Kicking things off for Sian Anderson's inaugural 30 minute monthly mix for i-D is east London's Maxsta, who plays host and MC on Fuxx Sian: Volume 1, a condensed time capsule of grime greatness from over the last decade or two.
Formally of crew Mucky Wolfpack, Maxsta has more than made his mark over the last seven years with releases like The MAXTAPE, while Sian, 26, has been at the forefront of the grime scene for over eight years, whether alongside her friend Julie Adenuga on their eponymous Rinse FM show (RIP) or her own Wednesday night offering on 1Xtra (the only grime show on the station). Sian is also a columnist for Fader and Noisey, as well as running her own PR company, Sightracked, and club night JACK'EM (next one up is 28 April at Visions).
"For years I've listened to pirate radio sets with a DJ and plus five MC's, bringing hype, intensity and witty lyrics straight to me from the comfort of my own home. Sets have always required my full attention, working out which MC is spraying, deciphering the metaphors before a lyric gets reloaded, keeping up with the sick mixes that keep the set moving along, and then going to a club to experience those moments again in a live environment," says Sian.
"During each set though, I slyly sometimes wish that particular MC's would just stand alone for a few minutes and get their bars out, no wheels, no adlibs from other MC's, no skippy mixes, just the DJ and the MC with big beats and big bars, something that I could listen too as background music almost and really take in the music."
"FUXX SIAN because I know this isn't very grime of me, but yeah I've created it anyway, for those who (like me) sometimes want to absorb grime and decipher bars in a different way."
"Volume 1 features Maxsta, he's one of my top ten MC's and has always been, from singles East London Is Back, produced by Danny Weed, On The Low produced by Bless Beats, a melodic number laced with emotion and truth alongside fellow east London MC Shizz, right through to Gully, a dirty, fiery, antagonizing track produced by Darq E Freaker, Maxsta has always consistently been a great lyricist documenting his life, loves and losses through bars. From the above releases (I ignored the stint he had with a few pop numbers when signed to a major label because... meh?) I put together a list of instrumentals I could hear him enjoying and vibzing too and got him down to host over the mix and spray a few bars. The Jamaican-Max accent over Functions On The Low (Mischief Remix) is my favourite part of this mix since he's actually from Sierra Leone."
"Having never hosted a mix before, the personal favourites from Maxsta in this one were DJ Q - Oh, Spooky - Pulse 8 Rethink and Wiley - iii, tunes he felt sounded "like honey in the headphones"."
Jammz - Thuggish Ruggish
Jammz - Possible Intro
Wiley - iii
Conducta - Take It Easy
Westy - Power of Grime
MISTAKAY - C.R.E.A.M
Lewis Cullen - Supremacy
Rude Kid The Best Remix - Tamzin
DJ Q - OH
Syer B - REK
Davinche - Hood Star
DJ Cable - Justified
Spooky - Cheque 1-2 (V.I.P)
Spooky - Pulse 8 rethink
SNY - Eclipse
ASA & Sorrow - Knights of Ren (Lemz & Hi5 Ghost Remix)
Terror Danjah - Mile Gully
Mischief - XTC - Functions On The Low