DJ Julie Adenuga jumped on it, hailing it as one of her “tracks of the summer”. This is London soon made it on UK mainstream radio. Radio 1’s influential Phil Taggart showcased it and so did Mista Jam, culminating in Makola becoming BBC Introducing’s act of the week. Subsequently This is London was playlisted by BBC Radio 1xtra and played by Trevor Nelson, DJ Target and the like, meanwhile Europe was feeling the vibe and major stations like Radio Fritz in Germany and Couleur3 in Switzerland played it all summer.
Second single Black Man Statues saw Makola incorporate a Grimier London sound. It found place on Spotify’s Grime Shutdown playlist and featured on Radio 1 with Huw Stephens, and as Mista Jam’s ‘Inbox Fresh’ track of the week. Soon Makola played their debut gig to a packed out Koko with an explosion of energy and adrenaline.