WILEY ALBUM REVIEW + REMIXES FREE DOWNLOAD


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Wiley’s 100% Publishing is out on Big Dada, and has been given away for free as an instrumental version by the generous author. We’ve had so much free AND quality stuff coming from Wiley lately, he’s really spoiling us. Today we’ve got two remixes, for “Numbers” and “Yonge Street”, for a free download again!

Read our review of 100% Publishing, printed in the latest 10th issue of Big Up:

Words by Jason Suave

Since day dot, one of the most influential and prolific individuals to perpetuate the proliferation of grime has been the one like Wiley. Seven albums later, boy betta’ know, mans doin’ it again! This one called 100% Publishing, so titled for the fact that Wiley has done all the work himself. Back to Big Dada, he’s finally gotten his wish and had complete control of the music, literally having written, recorded, and produced everything on the album on his own.

Setting it off with “Information Age,” he gets straight to business with a clanky banger that sounds like someone forgot to oil the Iron Giant, but he’s still dancing. Just a short one, with a flow to remind you Wiley is the best. Second on the lineup is the title track with some of the heaviest production on the album. Big bad bass rolls out over running punchy drums, punctuated with a spacious snare. The bars are on display here as well with that old-skool Wiley style he knows they want from him.

Next up is the first single on the record, “Numbers in Action.” Mostly just saturated drums, bass, lots of bit-crushed percussion this 90 bpm 808 slapper is simple and effective. Did I mention the video is sweet? Go YouTube and check it!

“Boom Boom Da Na” is fourth in line, back to 140, and oh this f*cking tune! On first listen one might be tempted to slate it for a circus riddim, but then it drops and it’s just too catchy! Bet you find yourself humming it tomorrow…

Following that is “Your Intuition,” a little more pop-oriented; lush pads and a fuzzy saw lead give way to a ride and percussion-laden beat, effective at the club or at your house party. Next, Wiley “Just Woke Up” and dropped a hot verse over a drummer that grew up listening to Clyde Stubblefield drum solos. Sick.

The seventh son of the record is “Wise Man and His Words,” which has a wicked piano hook over snappy drums with a fat saw bass. This one equally suited to the headphones or the dancefloor.

Every artist album has to have a love song, innit? Eighth track – a wonky jam about a “Pink Lady” he fancies – could hit the top 40 charts, shuffling along smoothly. Contrasting is another banger in – “Yonge Street.” Back down to straight-up UK hip hop, this tune is badbwoy, I swear down! Next is “Up There,” an aspirational grime tune, where Wiley reassures himself and the world that he’s still got it, introspective and braggadocious simultaneously.

Ok, let’s “Talk About Life,” as with the love song every album also has to have the slow jam. It’s soulful, mellow, and radio friendly, but it’s not necessarily grime. Fortunately, if there’s one thing I can tell you for sure it’s that Wiley is not a “One Hit Wonder,” and the track of the same name is proof. I’m pretty sure this is the final nail in the Wiley vs Dot Rotten beef. I’m not really sure how Dot could send for man in the first place, Eskiboy invented this music…

Closing it out we’ve got “To Be Continued.” If Logic and a Nintendo made sweet sweet love, the baby would be this tune. It starts off kinda groovy, and drops with big square bass and a snare that cracks like a whip. This one is a proper tune to finish up the album or finish up your set.

All in all a solid album showcasing Wiley’s chops as a producer have improved and his skill with the bars haven’t diminished. Wiley is still at the top of his game. I strongly recommend this to any fans of flows-so-tight-they-sound-quantized, bangin’ beats, saw waves, sub bass, and jams!

Read this and more reviews and interviews with Kode9, Mary Anne Hobbs, Giles Peterson and more in Big Up Ten.

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