Archive for June, 2016

June 16, 2016

Review: Rinse | Born & Bred 2016

Rinse | Born & Bred made a return to its home of Haggerston Park on the weekend of June 4th and 5th. Still in its second year, the festival is now a collaboration with Rinse FM – an apt pairing as both celebrate rave-inspired dance music and sound system culture, with sounds such as Grime, Drum & Bass, Garage, Jungle, Hip Hop and more. Rinse FM is known for bringing the pulse of the underground to their myriad of listeners, and has become one of London’s most respected stations throughout their evolution from ‘Pirate’ to ‘FM’.


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Arriving at 3pm on the Saturday, we firstly made our way to catch Grime producers Heavytrackerz set, over on the Lord Of The Mics stage, where they played an array of heavy-duty tracks such as Bonkaz ‘We Run The Block,’ Dizzee Rascal’s ‘Stop Dat,’ Kano and much more. They held a good crowd and kept the festival go-ers moving.

It was over to the main stage next to catch Manchester Grime representative Bugzy Malone, who has definitely put Manny on the map with his new album. Bugzy’s stage presence was great to watch for such a fresh artist, and he commanded the people’s attention as he growled out his trademark bark along with tracks ‘Watch Your Mouth,’ ‘Gone Clear,’ ‘Moving’ and more for his fans.

New talent in the form of AJ Tracey and Big Zuu were next on the agenda back over at Lord Of The Mics arena. These two showcased their emceeing skills and also how to hold a crowd, and keep them entertained. Their delivery and energy was ferocious and they had the audience hanging on and repeating every line back to them. They may be new, but they’ll definitely have longevity.

As we waited for P Money at the Lord Of The Mics stage, we were informed he would now be on the main stage as Wiley hadn’t turned up. We made our way over as the one and only don Slimzee stepped up to handle the DJ duties and P Money the MC duties with a Fuxx Azealia Banks t-shirt on as he said to the crowd, “gunfire on Azealia Banks, can’t be dissing the mandem and the girl dem over here.” He continued to spray bars alongside Wiley’s little brother Cadell and Blacks. The crowd loved every bit of this hype set and didn’t seem too bothered at Wiley’s no-show.

The last but not least, the most iconic moment of Rinse | Born & Bred had to be the headline artist Congo Natty who opened his set by paying tribute to Muhammad Ali, with everyone in the audience singing along to Sam Cooke’s ‘A Change Is Gonna Come.’ He then went into pure jungle tracks such as his own track ‘Junglist,’ Shy FX’s ‘Original Nuttah’ and much, much more.

June 13, 2016

Pixies Tracks Of The Week @MsBanks94 @BigFlowDan @KnoxBrown @MsEziEmela

Ms Banks – The Come Up

We’ve heard the news on the internet and social media about the forthcoming ‘The Intent’ movie, and now MS Banks has dropped the almighty first track off of the film with the visuals to boot! The video shows Ms Banks with blue hair and shows clips from the movie too, teasing us of what to expect. This is a real hard track, that shows off her lyrical skills and features a hook from Ayo Beatz.

Flowdan – Horror Show Style

Grime veteran Flowdan delivers the visuals for ‘Horror Show Style.’ The video matches the name of the track perfectly, with girls dressed up as in if a horror film, whilst Flowdan is in a suit and also black tracksuit. The beat has a repetitive rolling drum sound throughout, in which Flowdan delivers his bars over.

Knox Brown ft. Anderson Paak – No Slaves

Birmingham producer and vocalist Known Brown drops the audio to track ‘No Slaves’ featuring American rapper Anderson Paak. This is taken from Knox’s forthcoming debut EP ‘Searching’ out August 5th. The tracks statement is powerful and unites gospel, soul and dub, highlighted by Knox’s soulful vocals and Paak’s incisive verse.

Ezi Emela – No Lele

British Nigeran singer Ezi Emela returns with track ‘No Lele’ which was given it’s radio premiere by DJ Target. This is going to be on her forthcoming EP, and sees the singer in a rebellious and defiant mood, addressing her detractors and naysayers with strong and confident lyrics.

June 8, 2016

WE ARE FSTVL 2016 DELIVER ANOTHER STELLAR SHOW [Review]

We Are FSTVL made its return, for its fourth year last weekend for the late May bank holiday weekend. Bespoke Mag made it’s way down for the Saturday along with 50,000 other House, Drum & Bass and electronic dance music lovers. Held in Upminster, Essex  the festival dealt with a real treat in the sunshine with the biggest names in Dance  gracing the stage including headliners Fatboy Slim, DJ Fresh and Sigma on the main stage.

The first DJ we saw shelling down Shy FX at 6pm in the UKF tent and unfortunately with the tent being so busy we were stopped by bouncers as we made our way inside so had to find a spot outside. Surprisingly, he opened his set with Giggs “Look What The Cat Dragged In” which we wasn’t expecting from the legend, but we wasn’t complaining! He went into another Giggs classic before mashing up the set with a mixture of Grime, Jungle and Drum & Bass like a true master.

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We made our way to the main stage to watch Sigma shut things down. The sun was still shining as the guys played to a busy crowd with the best in Drum & Bass with tunes such as Chase & Status’ “No Problems” their tracks “Lighters” and “Nobody To Love” and more. They killed it for the ravers, especially the Drum & Bass crew with their banging tunes.

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Preditah, the Birmingham DJ, who is known for his harrowing Grime beats, but also dabbles  in House amongst other genres was the next act up. The UKF tent was still so packed we remained in our nice spot outside. We listened to some of the best tracks in the sunshine of a mixture of beats such as Kano’s “Garage Skank” and Solo 45’s massive festival tune “Feed Em To The Lions”.

We headed to the main stage again to catch the headliner of Saturday’s We Are FSTVL; Fatboy Slim. Known as one of the most prolific and in-demand dance DJs his set was one not to be missed. As we touched the outdoor arena of the main stage we heard the huge track “Eat Sleep Rave Repeat” and the crowd was going absolutely wild. We also heard a re-worked “Praise You”, The Sugarhill Gang’s “Apache” and more whilst lasers blasted across the sky above us and smiley face balls were descended across the crowd.

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June 6, 2016

Pixies Tracks Of The Week @LadyLykez @StickyBloodUK @chaseandstatus @IamMassappeals @Swissworld @AshelyWalters82 @OfficialSoSolid

Lady Lykez – What Are Those!

Lady Lykez takes to the streets of London, Oxford St with DJ Melody Kane for a fun-filled video for new track ‘What Are Those!’ It features a verse from a familiar face from Fire Camp, Face who proceeds to give the track a different edge to it. It’s full of humour and clever wordplay and is co-produced by Lykez herself and Elliot Bradley.

Sticky Blood ft. LDizz – Hop In The Place

Go-to producers Sticky Blood who hail from Sheffield drop a brand new track ‘Hop In The Place’ ft. another Steel City representative LDizz. The new generation Grime MC brings an anthemic chorus and melodic flows coupled with the Grime x Trap vibes and deep bass it unites for one heavy, summertime track.

Chase & Status ft. Novelist – NRG

We heard the audio of this track back in April, and now we get the visuals to boot of the high octane ‘NRG’ track. The electronic music duo are joined by South London Grime MC Novelist who powers through the track with confidence and fire. You’ll be able to catch this on Chase & Status  fourth studio forthcoming album. Until then watch the intense video below.

Massappeals ft. Mez – Wheel

Midlands producer Massappeals is on a mission to bring out tracks with Midlands based MC’s. The first one to be released from this is ‘Wheel’ and features an exciting MC, Mez from Nottingham who adds his energetic flows and mean lyrics to the already hype, and soon to be club banger. Watch out from more of these tracks from Massappeals to come with artists such as Snowy.

So Solid ft. Swiss, Asher D, Mega – Baking

So Solid veterans Swiss, Asher D and Mega join together for new track ‘Baking.’ The three drops some solid bars with unmatchable flows over a Dexplicit produced beat. Watch the energetic video to the catchy track below.

June 3, 2016

The Sounds Of UK Rap @KokeUSG @stefflondon @KojeyRadical @BIGG6IXXX @TE_dness @AdianCoker @DonStrapzy_ @OfficialGiggs

K Koke feat. Stefflon Don – ‘I’m Back Again’

North West London rapper K Koke made his return known to the UK rap game with his new track ‘I’m Back Again’, featuring a hook from one of the UK’s brightest talents, Stefflon Don. Despite his career being held back due to unfortunate circumstances, this talented lyricist is making sure nothing will stop him achieving his goals, and this track definitely reinforces that message. It’s a follow-up to the teaser track ‘Living Isn’t Found’ from Koke, which dropped a few days before, talking through social, political and personal issues. These two tracks definitely show us that he has had a lot to think about and is in a reflective state of mind, which will make his comeback stronger, as he is presenting issues that people can relate to. ‘I’m Back Again’ though is more personal for him as he raps about issues holding his music career back: “No nights off, I’m grinding like I’m supposed to fam, sliding from the sirens tryna find us in their police van.”

Kojey Radical – ‘Footsteps’

Kojey Radical delivers a stunning new visual for his track ‘Footsteps’, from his recently released EP 23 Winters. The dark video shows Kojey battling demons as he talks us through personal struggles, “I was out here trying to make a penny out this hardship,” whilst we see him with a bottle of Hennessey and clips of him in an emotional state. His delivery is also emotionally charged and full of passion as he talks us through a story of the music industry, his parents, and the struggles he sees around him personally. Kojey says of the track, “‘Footsteps’ is a visual depiction of what it’s like to battle with self-doubt within an industry designed to pigeon-hole and categorise. A struggle that becomes more apparent as I grow as an artist and as a thinker.” It’s a great blend of poetry and rap.

Big 6ix ft TE dness – ‘Are You Mad’

Big 6ix enlists another 6 Figure Music artist TE dness for ‘Are You Mad’, where the two spit fire over a hard, trap beat. Big 6ix has worked as an engineer on tracks for the likes of C Biz and Stormzy, and both artists have a reputation in the scene for delivering quality music. ‘Are You Mad’ brings a lulling, almost ghostly beat as the introduction, which turns into an ominous, trap beat as Big 6ix delivers confident, street bars with a solid, fierce delivery as he spits on the hook, “the realist is back, was a King in the trap, just to be a King in this rap, bruv are you made, Imma put this ting on the map.” TE dness switches his verse up with unique delivery, which stands out and shows TE is a step above the rest.

Adian Coker – ‘Krispy’

Adian Coker released his Connect EP on May 20th, but before it dropped he teased us with three out of the six tracks: ‘Aim’ ft Bluey Robinson, ‘Iyamide’s Son,’ and ‘Nothing New’. Now he brings us the visuals for ‘Krispy’. It’s a beast of a tune, with a heavy-footed bass that charges through the song, leading you to bop your head in time with the fast pace. Adian prowls through the track seemingly indifferent to his own ingenious lyrics, eloquent raps, and intelligent wordplay, proving he is in a lane of his own.

Don Strapzy – ‘War Ready’

South London artist Don Strapzy has been hitting us hard with a lot of music recently. His latest track and video, ‘War Ready’, features Strapzy coming for his title and is ready to do whatever it takes. He shows us some of his of his slick wordplay and hard hitting bars coupled with a strong delivery that matches the track’s theme. The visuals show Strapzy filmed behind bars and also some clips in the gym. He talks us through some personal real-life issues and his career, “I’m in the jungle look mr Jungle Book and I’m Shere Khan.”

In other news…

Giggs released a snippet of music on his Instagram, which is suspected to be from his forthcoming album Landlord: “BELIEVE ME PEOPLE,THE NEW ALBUM “LANDLORD” IS COMING. DONT BE IMPATIENT,IVE NEVER EVER LET YOU DOWN,AND LET ME JUST REMIND YOU WHY.” We can’t wait for that!