Sin For Calais have compiled an exclusive ‘Sin For Wonderland’ playlist.
Sin for Calais are redefining the meaning of Grime: they’re six South-London guys decked out in the all-black-everything-and-dripping-in-gold look that’s a calling card of fashion conscious rappers in 2015. Although they’re not all musicians (they design their own clothes as well) their sound refuses to be hemmed in by their geography. Relatively absent from their tracks are the Garage and Drum and Bass beats that are typical of the Grime scene. In their place is something more distinctly American in its inflection; they still spit bars packed with London roadman slang, but with a more relaxed flow and over beats that would be more familiar to lovers of Travis Scott and PARTYNEXTDOOR.
In other words, they’re a little more dranked-up and Hennessey soaked, with lots of snaring drum machines and plenty of the kind of spacious production that we encounter in American hip-hop. After appearing in our 10th Anniversary Issue, Sin have produced an exclusive playlist for Wonderland that is a brilliantly well curated window into their eclectic influences.
The guys said of their selection that “each song represents a significant moment in a Calais members life and others for other reasons. For example, Cas & Tokyo both chose ‘West District’ because they think its one of the best songs ever!” The playlist has a bit of everything you might expect from the group: there’s the distinct nu-R&B sounds of PARTY, Bryson Tiller and, Tory Lanez that submerge you in vast sonic spaces and then hit you with half-sung, half-rapped voices that emerge distorted or bubble up from depths and talk freely and salaciously about their sex-fuelled existence. Then there are raucous, turn-up-ready Trap tracks from the likes of Future that clang and rattle, shot through with Uzi bursts and the genre’s trademark whooping. Throw in some better-known songs from A$AP Rocky (the jagged sirens of ‘LPFJ’ crop up), some of Skepta’s renaissance work and, of course, a certain so-lame-he’s-cool, dancing Canadian, and you’ve got a playlist to stick on repeat for the foreseeable future.
Oh, and don’t forget to listen out for a few bangers from Sin themselves: the dark production of ‘Matrimony’ in particular should have you checking out their Soundcloud on a regular basis.
WORDS: Benji Walters