Archive for July 29th, 2014

July 29, 2014

Lovebox Festival Saturday 2014 [Review]

Lovebox returned to Victoria Park in East London again this year over the Friday 18th and 19th July 2014. SBTV‘s Shireen headed down there on the Saturday, with the sun beating down on us despite the rainy forecast…


First up we caught some of Supa Dupa Fly action over at the Roller Boogie stage where they were banging out some old school hip hop beats courtesy of Emily Rawson, CJ Beatz and more, with a similar vibe to that of their nights held at the Jazz Café in Camden.

Heading straight over to the main stage, we caught the British soul & funk legends that are Soul II Soul , who many know for their smash Back To Life. Their music filtered through the crowd, with a nice mellow and relaxed vibe, perfect for the summer, Saturday, afternoon.

Maverick Sabre was next up on the main stage, leading on perfectly with his soulful, jazzy and reggae influences, he kept the crowds ambiance on the same level, lifting it slowly as his set moved on playing tracks from his album, Lonely Are The Brave. Similarly, I Needgot everyone in the crowd singing loudly – as did his latest single, Emotion.


Then, it was time for Nas, a crowd of people begun walking up, and what seemed like a reasonably spacious main stage was now packed. Joined by DJ Green Lantern, the Queensbridge legend took to the stage to perform tracks from his seminal debut, Illmatic, celebrating 20 years since the release. Tracks such as Got Yourself A Gungot everyone buzzing and raising their gun fingers.

Other tracks that seemed to please were One LoveIf I Ruled The World, N.Y State Of Mind and Made You Look. Nas had turned the energy levels to 100.  He proved why he is one of the best hip hop artists working the stage and fans with complete effortlessness.

Next up was MIA who blast onto the stage which was now filled with lights and around 20 dancers who threw glow sticks into the audiences to their delight. She started straight intoBucky Done Gun, but unfortunately this was the beginning of the audio issues as she asked for her Mic to be turned up.


Unfortunately the Mic cut out completely and her and her dancers walked off stage leaving MIA looking not very pleased. She came back on stage to the audience’s gladness, but the sound quality was still poor as she performed Paper Planes and Bad Girls leaving again because of the audio. It was a disappointment as we, along with I’m sure many others in attendance, were similarly looking forward to the performance.

July 29, 2014

Sox (@Sox_Invasion) – Birmingham to Ibiza [Music Video]

Birmingham MC Sox has just released the party filled video to his track Birmingham to Ibiza from his album Winning & Chilling. The Preditah produced tune sees Sox, Jammer, Maxsta and more in Ibiza partying very hard.


July 29, 2014

Paigey Cakey (@Paigey_Cakey) – One Day [Music Video]

Paigey Cakey premiered her new track One Day with tastemaker site Earmilk and it’s great to see more and more people taking notice of her, as she showcases her lyrical ability for the introductory track to her freshest project The Right Paige to be released via Alwayz Recordings in 2015.


July 29, 2014

Shystie (@IAMSHYSTIE) – Stop [Audio]

The triple threat MC/model/actress Shystie returns with new single Stop, which is currently this week’s ROTW on 1Xtra with Twin B & Yasmin and got it’s premiere with Clash Magazine.

Produced by Deanyboy and featuring Jalissa on arguably THE catchiest hook of 2014, the piano riff and the big-bass-filled drum beat draws on influences reminiscent of 90’s dance classics, with a nod toward DnB, topped with a refreshing slice of 2014 freshness. ‘Stop’ is the first track to be taken from her forthcoming E.P, Exhalation, due for release in November 2014.



July 29, 2014

Sam Smith: Live @ Somerset House For Topman Generation [Review]

Somerset House has an annual live music event, the Summer Series over 10 days with some of pop music’s favourite stars. This year saw Chvrches, Kelis and star of the moment Sam Smith, among others, take to the outdoor stage to perform to fans who were lucky enough to get tickets to the event and hear him perform a variety of tracks including ones from his album ‘The Lonely Hour’.

Grammy nominated MNEK warmed up doing a mash up of ‘Ready For Your Love’ and Duke Dumont ft A*M*’E’s ‘Need U 100%’ and new single ‘Wrote A Song About You’.

His charisma and charm seemed to enchant the audience as he spoke in between tracks explaining and sharing the secret that he wrote it because he’s never been in love before. He also explained that he used to work in St Pauls just up the road, explaining why performing here felt like home to him, and this certainly came across to all present as he comfortably performed several of his honest, intimate and heartfelt tracks to us.

Among these performances was a live band rendition of the well known hit ‘La La La’, which despite Naughty Boy’s absence, impressively showcased his vocals nonetheless, and the well known ‘Latch’ from an inspired synergy with the producer duo Disclosure. His voice was simply electric like the thunderstorm sky on the Friday night that he took the stage to, which started drizzling with rain just before he came out. This didn’t stop people from singing along and dancing and he joked with the audience telling them to put a middle finger up to the rain, also adding “who’s been moaning about the heat all day?”

‘Money On My Mind’ was a clear favourite with the audience as the more upbeat track got people moving and dancing around to the No.1 smash. Tracks such as ‘I’m Not The Only One’ was another favourite and everyone was singing to the soulful and emotive track. ‘Leave Your Lover’ which is another one of his more ‘slower’ tracks and on release got people thinking about the story line, left the crowd in awe. ‘I’m Not The Only One’ got Sam filled with emotion as he disclosed no other time had he heard the audience sing it back to him.

Of course we can’t forget the moment Sam’s band began to play my favourite track of his ‘Stay With Me’ which I had a feeling he was going to end on and the Queen of R&B Mary J. Blige made her entrance onto stage to perform with him. The crowd all screamed together as she entered and we stood in the rain together singing and watching in amazement as a legend and a maybe soon-to-be legend, sang beautifully together, taking everyone’s breath away.

Sam Smith truly was magical at Somerset House, more than any time that I’ve been fortunate enough to see him before.