Roadmanbarty's Top 20 Drills

You’re a good tour guide barty. I listened through these last night and enjoyed the writing. I liked the first one best, the sparta one and c1 slums

I agree with you about the ‘womb like’ qualities. The warp and glide of the 808, the curves and filters give a warm enveloping feel to offset the cold funeral march minors in the melody, and each beat feels like a whole, after an intro you’re pretty much in that space with few surprises. It meant a little key change in the silwood nation tune felt dramatic, few surprises…
A dusty old music box found in an attic. It has a figure of a dancer on it, her pale porcelain face

A great metaphor, a creepy tik-tok wind up music box.. A children’s plaything that’s a bit disturbing and unsettling too. Something contained and doomed to play a mechanised song over and over, jerky, restricted and repetitive
This internalisation of the disposability of their own lives in gang warfare.

And the dancing and videography im into a lot… so much death.


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A legal disclaimer at the beginning of the video isn’t enough to assuage this sense of malevolence. With its grammatical mishaps and inconsistent capitalization it comes across as disingenuous and subversive. It professes that what is being portrayed is “fictional”. It is not. This is real life. This is London. This is UK drill.

just getting round to this, good tune. i think i'm getting into drill, lockdown seems to help the listening. good write up from barty as well but lol at this last bit.


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2) SMG- Karma

Raw, palpable agency.

Imposing your will on the world.



Hot-blooded heathens.

Riots and pandemonium. Prison breaks.

The implosion of the social contract.

Explosions. Knocked out teeth flying through the air like shrapnel. Skulls crunching under heels. Tires burning.

Looting music. Lunatic music.

The Mehdi Army.
so good


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Its funny considering how Tion Wayne and Russ Millions have a bonafied number 1 and dat (and Tion Wayne is from Edmonton which ain't that far from me) i suppose Barty and Luke should feel somewhat vindicated with where Drill's gotten these days but i'm sure they'll say that its all Cbeebies music and just harp about how it was better in 2016 when it was still a South ting before all these half speed North Londoners took it over


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I doubt it, it's an iron law for Luke that south london is fifty steps behind the north east on the evolutionary scale


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i wonder if the reason for this has already been investigated. i vaguely remember prancehall talking about ribena as a favoured drink among grime people.


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I'm set, a private jet, I drink a lot of Beck's
Get a lot of sex, condo and duplex, diamond infested Rolex


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So it's the aspirational aspect?

The booze they namecheck is usually relatively expensive shit like Grey Goose.