Regular readers will know how much we dig cross-genre experiments with African sounds…
Geordie songstress Lulu James is single-handedly leading a Future-Soul revolution in the North-East armed with a powerful voice and the dark, Post-Dubstep productions of Domzilla. We were lucky enough to catch her at the Great Escape Festival earlier this month where she lit up a rather drab afternoon in Brighton with her extravagant wardrobe.
Japanese beatmaker Mabanua has his fingers dipped into a number of projects (including Green Butter and Ovall) but on his own his work is just as fine. On Mystery, the jazzy piano beat and sweet tones of Nicholas Ryan Grant go really nicely together, prefect for this fine weather (in the UK anyway) on a Sunday afternoon.
We’ve been waiting for some time to find a reason to write about Alt-J and the recent streaming of their quite brilliant debut album has provided such an opportunity. We’d even go so far as to say it’s one of our favourite guitar albums of the year so far.
Californian MC Pheo has been on the scene since the 2009 release of Word to Your Blogger, but he first caught our eye with his outstanding collaberation with Soulection Radio and UTB Life$tyle.
At just 21, Gabriel Benn (a.k.a Tuesday Born) and Ollie Williams (a.k.a Ollie Twist) are making some impressive African/Electronic fusion and self-releasing it off their own label, The People’s Ear. Although they’re based in London, much of the creative work goes on in Ghana where the inspiration for their music first came about.
Four Tet’s new track Ocarus was aired by Gilles Peterson on Saturday and today sees an official release from the man. It turns out Ocarus is the B-Side for Jupiters, which will be the 15th release on Hebden’s Text label…
It’s almost a year since Amy Winehouse’s passing, so it got us thinking…
Robert Luis has been co-running Brighton’s brilliant Tru Thoughts label for over ten years. He might have a good eye for talent, but judging by this re-edit of a Wiley track we came across recently, he’s also a pretty mean producer, as Nirobi.
As a writer, Jason ‘Poo Bear’ Boyd has won four Grammys (including work with Jill Scott, Usher) and has also produced, written or featured on tracks with Lupe Fiasco, DJ Khaled, Kelis, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and heaps more. Turns out this guy can sing as well.