This week we see the release of the debut solo EP from South Yorkshire producer Mella Dee, on the stateside label Slit Jockey Records. After already establishing a name for himself as one half of the production duo Mistamen, Mella Dee has now decided to branch out and has shown people exactly what he is capable of by himself, with this solid 5 track Grime EP. And what better label to release it on, than one known to specialise in Grime in it’s most rawest instrumental form.
Despite already having high expectations, due to not only Mella Dee and his talent as a producer but also the quality control of this label, we still felt an element of surprise and uncertainty before listening to this EP. However as soon as we first heard the aggressive bassline and skippy drum pattern of the starting track, ‘Don’t Be Nesh’, we knew that this was a release that would not let us down.
After progressing further into the EP we began to realise how true this was, as we continued to be impressed by the high levels set of each track on this release, which includes the high energy dancefloor track ‘VIP’, featuring Slick Don, the stripped back minimal sounding ‘Gritty (South Yorks)’, ‘Pies and Peas’, our personal favourite out of the bunch, and finally the instrumental to ‘VIP’.
Overall this EP delivers exactly what is expected of it, if not more, and proves the overall ability of Mella Dee as a producer, who seems to be capable of just about anything these days.