BioAway from the eyes and ears of the mainstream, there is a scene which is growing stronger by the day. A scene which sits somewhere between ragga, US rap, UK garage & jungle, it is the new sound of the British inner-city. Dizzee Rascal was the first artist to bring this up from the underground to the attention of the mainstream, but he will be by no means the last. Wiley is an artist who has been involved in the underground scene for years, and is one of the most respected producers in his field. Once a part of the influential Pay As U Go cartel in the late nineties, he went on to form the Roll Deep Crew (once boasting Dizzee Rascal as a member), who have been spearheading this new sound emerging from the ashes of UK Garage. Wiley's position within the underground peaked with the release of his glacial, string-led track "Eskimo", which, alongside Dizzee's "I Luv U" kick-started this new sound, and Wiley's rise to legendary street-status. Over two years he has become an increasingly important producer, releasing 24 singles and countless collaborations and remixes, and selling well over 60,000 copies. If this wasn't enough, Wiley is also behind the hugely popular "Eskimo Dance" raves, which are MC-led conventions that are filling the space left behind by London's current fear of traditional garage nights, with thousands of fans attending.
Already huge at street level, Wiley's starting to get people talking in the mainstream having recently graced the covers of The Guardian and Touch, as well as being pitched highly as 'one to watch in 2004'. His first single on XL "Wot Do U Call It?" will be released on 5th April 2004, with his album Treddin' On Thin Ice following on the 26th April.