Premiere: Elijah and Shiftee team-up for second <em>UK Meets USA</em> mixtape

Butterz impresario Elijah and DMC Champion DJ Shiftee have assembled another mixtape of transatlantic grime.

Last year, Elijah and Shiftee explored the shared sonic territory of grime and hip-hop — from both sides of the Atlantic — on their UK Meets USA mixtape. The second volume of the mixtape series takes this cross-polination even further, mashing up grime instrumentals and rap acapellas with greater aplomb. Elijah opened up about the project via email:

“Shiftee and I wanted to explore this as a series after such a good response from the first one last year. This time we decided to get even more technical with it by getting loads of acapellas and stems of the beats from the artists close to us and bringing the UK and USA even closer together than the first edition.

“There are a lot of mad mash ups, obviously the badboy scratching is all Shiftees done live and we have quite a bit of exclusive material in there too. There are some artists you know, some you won’t… yet. Shiftee and I will be playing a few shows together in the next couple of months. Stay tuned to and shows both sides of the Atlantic will be announced shortly.

Stream/download the mix below. A highlight for us comes about halfway through, when Morri$’s ‘White Hood’ instrumental is seamlessly blended with Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Money Trees’. The full tracklist follows, and includes some similarly ingenious selections.

1. “We’re Back” Intro
2. Terror Danjah ft. Riko Dan & Trim – Dark Crawler
3. SKYWLKR – Witit Instrumental
4. Clicks & Whistles x UZ – Bulldozr
5. Preditah – Threat vs. El-P – Piss Test Remix
6. Siyoung – Throwin’ Hunnas VIP II
7. Noah D – Fire Alarm VIP ft. Footsie
8. Rx & Shiftee – Ice Is Back x A$AP Rocky – LVL
9. Rx & Shiftee – Ice Is Back (Arkane Soul VIP)
10. Danny Brown – Lie4 / Pulse Hoe (Biomat Refix)
11. Jubilee & Star Eyes – Locked
12. Wiley – Step 10 Freestyle (prod. Dullah Beatz)
13. Doctor Jeep – Numi vs. Cakes Da Killa – Da Good Book
14. P Money – Roll Call vs. King – Shawty Moon
15. Darq E Freaker – Yellow Diamonds vs. Flatbush Zombies – MRAZ
16. AraabMuzik – Getting 2 The Point
17. Boy Better Know – I Don’t Like Remix
18. Walter Ego – Wavey vs King Louie – Val Venis
19. Nevermind – Don’t Get Gassed ft. Footsie
20. The Purist – Jealousy ft. Danny Brown
21. Mr. Mitch x The Clipse – It’s The First Time
22. Morri$ – White Hood vs Kendrick Lamar – Money Trees ft. Jay Rock
23. King Henry – Play ft. Great Dane
24. Royal-T – Gully Funk (Death Row VIP) vs. Sir Michael Rocks – The Clique ft. Cassie Veggies
25. Dexplicit – Bullacake (Dubbel Dutch Remix)
26. Mr. Mitch – On The Blob
27. Arkane Soul – The Jazzman (Arkane & Shiftee’s VIP)
28. Royal-T – Trapdance vs. French Montana – Marble Floors ft. Rick Ross
29. Joker – Gully Side vs. Cakes Da Killa – Break ‘Em Off
30. All Out Krew – Regular (prod. Starkey)
31. Faze Miyake – Trendsetter vs. Meyhem Lauren – Stewed Rabo ft. AG Da Coroner & Action Bronson
32. Scrufizzer – Boom (NastyNasty Remix) vs. Starkey – Command (Plastician Remix)
33. Roachee & Trim – Light Years (prod. Starkey)
34. Pusha-T – What Dreams Are Made Of (S-Type Remix)
35. Druid Cloak – Blue Flame (Shackles Remix)
36. Swindle – Airmiles (20,000 Miles Later)



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