Archive for May, 2015

May 28, 2015

Found Presents: Born & Bred Festival [Event]

Love bass music? Well I have the perfect festival for you in to attend. In the heart of London in two weeks time, people with love for bass culture will be flocking to Haggerston Park in Shoreditch for Born & Bred Festival.

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London promoters Found are to raise their game for 2015 by announcing the first in a new Found Series of five festivals taking place throughout the summer. From dub to dubstep to garage to grime, pioneers in their respective scenes will be performing on one day. Wiley, Goldie, Zinc, Digital Mystikz, Joker, Loefah, Youngsta, DJ Luck & MC Neat, Oxide & Neutrino, Trojan Sound, Moxie, Channel One, Klose One, Newham Generals, Paleman and many more are included in the line up.

FOUND Presents: Born & Bred
Date: Saturday 6th June 2015
Venue: Haggerston Park, Shoreditch, E2
Doors: 11am – 9pm | Last Entry 7pm
For more information and tickets go to www.bornandbred.london & residentadvisor.net
May 26, 2015

Nozstock The Hidden Valley Announces Final Names [Festival Event]

Nozstock The Hidden Valley has announced its next wave of names performing at the festival this July at their beautiful working farm in the Herefordshire hills, curated and managed by the father and daughter partnership of Noz and Ella.

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The festival in it’s 17th year has already announced Wu Tang Clan, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, Beardyman and many more.

The festival is now very proud to announce Fuse ODG joins the bill, with further new live artists including the Neville Staple Band, Will and The People, Mouse Outfit ft Dr Syntax & Sparkz, By The Rivers, The Computers, Will Joseph Cook, Clarence Clarity and many more, with P Money, Mad Professor, Chimpo, Reggae Roast and lots more DJs and MCs, plus in Laughing Stock Seann Walsh, Mark Simmons, Andrew Maxwell, Mike Wozniack, Brett Goldstein, Spencer Jones and Pat Cahill all star.

 

May 18, 2015

Pixies Tracks Of The Week @cashtasticmusic @Novelist @Kwabs @ClubsAndSpades1 @djzinc

Cashtastic – Reminder Flow

It’s great to hear new music from Cashtastic since he’s been living in Jamaica. He is sending a clear reminder that he is still dedicated to music. Toxic flew out to the Caribbean island to shoot the brand new video with Cashtastic in Spanish Town. His aggressive delivery shows his hunger and passion and that he isn’t going anywhere.

Novelist – Ignorant And Wot

South London MC Novelist is the future of Grime and this week dropped a new track “Ignorant And Wot”. The 18-year-old is full of potential and is turning heads everywhere with his flawless flow and realness in his lyrics that people can relate to. With many saying the song reminds them of Dizzee during his Boy in da Corner days. The dark beat is produced by Novelist himself and is going to be a classic track in years to come with , with him spitting about his block and getting some thoughts off his chest.

Kwabs – Fight For Love

Kwabs is one of our favourite singers out of the UK, an artist with such a refreshing sound and unique voice that’s full of power and soul commanding people to listen. This emotional ballad reminds us of an 80s track with a pop-sounding electronic production. The track is taken from his forthcoming debut album Love + War out on September 11th. This is definitely going on my playlist.

Clubs & Spades ft Tom Prior – Clearer Coast

Sheffield hip hop collective Clubs & Spades dropped their EP Deal Or No Deal today (May 17th) and on the same day their new video “Clearer Coast” with it. The track was premiered on Charlie Sloth’s Rap Show on BBC Radio 1 and then was chosen as his Record Of The Week for next week. Shinobi & Matic Mouth rap with a skippy flow over the eerie key led beat produced by Andy Nicholson and Jamie Shield.

Zinc – Hidden Track

This track isn’t exactly new as it was released on Zinc’s 2003 album Faster’but wasn’t available for download. After demand for the track he decided to put it up on Soundcloud as a free download. Let this drum & bass track take you back in time. Steeped in rolling drums with a melodic bassline. If you know about Zinc you know he has a long career in bass music and has been a key player expanding drum & bass, house and garage in the UK.

May 15, 2015

Andys Taverna [Food Review]

Looking for somewhere to eat this weekend? Well I have the perfect suggestion for you especially if you are a meat lover. Greek food is so tasty but has simple ingredients; it’s all about cooking with passion and buying good meat, herbs and vegetables. Most of their meat is grilled, just seasoned slightly with spices with olive oil and lemon juice and a few other things, but it tastes so good and is very healthy.

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If you go to Camden there are three Greek restaurants within half a mile radius of each other, and they have been there a long time, which is always a good sign. I headed to Andy’s Taverna, when I entered they asked if I had a booking, I didn’t and it was already busy at 7pm, but they were able to accommodate. You could smell the grilled meats from outside! The restaurant has been open around 60 years and is known for it’s traditional values. They even get their seabass from Greece every two days.

As we settled into our seats and ordered house white wine that was good wine for house, we set our eyes on the menu. As we weren’t super hungry we decided to share a starter and a main. Choosing grilled aubergines (£4.50) to start, which I have to admit are my favourite vegetables and I love the simplicity they are cooked which just a little bit of olive oil and oregano. They were so buttery and soft and tasted fantastic, as well as being good for you! Can’t go wrong. I was going to choose the spanakopita, which is my favourite Greek dish that is is a spinach and cheese pastry.

For the main we opted to go for the Bifteki, which is a ground minced meat pattie at under £10. The portion was very generous and I’m glad I was sharing it as I hate wasting food and I wouldn’t have been able to eat this on my own! It came with a large Greek salad on the side and we ordered fresh bread to eat with it too. The meat was sumptuous and moist and was bursting with delicious flavours such as a bit of garlic, oregano, thyme, mint, onion and olive oil.

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The six good-sized patties were served topped with grilled halloumi and a grilled slie of tomato. It was literally like heaven on a plate! The Greek salad was fresh, crunchy and delicious but for me was missing onions. Everything else was perfect.

It’s no wonder Andy ,which has many celebrity diners as well, has been here for 60 years. The service is friendly, the atmosphere is relaxed and the food is to die for. I almost forgot to mention as well they gave us complementary after dinner drinks and sweet pastries at the end of our meal which is always a plus. It’s very hard to find authentic Greek food in London but I truly recommend this and will definitely be back soon.

Where to find

81-81A Bayham Street, London NW1 0AG     020 7485 9718      www.andystaverna.com/

May 12, 2015

Pixies Tracks Of The Week @EdSheeran @Kreptplaydirty @konanplaydirty @JMEBBK @OfficialChip @Modestep

Ed Sheeran – Photograph

Ed Sheeran drops the video to “Photograph” off his most recent album X. Known for his different and creative videos, this one takes us through his past to present with clips from home videos of his life. The video matches the song perfectly, and also shows Ed playing instruments which is especially cool as we get to see him as a youth in his element.

Krept & Konan – Freak Of The Week ft. Jeremih

Krept & Konan are due to drop their album The Long Way Home in two months and this is the second track to be heard off of the new project after “Certified”. “Freak Of The Week” sees them collaborate with American singer Jeremiah over a DJ Mustard and ADP beat. The two South London rappers bring the heat in what will definitely be a summer banger.

JME ft. Giggs – Man Don’t Care

BBK’s JME released his brand new album Integrity which hit a very commendable no.12 on this weeks official album charts. The “Shut Your Mouth” MC released a video the same day as the album for the monster track “Man Don’t Care” featuring UK rap God Giggs and produced by well known grime producer Swift Beater. JME is as cheeky and witty as ever with his bars which he shows off impressively on this tune.

Chip – Feeling Myself ft. Kano & Wretch 32

Chip was given a challenge from KFC as part of their new campaign #PackedMoreIntoLunch where they are encouraging people to use an hour of their day in a productive way. He took new single “Feeling Myself” off his brand new EP Believe & Achieve – Episode 1 to shoot, edit and put out this music video in an hour and this was the result.

Modestep – Machines

Last but not least, Modestep the electronic/rock group two weeks before their album is released have dropped the video to “Machines” with zombie eyes and a very dark video to match the track. Their album London Road features Big Narstie, Flowdan, Frisco, Lay-Z, Discarda and production from the likes of Funtcase and Trolley Snatcha.

 

May 5, 2015

Streetfeast – Dalston Yard [Food Review]

Armed with nothing but great expectations, an empty belly and a trusty sidekick I set off to find out for myself. Upon arriving at 9.30pm on the Saturday of the opening weekend, I happily paid a very affordable ÂŁ3 entry and was immediately taken by the great atmosphere and setting. There were small fires lit in bins, spread evenly throughout the space, around which excited groups of eager foodies were grouped, chattering in excitement about the amazing flavours of what they were currently eating, and which food stall they planned on visiting next. Fairy lights dotted around created a nice ambience, and each shift in the wind brought a variety of amazing aromas that I soon decided would each need to be investigated further.

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I looked around at all the stalls, an eclectic and satisfying assortment – everything from Indian street food to sliders, Japanese, Mexican, Italian, Peruvian, Korean, BBQ and much more. Vegans and vegetarians fear not, they literally had something for everyone, plus plenty of sweet stalls for after the main. There were also plenty of drink options such as a wine bar, a gin bar and a very alcoholic rum bar.

I first made my way over to B.O.B’s Lobster, where they serve up lobster rolls, lobster roll bites, crab rolls, shrimp rolls, lobster mac and cheese and more, unfortunately as I arrived quite late all of these had run out (so I suggest you turn up earlier!) They did however have some amazing crab tater tots, made of brown crab meat, perfectly spiced, then breaded, fried, sprinkled with celery salt and served with a great mayo. They were a perfect starter at £6 and you got around 8-10 of the little bites. They were very delicious!

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I then went to Kimchinary  afterwards which had a ridiculously long queue – always a good sign! Named home of the Korean burrito, they fuse Hispanic street food with Korean cooking. They had a simple menu of three choices on offer, chicken, beef or tofu. All three of these came with a filling of fried rice, spring onions, sour cream, cheese, Chinese cabbage and hot sauce. I went for chicken and it was so delicious I wanted to go back to get the beef one. Who would have thought to deliver oriental food in the form of Hispanic, but boy does it work!

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The food was well lubricated with a glass of wine and a beer (one each) and then after these we made our way to the rum bar, run by a guy called Sam, who was as easy going as the drinks he poured. The drinks menu was small and easy to pick from and I went for the un-dead punch which I was told had 5 different rums in it. After half the drink I knew he was telling the truth as I felt as if I had drunk 5 glasses!

 

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This is the place to go if you can’t choose what to eat, as it has it all and you can have small bites from loads of different delicious places and have some nice cocktails to go with it!

Where To Find

 Hartwell Street, Dalston. London, E83DU   http://www.streetfeastlondon.com

When

Open every Friday/Sat till 24/25 Sep 2015 5pm-12am