Having grown up listening to Rinse FM, Sir Spyro was eventually invited to host his own show in 2005. Had that not happened, he says, "I'd probably be walking home from my 9 to 5 now! It wouldn't have worked if I didn't get on Rinse. It's that simple." His shows and his radio sets are an essential stop for anyone looking to find a solid balance of unknown heaters and the latest bangers. On his weekly Sunday night show, listeners are regularly treated to future classics before anyone else. And then there's his own productions: aside from applying his finely-tuned ear to curating his for the next grime anthem, Spyro also applies this keen ear to his own music. Recent tracks like "Side By Side"—which featured Big H, Bossman Birdie and a defining guest spot from President T—and "Wolly" (with D Double E) prove that his ability and creativity as a producer are only improving.
After 15 years in the game, Sir Spyro's influence and position in the grime scene is stronger than ever. Ahead of his appearance at Sequences Festival in Bristol this weekend, Sir Spyro put together an exclusive mix for us. Take a listen below and be sure to come and find us at the Complex-powered after-party in the Coroner's Court from 11pm. Head here for tickets and more info.
Tell us a bit about your selections in this mix.
In this mix, I made sure I put some new instrumentals as well as some new vocals and new remixes of ols schoo grime classics. I hope everyone enjoys it.
What was the one track you absolutely had to include?
The one tune I had to include was Treble Clef's "Trumpet Boom".
What's the first single or album you ever bought?
I think the first single record I bought was "Melody" by Masterstepz.
What do you want to see happen musically over the next 12 months?
I've played abroad a few times this year and everywhere seems to be liking the grime sound, both vocal and instrumentals. So I'd like to see grime progress even more as a genre than it has in the last 12 months, with some more big collabs and instrumentals along the way.
What trend or scene absolutely needs to end right now?
1. D.O.K - Do We
2. Maniac - Victoria Park
3. Capo Lee f/ D Double E - Mud
4. D.O.K - Two Tone
5. Trendz & Boylan - Norman Bates
6. Treble Clef - Trumpet Boom
7. President T f/ Jme & Splurgeboys - House & Pop
8. Dread D - Invasion (Sir Spyro remix)
9. DJ Q - Sonic
10. Stormzy - Scary
11. Top Dolla - Flexin
12. Rude Kid - Jack Daniels
13. D.O.K - Tap Out
14. Mr Virgo - Rebirth
15. Spurt Diablo - Red Hot (Sir Spyro Remix)
16. Maniac - Don't Go
17. Champion - Unknown
18. Faze Miyake - Tropical Edition
19. Filthy Gears - Filthy Hoe
20. Champion - Execution x Formula (Execution VIP)
21. Footsie - War Dub 4
22. Mr Virgo - Next Tune
23. Joker - Hard Food
24. J Beatz & Scope - Chopping Board
25. JLSXD7RS - G1
26. Compa - Cracked Chimes
27. Sir Spyro - Blue Cheese