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Live Review: Azealia Banks @ Hoxton Square, London – 6 November

“I’m a bit nervous, y’all a good looking crowd.” Despite this shy admittance (modesty being an uncommon trait in Hip-hop), Azealia Banks has little to fear. Beginning entirely acapella, her flow is seamless and visceral; she barks and bites whilst retaining an alluring coyness that’s utterly compelling. The beats are predominantly minimal, almost tribal, full of bitter wit…

New Artist: ASAP Rocky

Hitting the scene a couple of months ago, Harlem rapper ASAP Rocky has emerged, and he’s growing as fast as Odd Future did all that time ago. It’s easy to draw this comparison because of the in-built ASAP Mob production team, low pitch voices, futuristic Hip-hop beats and constant use of “swag”, but it doesn’t quite sum Rocky up…

New Artist: Kids These Days

Kids These Days are a bubblingly fresh and talented live Hip-Hop group peddling straight out of Chicago town, following seemlessly in the same soundsteps as one other Chicago windstorm, Kanye West. Their music is spilling over with Soul and Jazz influences – comprised of live horns and a blues-rock trio – their production is consistently rich in melody and harmony…

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