Monday, June 27, 2011

Dynamo Walks On Water

The amazing Dynamo, who has performed for everybody from Prince Charles and Richard Branson to Will Smith and Jay-Z, took his trickery to another level this weekend.

The talented Bradford magician walked across the River Thames (as you do) to promote his new series, 'Dynamo: Magician Impossible'. The show, which featues boxer David Haye and Ian Brown airs in two weeks on UKTV. With Chris Martin saying the 28 year-old performs "The greatest magic I've ever seen," it'll be well worth a watch. Tune in to see D move a tan line up a girl's arm, transporting a mobile phone into a glass beer bottle, bringing a flutter of paper butterflies to life and transforming snow into diamonds.

Here's some highlights from Dynamo's extraordinary career so far.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Beyonce: Schoolin' Life

A leak from the forthcoming Beyonce album, '4'. This isn't on the album proper, but will on the Deluxe version. Produced by The-Dream, it's a certified bangerrrrrrr.

Schoolin' Life - Beyoncé

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Life's Too Short: Trailer

Coming soon, the new project from Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant and starring Warwick Davis, 'Life's Too Short'. The BBC show is described by Gervais as "an observational comedy, dealing with everyday problems, human foibles and social faux pas... but with a dwarf."

Looking forward to watching this!

Fashion Watch: A. Sauvage

British designer A. Sauvage is very much on the come up this year. Featured in every magazine and blog of substance , this 28 year-old designer, director and photographer designs beautifully cut suits for the modern gentleman, including these seen here on actor Dominic Cooper.

Mr. Adrien Sauvage recently dressed new British rapper Dot Rotton in the video for the South London rapper's new single, 'Normal Human Being'. You can see Sauvage's collection over on his Tumblr.
His collection is available from Matches and Harrods.

Drake: Trust Issues

Drizzy continues to get us warmed up for his forthcoming second album...

Drake - Trust Issues by hattiecollins1

Ed Sheeran: RWD Cover Behind The Scenes

Congrats to Ed Sheeran who went to No.3 this week with his brilliant debut single, 'The A Team'.

Ed recently featured on the cover of RWD, wearing theGA-110C-1AER , the GA-11OC-7AER and the DW-6900NB-7ER. Here's some behind the scenes shots of Ed at the shoot.

Chipmunk Ft. Trey Songz: Take Off

Latest single from Chippy, taken from his second album, 'Transition', featuring US R&B superstar Trey.

Tinie Ft. Wiz Khalifa: Till I'm Gone

Unfortunately, this is only the first 39 seconds, the little teases!

Tinie's US success looks somewhat unstoppable right now. With a little help from his 'Black & Yellow' pal Wiz, here's hoping he hits the Billboard Top Spot with this latest single.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Whoo Kid & Wiley: A Life For G-Shock

We caught up with world-renowned DJ Whoo Kid and the Godfather of Grime, Wiley, before they headed to the studio to create their new mixtape, 'Creating A Buzz, Volume 1'. The two assured us the mixtape will see the best of both countries hooking up on a mixtape we won't forget. Whoo, who is 50's DJ as well as a producer, blogger, radio host and lots of other amazing things, clearly has an eye on the UK; he recently released mixtapes with Giggs and Tinie Tempah.

Look forward to hearing 'Creating A Buzz', due out in a week or two.

Happy 1st Birthday G-Shock East!

Oh how time flies!

To celebrate the one year anniversary of G-Shock East, get yourself down to the store this Friday (24th June) for DJ's, refreshments and - AND - the opportunity to 'buy one, get one free' on product in store. There's also a very, very limited number of the F2D varsity jackets for sale too - there's only 20 though, so get down to the store on Dray Walk (just off Brick Lane, London) nice and early!

See you down there...

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Summertime Sounds

Frank The Butcher (is this some kind of Frank Read pun?!) and DJ Masta Lee have collated an amazing mixtape choc-full of summertime jams. Featuring classic rap from the ’80s and ’90s, if you fancy some A Tribe Called Quest, Nas, LL, Naughty By Nature and De La Soul then good news, because the compilation is free just be clicking here!

J Cole: Work Out

New track from Jay-Z's protege J. Cole (not to be confused with footballer Joe Cole!).

The Weeknd: The Birds Part 1

Acclaimed new R&B act The Weeknd just dropped this latest new track and I like it. I like it a lot.

Download the mixtape, 'House Of Balloons' from the Toronto based hipster outfit here.

The Weeknd - The Birds (Part 1) by The_Weeknd

Tinie Performs With Alicia Keys

Camden's Roundhouse was the scene for a mix of stars, singing and some serious fundraising last night.

For the third time in three years, Key's hosted her Black Ball for her charity Keep A Child Alive, which raises money for children in Africa and India affected by HIV and AIDS. Keys was joined onstage by Paloma Faith, Tinie Tempah, Gossip's Beth Ditto, Spank Rock and Boy George, with musical direction by Mark Ronson. Those in the audience watching included Wretch 32, Chipmunk, Loick Essien, Ms. Dynamite, Jay Sean, Desperate Housewive's Jesse Metcalfe and Alicia's hubby, producer Swizz Beatz.

Particularly impressive was a performance from Beth Ditto whose soul/ gospel voice was jawdropping, while Boy George, who the day before turned 50, also sounded amazing. The highlight of course had to be watching Tinie and Keys perform 'Written In The Stars' - Tinie looked pretty darn happy to be sharing a stage with the soul star.

Check the clip below for some of the shows highlights, including 'Written...' and Key's 'Empire State Of Mind'.

Earlier in the evening a charity auction saw £177,00 raised for KACA; Tinie bid £24,000 on a portrait of Michael Jackson but was outbid. A man called Christian successfully bid £20,000 for a studio session with Mark Ronson.

Ultimately though the most importuner part of the night was raising awareness for Key's incredible charity. To donate click right here.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Descent: G-Shock GDF-100

This film is incredible. 'The Descent', by Casio G-Shock, is an adventure video shot in Lauterbrunnen and Kandersteg Switzerland demonstrating the cohesive relationship between man, nature and technology. With help from the G-Shock GDF-100, which can determine altitude, atmospheric pressure and temperature, check this beautifully shot footage of wingsuiters, watches and the great outdoors.


Chase & Status Ft. Tinie Tempah: Hitz

"G-Shocks, I gotta crazy dumb collection..."

Following huge success in the US ('Written In The Stars' hit No.12 in the Billboard Charts), Tinie returns to UK shores briefly to link up with Chase & Status on the new single, 'Hitz', taken from their album 'No More Idols'.

Tinie on Twitter
Chase & Status on Twitter

'Hitz' is released on 17 July.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Josh Osho Ft. Ghostface Killah: Redemption Days

A rather hot track from new singer/ songwriter Josh Osho. The 20 year-old south Londoner boasts Ghostface on this single, while Wu Tang Clan's RZA serves as Executive Producer on Josh's forthcoming debut album, L.I.F.E.. The super-stylish video was shot in London and Brooklyn New York by director Adam Powell.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Scrufizzer Ft. Abel Miller: Deep Thoughts (SBTV A64)

One of the UK's most talked about new rappers is a young man called Scrufizzer. Gaining a serious amount of heat, Scru has been compared to a young Dizzee although points out he has aspirations in the form of Andre 3000. The 21 year-old, who is also an in-demand producer has been meddling with music since 13, inspired by the energy of So Solid, Heartless Crew and DJ Luck & MC Neat. “I’m bringing an old school vibe back to the scene,” he promises. Hedging his creativity across grime, hip-hop and dubstep, you can find him on The Street’s recent mixtape, Cyberspace & Reds, and work your way through his many recordings over on Soundcloud.

A fan of the brand, Scru and Able Miller recently performed an acoustic version of Deep Thoughts for SBTV.

Rizzle Kicks: Down With The Trumpets

London born, Brighton raised duo Harley and Jordan, 19, are a new duo doing things slightly differently. Friends since they were five, the pair combine an old skool hip hop sound with a forward thinking pop mentality. Littering their lyrics with wry pop culture references and a sharp sense of humour, The Rizzles have been compared to De La Soul, The Pharcyde and a Tribe Called Quest. As well as a nod to the old-skool, the boys also embrace everything from country, ska and hip hop, to straight up pop chord progressions and incredibly, ridiculously catchy choruses. "We’ve slaved to find a definition of our sound because it’s more edgy than pop but it’s not pure hip hop either – it’s somewhere in-between," ponders Harley. "We used to say indie-hop but that sounds really lame!"

Check their new video, directed by their friend’s cousin’s boyfriend, Toby Lockerbie. Down With The Trumpets is out now.

RoxXxan Ft. L & Benny Banks: Tear

Baby G fan RoxXxann just dropped her new tune, featuring L (of Wretch's Traktor fame) and upcoming rapper Benny Banks.

RoxXx, who is signed to Polydor, will be dropping a mixtape in August, followed by her offical debut later this year.

What's the toughest decision you've had to make?
Leaving Birmingham with two days notice to come to London in the hope of creating a life in music in London!

What's the toughest thing about your job?
Staying focused and not geting gassed because in London you can be out every night having the time of your life...!

What's next for RoxXxann?
At the moment I'm finishing my mixtape and I'm also writing my album and singles, due later this year, early next year. I'm also geting ready for festival season. I'm performing at Lovebox, Glastonbury, NASS... a whole bunch of places!

Hit here for more.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Ed Sheeran: RWD Cover

One of our favourite new artists, Ed Sheeran, appears on the cover of RWD this month. Ed wears the rather lovely GA-110C-1AER on the cover, and the GA-11OC-7AER and DW-6900NB-7ER on the inside pages. Ed has been causing a huge stir with his No5: Collaborations EP, featuring everyone from Wiley to P Money and Devlin. He also gave a barn-storming performance on Jools Holland this April, with many predicting rather huge things for the singer/ songwriter. It's been quite a journey for Ed, who has done upwards of 300 gigs around the country in the last year or two, staying on friend's sofas while he tried to make a name for himself. With the independently released Collaborations going to No.2 on iTunes (held off only by Rihanna), labels saw the potential, and earlier this year Sheeran signed to Asylum Records and promptly sold out his very first UK tour.

Here's a little of what Ed told RWD:

What’s the toughest part of being a singer?
Well I’m still sofa-surfing – not because there’s no money, it’s that there’s no time to go and look at a flat. It gets to 2am and I’m like ‘Where am I going to stay tonight’? That’s not a nice feeling. Or being told you have a day off and then it’s a last minute studio session or gig, photoshoot etc., but you just keep going, The day I flew back from LA to Jools Holland, I was so jetlagged but I was like, ‘I’ll do this and then I’ll have a couple of days off’ but then next day it was, bam!, back in the studio. There’s no time. But there’s no point complaining about stuff like that because two years ago I would have given my left leg to do that. Life isn’t always as peachy as everyone thinks it is, but it is also really good…!

And the toughest lesson you’ve learnt?
Probably having to realise that not everyone’s going to like you. I used to read all my press – I’ve stopped that now. They’d say it was insipid or that it made Paolo Nutini sound edgy. I’d think ‘Why would you say that?’ I picture myself as a nice person – I’m probably not! – but I try to treat people how I’d like to be treated, so when you read something bad about yourself, it makes you realise that someone can be really opposed to you. Master Shortie actually gave me a bit of advice. I get like 1 bad tweet for every 200 good ones, and I’d tweet back at them. He asked me why and said ‘You’ve got 200 fans saying they love you and one guy saying he hates you, and you’re replying to the guy who hates you? Why don’t you use that tweet to ignore him and reply to a fan and make their day?’ So every time I get a bad tweet, I go to the next good tweet and reply to that. Instead of focusing on the hatred, it’s better to focus on the love and who likes the music. It’s good advice.

Of all the amazing things that have happened in the last couple of months, what’s been the highpoint?
My mum and dad coming to Jools Holland and sitting next to Ringo Star was pretty cool; seeing my dad’s face was pretty cool. Ringo came and said hi to me at the end... What else? Having The A Team played on Radio 1 was such a big moment because I wrote that in a really scummy student house in Guildford, Surrey, and a year later it’s playlisted on Radio 1; that’s pretty f**king cool. Actually, in general, life is pretty cool right now. Yup, pretty flipping cool! I thought the day I played Jools Holland and got played by Fearne Cotton and Zane Lowe and got playlisted – and all the wonderful things that have happened this past month – I thought that would be the day I was ‘that guy’ and I’d feel like I’d made it. But I keep putting the goalposts further back. So I’ve done all that, sold out the tour and all these wicked things, but I’m just still going. I haven’t looked back. Now it’s a No.1 single and a No.1 album. After that, it will be a million selling album and after that, it will be to go platinum in America. I’ll just keep going.

Here's Ed performing his new single, The A Team, on a canal boat. Obvs.

Shadez The Misfit In G-Shock For Dazed

Upcoming urban/ electro act Shadez the Misfit appears in the new issue of Dazed and Confused [June] wearing G-Shock.

Also check Shadez wearing G-Shock in his latest webisode of The Life Of A Misfit: Episode 2). which showcases behind the scene footage of the Dazed shoot, giving you an insight into Shadez, his ethos and his music.

Pictures by Alex de Mora.

Dazed is out now.