Posts tagged ‘Skepta’

February 26, 2017

Pixies Tracks Of The Week @stefflondon @Skepta @officialdpower @bignarstie @BigTobzsf

Stefflon Don – 16 Shots

Stefflon Don drops another visual off her recently released highly-rated mixtape ‘Real Ting’. She heads to Jamaica to save her mother in the video self-directed by the Don herself alongside Luke Biggins. ’16 Shots’ showcases her Jamaican roots with a dancehall-style beat and patois tinged lyrics.

Skepta – No Security 

Skepta dropped this track last year on Halloween and now we get the slick new video to match the greazy track along with a brand new verse too. Skepta fires shots at his enemies whilst taking on different outfit changes and different visual shots going between him and his crew dancing in a room with plaques on the wall, Skeppy on a table with men clad in suits and much more. Check it out for yourself.

D Power ft. Footsie – Shelly

D Power and Footsie, two Grime scene veterans join for a track trading bars about being two of the scenes top spitters. D Power says, “‘Shelly’ is about having the hardest lyrics and being able to last ANY clash, but also having bars that can buss up a club! That’s our aim for this track right here.” Produced also by Footsie, the two take to derelict settings for the video which you can watch below.

Big Narstie – They Don’t Know ft. Xaviour

Brixton emcee Big Narstie shows off his softer side on his brand new single ‘They Don’t Know’ ft. Xaviour taken from his forthcoming album release this Summer. Grime’s unofficial king of comedy shows he really can get deep and bear his soul to us, which is different to the man we normally see also demonstrating his lyrical talent.

Big Tobz ft. Cadet, TE dness, Not3s – Addison Lee Remix

Not3s track ‘Addison Lee’ was so popular that three wicked rappers have decided to come together for a remix, continuing the heat on this track. Big Tobz, Cadet and TE dness join to throw down some fire, mischievous lyrics, mashing up this huge new remix.

February 20, 2017

Pixies Tracks Of The Week @CapoLee100 @SIRSPYRO @officalAvelino @thisNAO @TheBugzyMalone @OfficialNolay

Capo Lee & Sir Spyro – Tekkers

Capo Lee and Sir Spyro unleash the second single ‘Tekkers’ from their forthcoming EP ‘Stop Talk’. Spyro provides a bassline, heavy instrumental for Capo Lee to spray down some fire, original bars.

Avelino (feat. Stormzy & Skepta) – Energy

#NoBadEnergy – that’s the mantra to this track and a good one it is. Avelino comes in first staking claim to the track with his lyrical dexterity and trademark flow, with features from Grime heavyweights Stormzy and Skepta. They roll around North London with cameos from Wretch 32 and Big Tobz in a cinema style visual.

NAO – In the Morning

This is my favourite track off Nao’s debut album ‘For All We Know’, and I’m so pleased she accompanied the track with visuals as the shadowy electronics match it perfectly.

Bugzy Malone – Aggy Wid It

Manchester born Bugzy Malons returns to 2017 with a brand new single ‘Aggy Wid It,’ full of aggressive bars, taking shots at people that are copying his style. This is the perfect way for Bugzy to start the year as he means to go on.

NoLay – Dancing With The Devil

NoLay tackles the serious issue of domestic abuse in a relationship for her new track which is lifted from her upcoming LP Release. The lyrics and video are powerful and hard-hitting and shows the seriousness behind it and thinking a partner can change.

 

November 28, 2016

Pixies Tracks Of The Week @NewhamGenerals @WileyUpdates @BlakieA @Callmecadet

Newham Generals x Wiley – Unruly

Three of Grime’s foundational and important people link up for a momentous collaboration “Unruly” where they take to the streets of Newham for a gritty Grime riddim which matches the menacing visuals.

Wiley – U Were Always, Pt.2 feat. Skepta & Belly

Wiley takes it back to old skool Roll Deep days as he brings us “U Were Always Pt.2,” sampling SWV’s ‘Fine Time”. It features North London MC’s Skepta and Belly in this sultry slow jam. This will be on his forthcoming “Godfather” album out Jan 2017.

Blakie – Can’t See Them

19 year-old South East London lyricist Blakie releases his debut single “Can’t See Them” which shows him stepping out on his own from crew The Square for this fun and energetic Grime track produced by The Square member Lolingo.

Cadet – Ooouuu (Remix)

Cadet puts his own stamp on Young Ma’s “Ooouuu” as he gives it a remix. It’s joined by dance heavy visuals that suit the bouncy track well as Cadet lays down some sick bars.

 

May 3, 2016

Pixies Tracks Of The Week @Skepta @Fusion_IAS @IamShakka @BeckyHill @Stormzy1

Skepta – Man

Skepta gave his fans the best bank holiday hangover gift with his brand new video for track ‘Man’ taken from his highly anticipated album release ‘Konnichiwa,’ out May 6th. Filmed by Risky Roadz, it feels like it was shot on a handheld camera, giving it an authentic, nostalgic feel. Skepta and his crew go on a pretty wild night out for this, and end up smashing up a car at the end. Watch the video below…

Fusion – No/Rudeboy

Fusion follows up his last year’s debut ‘Newham’ track which made it’s way onto the Lord Of The Mics 7 compilation CD with new visuals for ‘No/RudeBoy.’ He is a new Grime MC to watch, straight out of East London. Not only an emcee he is creating waves on the producing front too. ‘No’ sees Fusion take it back to Grime’s sonic backbone for a 140 bpm, dirt-laden track produced by Five-Nine. It’s lifted off of his forthcoming 4-track ‘Genesis’ EP.

Shakka – You Don’t Know What You Do To Me ft. Chip

Shakka drops another visual off of his 2015 conceptual EP ‘The Lost Boys.’ The West London artist takes it back to his cultural roots in this cinematic production where we see an elevating African dance. Grime emcee Chip lends a verse to the track, giving it a different edge, and shows Shakka’s ability to blend genres in his music.Of this video, he says, “You Don’t Know What You Do To Me’ talks about infatuation with a girl from the perspective of an average guy.”

Becky Hill ft. Little Simz – Back To My Love

Becky Hill is a name you will know especially if you listen to dance music, as she’s collaborated with Oliver Heldens on ‘Gecko (Overdrive), Wilkinson on ‘Afterglow, Rudimental on ‘Powerless,’ MK on ‘Piece Of Me’ and more! It’s great to see her release her own material and really get to shine. ‘Back To My Love’ shows off her unique, strong sensational vocals, whilst Little Simz adds a wicked verse to add a little something extra.

Stormzy – Scary

 This is the first track expected to be on Stormzy’s forthcoming debut album, and will give his fans the chance to really understand a lot about him. ‘Scary’ is produced by legendary Grime producer Sir Spyro, who provides an eerie beat to match Stormzy’s barrage of attack bars. It’s confident and cocky and the delivery matches the power of his lyrical, intricate bars.

September 16, 2015

Found Presents: Ceremony Festival [Review]

Returning to Finsbury Park for it’s second year on Saturday 12th September, Ceremony Festival was the second to last of five festivals from promoters Found and along with United Festival closed Summer 2015.

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Arriving at 4pm I headed to the Tropical tent where I spent most of the evening, as this was predominately Grime. When I had arrived Logan Sama was just stepping off and Dubstep/Grime DJ Plastican was coming on with an MC who is making a name for himself right now, Jamz. He started off with some old skool garage tracks such as Wookie, then moved into old skool Grime and Dubstep.

We then headed next door to the Heritage tent to catch some old skool garage from a figurehead of the scene, Matt Jam Lamont who had MC Kie on his set hosting. The two had the whole packed tent raving and the atmosphere was like taking it back to early 2000’s, packed full of good vibes.

The next hour or so was spent in the VIP Sports Banger Area which was hosted by sportswear’s brand Sports Banger. Artwork played a banging 80’s set, with some club classics that got the VIP area all singing and dancing along. This proved a hit for everyone here and was a perfect set to end the last festival of the Summer.

We then headed to catch Birmingham born brothers producer Preditah, and MC C4 who hosted the set. Preditah started off with some light house music, moving into Garage and then Grime, playing some classic old skool Grime such as ‘Pow’ and JME’s ‘Man Don’t Care’.

The two artists everyone had been waiting for were next up in the Tropical Tent; Skepta and JME from Boy Better Know. They were joined by DJ Maximum, Shorty, Frisco and Jammer for their set which was a full hour long. The tent was packed to capacity and everyone was chanting their lyrics as they filled the arena with vibes and energy performing tracks such as ‘It Ain’t Safe’, ‘Serious’, some old skool ‘Blacklisted’ and of course Skeppy’s latest hit ‘That’s Not Me’.

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Slimzee switched over next on the Tropical tent and repped for the old skool Grime generation whilst having MC’s such as Jamz, Elfz and Flirta D on his set to host. We headed to the 4,500 capacity main stage last to catch a bit of Bronx born The Martinez Brothers who had everyone in the crowd in a trance playing innovative house and trance.

The organisers Found have done a spectacular job with Ceremony, especially with the sound levels which I expected to be quite low, but went above my expectations. The venue was a great size and the tents were all easy to find and nice and close to each other. I’ll definitely be back next year.

September 5, 2015

Found Present: Ceremony Festival 2015 [News]

Ceremony Festival will be closing festival season 2015 for London this Summer. Taking to Finsbury Park in London on Saturday 12th September. Still a baby festival, returning for it’s second year this year, it will bring past, present and future dance music artists together. Part of the Found series, who this Summer have given us four great festivals including Born & Bred, 51st State and the forthcoming United on the 13th September along with Ceremony.

Made up of an amalgamation of seven arena’s with international and homegrown UK sounds that have played an essential role in British club culture. Over 50 artists will touchdown on Saturday to play music from Grime to House to Club Classics and Hip Hop, this festival has something from everyone. I’m looking forward to catching a lot of the Grime acts over on the Tropical stage such as Boy Better Know’s Skepta & JME, brothers Preditah & C4 and Slimzee as well as Todd Edwards, DJ Marky and Plastician

There are some final release tickets left, so grab them while you have the chance!

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http://www.ceremonyfestival.com/

Date: Saturday 12th September

Location: Finsbury Park

Tickets: Final release @ £40 VIP Second Release @ £45

September 2, 2015

Pixies Tracks Of The Week @LadyLykez @CourtneyLDN @JammerBBK @AR15UK @JusRival

Lady Lykez – Chat To Your Man

Lady Lykez the cheeky female MC drops another fun and serious track at the same time, with a lyrical onslaught but with a positive message at it’s core. The dynamic Lykez is one of the only artists who can convey a strong message and still keep it light-hearted. She tells a story of different women all involved with the same man, she tells them they shouldn’t be fighting with each other but should be joining together. Lykez will be clashing Sox on Lord Of The Mics this month at the live show, 23rd of September at 02 Islington Academy so make sure you catch her down there!

Courtney Bennett – Motives

Courtney Bennett released the audio to her debut, self-penned single ‘Motives’ off her forthcoming EP ‘HE(art) Dealer’. The singer/songwriter/rapper has built her name in music circles and has fans in artists such as Jhene Aiko, M.I.A, Big Sean, Missy Elliot, Erykah Badu and Raekwon already. She found her Youtube presence growing after covering and interpreting classic and modern hits and now has a following with over 5 million hit and 60,000 subscribers! Listen to the futuristic synths with Courtney’s elegant tone on ‘Motives’.

Jammer – Royal Rumble

Boy Better Know’s Jammer has brought the old skool Grime vibe officially back with new track ‘Royal Rumble’, which captures what Grime was about in it’s origins with some of the scene’s most legendary MC’s; Jammer, D Double E, Footsie, Lethal B, Hype, Blacks, Jendort, Shorty, Bruza, Ears, Face and Royal. Produced by Mystry the MC’s go in hard with 13 straight back to back pure, hype, unadulterated bars. The track was created in celebration of 10 years of Lord Of The Mics and has definitely done it justice to the fullest.

AR15 Presents Can’t See Me Again ft Skepta, Bashy & Kano

The biggest rap album to ever be seen or heard out of the UK dropped last Friday 28th August on iTunes. AR15 Presents ‘Concrete Jungle’ sees over 50 of the cream of the crop of UK rappers from Grime and UK rap team up for 16 exclusive tracks and unseen collabs. ‘Can’t See Me Again’ the latest track off of the mixtape sees three Grime originators come together to exchange verses about their lives, the changes, letting go of the past and moving on for the better.

Rival – Victory Interlude

East London Grime MC Rival has dropped another winning track ahead of his debut album release.  He connects well with the down tempo, CRT produced track and talks about never giving up and how he is so close to making it. This won’t be on the album, but it’s definitely warming us up for it!

 

July 20, 2015

Pixies Tracks Of The Week @BossmanBirdie @RudimentalUk @REAL_JSPADES @AbelMiller @TheBugzyMalone

Bossman Birdie ft. Meridian Dan & Skepta – Wristbands 

A couple members of the Bloodline crew, Bossman Birdie and Meridian Dan as well as Skepta from Boy Better Know come together for “Wristbands”. Growing up on Meridian Walk all together and being part of one crew previously, it’s no surprise to see these three working together. The track is about their status as artists, being able to access all areas and about respect and loyalty.

Rudimental ft. Anne-Marie & Dizzee Rascal – Love Ain’t Just A Word

Rudimental have been giving festival-goers tasters of what to expect from their new forthcoming album We The Generation especially with this new track “Love Ain’t Just A Word”. It features the lovely vocals of Anne-Marie and a verse from grime legend Dizzee Rascal who talks about the love in music, people, our maker and more.

J Spades ft. Mostack , Swift, J Hus & Grizzy – Nobody 

When it comes to UK rap, J Spades is one of the hardest and respected straight out of Hackney. As an older sometimes you have to help the younger generation, and this is what he has done bringing together some of the hottest names that are coming up in the game right now; Mostack, Swift (Section Boyz), J Hus & Grizzy. This will be on his forthcoming release MMMP3.

Abel Miller ft J Spades – Angel Blues

UK R&B singer Abel Miller has already built a solid fanbase and reputation for himself even though he is still young in the game; he has been releasing strong material for a few years now. He premiered his brand new club single “Angel Blues” earlier this week for our enjoyment, showing off his vocal talents and bringing in J Spades for a feature. This is the second single to be heard off his forthcoming EP Patience.

Bugzy Malone – Hulk Smash 

Bugzy Malone has been smashing it recently, gaining more and more fans all over the country with his hard bars and real lyrics. The Mancunian rapper delivers again oh his “Hulk Smash” freestyle over a Z Dot production giving us his thoughts on the music scene, delivering the bars with such passion and fierceness. His Walk With Me EP is due out on July 24 and he has a headline show at Islington 02 this week too!

 

July 6, 2015

Pixies Tracks Of The Week @CokesM3 @IvyLab_ @FekyOfficial @YoungsTeflon

Coco – Target Practice

Renowned Sheffield Grime artist Coco drops a fresh, new track “Target Practice” with production from another Sheffield native and legendary BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra DJ Toddla T. Coco really shines on this track as he goes in hard with his bars with straight fire and no hooks over a dark, sub heavy instrumental. Watch out for him as he has started to become on tastemakers radars and is one to watch.

Ivy lab – Focus

Ahead of their Fabric appearance, Ivy Lab drop “Focus” as a free download. The London trio of prolific D&B producers give us a treat with this track for a dancefloor filler, velvet roller that has both harsh and smooth elements too it. It has an emotive depth to it too. If you like what you hear make sure you head down to catch them in EC1.

Fekky ft Skepta – Way Too Much

It’s been around a year since Fekky and Skepta linked up for a collaboration for a remix. Now they join forces again for Fekky’s brand new single “Way Too Much” where Boy Better Know’s Skepta provides the hook and a verse over the minimal production, allowing the lyrics to take center stage. This is UK music at it’s best, with road rap and Grime joining for a banging track. Fekky’s album El Clasico will be dropping soon too.

 

Youngs Teflon – Run DMC

South London MC Youngs Teflon returns with “Run DMC” bringing the Summer vibes with his video. The instrumental has a melancholic, ethereal feel with Tefs dropping some truthful, hard-hitting bars.

 

June 15, 2015

Pixies Tracks Of The Week @TheBugzyMalone @Skepta @Fluxpavilion @Gfrsh @HarryShotta

Bugzy Malone – Watch Your Mouth

Manchester grime MC Bugzy Malone has been putting in the work with his presence and buzz being more prominent as of late, especially with his lyrical beef with Chip helping to excel his popularity. He dropped the first visual “Watch Your Mouth”, produced by Rude Kid, shot in his hometown from his forthcoming EP Walk With Me out July 26. The video depicts the grittiness of the track where he is giving a warning to people to watch themselves. Could it be a pre war track warming up for Lord of The Mics 7?

Skepta – Lukey World

Last week the death of Lukey Maxwell who was fatally stabbed, hit a lot of North London Grime MC’s in a bad way inlcuding Chip, Paper Pabs and more. His close friend Skepta paid homage and respect by recording a track”Lukey World” dedicated to him. Skepta honours him by reflecting to the world on his friend’s strength, kindness and music he was due to release.

Flux Pavilion – Who Wants To Rock ft. Riff Raff

Flux Pavilion the label co boss of Circus Records performed live at EDC New York, showcasing his new track “Who Want To Rock” ft legendary Riff Raff who gives the track a trap element with his insane, mic wrecking lyrics. Although the beat keeps a more electronic UK feel. It’s safe to assume that this track will be on Flux’s forthcoming album, and if this track is anything to go by, we can expect big things.

G Frsh ft Stormzy & Tinie Tempah – Sometimes

G Frsh drops the visuals for the very powerful “Sometimes”. The Berlin shot track is filled with emotion and self-confession, showing us a softer side to the three rappers and giving us a closer look into their minds. We hear G Frsh, Tinie Tempah and Stormzy trade bars regarding feelings after a relationship break down.

Harry Shotta – Animal

Charlie Sloth took to the radio to premiere D&B/Jungle MC Harry Shotta’s brilliant new track “Animal”. It has now been reported that it has now broken the World Record for the most words in a track, previously held by Eminem on “Rap God”. The lyrical beasts fast-paced flow went over the previous record by over 200 words. The track has blown up and is currently in the top 10 UK hip hop charts. Watch the visuals below.