Birmingham, England's Nathan Gerald, better known as Preditah, was one of the leading producers of grime's instrumental resurgence during the 2010s.
While his tracks are every bit as bass-heavy and angular as one would expect from the genre, he emphasizes melodies and chord progressions. He often uses brassy orchestral synthesizer tones, lending a bit of bombast to his tunes. While his tracks can be a bit sinister, they're not quite as brash as other grime producers, and often have a bounciness inspired by U.K. garage and bassline. Preditah made his debut in 2011 with the four-song Solitaire EP, which quickly caught the attention of Boy Better Know's JME
. By the end of the year, Preditah had released the Eightsome EP and remixed songs by Trim and Roots Manuva
. Several more EPs appeared during the next few years, with 2012's giddy Circles being a highlight, and Preditah's "Vinyls VIP" was one of the standout tracks on Big Dada
's 2013 compilation Grime 2.0. Remixes followed for Danny Brown
, Chase & Status
, and many others. In 2015, Preditah made a surprising venture into more accessible territory with the house singles "Supernaturally" and the Craig David
-sampling "Selecta." He returned to grime with 2017's Blank Canvas, Vol. 1 EP. Also appearing that year was the mix CD Fabriclive 92, which ranged from grime and garage to jungle. ~ Paul Simpson, Rovi