It’s hard to believe that instrumental grime night Boxed will already be celebrating its third birthday on March 24. What started as a tiny event at Peckham Palais, dedicated to hearing instrumentals on a good system, has since evolved into a veritable institution: a trend-setting Rinse show, an ever expanding series of events, and a network of interconnecting labels pushing the grime sound forward into new spaces. Building on Butterz' efforts to bring grime back to the clubs, but predating the full-scale scene revival currently pushing grime up the charts, co-founders Slackk, Logos, Mr. Mitch and Oil Gang have helped develop countless new producers and DJs who've taken original school grime concepts like devil mixes, eskibeat and R&G and twisted them into new shapes.
Along the way, the collective has accumulated its own catalogue of underground classics: anthems for a hyper-specific scene of die-hards fiending for exclusives and the newest, most forward-thinking UK rave music. It’s no longer a stretch to compare what's going on at Boxed to classic parties like Metalheadz and DMZ, so with that in mind, here's 10 of the finest tracks you may have heard at Boxed over the past few years. These are the anthems people will be remixing and remaking 10 years from now.
Words by Son Raw