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Music / June 21, 2022

Mall Grab recruits Novelist & D Double E on ‘Times Change’

Music / June 21, 2022

Mall Grab recruits Novelist & D Double E on ‘Times Change’

Words: Dylan Murphy

Breaks, confident bars and face-scrunching bass lines coalesce for the collaboration we never knew we needed.

Earlier this year, dance music heavyweight Mall Grab revealed the name and tracklist for his forthcoming debut album What I Breathe. One of the standout collaborations, listed ‘Times Change’ revealed that grime artists D Double E and Novelist had linked with the Australian producer. Now, he’s shared the long-anticipated single complete with a late night cruising video.

Landing as a left turn of sorts, the single sees Mall Grab swap the high octane peak hours heaters for a murky number that takes inspiration from the UK’s rich heritage of grime and jungle. It comes after the capital became the producer’s new home five years ago.

Speaking on the track, Mall Grab says, “I made this beat a few years ago in its first iteration with Novelist in mind. Once it reached its final stage I reached out to him, and he wrote the hook and his verse while we were in the studio in west London – conveniently leaving space for a second verse for another London legend. I was lucky enough to get D on the track for the second to close it off – both of them bringing their signature styles and finesse, rounding off one of my personal favourites on the LP.”

The forthcoming record sees Mall Grab team up with Brendan Yates of Turnstile, Novelist, D Double E and Nia Archives in what is set to be a new chapter for the artist. 

What I Breathe lands on August 5 via Mall Grab’s own ‘Looking For Trouble’ imprint.

Watch the video for ‘Times Change’ below:

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