Genre-blurring collective New Gen represent the breadth of London's urban music scene by including members who specialize in grime, hip-hop, dancehall, and R&B.
New Gen was founded by Caroline Simionescu-Marin -- A&R at XL
and editor at GRM Daily -- as a creative space for like-minded musicians to collaborate. The movement began to grow steadily, and featured a revolving cast of young, London-based talent until it established itself as a platform for promoting up-and-coming artists. By 2015 these artists were performing at various showcases across London, eventually securing a regular broadcast on Radar Radio to further their cause. Two years on, and New Gen put together their first various-artists compilation; all of the production was overseen by MC Renz, who in turn recruited Jevon
, Nyge, and Soul to create something of a consistent vibe throughout. The record featured over 22 artists, MCs, and collaborators, including Avelino, AJ Tracey
, Ray BLK
, Tiggs da Author
, Bonkaz, Kojey Radical, and WSTRN
. Their eponymous debut was framed like a snapshot of history, documenting the expanding U.K. urban scene in 2016-2017. ~ Liam Martin, Rovi