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XOYO celebrates its first birthday as a proper club, Arts

XOYO celebrates its first birthday as a proper club

The first time I went to XOYO was quite some time ago, before its current incarnation, around late 2010 when it had not long opened. Shy FX put on a Digital Soundboy event and it was good fun, although I remember the sound system not being up to much and the men’s toilets had flooded. The club underwent a huge refurbishment last year after being taken over by new owners – and it’s now the jewel in east London’s crown.

By | Arts, Music | Wednesday, 21 August 2013 at 5:00 am

John Dimas: Greek n’Chic, Arts

John Dimas: Greek n’Chic

Over the last few years John Dimas has crept slowly into the limelight with a constant flow of good quality house music, built for the dancefloor though never too contrived or ‘try hard’. I’ve been really impressed with his recent output, in particular a six-track EP released through French label La Vie En Rose which contained one of my favourite tracks this year, Mind Games. It was only a matter of time before I interviewed him and here’s the result of our chat…

By | Arts, Music | Tuesday, 20 August 2013 at 5:00 am

‘We are going to be at the forefront of UK R&B’: The Honeyz on their comeback and the real reason behind their split, Arts

‘We are going to be at the forefront of UK R&B’: The Honeyz on their comeback and the real reason behind their split

In 1998, Bill Clinton was thrust into the spotlight for allegations of an affair with White House intern, Monica Lewinsky, Titanic was breaking box office records, and The Honeyz released their debut single Finally Found, which would go on to shape the lives of many teenagers.

By | Arts, Music | Friday, 16 August 2013 at 10:00 am

Terraneo 2013 review: Živjeli to sunshine and madness in a military setting, Arts

Terraneo 2013 review: Živjeli to sunshine and madness in a military setting

Sunshine? Tick. Great location? Tick. Cheap drinks? Tick. A good start, then.

By | Arts, Music | Tuesday, 13 August 2013 at 2:57 pm

Interview with Joel Baker: “If there’s something that really separates me as an artist, I think it’s The Confect”, Arts

Interview with Joel Baker: “If there’s something that really separates me as an artist, I think it’s The Confect”

If Joel Baker wasn’t on your radar beforehand, he should definitely be now. I caught up with the Nottingham bred soul-folk singer who is, in more ways than one, adding a refreshing element to the music scene.

By | Arts, Music | Tuesday, 13 August 2013 at 9:00 am

Kastle: “The US is increasingly opening up to more deeper, forward-thinking sounds”, Arts

Kastle: “The US is increasingly opening up to more deeper, forward-thinking sounds”

Kastle reveals why it’s so exciting to be a US electronic artist, and what helps him create the atmospheric garage-tinged electronica he’s getting noticed for on both sides of the Atlantic.

By | Arts, Music | Tuesday, 13 August 2013 at 7:00 am

Gab Rhome: I like the fact that you don’t need a band to make electronic music, Arts

Gab Rhome: I like the fact that you don’t need a band to make electronic music

Sometime around the end of 2011, I picked up a brilliant mix by Visionquest’s Shaun Reeves. On that mix was a track that really captivated me, it was a while before I found out what it was – but, thanks to Soundcloud’s expert ID-ing community, I eventually discovered that it was 1990 As In Gold Was Born by Gab Rhome.

By | Arts, Music | Tuesday, 13 August 2013 at 5:00 am

Interview with Roses Gabor: ‘How does anyone compare to Janelle Monáe?’, Arts

Interview with Roses Gabor: ‘How does anyone compare to Janelle Monáe?’

She has been generating huge praises for a while now. Back in 2005, Roses Gabor gained notoriety after featuring on Gorillaz number one single Dare. The singer-songwriters unique appeal is that she has it all: a futuristic, sleek-cinematic-tribal sound, a record deal with renowned indie label Ninja Tune, and a career that has grown by leaps and bounds, artistically and commercially.

By | Arts, Music | Tuesday, 13 August 2013 at 5:00 am

Three EPs, three members, one band. My Youth hits Napster and iTunes featured releases with their first recordings, Arts

Three EPs, three members, one band. My Youth hits Napster and iTunes featured releases with their first recordings

New music bands are continuously emerging. There’s plenty of talent and passion for music production. However, it is difficult to break into the crowded music industry, but let me introduce you to a rising band that is likely to hit the core.

By | Arts, Music | Thursday, 8 August 2013 at 3:00 am

‘We wouldn’t do it again’: MK1 on the X Factor and their debut single, ‘Let Go’, Arts

‘We wouldn’t do it again’: MK1 on the X Factor and their debut single, ‘Let Go’

Since leaving The X Factor – MK1 – duo Charlie Rundle and Simeon ‘Sim’ Dixon- have been mapping out a plan for world domination. After having their dreams of winning the talent show crushed, they are recharged, eager, and ready to climb the musical ranks.

By | Arts, Music | Wednesday, 7 August 2013 at 9:00 am

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