namesake. This is where Blay first heard the music of Bone Thugs N Harmony & JME. Turner Ave. was where Blay discovered his love for the Japanese 8-bit chiptune soundtracks of the Sega Genesis & Super Nintendo consoles which heavily shape his productions. The soundtracks to classic video games, such as Sonic the Hedgehog & Streets of Rage, changed Blay forever. The importance of melody within these dynamic & original 8-bit gaming compositions, has lent itself perfectly to Blay’s musical stylings.
On ‘Turner Ave.’ we can hear Blay’s vision clearer than ever before. Stand out track ‘Gone Mad’ feat. JME sees Blay ruminating over the lives of Britain’s youth lead, stating “You can join the army at sixteen but can’t by CoD [Call of Duty] / It’s like I’m livin’ in backwards times, nobody’s on job”.
Although the majority of ‘Turner Ave.’ is self-produced, UK Drill stalwart Mazza Beats (f/k/a Mazza Murda, production credits including Giggs, 67, C-Biz & AJ Tracey) produced three tracks on the album; ‘Skeen’, ‘ManaMan’ & ’Free Mo’, whilst West London’s Teeza (production credits including Krept & Konan, Wiley, JME & Dot Rotten) produced the super-grimey ‘Moving Now’ & Birmingham-based producer/ vocalist, Dimez produced the weed-smokers’ anthem ‘Normal’.
A visionary like very few before him & never fearing the unknown, Blay Vision has discovered his true potential on ‘Turner Ave.’ Blay tells his story employing timeless melodies, whether it’s with his infectious hooks, emotive ad-libs or the instantly- memorable licks of his videogame-influenced productions, Blay Vision’s flexible & playful approach to writing, recording & producing places him highly in the ranks of the UK’s most forward-thinking artists.