Category Archives: Hip Hop

BEATSPOKE-THE JOURNEY IS THE DESTINATION.

BEATSPOKE-THE JOURNEY IS THE DESTINATION. It’s been eleven years since Josh Fontan and Sarah Gessler formed Beatspoke in 2004. Since then, singer Sarah Gessler and beat maker and producer have released two albums as Beatspoke. Their debut album No Rush was released to critical acclaim in 2009. It caught the imagination of critics, and was …

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BAMALOVESOUL PRESENTS ON DECK 3.

BAMALOVESOUL PRESENTS ON DECK 3.  Roderick Moody’s On Deck compilation series looks like it’s about to become BBE Music’s latest success story. The latest instalment in the series, BamaLoveSoul Presents On Deck 3 will be released on 23rd March 2015. That’s just over a year after the much lauded BamaLoveSoul Presents On Deck 2. After …

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DJ OIL-PHANTOM.

DJ OIL-PHANTOM. It was three years ago, that multi-instrumentalist Lionel Corsini dawned the role of DJ Oil, and released his debut album Black Notes on French label Discograph. Black Notes was well received by critics. That’s no surprise. After all, DJ Oil was an experienced artist. Way before Lionel Corsini became DJ Oil, he was …

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THE FIFTY BEST NEW ALBUMS OF 2014-PART 2.

THE FIFTY BEST NEW ALBUMS OF 2014-PART 2. DJ VADIM-DUBCATCHER. For Dubcatcher, the followup to DJ Vadim’s critically acclaimed tenth album, Don’t Be Scared, he dawned the role of hip hop’s first DJ superhero. That’s apparent from the Dubcatcher’s album cover. Looking like a cross between Robin, Bananaman and Goldfinger, a vinyl wielding DJ Vadim’s …

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DUCT TAPE-LESS WE CAN.

DUCT TAPE-LESS WE CAN. Back in the fifties and sixties, some of the greatest jazz albums were recorded over the course of a few days. Miles Davis recorded Kind Of Blue over the course of two days in 1959 and John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme was recorded over just one day in December 1964. However, …

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THE LAST SKEPTIK-I DON’T EVEN LIKE YOU.

THE LAST SKEPTIK-I DON’T EVEN LIKE YOU. Longevity. That’s what every artist hopes to enjoy. However, longevity doesn’t come easy. Constantly, an artist has to revaluate and reinvent them self. Their music has to evolve, in an attempt to stay relevant. The Last Skeptik realises that, and in 2014, celebrated his tenth anniversary with the …

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NIGHTMARES ON WAX-CAR BOOT SOUL.

NIGHTMARES ON WAX-CAR BOOT SOUL. Have you ever thought after buying an album you know absolutely nothing about, just why you bought it? I have, many times. One of the explanations I’ve come up with, is the album cover. Imagine the scene, your in your local record store.  You need your weekly fix of music, …

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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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