Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Somehow missed part I, but this documentary from Dagenham's finest Devlin is really interesting.
The docu looks at the intricately lyrical Dev and Wretch preparing for their recent collaboration, Off With Their Heads. It's really interesting to see how the song came together, and also to hear what inspires Devlin and Wretch to be the best.
Devlin is an incredible MC and this short shows why and how.
The self-pronounced pretty Harlemite delivers a look behind the lens of his Kendrick, 2 Chainz and Drake assisted Problem video. Looks like a lot of lolz were had.
What a lovely man A$AP seems. We're looking forward to interviewing him in the very near future...!
His debut album proper drops in January.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Monday, December 10, 2012
Spotted over on Punchbowl blog, was this sumptous little number.
According to Punchbowl, BenZel is two Japanese teenagers - Umi Takahashi, 15 and Yoko Watanabe, 16 - and they're the two guys behind Jessie Ware's amazing Brownstone cover, which we featured recently. The two are from Osaka, met online and headed together to New York on an exchange program.
Love this tune, can't wait to hear more from these two kids. Check them out here on Soundcloud.
The amazing Murkle Man breaks down Lord of the Mics:4 to RWD, which drops today.
Featuring numerous MC's going head to head, bar to bar, LOTM4 features Lady Shocker, Lady Killa as well as Koder and Discarda, M.I.K, Drifter and more.
Jammer also talks Boy Better Know and his favourtie Twitter bants of 2012 (including Rita Ora and Snakeyman).
Gwen (and the others) have teamed up with Fred Perry on a collection due for release next year.
Known for their successful collabs with musicians - Amy Winehouse being one - no doubt these will fly off the shelves.
Featuring the Californian band's Jamaica inspired three-stripe, the line, which features jackets, jumpers and polo's, is available to pre-order from Fred Perry.
Friday, December 7, 2012
The latest single to be taken frmo the Scottish singer's multi-platinum album, and the highest selling UK album of 2012, no less!
This one is one of our favourites from Our Version Of Events and we're loving this '40s interrogation style video too.
Here's what Emeli told us about Clown a year or so ago before all of the huge fame and acclaim that was to come her way in 2012.
"I wrote that on the piano when I was addicted to strings with Sha (Naughty Boy)! It's about not allowing yourself to be taken for a mug. I wrote it quite a while ago when I was trying to get signed and literally no-one was interested… Doing the rounds of labels, I just didn’t like it. I just thought, I’d rather be a bit more in control than this. It was hard at the time because it was so tempting. But I was doing my exams at school, then I got accepted into medicine at Glasgow Uni. It would have been too much of a risk to say no to medicine then go down to London and just be another singer. I was going for all these meetings and people were looking at me like ‘What do we do with you’? It's about not allowing yourself to be taken for an idiot."
Following a nationwide competition 10 dance crews from around the UK won a chance to perform at the Olympics this year.
The overall winners Trin3rgy, were taken to Rio in Ocotber with Anuvahood's Adam Deacon to create a short film featuring their award-winning dance movies. With music from Preditah, here's a short film written and directed by Adam Deacon, starring the guys and actor Jason Maza.
Makes us want to pack a suitcase and head for that Summer Sun.
Put together by Somewhere To, a Cultural Olympiad project to help 16 - 25 year olds find the space to do the things they love. Great cause!
Featuring collaborations with Geeneus, Jessie Ware, Wiley, Diplo, Iggy Azalea, Zinc and Jacques Greene. There's the brilliant;y titled Aaliyah and a great collab with Wiley called Get Paid in which Wiley calls himself William. Amazing.
Get your copy right now from here.
Thursday, December 6, 2012
This limited edition Beemer is super smart.
Featuring a frozen black metallic hood with M stripes branding, carbon fiber roof and lid plus built-in heated seats and navigation, this is the kind of ride we imagine ourselves popping up the shops in.
Just 54 have been made, and with prices starting at $130,000, prospective purchasers might want to get in line now for the release next year.
So, 1D had a show and afterwards they had a party with kareoke and everything.
Anyway, that's not the interesting bit. What's great is this video of them, their girlfriend's, Taylor Swift etc arriving.
Just look at what they say to the papps (basically nothing) and then look at what Ed says.
Seriously, that boy is just lovely.
Beloved by the likes of Professor Green, Riccardo Tisci's gothic take on this season's designs are proving to be very popular.
The latest is this Shark hoodie, with it's open jawed bad self.
If you have a spare $1200 dollars, then head right here, right now and buy,
There's nothing like a great haircut.
This short by YouTube channel Thrashlab takes us into the barber shops of LA where trimming beards is considered an art.
Love the way this is shot. If only we had a beard, we'd head over to Beard and Moustache Enthusiasts right now, airfare be damned.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Whether you're skint or have some ready cash, there's three albums you might want to grab this week.
For those with money, then you have to get Skepta's Blacklisted. We've just downloaded ours from iTunes and it's worth every penny of the £6.99. Mastermind and Badman In Tivoli are among our faves.
Next up is Amplify Dot's free mixtape, Spare Parts. Listen here or download by liking her Facebook page.
Last but by no means least is Brummie MC RoxXxann. Prepare For When I Land follows Guerilla and features hard bars from the puff puff pass daggering rhymer.
Get your copy for free from here.
Would you like to 'Turn Up Your Noise'? You would? Yes? Good.
Casio are currently touring the UK and inviting music students, aspiring producers and lovers of le synth to join them aboard the infamous open-top Routemaster, which is kitted out with the latest range of XW synths.
On board the bus, expect live demonstrations from Oak, who has played with N-Dubz, Delilah and Tinchy. The expert keysman will be on hand to show and prove as well as offer advice.
Having visited Glasgow, Bristol and Birmingham already, the bus heads to London this Friday. To find out where the bus will be, click right here.
Not only that, but Casio are giving away a synth for absolutely free. All you have to do is visit the bus, take a picture and tweet @Casio_Music #synthtour.
Turn Up Your Noise
Love this video from Mr. Dope. You might have heard him on New World Order with Joey Bada$$ earlier this year, and you may also have heard this tune already. If so, aren't you clever! Well done all.
Sampling Smif N Wessun and produced by Hannibal King, we now have a video, directed by Adam 'PDA' Ross.
Watch out for the mixtape New New York, due in 2013. It seems like, as the mixtape name suggests, Dope is part of a new generation from the big apple (alongside Bada$$)who are keen to pay homage to the old sounds of the city. Namely 90s hip hop. But can these newbies match up? Only time will tell.
Two Chizzles delivers the hook, Drizzy drops the lolz, Kendrick gives food for thought while A$AP is the manwith swagu.
Long.Live.A$AP, the album, is out in January. We are very much looking forward to hearing that. Oh yes.
Airing in February on HBO and directed by Mrs Carter herself, this indeed looks 'raw, real, revealed'. Or something.
Potentially a look far beyond the glare of the papps, and with lots of private time while pregnant and intimate moments with Hova, we are very, very, very excited about seeing this.
Very said to hear about the death of Christian Blaizer who I met a few years ago when I worked at Touch Magazine.
Christian sadly died last year of cancer, and in memory of his passing, his friend and producer Paul 'Blue Rain' Yomi has put together a track that Christian cut with Eric Sermon, Redman, Metis and K Koke. Yomi is also working on releasing Christian's album, The Oath.
The song is out on 12 December and all proceeds go to the ACLT, a charity dedicated to finding blood and bone marrow for black and ethnic minority patients in the UK.
The single is available now, free to download, with suggested donations. Please donate and help the money go to a good cause. You can also donate blood and bone marrow to the ACLT. People really rely on donations to, quite literally, save lives.
The Oath is out on 12 December.
You can donate also to Christian's Justgiving page, here.
Love this most lively tune. KCAT takes care of the vocals, Mikill the rhymes and Mike the bubbly bubbly beat.
This feel like '95 and 2013 all at the same time.
The track drops 3 February.
Monday, December 3, 2012
The Cartoon Network's widely popular Adult Swim has joined up with Casio to collaborate on the DW-6900.
Utilising Metalocalypse, a flash-animated series based around the fictitious world famous death metal band, Dethklok, the watch is only available in North America so far.
Lets hope we will see this on these shores soon enough (try saying that sentence after a mulled wine...!)
We're big fans of Charli XCX here. We also love the super-rude Brooke Candy, stripper turned rapper, who is featured in this month's i-D mag.
Hope that 2013 is a great year for Charli, who has been making music for the last five or so years.
"Cloud Aura was the lead track from my mixtape Super Ultra. It's a really special track for me because I guess it's my first proper collaboration. I asked Brooke to get on the track 'cause I could hear her voice on it sounding awesome. And she slayed it. She's such a talent and a superstar. She's fierce and part of this new wave of strong females standing up for what they believe in, and I'm so into that. I made the video with Brooke and Ryan Andrews. I wanted to make the video super fantastical and emotional, so I used clips from my favourite films like Carrie and TV shows like The Hills(!). It's a mix of all my favourite things. It's the internet meets LA, meets London. All the places my mind lives in and all the place I want to be."
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