The current buoyant health of grime has left some to take their eye off UK hip hop – but, beneath the surface, a host of new artists are gradually re-defining this sound.
South London's Benjamin A.D. gained enormous hype with his first few tracks, before seeming to disappear from the limelight.
Requiring time to get his head in the right space, the rapper focussed on himself after an extensive period of creativity.
Now he's got the thirst back. 'Monster's Ball' addresses his absence, a languid, down tempo return which seduces with its simplicity.
The beat is produced by Toronto's own Junia-T – responsible for production on Little Simz' 'Sleep Paralysis' – and it's a dank, intricate counterpoint to Benjamin A.D.'s rhymes.
"I asked Junia to keep it minimal, and it turned out to be just that," he says. "Another dope artist by the name of Skripture who also plays bass laid the bass down and it was a wrap from there!"
Part of the rapper's continuing evolution, you can check out 'Monster's Ball' below.