Jessie J x Joiners Magazine x Gig Review

12 01 2011

Check this review of Jessie’s gig in Southampton courtesy of their local Joiners magazine…

Mike Skinner X Killing off the Streets

12 01 2011

Written by Caspar Llewellyn Smith, The Observer, Sunday 2 January 2011

Mike Skinner: ‘I’ve been doing it for 10 years and I’ve always tried to do something different with each album. I’ve run out of avenues.’ Photograph: Phil Fisk for the Observer

It’s usual when interviewing a pop star to expect their enthusiastic endorsement of their new record or at least an attempt to spin their own myth. Mike Skinner has never been the most typical of performers but it’s still surprising that he is quite so tough not only on his forthcoming album, Computers and Blues, but also on the Streets itself, the vehicle for his muse for most of the past decade of his life.

In fact, it’s nigh-on certain that Computers and Blues will be the last Streets record, the fifth in a run that bears comparison with any in the British pop canon. If his first, Original Pirate Material, cast this “45th generation Roman” as a bit of a geezer – while also being hailed as the best album of the 00s in a poll in this newspaper – its successor,A Grand Don’t Come for Free, turned him into public property, with a No 1 single in “Dry Your Eyes” that was quickly used to soundtrack serial English sporting defeats.

The experience of fame and its bloody aftermath then produced two albums that traced Skinner’s own moral – even spiritual – development. The cost he paid was a tailing off in commercial as well as critical acclaim but there is little disputing that, without the Streets, the charts today would look skew-whiffedly different – his influence on the confessional pop of the likes of Lily Allen as considerable as it is obvious on a new breed of UK rappers such as Plan B. Read the rest of this entry »

Biscuit Mondays :: Kay Young – Happy Holidays!

28 12 2010

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:: NOTICE :: Kay Young

27 12 2010

I see this on Facebook around 5.30pm GMT today… STAY TUNED!!!

Skepta – Mike Lowery (Video)

27 12 2010

Chase And Status – ‘No More Idols’ Tracklist

19 12 2010

The dynamic due have realest their tracklist to the new album ‘No More Idols’ dropping, January 31st 2011. The last album (More Than A Lot) was dope, I’m sure this will be too…

Read on to view the track list…

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Yasmin – On My Own

4 12 2010

Wow… This is something thats needed… I LOVE THIS…

Having left a trailblazing mark on the hip-hop scene with her DJing skills, London singer-songwriter Yasmin has already toured with N*E*R*D, The Cool Kids,, Taio Cruz and Example, featured on Devlin’s recent single ‘Runaway’ and DJed at Ibiza Rocks with Dizzee Rascal.

She’s now taking on the world from the other side of the decks and debut single ‘On My Own’ – produced by Shy FX – showcases her ethereal voice, lyrical imagination and candid choruses, which reflect her totally unique, very independent style. Having already received huge support from BBC Radio 1 and 1 Xtra, Yasmin is fast becoming one of the hottest names to hit the music scene this year. Expect big things from Yasmin next year and stay tuned for ‘On My Own’, released on Levels Recordings/Ministry of Sound on 30th January 2011.