My tickets to the Grammys, Brit Awards and even the NME awards were somehow lost in the post, so late last month in hope of airing my awards gown, I travelled to Norway for the Nordic Music Prize. Now in its second year, the prize (it’s 1 Million Kroner!) celebrates the best albums to come from Norway, Denmark, Iceland and Sweden. Surely, I was in for some Scando glitz?
Once upon a time, there was a fair-haired DJ that loved nothing more than collaborating with some of the biggest names in hip hop and RnB to make global hits.
With the infectious Bada Bing blaring out of speakers everywhere, Benny Banks discusses plans for his new album after signing to Warner, whether he’d sell out to the mainstream and why he quit crime for music.
“There is pressure on me,” Friction says, “Because I’ll be responsible for telling the world what’s new with drum’n'bass and getting it out there.”
In 2002, High Contrast (real name Lincoln Barrett) signed to seminal drum & bass label Hospital Records and now, nearly one decade later, he returns with his fourth studio album, The Agony & The Ecstasy.
As anyone who reads my blog will be well aware, I’m primarily into music that is DJ-based. From the very early days of my interest in electronic music I was always impressed with the skills that DJs have: being able to mix records in a noisy, busy club environment, to seamlessly thread together pieces of music, to be able to work out the right place to bring a new track in and get a good reaction from a large crowd of people and to be able to read your audience in order to keep them dancing all night – it really captured my imagination.
“It’s really surreal,” muses Courtney of StooShe, when asked about their newfound success. In under a year, the South London girl-band have gone from unknown hopefuls to the coolest new kids on the block. A few months after forming, the trio hit London hot spot Brick Lane and shot a colourful low-budget video entitled ‘Fuck Me’, complete with expletives aplenty.
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.
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.
London’s classical music scene is changing before our eyes.
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