Birmingham’s urban music scene is on the rise. Whether it’s the backpack swagger of rapper RoxXxan, the infectious grime sonics of ‘Woo Riddim’ beat maker SX, or the hyperactive vibes of Trilla, the UK’s second largest city is vying for centre stage. Enter DME (aka Da Mighty Elementz) a Brum-based collective who look set to put their home town firmly on the musical map. Comprising of emcees Torsion and DC and DJ Rhize, the group are long time musical collaborators who’ve gained a whole new fan base since tearing down the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury 2010. It was that performance – as well as the group’s starring role in a BBC documentary about the ‘Glastonbury experience’ alongside the likes of Plan B and Laura Marling – that marked DME as the most exciting new artists to emerge from the urban scene in recent years.
After months spent recording in Birmingham’s Destiny Music Studio, DME are now ready to share their latest material with the world. Working alongside prodigious beat makers Blac Barz and Knocks Brown, the group have honed an edgy new sound that embraces rock, dance and indie, while staying true to their signature style of intricate wordplay and catchy hooks. “You have to develop a sound,” says Torsion of the transition. “When you hear it, it’s still DME. We’re just touching a new area and spectrum of music.” The result is an impressive album which spans effortlessly across genres, conveying an eclectic roster of influences that include Kanye West, Duran Duran and Slick Rick. From the hedonistic highs of ‘Champagne Life’, to the sobering sentiments of ‘Ghost Town’ (which samples The Specials 1980′s hit of the same title), the album is refreshing portrait of modern British life that tells stories of social injustice, sneaker obsessions, and everything in between.
While DME retain a strong sense of pride in their Birmingham roots – their track ‘So Amazing’ sees the boys pay uplifting homage to their home town – there’s no doubt that their new album signals the start of the transition to more mainstream acclaim. With a unique approach to urban music and an eye on the top spot, DME are ready to rep for Brum and beyond.