Here’s a nice little number from Bristol (and formerly Bath) based MC Gardna. This fella has been making some serious moves over the last few year, making serious musical waves among the Bristol and Bath Hip Hop scene, including working with legendary video maker Chris Lucas (Foreign Beggars, Sonny Jim, Twizzy and loads more!).
Gardna has been embraced throughout the UK Bass scene for his heavyweight live performance where he flows over a concoction of traditional Reggae and Dub vibes propelled by a variety of current break-neck beats.
After several years of having to use fake ID to enter clubs to perform, Gardna has gained his pass into the UK nightlife but is still a young talent. Despite this he has shelled it down at some of the biggest events in Europe with highlights being Outlook Festival, Boomtown Fair and Tokyo Dub.
His music is a combination of styles that are born from sound system culture. He works with a variety of producers, from fellow Bristol resident Dr Meaker to Polish Reggae/Dancehall don Dreadsquad, and writes sharp, conscious lyrics with an infectious, melodic flow.
Aside from his ambitions as a songwriter and solo performer, Gardna takes centre stage as host for headline DJ sets, being a favourite for Aries, RackNRuin, Riddim Tuffa and Jinx in Dub.
As time goes by, more and more opportunities are opening up with many collaborations in the pipeline so the sky is the limit for the Bristol underground's most talented Dubwise MC.
“Vinyl Records” came about after a chance encounter of Vice (GC’s MC and Producer) and Gardna whilst Vice was running the XLR Music Festival in Bristol. The track is a throwback to the beauty of wax, and sharing the love affair with a special lady, that kinda girl that every Hip Hop Head hopes for, who, as Gardna says “Wears my Wu Tang Tee whilst bunnin up the leaf”. The Medrea remix has gone on to receive over 250,000 views on Youtube and amazing international blog support.
For now it’s just for listening pleasure to introduce Vice and Gardna’s collaborative efforts, but look out for more future cuts from the Bristol rhyme / beats collab.