100 Problems EP
Limited edition of 300. Maniac, one of grime's early kingpin beatmakers, makes his long-awaited return with MC Maxsta (known for his breakthrough 2009 anthem "East London Is Back") and Boothroyd (Tri Angle producer). On "100 Problems," Maniac's influence is felt first as sci-fi zaps and pulses fizz around a grizzly, low-end beat while Maxsta attacks every bar. "No Retreat" sees Boothroyd come to the fore with his wildly off-beat, atmospheric haze and staggered, cosmic FX allowing Maxsta's lyricism to take center stage. On "Local Spitter," Maxsta's words cut through swirling HD melodies, glossy textures, and a thick-edged bass lean.