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Labrinth: I’m always called a rapper because I’m a black artist, Arts

Labrinth: I’m always called a rapper because I’m a black artist

As Simon Cowell’s first non-talent show signing to label Syco in six years, Labrinth (Timothy McKenzie) caused a stir back in 2010. Having shot to the number one spot with Tinie Tempah on the Ivor Novello award-winning song ‘Pass Out’, and number two with ‘Frisky’, their third collaboration at the end of last year ‘Earthquake’ heightened anticipation for his debut album Electronic Earth. Originally tipped as a producer, the Hackney-born singer supported headliner Dizzee Rascal earlier this month, and in preparation for his set, shared why he’s getting into the festival spirit, and how he’s witnessed the effects of fame.

By | Arts, Music | Wednesday, 25 April 2012 at 6:45 am

Tony Smart: On the up after Falling From Grace, Arts

Tony Smart: On the up after Falling From Grace

A little while back I received an EP from No.19 Records, their Spring Sampler – a collection of tracks from a various different musicians. I wasn’t overly impressed to begin with (although I love it now) but there was one track that really stood out for me. It was called Falling From Grace, by Tony Smart and Terence Kissner, and it completely blew me away. Deep, sullen and rolling – I had it on repeat for ages. I recently to get in touch with one of the guys who made it, Tony, and we had a really interesting chat about his on/off relationship with music, his dad’s influence and his connection with a famous UK DJ… and he recorded a brilliant exclusive mix for me too.

By | Arts, Music | Monday, 23 April 2012 at 12:07 pm

Record store day: Have music shops really come to their demise?, Arts

Record store day: Have music shops really come to their demise?

Over the past few years it has been declared that the time has come for music in its physical format. It is said that nowadays nobody is prepared to pay for music when they can acquire the track they’re after for free in a matter of seconds. Is this really the case?

By | Arts, Music, Opinion | Friday, 20 April 2012 at 12:53 pm

Fatboy Slim: Over the years I’ve had a fantastic rollercoaster, Arts

Fatboy Slim: Over the years I’ve had a fantastic rollercoaster

In the late nineties Fatboy Slim aka Norman Cook (born Quentin Leo Cook) stormed the charts with his second album You’ve Come a Long Way Baby. The press have reported a more tumultuous lifestyle since the height of his critical claim, and in 2009 his performance at Snowbombing was cancelled due to a stay in rehab. Fortunately, the DJ was back on form for the following year, and as one of the festival’s most popular DJs, returned again last week to host the street party. Here, he discusses why he and Zoe Ball chose to stay out of the Leveson Enquiry, and why they’re happy to leave the press attention to Adele.

By | Arts, Music | Friday, 20 April 2012 at 4:00 am

Gov doesn’t support reading, rappers do, Arts

Gov doesn’t support reading, rappers do

Literacy rates in England have stalled; the country has not seen any improvements since 2005, according to Ofsted’s chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw. Teaching unions, however, argue that there have been big improvements over the past two decades. A national reading competition was announced by the government in February in an effort to encourage children, between the [...]

By | Arts, Music, Opinion | Thursday, 19 April 2012 at 11:34 am

West Country’s finest: Waifs & Strays on their success and the spread of electronic music, Arts

West Country’s finest: Waifs & Strays on their success and the spread of electronic music

Bristol is without a doubt one of the country’s most fertile cities in terms of electronic music. Exports such as Massive Attack, Portishead and Roni Size are a testament to Bristol’s ability to produce musical talents who can really make an impact on the world stage. Today the city continues to sprout new talent and exciting new acts, one of those being Waifs & Strays (Amos Nelson and Rich Beanland). Last year their thunderous house track ‘Yeah Yeah’ was ubiquitous, so much so that I named it as one of my top tracks of 2011 and they’ve carried on the momentum created by their success last year into 2012 with lots of exciting projects on the agenda and a hectic touring schedule.

By | Arts, Music | Thursday, 19 April 2012 at 4:00 am

Kutmah: I start slow, then play trippy, banging, freaky beats, Arts

Kutmah: I start slow, then play trippy, banging, freaky beats

When Gilles Peterson entrusts you with curating a compilation, it’s one hell of an ask. But, Brighton-born Justin McNulty took it in his stride.

By | Arts, Music | Wednesday, 18 April 2012 at 6:13 pm

KOF: People can be more interested in what Gucci belt an artist is wearing than their music, Arts

KOF: People can be more interested in what Gucci belt an artist is wearing than their music

Liverpudlian KOF is a singer, songwriter and occasional rapper who is currently receiving heavy airplay with his latest songs, ‘Be Like You’ and ‘Child of the Ghetto’. The lyrically-conscious artist is a rare breed, straying from the chart-topping party tracks that are dominating our radios this year and bringing us quality R&B with the perfect dose of soul. The rapper discusses his new EP, ‘The Alternative Soul’, and why he calls himself an in-betweener.

By | Arts, Music | Tuesday, 17 April 2012 at 12:41 pm

Snowbombing 2012: Glastonbury on ice, Arts

Snowbombing 2012: Glastonbury on ice

Among those who’ve been fortunate enough to visit Snowbombing, the statement “This is the best week of my life” is as common as people falling over on the slopes.

By | Arts, Music | Tuesday, 17 April 2012 at 10:30 am

What’s life like on the road as a DJ? Pan-Pot enlighten us with a new film, Arts

What’s life like on the road as a DJ? Pan-Pot enlighten us with a new film

I often wonder what life on the road as a DJ is like, from what I can gather it’s not always as glamorous as one might imagine. Ok, so they get to travel the world playing the music they love to thousands of people every week – but, in reality despite the obvious plus points there’s the down points too – constant tiredness, traveling from one airport to another to another, never really seeing much of the city you’re playing in. Ok, hardly the end of the world, but still it’s not all one big party. To illustrate their life on the road as DJs, German duo Pan-Pot (Tassilo Ippenberger and Thomas Benedix) have released an hour-long DVD based using footage from their various gigs. I spoke to them about the new film…

By | Arts, Music | Tuesday, 17 April 2012 at 4:00 am

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