Archive for December, 2011

December 16, 2011

Snoop Dogg In Trouble For Blazing A Blunt In The Middle East

It has been reported by TMZ that he has been threatened with a lawsuit when performing at a concert in 2009 in Beirut. He was seen at the afterparty smoking weed, which is illegal in Lebanon. He also featured footage of this in his music video, That’s Tha Homie.

Concert promoter Roger Kalaouz is unhappy after Lebanese authorities found out about the weed smoking, and opened a criminal investigation into his company. He claims it has left his reputation, ‘severely damaged.’

Kalaouz is now seeking damages of $280k, and has sent letters to Snoop’s people. He also wants as part of the deal for Snoop to book 2 concerts in the Middle East through him.

December 16, 2011

Jay Z Compares Having Kids To Running Roc Nation

Jay Z spoke to MTV News in New York about becoming a father soon.

“I think running a label is a bit like having kids,” he told MTV.

He is known to let his artists take the lead, and has an off hands approach when it comes to them.

“When you know someone needs more help, you help them,” he explained. “When you see that someone can make it on their own … you see Kanye or J. Cole, you see that sort of talent — you let that talent be. You let that talent find its way.”

“Of course you’re not gonna let any harm befall it,” he added. “You pretty much let people find their way.”

“I’m just really here to provide opportunity. I’m not here to do anything else.”

December 16, 2011

Tinie Tempah ‘Happy Birthday’ EP

Tinie drops his new 9 track EP Happy Birthday with DJ Booth. Check out the tracklisting and link to download it here…

December 15, 2011

Flavour catches up with Tantrum Desire

Shireen catches up with Tantrum Desire a drum n bass duo from South East London which consists of Jay Faleye and Devin Smith.

Tantrum Desire is a drum n bass duo from South East London which consists of Jay Faleye (Producer / DJ) and Devin Smith (DJ). The two met in 2004 at a pirate radio station and formed due to their passion and direction in life. They are now signed to Simon ‘Bassline,’ Smith’s record label Technique Recordings, with an album in the pipeline, they are about to release new single ‘Reach.’

‘Tantrum Desire’ – explain the name. Why did you choose it?
It sort of came out of nowhere. It makes sense though, the tantrum part relates to how hard the music is, and the desire part is enjoying making that music.

Why did you and Devin choose to form a duo instead of pursuing solo careers?
We’ve always been there from day 1; it’s just how it’s always been. We’ve always DJ’ed together everywhere and just thought to carry on with it and it’s going well. We both like the same music and wanted to do the same thing and break into the scene. From there things have just progressed, that’s why we still DJ here and there, we do DJ separately because we do get gigs on the same day

What was the track that you feel first got you noticed?
The first track that became an anthem is ‘Here They Come,’ that’s kind of still going today. Anywhere where I play it everyone knows what it is, and it still gets referred to all the time when people come up to me. I think that’s the one that set the trademark in the scene.

What is your favourite track and why?
At the moment my preferred track is ‘Higher;’ that we did earlier this year. It’s kind of like a big party rave tune, it’s quite speedy with a thumping beat, and I enjoyed making it.

How would you describe Tantrum Desire’s style of DnB?
A lot of people like to class it as jump up, I used to make that a lot but I’ve kind of moved into jump up tech, style. It’s kind of progressing where its coming out of the jump up, but moving on to not too much commercial but a commercial kind of sound and still keeping the dance floor elements.

On a production tip, what programs do you use to make your beats?
Q Base, its quite narrowed down and simplified. I used to use a lot of hardware, but now times have changed so it’s quite simple.

Talk us through the beatmaking process. Do you start with a bassline and then flesh it out with the beat and synths etc, or do you start with the beat?
I don’t really have a method, it depends what I have to work with. If I have a vocal, then I’ll build the track around that. If I process a new drum kit then I build with that first. It depends what I’m working with really.

Who do you look up to in the DnB scene and why?
I’m liking what the Pendulum guys are doing. Sub Focus, they’ve just got quality beats every time they touch on a track its always good. There are a lot of producers and artists out there who are coming out with really big tunes. There’s great music out there at the moment.

Are there any non DnB artists that have stood out for you that you would like to collaborate with?
I like a lot of Electro house as well, I would like to do something with Deadmau, he’s doing some really good stuff. I like what Nero are doing with their dubstep tracks, so it would be good to hook up with them.

Your work has taken you all over the world. What is your favourite place to perform globally and why?
My favourite experience was Los Angles; the parties were a different atmosphere to anywhere else. It’s amazing how drum n bass has reached over there. It’s got good vibes over there.

Describe your new single ‘Reach,’ to us.
It’s a vocal dancefloor/radio friendly track. It keeps the elements of how I usually make my tracks. The lyrics and the vocals sounded really good, and it’s a typical raise the roof record for the raves.

Do you prefer the DnB version or the dubstep mix or ‘Reach?’
I like them both equally, I though I’d like the drum n bass one more but even the dubstep one has grown on me a lot more.

How did getting signed to Technique Recordings change your life?
It was a big move. I mean we were on branded label in 2005, and tracks were coming out and getting good feedback. Then all of a sudden Simon contacted us, and we were like, ‘Wow we didn’t expect this.’ Since we signed everything’s progressed nicely and smoothly. It’s great to be working with Technique; it’s great to be associated with Simon ‘bassline,’ and ‘drumsound.’ Everything’s going great.

Your path to success has been marked by support from various labels and individuals. Who do you want to shout out from the scene?
Future Brown, DJ Funkstar he’s helped us throughout the scene, Vyper, Simon ‘Bassline’ Smith. There are a number of people, but those are a few.

What does the future hold for Tantrum Desire?
Still playing out globally. Still making a lot of tracks I’ll never stop producing. Working on an album, which I’m taking slow at the moment.

*published at Flavour Magazine

December 14, 2011

Canibus Retracts J Cole Diss

I posted recently that he released a track dissing J Cole, now he has taken back what he said. I think Canibus may be slightly confused…

“I’ve seen thousands and thousands of comments about this J.Cole track and all of the negativity it’s stirring up. After 48 hours of it, I feel confident enough to say that it’s unanimous; hip hop has spoken up, loud and clear, it’s a Cole World right now and you’re a reigning champ J. [Cole]. I take full responsibility for my actions and I apologise for stepping over the line. It comes off as tacky and unsophisticated and it’s just not G. I love hip hop too much to further justify my selfish behavior. I made this video in an effort to turn around and man up for my mistake.

You said you were a fan of mine at one time; you big’d me up on many occasions; you don’t owe me nothing Cole. I was out of line for what I did and I’m sorry for creating a fiasco at a time when hip hop really needs someone like you to look up to.

You got my support; I just hope the hip hop community can get pass this quickly and go back to what satisfies them and makes them happy. I’m not a hater I just went too far and I hope hip hop can forgive me for my foolishness. I’m going to go sit my old ass down somewhere now. Happy holidays…. It’s a Cole World, kid.”

December 14, 2011

Cashtastic – Warm Up Sessions

December 12, 2011

Canibus New ‘J Clone’ Track Dissing J.Cole

Canibus feels that J.Cole is not properly respecting the rapper, even though he names him as one of his influences in various interviews…

Canibus took to Facebook last weekend to explain why he had beef with J.Cole. He is offended that Cole always shouts him out in interviews as one of his favourite rapper, but only talks about his older material, and never his new stuff which he feels is not supportive.

“Cole might say he does this to pay homage, but in reality, by him playing my older material owned by my former label dating back to 1998, subsequently overlooking my current works and contributions which directly benefit me now, he is treating me less like an artist that has, and continues to contribute, influence, and inspire an even younger generation of MC’s coming up, and more like an artist that has physically passed on already(i.e. Tupac, B.I.G., Big L, Heavy D, Eyeda [sic]): you get the point I’m trying to make,” he wrote. “I can’t help but to think that he is not nearly as sincere or genuine as he would like real hip hop heads to think he is because he speaks about me like I am dead. What he is doing is underhanded and disingenuous and whether it is his idea or not, I don’t agree with his tactic and I have something to say about it.”

* published on SBTV

December 9, 2011

Rival, Discarda & Uncle Dreama Freestyle Over J Beatz – Sargent

Avit Clothing went behind the scenes at the J Beatz 8 Bar Mucktion video shoot. Rival, Discarda and Uncle Dreama freestyled over J Beatz Sargent

December 7, 2011

Krept & Konan – Let Go (ft Lewis Watson) (Official Video)

This track is produced by Steel Banglez

December 6, 2011

True Tiger @ Barfly Camden Live Review

True Tiger’s first ever live, intimate gig was at Barfly in Camden last night. A few people were wondering how a dubstep group could perform a live show. Bringing in a bassist, drummer, and sitar and with Chunky their host banging away on a tambourine, proved that it can be done, and it can be done well.

Mikill Pane supported the group with his DJ first, he told me why he was here today, ‘True Tiger are going to be on my album, we’ve got a tune called ‘Roll On.’ We were on the roof of his (Stanza’s) studio and he was like, “We’d love to get you to support us at our show,” obviously I said yes because they’re my good mates.’

‘It was f****** cool tonight. I’m going through my iphone when I get home and picking out my favourite photos.’

‘I love live bands. If you look at a lot of the photos that I took, they’ll be focused on the drummer, it’s all about the beat for me. True Tiger’s forte is the fact they produce stuff with amazing beats. The melodies are cool, the beats are amazing, so it enhanced it.’

True Tiger performed some of their memorable tracks including ‘Jungle,’ without Professor Green who was on tour so couldn’t join them. Their remix of Ed Sheeran’s ‘A Team,’ really got the crowd going, it was just a shame he couldn’t be there, with Stanza telling me after, ‘Ed was meant to be here, we had it planned out, but last minute he had to go to Manchester to promote the album.’

Chunky introduced another support act asking the audience who they thought it was, hinting he was from the same area as him. It had to be Daley a singer/songwriter from Manchester. Stanza told me about the new track that he performed tonight, ‘we’ve got a new tune with him which is one of the singles from our album called ‘Love Lost,’ he’s got an amazing voice and we had to get him here to do the single. It was wicked to have him here, he’s going to have a bright year next year.’

Everyone got hyped up when D Double blessed the stage for ‘Be Like Me,’ which was one of the highlights of the night, along with ‘Slang Like This,’ with P Money’s appearance of the night. It proved how fantastically well MC’s can work with a live band, enhancing the performance.

They played some of their dirtier bass tracks including ‘Show Me Your Bass Face,’ and Sukh Knight’s ‘Ganja Dub,’ and ‘Orange Powder.’ The show ended with their most recently released single, which features Maverick Sabre and Professor Green, ‘In The Air.’

Stanza told me how he thought the show went about the build up to it, ‘It’s out first live show; we’ve been working on it for the past few months. We wanted to keep it intimate. Normally we just DJ so mixing tunes, or doing PA’s with artists just playing the backing track which is really boring for us. This time we got to play our tunes live, and play all the parts. We’re all playing different parts of it and added different intros and outros, so yeah it was good.’

‘It’s been tough we’ve been rehearsing long hours, just taking a lot of trial and error, there were a couple of things we weren’t happy with but hopefully no one noticed.’

I asked him how nervous they were, ‘A couple of our lot had a sneaky lot, it’s our first show so everyone was anxious to see how many people were there, and if anyone was actually going to come. Everyone was a bit nervous, and we were relying on new equipment and stuff we’ve never run through before. The maschine and the novation kit, that’s all new, we were a bit worried about how it was going to run.’