Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Face Off | No Need (OPOLOPO dub remix)


Fresh off the press this one comes courtesy of Swedish wizard Opolopo (his edit of Gregory Porter remains one of my personal favourites ever) - this time round he's got hands on the track 'No Need' by Face Off as part of the Mutants #2 release on Tokyo Dawn records. It's a total of 12 tracks and features Opolopo edits of music from the likes of Steve Arrington and Joey Negro among others.

Grab a listen in full below and be sure to head over to check volume 2 of the Mutants compilation here

Fade To Mind | Free Bootlegs


The Fade To Mind camp today decided to stick a bunch of bootlegs up online available to download free of charge. There's 5 exclusive tracks in typical Fade fashion including edits of cuts from Kelela & Kingdom. The free download pack also comes amid recent news of a forthcoming Fade To Mind show on Rinse starting on Thurday 14th August. 

Peep and get hands on the tracks in full below streaming now via the Dazed Digital soundcloud

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Mono/Poly | Empyrean (feat. Mendee Ichikawa)

A chance now for a first listen to new material from the ever prolific Mono/Poly. With the album 'Golden Skies' due out towards the end of the month on Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder imprint, this track, 'Empyrean' features Mendee Ichikawa on vocal duties

Grab a listen to 'Empyrean' in full below & keep ears to the ground for more news on the pending album
release from  Mono/Poly

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Tramlines 2014 : Plenty Vibes Guide


Now into it's sixth year, one the UK's best inner city festivals bar none, Tramlines, gets underway in our lovely Sheffield on Friday - and it is looking bigger, better and stronger than ever. 

With the likes of Benji B, Toddla T Sound, Gold Panda, Gaslamp Killer, Lone, Sister Sledge, Maurice Faulton, Owiny Sigoma Band, Tiga, Shackleton, Mosca (that's just a few) it'll be easy to get wires crossed and miss some acts you probably won't want to be missing out on. So we've compiled a little guide with some of our highlights for each day to keep you up to speed. 

Grab a look below at some of our picks from venues across the city during the weekend & be sure to head over to the official Tramlines Festival website for further info on tickets, venues and the like 

FRIDAY

MS. DYNAMITE / 19:00 / DEVONSHIRE GREEN
TODDLA T SOUND / 20:00 / DEVONSHIRE GREEN
KATY B / 21:30 / DEVONSHIRE GREEN

MY PANDA SHALL FLY / 21:00 / 02 ACADEMY

SHACKLETON / 22:30 / MILLENIUM GALLERIES

THE DJ PIPES/ 22:00 / FEZ CLUB
TODDLA T / 01:00 / FEZ CLUB
BENJI B / 00:00 / FEZ CLUB (ROOM 2)

DAN J & MIKE O' MARA / 00:00 / THE HARLEY
MAURICE FAULTON /  01:30 / THE HARLEY

KIDNAP KID / 01:30 / 02 ACADEMY
TIGA / 02:30 / O2 ACADEMY 

JIMMY EDGAR / 03:00 / THE NIGHT KITCHEN
SQUAREHEAD / 05:00 / THE NIGHT KITCHEN

MEDLAR / 01:00 / THE NIGHT KITCHEN BASEMENT

BODDIKA / 04:00 / HOPE WORKS






SATURDAY

DNAE & THE INDIGO SOUND PROJECT / 13:00 / DEVONSHIRE GREEN
JUCE! / 14:00 / DEVONSHIRE GREEN
ROSIE LOWE / 16:00 / DEVONSHIRE GREEN
PUBLIC ENEMY / 18:00 / DEVONSHIRE GREEN
SISTER SLEDGE / 21:00 / DEVONSHIRE GREEN

BLOODSPORT / 20:00 / MILLENIUM GALLERIES

AUNTIE FLO / 00:00 / QUEENS SOCIAL CLUB
HORSEMEAT DISCO / 01:00 / QUEENS SOCIAL CLUB

THE HEATWAVE / 00:00 / THE HARLEY

ELIPHINO / 01:30 / 02 ACADEMY (ROOM 2)

MOXIE / 00:00 / OCTAGON
GASLAMP KILLER/ 01:30 / OCTAGON
LONE / 02:30 / OCTAGON

LEON VYNEHALL / 00:00 / FOUNDRY

LEVON VINCENT / 04:30 / HOPE WORKS

FOUNDATION (STICKY B2B SCOTT GARCIA) / 02:00 / YELLOW ARCH
NICKY BLACKMARKET / 03:30 / YELLOW ARCH

 

SUNDAY

HIGH HAZELS / 19:00 / QUEENS SOCIAL CLUB

BADBADNOTGOOD / 20:30 / THE HARLEY

AWESOME TAPES FROM AFRICA / 22:30 / THE HARLEY

DMK/ 00:30 / THE HARLEY

MATT JAM LAMONT / 01:00 / THE HARLEY



Parties elsewhere worth checking include the gang at Donuts joining forces with Breaks Mag, Bungalows & Bears with some fine DJs across the weekend at their place, The Grubby Mitts playing down at S1 Artspace, Mosca & South London Ordnance at Ohm Sweet Ohm. Catch the brilliant Owiny Sigoma Band down at The Bowery courtesy of Banana Hill or if that's not your bag it's always set to be a messy affair at The Great Gatsby - probably no different come Sunday evening with a Threads x UGLY x Club Pony closing party.

Be sure to head to the official Tramlines website for full listings, venue set times, ticket info & whatever else you might need.








Friday, 4 July 2014


Looks set to be another good'un down at the newly opened venue The Rocking Chair. Gang at Sheffield's newest wax spot Reset Records have something big lined up in the basement, super limited tickets available here, don't sleep on them 

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

FIRST LISTEN: Black Mags


Shouts to Amo for hitting me up, haven't been able to get away from the tracks he's shared & for good reason too. Currently based in Bristol, Black Mags is a collective making some exquisite stuff right now - its dark, bass-filled & unforgiving. 

Having been producing for a while now they're planning to push on with releases & with support from a host of DJs already, including Asusu of Livity Sound (you might have heard some  Black Mags material in his recent FABRICLIVE mix) I'm sure you'll no doubt be coming across more from them in the not so distant future. 

Grab a listen to a couple of tracks below along with an old mix from September 2013 to ease yourself into what Black Mags are all about.


Pleasures & Q's Two | Gang Fatale


Gang Fatale shared clips this week of their forthcoming project Pleasures & Q's, which is the second volume of a compilation showcasing some of the artists on their roster. Set to go out next week you'll be able to get your hands on it & run tracks from the likes of Prince Jean, Trap Door, Bleaker (listen out for the track 'Bang That' on the previews) & more whenever the hell you like. 

Check the full tracklist & stream via the Gang Fatale soundcloud below 

Prince Jean - So..Far..
Clara La San - Let You Go
Trap Door - Palomar
Gang Fatale - Tomahawk 
Bleaker - Bang That...
Gang Fatale - Parched
Gang Fatale - Take Off All Your Garms
Simon Divine - Ink Wash

Budgie FM | WHR 00.3


After getting mad excited from a bunch of radio play over the last few months, this seems a perfect way to put up previews of a forthcoming release. UK producer Budgie, yesterday released his self titled EP on Theo Parrish's Wildheart Recordings imprint

Available on 12" now over at Honest Jon's with digital coming soon, grab a listen in full to the sensational work of Budgie below
A collection of radio rips of tracks from my new EP on Wildheart Recordings. Featuring ramblings, anecdotes and shouts from Theo Parrish, Gilles Peterson, The Alchemist & Benji B. Excerpts taken from Benji B on BBC Radio One, Gilles Peterson in conversation with Theo Parrish, Theo Parrish on NTS Live and The Alchemist in conversation with Dead End Hip Hop.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014


Hurricane | Rule That


Chance now for a listen to some dope new material from Luton producer, Hurricane. Released on Monday, Hurricane puts his own spin on the track Marilyn Monroe from UK rapper Little Simz. 

Check it in full below & more from Hurricane here. Out to Kace on the artwork too

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Panes | Bones Without You

FastForward: Seven Davis Jr


Kind of late on this but just watched & have so much love for what he is doing & where he is heading. FastForward is part of a series by Puma & Resident Advisor that follows emerging artists in their rise to critical acclaim - with this one featuring the brilliant Seven Davis Jr. Watch in full below

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Fatima | Yellow Memories


It's been with us for nearing a fortnight now, but Yellow Memories, the much anticipated album from Fatima is already a classic in my eyes. Released on Eglo Records, this could have dropped at any point over the last 18 months, but the anticipation that came in waiting for Yellow Memories, definitely makes it feel that tiny bit more special.

Having come across her work in 2009 (featuring on the Funkineven track 'Kleer' which you can peep a live performance of from the launch party way back when) & also having the pleasure of seeing her live with her band at the Eglo 3rd birthday a couple years back, the back catalogue of her music has always been a firm favourite - constantly getting played out when I have opportunity, without an ounce of regret. 


Fast forward a few years down the line with a few EP's under her belt & collabs with a whole host of top producers including the likes of Dàm Funk, Scratcha DVA & Floating Points to name a few, Yellow Memories is an absolute pleasure from start to finish - hard to believe it's a debut album in all honesty. 

Bursting with soul & once again, an impressive roll call of innovative producers making the very best forward thinking music (excuse the clíches, but it is the truth) the album flows through variations of experimental r&b, hip hop & soul beats that Fatima's soothing voice glides effortlessly across. The first track 'Do Better' (listen below) initially made by Theo Parrish & tweaked slightly a bit later by Floating Points, is a fantastic introduction. It sets the mood with a mellow arrangement that progresses into an epic culmination of horns that draws you in & leaves you yearning for more.



Other producers on Yellow Memories include the likes of Flako, Oh No, Knwledge, Scoop DeVille, Computer Jay & Shafiq Husayn - with each collaboration being of the highest calibre. There are 12 tracks in total & once you get into it, you won't leave it alone.

As mentioned earlier, it feels like a classic already. It's a pleasure to see labels & artists with the passion for making & producing music the way Eglo & Fatima have done over recent years flourish & grow to the level they have done. Here's to more of that in the future. If you're about London this weekend make you reach their Bank Holiday special at Corsica

Grab a listen to a couple more of my favourite cuts from Yellow Memories below & be sure to head over to the Eglo Records band camp store (as well as the usual outlets) to get your hands on that 12"

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Tenderlonious | I Like You


Chance now for a listen to some fresh material from producer / singer / label owner of the 22a imprint. Super soulful, super dreamy sounds for you to float away to. Grab a listen to 'I Like You' & keep eyes/ears firmly peeled/to the ground for more Tenderlonious / 22a work.

Saturday, 10 May 2014

Tinashe - 2 On (Murlo Refix)


This guy can do no wrong right now, everything he touches is absolute fire - probably one of our favourite producers so far of 2014. 

Having recently come off the back of the Xtra Talent residency on BBC 1Xtra - a platform for pushing UK talent on the radio waves, where new exciting producers / DJs have a 4 week show residency sharing music they love  - we're extra excited to see what's next in the pipeline for Murlo.

Grab a listen to the edit he shared recently of the Tinashe track '2 On' along with the podcast from Brackles' show on Rinse where he dropped in for a guestmix on a bashment/dancehall tip

Kelela x Tink (Prod. DJ Dahi) | Want It


Positively addicted to this one over the last week or so. It's a collaboration from Kelela & Tink produced by DJ Dahi & comes as a result of the recent series 'Songs From Scratch' by online media outlet Yours Truly & Adidas Originals that does exactly what says on the tin. The series is dedicated to documenting and delivering new music from nothing & uses collaboration of ideas from varying artists as a tool for that with

Watch the making of the track via the video below & then check other episodes in the series featuring the likes of Jeremih, Shlohmo, Chance the Rapper, Danny Brown, Nosaj Thing & more at www.songsfromscrat.ch/




FIRST LISTEN: Adam Oko


Came across this dude for the first time upon listen to the brilliant show from Mr. Beatnick on NTS Radio during the week. I don't know all that much about him, simply that he goes by the name of Adam Oko, based in London & is making some fascinating stuff. 

Grab a listen some of his recent work posted below for you to enjoy

Conducta | Let Go/Used To Care (DPM001)


Last week saw the very first release from London based label DPM Records. Having started out as an online platform for sharing music, they have made the transition to releasing music, starting with a fantastic dancefloor ready 2 step affair courtesy of Conducta. Having gained a lot of recognition recently for honing his craft perfecting the garage sound, it's a great way to kick off proceedings for the DPM camp. 

The lead track from the release titled 'Let Go' from the Bristol based producer has a real old school feel to it, chopped female vocal (biggup those that know where it's from) alongside some deceivingly mellowing guitar riffs that then take a swift turn to a bass heavy swing that is bustling with energy. 

'Used To Care' is the B-side with which Conducta again takes up that 2 step template with familiar percussive patterns that then drop into a much darker, synth ridden place - however still remaining very much energetic & one for the club. There's also a remix on the EP from Distro, fresh off the back of a recent release on Roska's Kicks & Snares imprint, that sees him tackle 'Let Go' - turning it into a rowdy, seriously weighty affair not to be ignored. 

Having received a wealth of support & radio play from the likes of Royal T, Sinden, Mele & more, all in all, it's a great insight into what to expect in hopefully the not too distant future from DPM Records. Out now & available to get your hands on via iTunes & juno, you can stream the EP from Conducta along with Distro remix via the soundcloud player below

1. Let Go
2. Used To Care
3. Let Go (Distro Remix)

Cat: DPM001
Release Date: 28th April 2014
Format: Digital 

Ojerime | The Refixes


More new music now from another UK artist that has got at us recently & it is once again of the highest quality. She's a singer/songwriter from London with a voice like velvet that after 3 or 4 repeated listens, I'm still showing no signs of getting bored of.

Her recent EP 'The Refixes' is the first she has put together, working in collaboration with UK producer LMomrelle with the intent of reconstructing a series of existing songs that emphasise Ojerime's stunning vocals alongside some great production & song compositions.

Grab a listen to the 5 track EP below with more from Ojerime available to listen to here