Archive for August, 2013

August 21, 2013

Live Review: V Festival [Hylands Park]

V Festival is a combination of good music, good people and good vibes and I headed down to the Hylands Park site (Essex) on Saturday afternoon for the two-day festival. Arriving in the afternoon we then had to head to the campsite and do the fun part – putting up the tent. Skip to two hours later and we were back at the car enjoying a cold drink before making our way inside…

DJ Fresh showed Essex how to have a good time when he played the Arena Stage with singer Fleur providing the vocals. Everywhere I turned there was a moshpit for this set and everyone seemed to really be having a brilliant time.

Beyonce headlined Saturday night in Chelmsford where I caught the last half of her set, which was enough to see the superstar do her thing with her new blond bob and a combination of sexy outfits – including a sequin purple leotard and a white top with black sequin embellishment and white trousers. She performed ‘Crazy In Love’ ‘Singles Ladies’ and closed on my favourite track ‘Halo’ to rapturous applause.

Sunday was a better line up for me personally and because I stayed the night I was there bright and early to catch as much as I could. I started off my day backstage chilling, enjoying a bit of Jason Mraz who sung the old but good track ‘I’m Yours’.

I then headed off to catch the London boys Rudimental who as always put on an amazing set. DJ Locksmith kept the crowd energy high all through the performance. Their performances of ‘Not Giving In’, ‘Free’ ‘Waiting All Night and ‘Feel The Love’ were all amazing, but my favourite part was after their performance of Fugees ‘Ready Or Not’ – they did a mix going into drum n bass and then one of their tracks.

Kendrick Lemar has had controversy surrounding him at the moment and his performance on Sunday on the 4 Music Stage proved why he is one of the best rappers at the moment. He worked the crowd, interacting with them to get more and more of a better response and delivered dark and soulful tracks such as ‘B***h Don’t Kill My Vibe’, ‘Compton’ and ‘Money Trees’.

Emeli Sande left shudders running through me as I watched her (I’m ashamed to say for the first time) on the Main Stage where she blew me away opening with ‘Heaven’ and moving onto a personal favourite of hers ‘My Kinda Love’. Naughty Boy also joined her on stage playing the piano for ‘Wonder’ and ‘Lifted’.

Returning the favour to Naughty Boy, she came on his set halfway through to perform to us ‘Lifted’ again and a new track called ‘Pluto’ that we will be seeing on his forthcoming album ‘Hotel Cabana’.

Yungen also performed a rather soulful track which we should also expect to see on the album along with the hit record ‘La La La’.

August 21, 2013

MTV The Wrap Up: UK Rap Rundown [News]

Last week was a good week for the world of rap, especially for me live music wise, as I had quite a busy weekend. I went to the G-Shock Session’s on the Friday evening in Brick Lane to hear some quality live music. I caught Cashtastic, Baby Blue, Scrufizzer, Maxsta, old school legend Rodney P, Smiler and more perform. G-Shock always has the best when it comes to music and never disappoints…

Saturday and Sunday I was a V Festival, which is quite a ‘poppy’ festival but not enough for me to not enjoy myself. They did have K. Koke perform but he was the first act on Saturday and I didn’t arrive till late so missed him, but I did catch Yungen perform on Naughty Boy’s set so look out for that track.

Giggs released the album artwork, tracklisting and release date for his forthcoming album ‘When Will It Stop’ and all I can say is I’m so excited to hear this album (Giggs if you’re reading can I have an album listening invitation, please?). I genuinely can’t wait to hear the track with Styles P, and the one with Ed Sheeran will definitely be a banger too. To be honest I think all of the tracks will be hot. October 14, hurry up!

Colours Miyagi is back with another visual from his ‘Where’s My Money: Reloaded’ mixtape which has done really well and he’s keeping the buzz going with the videos. Even though ‘Like Me’ is a street track it’s one that the ladies can still get down to and could be heard in a club.

It looks like Squeeks is back on a roll too as he a few weeks back he gave us some new music called ‘Clean Cut’. This week sees him drop the video to a track called ‘This Life’ featuring Goldie 1 who I’ve been hearing a lot about. It’s good to see Squeeks back on his A-game in the lead up to ‘Presidential Musiq’.

Koder dropped a mixtape last week called ‘The Calm’. He is one to watch out for, and I had a quick chat with him about grime at Apartment 58. “I think everyone is scared right now; they’re scared of the competitive element which used to exist and was a big part of grime – like battling, clashing, sending for each other… that ‘I’m the best in the room’ effect.

“I feel everyone’s attention has kind of shifted; we’ve lost that core element – but I think it can be summarized by the word ‘scared.’”

Interesting and I think he has a point, what do you think?

August 16, 2013

Gemma Fox – Sunshine [Audio]

The unforgettable vocals of Gemma Fox are back on brand new single SunshineThe lead track Sunshine from the forthcoming ‘Awake’ E.P release, reworks the Dance classic ‘I Need Your Loving’ by Baby D (or originally Korgis ‘Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime), and is brought bang up to date with the production care of Dexplicit and the distinctive haunting melodic vocal courtesy of Gemma.

August 14, 2013

MTV The Wrap Up: UK Rap Rundown [News]

This is another visual we have seen to be released from Young Don’s mixtape ‘Weather Man 2’, and he impresses again with ‘I’m About This Life’ as he heads to Miami to link up with US southern rapper Gucci Mane. The track is a heavy trap record with the pair matching the beat with some hard bars… 

We also saw another UK US link up last week this time it was from East London’s J Spades and another rapper from Atlanta Waka Flocka. The southern part of America seems to really be liking the UK rap vibe as we’ve seen a lot of collabs from that part. The track is taken from Spades ‘MMMP2’ tape and whilst Waka was over here the visuals were shot.

A video came out last week of Brixton rapper Sneakbo in a studio session with French rapper Frenchy Le Boss. He has previously recorded tracks with Young Spray, DVS and Jaja Soze and Sneakbo obviously liked what he heard. The track there working on is called ‘Jump In The Car’ and is sounding like a banger. Look out for that coming soon.

G FrSH strikes while the irons hot and dropped a freestyle over his Disturbing London label mate Tinie Tempah’s new track ‘Trampoline’ which was produced by Diplo. He spits some hard bars over the popular track which is being played everywhere on the radio right now and reached No.3 in the official charts.

The last track I’m going to mention comes from one of my personal favourites Giggs. I was so excited to hear the first track from his forthcoming album ‘When Will It Stop’ as he took to his site to post a message for his fans, I’ll let Hollowman do the talking.

 “What’s good to all my supporters out there, since my last album a lot has happened. As you all know, with me getting locked up and everything it’s been quite a f**ked up journey but at the same time I thank God for giving me a second chance at life. Everything happens for a reason. I also wanna thank every single one of you for keeping the faith and not giving up on me. Trust me it means more than you could ever imagine.

“I hope you have enjoyed all the new music I have been giving you to warm things up but now it’s time to stop f**king around and start getting into the new album “When Will It Stop” so without further ado I feel that I owe it to you to, to personally give you a taste of my first single off of the new album. So here it is “(Is It Gangsta?) Yes Yes Yes” produced by Mark Ronson.”

August 1, 2013

Wretch 32 ft. Jacob Banks – Doing OK [Official Video]

Mr Wretch 32 proves why he is one of the most successful and acclaimed rappers the UK has birthed, he can literally rhyme on most instrumentals, come up with real and thought provoking lyrics and still make it into a hit.


August 1, 2013

Colours – Real Rap [Music Video]

Colours releases the visuals to Real Rap taken from his recent mixtape Where’s My Money (Reloaded). He has kept up the consistency releasing new tracks but not over bombarding fans with too much material. Colours is showing why his name is one to stay with his  impressive flow and why real rap should make it this year.