Outside of the grime world the emergence over the past few years of Tinie Tempah, Tinchy Stryder, Devlin and Wretch 32 (the list inevitably goes on) has been somewhat apocalyptic on the UK (& to some extent the US) charts. With all of the former now regularly charting top five singles if not number ones, the next batch of Grime hopefuls are steadily etching their way into the limelight, with Mercury signed South Londoner Dot Rotten standing proudly at the forefront.
Declared this week by Radio 1’s New Music Don Zane Lowe as his ‘Next Hype’, Rotten aka J Ellis has been turning heads ever since the video dropped for the title track off the forthcoming EP Normal Human Being. Dressed freshly in A Sauvage Italian designer, the days of Young Dot are more a distant memory as he strolls through the streets of Paris whilst unravelling the traits of his personality that make it hard to understand how his fued with veteran Wiley ever began.
In a recent interview with RWD Mag, Rotten unashamedly declares his influences are rather obscure if unheard of within the Grimesphere, hailing the likes of “Sting, Tracey Chaplin, Elo, Phil Collins, Tears for Fears, Jamariquai and Lenny Kravitz” as several of his hero’s whilst growing up.
Either way the astute manner and polished delivery Rotten capably transmits suggests their is better material yet to come, and better yet he has recruited man of the moment Ed Sheeran and Jamal Edwards as the first members of side project MInarmy (short for Musical Inspiration Army) with the first few tracks already completed.
For long-term Rotten fans, most of this is likely to be past news, but for the majority this is a new artist whose only just beginning to come out of his shell.
You can download the more recent Above The Waters EP now and follow him from his Twitter page here.