UK lyricist Dream McLean quickly rose to prominence over two years ago when Chase & Status invited the MC to lay down some lyrics on top of their dubstep monster Saxon. Since then, McLean has become a household name in grime and hip hop, touring with acts like Professor Green and regularly appearing on Chase & Status-produced tunes like last year’s dastardly Network. It is no surprise that McLean’s forthcoming tune Sloe Gin appears on Chase & Status’ own MTA Records, and brings more asphalt-scraped, coarsely-ground roughness that will have all hip hop fans nodding their heads.
Scheduled for release on February 10th, Sloe Gin is produced by Nightwatch–the lesser known production guise of d&b super-group Noisia. The track features typical crisp production from the Dutch trio, with a warbling lead melody full of bounce. Dream McLean supplies the fire on Sloe Gin, delivering creative metaphor after creative metaphor. McLean’s nonchalant vocal delivery lends authenticity to the track’s half-cocked vibe, and at the same time provides an effortless rudeness. Already scoring record of the week honors from BBC 1xtra’s Mistajam, Sloe Gin is sure to make splash when hits the streets on Feb 10th.