For the past year or so a new scene has been quietly brewing in the corners of London. With fuzzy guitars, reverb drenched vocals and gorgeous melodies at the forefront, let’s give a big welcome back to our old friend – slacker pop. Joining the likes of Yuck, The History Of Apple Pie and Gross Magic, the delightfully named Fanzine have recently been infiltrating the internet with the release of their video LA. The London four-piece sit down to tell us about how they got started, the current UK scene & what’s coming next for the band.
Back to an original three-piece, The Cribs are set to release the fifth album of their decade-long career, and the first since the departure of honorary member Johnny Marr this Spring. Singer/guitarist and drummer Ryan and Ross Jarman chat about working with celebrated engineer Steve Albini, legendary producer Dave Fridmann and the direction of the band, post Marr.
Brighton Hip Hop duo Rizzle Kicks have been tearing up the airwaves of late, with hit single Down With The Trumpets. With the release of their debut album Stereo Typical, Ryan Bassil sat down with Jordan from Rizzle Kicks to chat about The OC, dream collaborations and the Brighton music scene.
Nineteen year old Mac Miller has quietly been making a name for himself. Since the release of his first mixtape ‘But My Mackin’ Ain’t Easy’ back in 2007, the kid has dropped five more mixtapes, an EP, and been featured by prestigious hiphop publication XXL Magazine as part of their Freshman Class of 2011. With Frick Park Market, the first single from his debut album ‘Blue Slide Park’ reaching over four million views in a week, the gifted Pittsburgh rapper is on route to much wider acclaim.
Recently signed to Twenty One Records, London based group White Powder Gold are promoting a unique blend of hip hop and rock music which speaks with importance. Their recent single “Can’t Stop Me Now” has been playlisted everywhere from Rinse FM to Capital. Ryan Bassil sat down with Jermaine Davis to chat about The Rolling Stones and their plans for the future.
Byron has been tearing up the streets of Slough for a fair few years now, dropping mixtapes packed to the brim with deep stories and dark energy-infused vibes. Rolling off on the back of his recently released mixtape Deep Lyrics/Dirty Beats, Byron looks set to make 2011 his own.
Jamal Edwards is a guy with his finger on the pulse. His online channel, SB TV – arguably, the biggest youth media network in the UK – has pushed the careers of Ed Sheeran, Devlin and countless others to stratospheric levels. In doing so, he’s clocked up 39 million video views, 50,000 subscribers and trips to Texas to film the likes of Tyler, The Creator and Wiz Khalifa. With both a clothing line and record label in the works, the 20 year old is set for world domination throughout New York and beyond. Ryan Bassil sits down with the young entrepreneur.
Reading based MC Sami Switch has been infiltrating the walls of grime stardom with complex, multiple meaning bars for at least a couple of months. With the release of new mixtape ‘Carpe Diem’ backing his already very impressive SB TV videos, 2011 is set to be a corker for the young rapper.
Norwich’s Context MC has been causing quite a stir on the underground music scene for some time now. Since the release of his first EP in 2008 the MC has gone from strength to strength, from early airplay on Radio 1 to sharing the bill with household names like Caspa and Rusko. His sound is [...]
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