D Double E - Jackuum [Album Review]
'In various genres there are names of veteran groups or artists that are synonymous with the genre being talked about. For grime music (although he began his musical career in the jungle and garage scene) one of those such artists is D Double E – a London native of Jamaican descent, and part of the group Newham Generals.
It’s hard to dispute D Double E‘s (Real name Darren Dixon and often just referred to as ”D Double” for short) notable commitment to the rise of the grime genre when it was in its early infancy; he famously features on Lethal Bizzle‘s 2004 hit ‘Pow’, he played a very memorable role in The Streets’ ‘Get out of my house‘ grime remix, there are countless sets where he has been in attendance and he’s been a familiar name on the bill of many shows over the years. D Double E was previously in the Nasty Crew, and has also worked with the likes of Dizzee Rascal, Giggs, P Money, Jammer, JME, Chip, Wiley, Shola Ama, Mr Hudson, Gorgon City and more.
Name drops of other notable artists he’s worked with aside, his skill as an MC is what truly makes D Double a special artist; which is probably why this year he’s been honoured by the KA & GRM Daily awards with a legacy award. The release of a 20 track debut album from D Double is undoubtedly a landmark moment for the grime genre and black british culture – and with features on ‘Jackuum’ from Littlez (of Section Boyz), Wiley, Skepta and AJ Tracey as well as a very creative track list freestyle this album will undoubtedly attract the attention of some newer listeners. [...]'