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It would be an understatement to say that the grime movement over the last 18 months has been a word on everyone’s lips. From Stormzy to Konnichiwa there’s been a continuous flow of quality output from London and other cities in the UK. But what about those that have been putting in work for years? For those that have been listening to grime before the hype really took off, they’ll be aware that Slimzee’s name is something of royalty amongst his peers and fans alike. That said he is one of the most underrated selectors out there, and it’s hard to put into words how influential this man has been in the scene.

One of the founders of Rinse FM, he was one of the originals that was setting up aerials on the top of South London tower blocks to push out his sound on what was then a pirate radio station. Rinse FM’s very own grew up with the likes of Wiley and the infamous Pay As U Go Cartel, from East London’s Bow area. His rise up the ranks was brought on during what can now be seen as the first wave of hype with Dizzee Rascal’s rise to charts in the mid naughties. That said Slimzee has been and always will be underground, which is why he’s been titled The Godfather of Grime. One of the original pioneers that rose out of the embers of the garage scene, he can be regarded as one of the key foundations in early grime.

Fast forward to now and Slimzee is still celebrated as one of the scene’s true underground heroes, and a connoisseur of all things grime. With and encyclopedic knowledge of the genre this man has beats for days! Put that with his high energy mixing style and you can see why he is second to none when it comes to playing grime in a club or on the radio.

Tobacco Dock has yet to feel the grime sound, and you can be sure that Slimzee will bring an upbeat, fun-fueled set that will leave people smiling and reminiscing on old classics they never knew they knew! He’ll be playing at Annie Mac’s All Day Rave which is showcasing a wide selection of music that keeps the UK dancefloors ticking.