Tottenham trio OFB (Bandokay, Double Lz and SJ) are hoping to reach the top ranks of UK drill with their latest project, Frontstreet — a 12-track offering of hard-hitting street cuts. Hailing from North London's Broadwater Farm Estate (the EP's title comes from a named part of the estate), it's against this backdrop of rebellion and turmoil that OFB illustrate their struggle.
Having overcome censorship attempts, breakout underground smash "Ambush" is amongst the definitive UK drill tracks of the year and helped to set OFB on their way; produced by Sykes, it's a three-way rally of each member lining up bars over haunting keys and trap drums. Fellow N18 driller, Headie One, remains the clearest template for the teen group: having similarly fought for his own freedom of expression and right to perform, he's now currently thriving and takes the opening verse on their new single "Once In A While".
Though the group dynamic may need to adjust, dependant on SJ's current situations, for OFB, the wheels are already in motion and it's too late to slow down now. Take in Frontstreet below.