Every Monday for the next four weeks, Complex will be giving long-time fans of grime a chance to relive their early noughties, brap-shouting raving days (and new ones, a sonic education) via classic and rare, free-to-download Sidewinder sets.
Next up: Heartless Crew, 2005.
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Before grime music, UK garage was the leading sound of inner-city London. And while some believe "Ride Wid Us" stars So Solid laid the foundation, others have Heartless Crew down as the originators, flipping UKG into today's leading sound of the youth—one advocate being Wiley. At this point, Mighty Moe, Bushkin and Fonti are British national treasures; they've played an integral role in the lives of clubbers the country over—for more than two decades—and you just know you're in for a good time when they are on the bill. After breaking up in 2010 to go solo, the bashment-loving trio from North London have recently reunited to show this new gen of ravers how it's really done.
Speaking on the impact they had on Sidewinder nights, managing director Spruce told Complex: "Heartless Crew are a fundamental part of the Sidewinder story. It was the way they mixed up the whole UK sound that really helped us to become a multi-genre event, rather than being pigeonholed as just a UK garage and grime rave. Also, the fact that they operated as The Heartless Sound—bringing through their love for dancehall—they brought the whole clash/stageshow element to the UK club scene, and that definitely inspired the grime scene."
Stream and download (for free!) the live recording of Heartless Crew at Brunel Rooms, Swindon, 2005, below. Tickets for Sidewinder in Manchester on Feb. 25 can be found right here.