Shy One

Shy One

Mali Larrington-Nelson is 26 years old, but already she’s been involved deeply in music for nearly a decade. It began for her in 2003, just as grime was emerging as a musical force and having its “wot u call it” moment. A youth club DJ course with scratch wizard DJ Blakey gave her the bug, she began to collect those early white labels – by Wiley, Target, Danny Weed, DaVinChe, Musical Mobb, Dizzee, Wookie and Scratcha – and to DJ as part of a crew. Now unconstrained by anyone’s demands, she has been able to hone a distinctive sound that keeps the lo-fi punch and quirky synths of grime but explores her funkier instincts through house rhythms and varied tempos. Now, with “Bedknobs and Boomkicks” we see the emergence of a fully-fledged talent, schooled through years of creative hard work and hard knocks and completely confident in who she is musically.

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