Category Archives: Hip Hop

TRUE INGREDIENTS-THROUGH THE LENS.

TRUE INGREDIENTS-THROUGH THE LENS. Over the last few years, the music industry has been forces to reinvent itself. There’s many reasons for this. This includes the way people consume and buy albums. Gone are the days of the vinyl, when it was a case of immersing yourself in the music. You sat and studied the …

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MR BIRD-LO-FI CLASSICS.

MR BIRD-LO-FI CLASSICS. Do you remember that old mixtape that you never stopped playing? It was one your most cherished possessions. That mixtape was the soundtrack to your life. This includes the year you spent backpacking round the world, four years at university, your first serious relationship and then the breakup of your first relationship. …

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THE HERBALISER-THERE WERE SEVEN-REMIXES.

THE HERBALISER-THERE WERE SEVEN-REMIXES. Twenty months ago, The Herbaliser released the seventh album of their career, There Were Seven. It was released to widespread critical acclaim and marked a welcome return from The Herbaliser. They’d been away too long. Four years to be exact. That’s a long time in music.  Music is constantly changing. As …

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TRICKY D-EQUANIMITY.

TRICKY D-EQUANIMITY. Dean Bagar has done just about everything in music. He’s managed bands, founded record labels, owned a record shop, DJ-ed and worked as a producer. Back in 2000, Dean collaborated with General Electrick and DJ Deckar as Fab Factory. They released several singles and an album. However, the one thing Dean hadn’t done …

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DJ VADIM-DUBCATCHER.

DJ VADIM-DUBCATCHER. For Dubcatcher, the followup to DJ Vadim’s critically acclaimed tenth album, Don’t Be Scared, he dawns the role of his alter ego Dubcatcher. There’s a reason for this. Dubcatcher isn’t another hip hop album. Instead, Dubcatcher is album of dancehall reggae. This isn’t DJ Vadim’s first reggae album. No. He’s previously released a reggae album. …

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SOUTHPORT WEEKENDER: LEFTO.

SOUTHPORT WEEKENDER: LEFTO. The Southport Weekender has come a long way since it first took place back in 1987. Since 1987, the Southport Weekend has been one of the highlights of the dance music scene. Rather confusingly, the first Southport Weekend took place in Berwick Upon Tweed. This was a somewhat strange choice of venue …

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SHAWN LEE PRESENTS GOLDEN AGE AGAINST THE MACHINE.

SHAWN LEE PRESENTS GOLDEN AGE AGAINST THE MACHINE. Shawn Lee’s new album, Shawn Lee Presents Golden Age Against The Machine, which was released on 5th May 2014, has been a labor of love. It’s Shawn paying homage to the golden age of hip hop, which influenced and inspired him. So much so, that Shawn decided …

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ROCK IT…DON’T STOP IT-COMPILED BY SEAN P

ROCK IT…DON’T STOP IT-COMPILED BY SEAN P. 1979 was year zero for hip hop. It was in 1979, that some of the earliest, and most influential, hip hop singles were released. This includes Paulette and Tanya Winley’s Rhymin’ and Rappin.’ It’s become one of the most influential of the early hip hop singles. The same …

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SLAKAH THE BEATCHILD-SOUL MOVEMENT VOLUME 2.

SLAKAH THE BEATCHILD-SOUL MOVEMENT VOLUME 2. “It’s been a long time coming sang Sam Cooke.” The same can be said of Slakah The Beatchild’s forthcoming album Soul Movement Voiume 2. It’s the sequel to Soul Movement Volume 1, which was released to critical acclaim back in September 2008.  After a gap of six long years, …

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LADY DAISEY-IN MY HEADPHONES.

LADY DAISEY-IN MY HEADPHONES. Previously, Lady Daisey’s music has been described as: “sunshine for your soul.” That might seem like hype or hyperbole. It’s not. From the moment you press play On Lady Daisey’s new album In My Headphones, you’re captivated. Powerful, sultry, seductive, soulful and sassy, describes Lady Daisey’s voice. The thirteen tracks on …

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THE BETA BAND-THE REGAL YEARS 1997-2004.

THE BETA BAND-THE REGAL YEARS 1997-2004. Although The Beta Band were only together eight years, their music made a huge impact. Formed in 1996, The Beta Band split-up in 2004. In the intervening eight years, they’d released a trio of E.P.s and albums. The music on these E.P.s and albums influenced a generation of musicians. …

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JULIEN DYNE-DECEMBER.

JULIEN DYNE-DECEMBER. One of the most anticipated albums of recent months, has been Julien Dyne’s third album December. It’s just been released on BBE Music, and sees Julien pick up where he left off on his sophomore album Glimpse. On Glimpse we saw a tantalising glimpse of the direction Julien Dyne’s music was heading. This …

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HARTLEY AND WOLFE-BESPOKE FUTURE.

HARTLEY AND WOLFE-BESPOKE FUTURE. Last year, DJ Vadim released his tenth solo album, the critically acclaimed Don’t Be Scared. One of the singles from Don’t Be Scared was I’m Feelin’ U, which featured Essex’s finest purveyor of all things soulful, Greg Blackman. Now a year later, DJ Vadim and Greg Blackman are about to release …

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JAZZ P-IN MY HEART.

JAZZ P-IN MY HEART. In My Heart, which was recently released on Kingoloti Records, introduced the wider world to Jazz P, Swaziland’s First Lady of Hip Hop. Jazz P was always going to be a singer-songwriter. That was never in doubt. She’s been writing songs since the age of five. Brought up on a diet …

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DAORA-UNDERGROUND SOUNDS OF URBAN BRASIL- HIP HOP BEATS AND AFRO DUB.

DAORA-UNDERGROUND SOUNDS OF URBAN BRASIL- HIP HOP BEATS AND AFRO DUB.  Compilations of Brazilian music are commonplace. Whilst not quite two a penny, there’s much more than before. The problem is, many of them contain the same tired old tracks. Compilers it seems, shop at the same shop. This results in the same old, same …

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ELYAS KHAN-BRAWL IN PARADISE.

ELYAS KHAN-BRAWL IN PARADISE. Unique, eclectic and genre-sprawing. That’s the best way to describe the music on Elyas Khan’s debut album Brawl In Paradise. Released recently on BBE Music, Brawl In Paradise showcases one of the most innovative artists in contemporary British music. On Brawl In Paradise’s twelve tracks, everything from hip hop, soul, funk, …

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WORDYSOULSPEAK-LET THE RHYTHM HIT.

WORDYSOULSPEAK-LET THE RHYTHM HIT. It used to be, that DJ-ing meant a two Technics 1210s and a mixer. Not any more. DJ-ing has gone digital. Now controllers and laptops we’re told, are the future of DJ-ing. Controllers like the Novation Twitch and Pioneer DDJ-SX running Serato DJ and Traktor are perceived as the future. To …

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SIMBA AND MILTON GULLI-THE HEROES A TRIBUTE TO A TRIBE CALLED QUEST.

SIMBA AND MILTON GULLI-THE HEROES A TRIBUTE TO A TRIBE CALLED QUEST. In the history of hip hop, A Tribe Called Quest are one of the most innovative and influential bands ever. No ifs and no buts. The five albums they released between 1990 and 1998, featured a genre melting fusion of genres and influences. …

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MIAOUX MIAOUX-LIGHT OF THE NORTH.

MIAOUX MIAOUX-LIGHT OF THE NORTH. When the long-list for 2012s Scottish Album Of The Year was announced, this celebration of Scottish music, demonstrated just how eclectic the music Scotland’s musicians have been producing. The twenty albums featured everything from indie rock, pop, electronica, folk, jazz, dance and R&B. One album incorporated not just variety of …

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THE LAST SKEPTIK-THANKS FOR TRYING.

THE LAST SKEPTIK-THANKS FOR TRYING. Having previously released critically acclaimed hip hop albums from the Visioneers, DJ Vadim, J Dilla and Pete Rock, BBE Music will soon release what’s sure to be one of the best hip hop albums of 2013…The Last Skeptik’s Thanks For Trying. It’ll be released by BBE Music on 6th May …

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