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Kirk Spencer ft. Wariko, Shifty Spirit, Jah Digga and 2Tone – Night Time (Single, CRS Entertainment)

January 6, 2011

You’lll have come across this character before – works in an office by day, lurks in an alley by night. All false posturing and braggadocio under hoods and bandanas. This mentality is explored on Nottingham producer Kirk Spencer’s massive new single Night Time.

Helped by CRS Entertainment label-mates and some of the city’s finest rappers, Mr.Spencer delivers another banger from the St. Anns-based studio. Jah Digga (AKA Dan Dan) kicks things off with a solid verse: ‘You wear a shirt, tie, trousers and a suitcase/At night you wear a tracksuit, hoodies and a screwface/I know the truth, mate/You act for your crew’s sake/Everybody knows that you’re sweet like a fruitcake’, while 2Tone provides the anti-fronting hook in an inimitable Notts drawl. Mixing hip-hop with dubstep and grime is the producer’s trademark; on Night Time the dirty, fuzzy bassline and Spencer’s own live guitar and drum samples progress into a full-blown drum and bass track. Legendary grime MC Wariko sounds just as at home flowing over the epic beat as no-nonsense rapper Shifty Spirit as they lyrically out the fakers.

Really slick production and great guest spots from the Community Recording Studio explain why this tune has received so much airplay on BBC Radio 1xtra. Worth the price of the instrumental alone, this one is a must-download. Just remember the song’s immortal message – check yourself before you wreck yourself, don’t disrespect yourself.

Kirk Spencer’s website

Originally published in LeftLion magazine Aug-Sep 2010.

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