Friction & Skream – “Kingpin”

While they’re both at the forefront of their genres, BBC Radio 1 DJs Friction and Skream aren’t producers that you’d think would have linked up to make a track. We know Friction’s been in the studio, working on an album and a bunch of other tunes, but yeah… wasn’t expecting this one.

MCs Scrufizzer, P Money & Riko Dan stepped up their mic duties for this one, and the build-up is pretty damn intense. Early critics aren’t fans of the track once it drops, and it is an unexpected mash of harder-edged guitars atop a hypnotic half-time riddim, but it works for what it is. Red Eye already has this one up as a pre-order item (with a Calyx & Teebee remix already sorted), and it looks like Friction has this one dropping on Shogun Audio. If this is where he’s taking it, we’re in for an interesting 2013.

You can stream this via Friction’s SoundCloud page.