Burnski is a talented young producer who hails from one of the biggest hotbeds of production in the North of England: Leeds. Last year he relocated from the UK to Berlin, another city which plays host to a large number of musicians, and he hasn’t looked back since. His recent release on Birmingham based One Records, ‘Let It Be’ (featuring Beckford), has caused quite a stir, while he continues to put out a constant flow of high quality electronic music on a variety of other respected labels.
Produced by Last Resort – though the choice of beats in the album are far from a last resort – Truetalk has so far received widespread critical acclaim reaching no 7 in the Itunes Hip Hop chart. The beats are edgy and the album is a powerful mix of smart lyricism, matched with a unique delivery that talks to people in a way they can relate to. Hence the name, Truetalk.
The most unspeakable tragedies can catalyse some of the richest music. Such is certainly true of the new album by Lost in the Trees, a North Carolina folk/instrumental band captained by singer/songwriter Ari Picker. The cover for A Church That Fits Our Needs is a photo of a forlorn looking woman—Picker’s mother Karen, who committed suicide in 2009 soon after leaving his wedding.
DJ Nikki Beatnik: Sometimes I get abuse for being a female DJ, then they listen to my music and shut up
DJ Nikki Beatnik has partied with Will Smith and Jay-Z and counts Kelis among her best friends. She’s won awards for her club nights and is currently the official tour DJ for both Kelis and Nicola Roberts. She talks shoes, make-up and how being trained as a classical musician has helped her rise to the top of the club scene.
Earlier this year, Amirali Shahrestani released his debut album In Time. He was signed to an album project immediately after sending a few demos to Damian Lazarus, head of much-praised record label Crosstown Rebels. Damian has a reputation for discovering and breaking exciting new talent, which made Amirali’s album a highly-anticipated record – and rightly so, it’s an album that’s full of wistful vocals, tight production and emotive melodies.
Ask any single mum what they are up to this summer, and the chances are ‘releasing my debut album’ isn’t on the top of their to-do list. But, to be fair, most mums aren’t as together as Cooly G, who manages to juggle being one of the UK’s most in demand DJs and remixers with being a devoted mum of two young children.
London’s Sincere has laboured and grafted his way to a deal with major label, Mercury. We caught up to talk first musical purchases, new music and future releases.
Every year, it seems there are more and more new festivals popping up and attempting to outdo one another with the biggest line-ups, with huge corporate backing and increasingly expensive tickets.
Following new music seriously challenges ones prejudices and preconceptions. Ordinarily the thought of four boys with guitars or bedroom geeks with a laptop sampler and Second Life account sends me reaching for the Valium. So when bands Peace and Doldrums reinvigorate faith in guitars and MacBooks, it is exceptionally exciting.
Less than a year ago, I interviewed Israeli DJ Guy Gerber, one of my first points of call when I really started immersing myself in contemporary house and techno. In the time since that first chat, we’ve met a couple of times and, more importantly, he’s produced one of his biggest achievements to date, a full length album that has been created as one 70-minute long composition as Fabric 64.
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