Not many bands nowadays have a voice equivalent to that of The King Blues. The band – which infuses ska, folk and punk rock – have found themselves to be one of the most fundamental groups when it comes to the spoken word in music. I talked to ‘Itch’ from the band.
As you may be aware from my previous posts, parties in unusual locations are something I yearn for.
South London rapper, DVS, is one of the emerging talents from a scene that was before overshadowed by the sound of grime. His genuine lyrics are illustrative of how UK Rap has placed a firm foothold in British music culture with stern and frank accounts of inner-city trials and tribulations.
Who would have thought Seth’s throwaway comment about an old Jewish man taking Curtis’ power to travel back in time and kill Hitler would become an episode?
Last night the trailer for the ‘Doctor Who’ Christmas special was unveiled on BBC’s ‘Children in Need’ following the Doctor’s announcement that he was auctioning off his clothes for the charity.
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With the charts absorbed in sounds birthed in the UK underground streets and home made bed room set ups – we wanted to capture the essence of the refreshing new talent establishing their names on this circuit. These self taught individuals are combining dirty bass and synths into an authentic balance of both worlds – and will soon have the mainstream buzzing to pick up their new found blends of style.
Still only in his (very) twenties and studying Comparative Literature at Brown University in Rhode Island, Nicolas Jaar has managed to make quite an impact on the electronic music scene despite his youth and educational commitments. His first track, on the much-lauded Wolf + Lamb label, was released when he was just 17 and in the years since he’s managed to maintain a high level of production as well as starting his own record label and touring the globe as a DJ and, more recently, with his own live band.
He’s opened shows for the Wu Tang Clan, toured the world with Lowkey, Jehst and Gangstarr, been deemed “awesome” by BBC Radio One’s Huw Stephens and a “legend” by 1xtra’s Charlie Sloth, and has shared the stage with Damon Albarn, Flea from The Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Babyshambles. But you still probably haven’t heard of him. Here’s what The Last Skeptik had to say to about his disdain for the music industry, Wes Anderson films and his new video that depicts multiple train crashes.
‘War’, said Edwin Starr. ‘What is it good for?’ He continued: ‘Absolutely nothing’. A great song, perhaps, but probably not a great piece of political commentary. There’s nothing wrong with it – but if you want to learn about war, you’re probably better off with a newspaper. Much the same, undeniably, can even be said of a work like Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem. However beautiful or poignant, it does remain a piece of music rather than an analytical commentary.
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