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Zed’s Dead: Hip hop was the starting point, Arts

Zed’s Dead: Hip hop was the starting point

Hip hop and its sample-gobbling style has had an effect on much of the music today including none less than Canadian duo, Zed’s Dead. Amongst a brief debate about the best in hip hop longplayers, we talked about backward flushing toilets and their new ‘Adrenaline EP’ whilst they were out on tour in Australia.

By | Arts, Music | Thursday, 23 February 2012 at 12:00 am

Reverb Festival and the quiet evolution of live classical music, Arts

Reverb Festival and the quiet evolution of live classical music

London’s classical music scene is changing before our eyes.

By | Arts, Music | Wednesday, 22 February 2012 at 1:19 pm

DJ Marky: Injecting Brazilian spirit into drum’n'bass, Arts

DJ Marky: Injecting Brazilian spirit into drum’n'bass

One of Brazil’s most well-known drum’n'bass exponents is DJ Marky, whose talent for infusing sounds such as samba into drum’n'bass has seen him become a global star. Discovered by d’n'b veteran Bryan G, his label Innergrounds is now approaching its 50th release, so DJ Marky discusses his inspirations and explains why Brazil is the place to party.

By | Arts, Music | Wednesday, 22 February 2012 at 11:36 am

Jason Burns: ‘The US bass music scene is much stronger and more energised than ever before’, Arts

Jason Burns: ‘The US bass music scene is much stronger and more energised than ever before’

I first heard of Jason Burns last year having come across his track, Back 2 You, on influential music site XLR8R. The track, featuring RnB vocal samples and synth hooks, would then go on to make the site’s top 100 downloads of 2011. A quick look at his Soundcloud reveals the track is still being blogged, even ten months later.

By | Arts, Music | Tuesday, 21 February 2012 at 12:00 am

Leeds: A constant source of musical talent, Arts

Leeds: A constant source of musical talent

As far as UK electronic music goes, Leeds is a city that has always been well and truly on the map. From the legendary Back To Basics nights, which celebrated their 20th anniversary last year, right up to the popular Mint Club and, of course, Gatecrasher, it has a sterling reputation for clubs. On top of that, there seems to be a never-ending flow of talented producers and DJs coming out of the Yorkshire city.

By | Arts, Music | Monday, 20 February 2012 at 6:03 pm

From London to Barcelona: Lee Webster explains how moving abroad boosted his creativity, Arts

From London to Barcelona: Lee Webster explains how moving abroad boosted his creativity

Sometimes moving overseas can help lubricate a person’s creativity helping to boost something that was otherwise stifled in their country of origin. For instance, lots of artists have found moving to Berlin has helped to push them musically – likewise, Barcelona is known as a bohemian city where many of the world’s creatives have relocated in the hope of finding some space to really let their imagination run wild.

By | Arts, Music | Friday, 17 February 2012 at 11:26 am

RIP Whitney Houston, Arts

RIP Whitney Houston

Michael Jackson. Amy Winehouse. Now Whitney Houston. When the biggest names precede ‘has died’ I always find myself affected most by the fact that it feels shocking, but not a surprise; upsetting, but somehow expected.
So many jump in so quickly to say that ‘they had it coming’ or that, as drug abusers, they do not [...]

By | Arts, Film, Music | Friday, 17 February 2012 at 2:14 am

Futures: Teen angst, Jack Kerouac and the festival season, Arts

Futures: Teen angst, Jack Kerouac and the festival season

Rising from the ashes of ‘Tonight is Goodbye’, Futures are spearheading the up-and-coming movement of UK bands. Front man Ant West of the four-piece melodic rock group discusses why Jack Kerouac is an inspiration and how they’re keeping quiet about bookings for the festival season.

By | Arts, Music | Thursday, 16 February 2012 at 3:28 pm

Looking Forward To The Past: A chat with Poker Flat boss Steve Bug, Arts

Looking Forward To The Past: A chat with Poker Flat boss Steve Bug

One of the main reasons I became so obsessive with house and techno music was a live DJ set by German DJ and producer Steve Bug. The set, which I’ve already mentioned in my M A N I K interview, was brilliantly dark (as it was recorded at a Halloween party) and included music both new and old, mixed incredibly well. Everytime Steve Bug has appeared in London I’ve missed him for one reason or another, but in a couple of week’s time he’ll be back in the capital and I’ve made it my mission to catch him. Ahead of the party, which is a showcase for his well-respected label Poker Flat, I was fortunate enough to be allowed some time with Steve…

By | Arts, Music | Wednesday, 15 February 2012 at 6:00 am

Mario & Vidis: An album makes you rethink what you’ve been doing, Arts

Mario & Vidis: An album makes you rethink what you’ve been doing

In 2007 Marijus Adomaitis teamed up with Vidmantas Cepkauskas to form Mario & Vidis – Lithuania’s most prominent house music duo in recent times.

Their first production effort, a remix for Atjazz and Robert Owens’ Love Someone caught the eye of tastemakers such as Gilles Peterson and Pete Tong.

By | Arts, Music | Tuesday, 14 February 2012 at 10:24 am

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