FuZen presents Novelist (UK)
Neck of the Woods
Jason Howson + MC Koder
At just 19 years old, Novelist has already established himself as the UK’s leading young grime artist with huge support from across the grime world. When most people turn 19, they get drunk and only have a few blurry pics to help them remember the party - Novelist a 2 hour radio show with all sorts of grime dons rolling through to help him celebrate - from Skepta, to Jammer to P-Money and more.
On the mic, he displays a a natural confidence befitting of the cast of iconic spitters that have gone before him - Wiley, D Double E, Flowdan - and channels grime’s harsh, gritty realisms through his music in a way that keeps the content both firmly accessible and engaging.
Novelist has managed to start building an impressive CV - with releases alongside Mumdance, Baauer and appearing on Chase & Status London Bars project. As well as the hours spent on radio all over London, a big part of his remit has been live performances - including impromptu 909 live sets with left-field grime producer Mumdance - which, for many an MC, represent one of the biggest challenges; making the leap from the studio to the stage is no easy feat. Novelist has taken the whole process in his stride however, whether it be on his own, alongside others or as part of the crew he proudly fronts - The Square.
Firmly bound to Lewisham, the area of South London he’s grown up in and feels impassioned to represent, Novelist’s outlook remains both measured and collected, even in the face of the exposure that’s already come his way. This is an artist that has also managed to strike the elusive balance between old school pedigree and new school innovation, an MC who has learnt to look backwards to go forward - and he’s single-handedly making grime feel as raw, exciting and absorbing as it first did back at the turn of the millennium.
Fast forward to 2015 and not only has Novelist already been granted a place one the BBC’s coveted ‘Sound Of 2015’ list, but has also announced an imminent EP with XL Recordings - again alongside trusted collaborator Mumdance. Featuring two original cuts, title-track ‘One Sec’ and B-side ‘Shook’, it’s an EP that builds on the relationship between exploratory, spacial producer and young, talismatic MC in the purest, most visceral sense. This continued willingness to test the water and ultimately challenge perceptions of exactly what grime music can sound like, is what continues to make him such a stand out figure in the genre’s current make-up.
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