Detonate Festival lands on June 9 and 10, with headline performances from Kano, Chase and Status, Sigma, Wiley and Groove Armada all set to tear Colwick Country Park to shreds. In preparation for the event, we’re taking a look at the best classic tracks of three artists on the bill – Kano, Shy FX and Ivy Lab. Take a listen and prepare to get hyped!


Kano – P’s & Q’s (2005)

One of the most recognisable instrumentals from the first wave of grime back in 2005, Kano’s debut single P’s & Q’s is still an anthem. This was the hit that took him from rising underground homie to bona fide star. The track demonstrates the skill of Kanos’ flow and delivery, effortlessly riding the beat and using multiple punchlines and metaphors to deliver a punchy story of walking alone in enemy territory. POP POP POP!


Shy FX ft Liam Bailey – Soon Come (2013)

There’s no better tune to rouse a summer vibe than this reggae tipped track by Shy FX ft the smooth vocals of Liam Bailey. Dancehall king Shy FX delivers a brilliantly produced, straight up Jamaican infused hit, complete with steel drums, easygoing horns and vintage riddims. Word has it that Shy even recorded it onto a vintage tape reel to give it that authenticity.


Ivy Lab – Oblique (fr Frank Carter III) (2012)

Technically this is the track produced by Sabre, Stray and Halogenix before they officially became known as Ivy Lab, but as some of their finest work today, it deserves a mentionas one of the most emotive drum and bass records to be made. Kicking off with delicate but tough breaks, gentle pads wash over a breakdown that oozes class. Subtle but serious, it’s one to drift away to, still to this day. 

See all three artists at Detonate Festival on June 9 and 10