Dro Carey, Cadell & Chocolate – Elevate

Following the release of the ‘Dark Zoo’ EP earlier this year on Soothsayer, which touched mainly on house and UK Garage modes, I wanted to do something that tapped back into the genre that got things started as far as ‘Dro Carey’ productions – grime.

I produced this beat at the beginning of July, in the midst of some of the Australian Dark Zoo tour shows. From the morning I wrote it, up to getting the verses in and everything mixed, the whole track was finished about a month later. Cadell was particularly fast getting his vocal back – I think it was just 2 days after receiving the beat.

Chocolate, for those that aren’t familiar, is a Sydney-based MC, originally from Sierra Leone. I first became aware of him via the Lion Mountain Studio community music project and I collaborated with him (and fellow LMS student Kid Kairo) on the Dro Carey track ‘Monomiles,’ which was released by Greco-Roman on the ‘Club Injury Handbook’ EP in 2014. Ever since making that song I’ve really wanted to work with both Chocolate and Kid Kairo again, so it was great to finally reunite and feature a verse from James on this.

The cover design is by Michael Willis of worldwide-x – check out a larger version of his art below.

You can grab Elevate (Feat. Cadell & Chocolate) as a free download here