News:: X Factor’s ‘Rhythmix’ name battle

28 10 2011

A music charity that works with vulnerable children has warned that it will be forced to cut projects, unless the makers of The X Factor settle a legal battle over one of the show’s groups.

Rhythmix is suing Simon Cowell after his Simco company lodged a trademark application to use the same name for a girl band competing in this year’s series.

The Brighton-based charity, which works with youth offending teams to create music programmes for vulnerable children and those with learning difficulties, said The X Factor namesake was causing confusion and disrupting sessions. Mark Davyd, the charity’s director, said Simco was “fully aware” that the charity, which has been established for 12 years, was already using the name, yet had pursued the trademark “without considering any moral implication or negative impact on the charity”.

Props to The Independent





:: New Music :: Mark Ronson – Record Collection [RMX] Feat. Wiley, Pharrell, Wretch 32, Professor Green & MNDR

4 02 2011

Last year Mark Ronson released his album Record Collection which featured a host of guest appearences from the likes of Boy George, MNDR and Duran Duran. Now we have this crazy remix of the albums title track featuirng a host of UK and worldwide talent fesh of creating this awesome remix. Originally this track featured Simon Le Bon and Wiley but now this version, debuted by Zane Lowe, we have extra verses and vox from Pharrell, Wretch 32, Professor Green and MNDR a well as Wiley.

Shouts to SKOA





:: BRIT Awards 2011

13 01 2011

When I saw Pro Greens mention of the Brit Awards; it got curious, so I looked at the nominees…

Full List Of the 2011 Brit Awards Nominations:

British Male Solo Artist:
Mark Ronson
Paul Weller
Plan B
Robert Plant
Tinie Tempah

British Female Solo Artist:
Cheryl Cole
Ellie Goulding
Laura Marling
Paloma Faith
Rumer

British Breakthrough Act:
Ellie Goulding
Mumford & Sons
Rumer
Tinie Tempah
XX

British Group:
Biffy Clyro
Gorillaz
Mumford & Sons
Take That
The XX

British Single:

Alexandra Burke ft Pitbull – All Night Long
Cheryl Cole – Parachute
Florence & The Machine – You’ve Got The Love
Matt Cardle – When We Collide
Olly Murs Please – Don’t Let Me Go
Plan B – She Said
Scouting For Girls – This Ain’t A Love Song
Taio Cruz – Dynamite
Tinie Tempah – Pass Out
The Wanted – All Time Low

MasterCard British Album of the Year:
Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More
Plan B – The Defamation of Strickland Banks
Take That – Progress
Tinie Tempah – Disc-Overy
The XX – XX

International Male Solo Artist:
Bruce Springsteen
Cee Lo Green
David Guetta
Eminem
Kanye West

International Female Solo Artist:
Alicia Keys
Katy Perry
Kylie Minogue
Rihanna
Robyn

International Breakthrough Act:
Bruno Mars
Glee Cast
Justin Bieber
The National
The Temper Trap

International Group:
Arcade Fire
Black Eyed Peas
Kings of Leon
The Script
Vampire Weekend

International Album:
Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
Cee Lo Green – The Lady Killer
Eminem – Recovery
Katy Perry – Teenage Dream
Kings Of Leon – Come Around Sundown

Critics’ Choice:
Jessie J (Winner)
James Blake
The Vaccines

British Producer:

Ethan Johns
John Leckie
Markus Dravs
Mike Pela Stuart Price

Read on to view the Brit Awards 2011 Statue Read the rest of this entry »





Threefoldmedia X Footsie

13 01 2011

Footsie is interviewed by Kristian from Three Fold Media

I recently interviewed Newham Generals’ Footsie for a biography piece to be featured on his webpage. We ended up talking about his music career for 90 minutes, during the course of which he revealed tons of facts and little tit-bits of knowledge that I thought right to share. Footsie is a candid interviewee and once we discovered we had a mutual appreciation for Old Skool reggae outfit Black Uhuru, it was on! Big up Foots for dropping knowledge and taking the time to speak to us.

So let’s take it back to the beginning. You’ve said in various interviews that your Dad has been a big influence in your music, in what way?

From early my Dad had speakers – he was a big soundman and throughout childhood I could hear his stuff. Reggae music. He was part of a group called ‘King Original’, East London’s finest sound system and played with Saxon, Coxsone and King Tubby. My Dad was big! He used to take me to studio and I would just soak it all up; I met famous people and learnt about drums and vocals. My Dad was a world-class drummer, he did world tours and produced an album for [famous Reggae musician] Eek-a-mouse. So yeah, I’ve been around stuff.

That was my foundation, the music of my house. In fact ‘King Original’ is going to be the name of my solo album.

Ok so what music made you want to become a musician/producer/MC?

Jungle. As a kid I wrote my first bars to Reggae, Ragga and Bashment – whatever Dad was playing and he said that from that point he knew I was going to be a music man. My older cousins used to listen to Hardcore and Acid and whilst I thought it was interesting, it didn’t really click. But when I got my first radio it was the first time I could tune into what I wanted, and I chose Drum ‘n’ Bass and Jungle.

Take us back to that time when Grime was first emerging as a sub-genre of Garage. What were you doing back then?

I was making music bruv. I was making tunes and MC’ing in the Garage scene when Grime popped up. Grime wasn’t the first thing I’d MC’d on. Drum ‘n’ Bass came first and then Garage – I went from MC’ing at 90 miles per hour to MC’ing over the short breaks in vocal Garage tunes, which was hosting more than anything. Then, in Garage, beats and bass became more prevalent. It wasn’t named anything then as it was still considered Garage, but the Locked On label and people like El-B/Groove Chronicles came with this new industrial, harder sound.

I went studio, building tracks with an older guy called Dada and thought ‘I can do this!’ Dada was a computer wiz so I bought a load of bits and he built me a PC. We made tunes together but he was always trying to tidy up and polish my sound and I didn’t want that – I needed my own computer! From there I had to learn the ropes, making sh!t beats for a couple of years, but then I started making things that I wanted to MC on – completely different to the vocal stuff that was popular at the time. Read the rest of this entry »





Encore – Make Your Mind Up

18 12 2010

First time I’m hearing these guys… And I like them… Lets see where this goes…





Sincere – Written In The Stars Vol. 2 [MixTape]

6 12 2010

I was wondering where Sin is at, then blam! He drops this today… I heard the intro track and I was GASSSED!!!!

I like Sincere, ppl underrate him…

Track-list and Download after the jump… Read the rest of this entry »





Mark Ronson – Somebody To Love Me (Single Artwork)

28 10 2010

 

Mark Ronson & The Business INTL. feat Boy George – Somebody To Love Me on Later.. with Jools Holland the 250th episode