Terror Danjah The Dark Crawler Review

Album. Released 2012.  

BBC Review

A collection that allows the listener to explore the grey matter of a true mastermind.

Joseph 'JP' Patterson 2012

Terror Danjah can only be described as an underground music legend. Back in grime’s heyday, his magical beats were in demand from the scene’s top lyrical wizards, such as Wiley, Kano and D Double E, cementing his name firmly in the global bass music hall of fame.

At one point in time, you couldn’t go to a grime club night without hearing Haunted, Code Morse or Zumpi Hunter getting reloaded a handful of times. Mr Danjah sure knows how to create a classic.

As one of the leading figures of the short-lived R&G (a mix of RnB and grime) movement, the beat-maker proved that grime also had a soft side, adding sweet vocals over skippy productions.

And much like Wiley, Terror Danjah has always shown a penchant for up-and-coming underground talent. In 2003, he decided to bring through some new acts in the form of the now-defunct Aftershock, a grime outfit memorably consisting of Mz Bratt, Bruza, D.O.K., Badness, Devilman and his Hyperdub label mate, Scratcha DVA.

Fast-forward to 2012, and the synth-loving producer is showing absolutely no signs of retiring any time soon. Dark Crawler is his second Hyperdub-released album, comprising 14 heavyweight tracks.

The Dark Crawler instrumental opens proceedings, the same beat popping up approximately five times during the compilation, each time with a different MC adding their own character to the cut.

First, East London's Riko puts his well-known Jamaican-style flow to good use; later, Midlands MCs Deadly, Mayhem and Saf-One prove their worth, all before Trim's poetic flow goes up against Kozzie's aggressive delivery on the final version. Elsewhere, Terror revisits his old R&G days on You Make Me Feel, calling on the vocal contributions of Meleka to smooth out the rough but well-cut edges.

The Dark Crawler shows just how varied a grime album can actually be. From the bass-riddled Rum Punch, all the way through to the sultry Baby Oil (yes, grime can get sexy if it wants to), we get to delve into the grey matter of a true mastermind.

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