Just like Novelist and Mumdance's last collaboration, 'Shook', the title track from their 1 Sec EP is "roots" grime. By that I mean it's back to how it was: refraining synth basslines, minimalistic beat, slang-filled and considered flow. Basically it's a measure against Dizzee Rascal's Boy In Da Corner. Sorry, but it is.

Mumdance seems to have the production down, with the occasional hi-hat, booming phrases of sub-bass, three note bassline, and weird sample of a man shouting in the distance; Novelist spits with a mix of vague humour and grit, referencing JD Sports, the M25, people chatting "air" (one of my favourite terms). The last part, beginning with, "man thinks he's brave, bold, blacked-out on the batest road" – addressing people who are trying to get a name for themselves by basically trying to find trouble – features pitch-shifting on the vocals and a stream of abrasive handclaps. The perfect atmosphere.

And the video, getting a lil bit murky towards the end, illustrates the vague fear of walking along the streets at night.

And get this: Novelist turns 18 today!

Grab the Novelist x Mumdance EP from XL Recordings: stream it on Spotify or purchase it from iTunes.

  • 1 Sec EP tracklist:
  • 1. 1 Sec
  • 2. Shook
  • 3. 1 Sec (Instrumental)
  • 4. Shook (Instrumental)