"If you didn't catch my name I'll throw it to you / And for those that can't catch, I'll roll it to you..."
Ha. Third division survival secured with three games left - better than we were expecting back in August. Well done, all.
Next up is the "Leaf Out of Their Book" tape from Trim (aka Trimbal, Trimothy and now, on this the third volume of the "Soul Food" series, "my name's Trimski for today"). On which Trim, whatever his suffix of choice, is increasingly chatty and engaging, even revealing that like most Londoners, he holds a flame for Manchester United. Aside from that admission, however, all is good and vital in East 14, not least when we're hit with the strong opening brace of "Signal" and "Ask For Trim", which set out his stall nicely.
For many, the highlights will be the reflective "Inside Looking Out" or "The Bits", which suddenly remind us of those tracks on "Boy In Da Corner" where Dizzee found his inner voice, but for us "The Low-Dan" and "It's A Cold World" are even better. The former is the most obvious of several bites at Flowdan (Trim is now seemingly exiled from Roll Deep, and paints accusations that Flowdan was the cause, although there's nothing quite as vicious as Trim's January Flowdan dub, which subtly opened with Trim calling Flowdan a cunt) but is accompanied by a searing battery of quickfire beats which refuse to play second fiddle to Trim's bittersweet narrative. "Cold World" is, it would appear, a sideswipe at Dizzee himself, the most prominent E3-er in exile, but it's a thoughtful, regret-strewn thing, a mature musing on the power of money. Plus, notably on the couple of tracks where Trim busses in Radioclit for production duties, there are a wider variety of beats, including pronounced Asian stylings, than most mixtapes care to offer.
Given the track record of, er, every other half-decent grime artist ever, the likelihood (and our fear) is that within a few years Trim will either have disappeared or, even worse, graduated to a half-baked proper album on a major label subsidiary. But this would be a real shame, because "Soul Food" volume 3 is the best demonstration yet of Trim's versatility, and good evidence that he is capable of shaping his own "Playtime Is Over" one of these days.