Friday 15th July, 2016
One of grime's most unique voices Flowdan releases his latest full length album entitled "Disaster Piece" today.
Out 15th July on Tru Thoughts, ‘Disaster Piece’ is the new album from one of the founding members of UK grime crew Roll Deep, MC Flowdan. Featuring heavy production from Cato, Masro, Swifta Beater, Dexplicit and more, Flowdan’s debut album on the label was kicked off by lead single “Horror Show Style” with a video that premiered via SBTV. So far the project has received overwhelming radio support from Sir Spyro (Rinse FM), Wiley, Logan Sama, Dub Phizix & Strategy (BBC R1), Youngsta (Rinse FM), plus Julie Adenuga (Beats1), Toddla T (BBC R1), DJ Target (BBC 1Xtra), The BBK show (Radar Radio); high praise from DJ Mag, confirmed editorial support in The Quietus and Clash Magazine, and exclusive radio premieres from Target, Toddla T and The Quietus Hour, adding to Rinse FM playlisting.
“Calling the album Masterpiece would have been a liberty”, Flowdan states. “I feel like I’m coming from disaster. Like my area. I witnessed disaster from just a needlepoint. It just felt like it fitted.” Flowdan’s ‘Disaster Piece’ unites unforgettable characters in the grime scene today, linking both purists and its younger disciples. Flowdan works alongside key producers like Masro, Swifta Beater and Dexplicit (who produced Lethal Bizzle’s “POW”) who hold nothing back on this release, and collaborates with original Roll Deep crew members Tinchy Stryder and Manga, alongside the refreshing vocals of newcomer Animai (who’s been championed by Crisis on Rinse FM).
Marc Veira, the man behind the Flowdan alias, grew up in East London’s Bow. The album is heavily influenced by his upbringing and area, and Marc wastes no time in introducing you to his ends as he greets you under a tower block and menacing skyline on the cover shot. “It’s called Balfron Tower. It’s a monumental tower block to anybody from the E14 or E3 area. If you’re from East London, especially my part, you’ve seen it all your life.” Speaking out about the gentrification of Tower Hamlets, he continues: “Nearly everything has been demolished and rebuilt in that area, except for a few buildings – and that’s one of them. I like it because it reminds me of times and situations from my childhood.”