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Interview with Justin Clarke: His evolution from Ghetto to Ghetts, Music

Interview with Justin Clarke: His evolution from Ghetto to Ghetts

There’s no introduction needed, Justin Clarke is one of grime’s most interesting characters. An East London MC with unparalleled natural talent and a Jekyll-and-Hyde-style split personality; he has been involved in some of the genre’s most defining moments.

By | Music | Thursday, 27 March 2014 at 4:03 pm

“Expect the truth from my album. You can honestly expect to get to know me on another level that you would never have known any of these other artists” August Alsina, Arts

“Expect the truth from my album. You can honestly expect to get to know me on another level that you would never have known any of these other artists” August Alsina

The London edition of the Livebase European tour may have taken place in March but was truly taken over by August. Here we were able to see August Alsina’s love for music from the moment he stepped on stage he grabbed the audience with his first song making the statement ‘I am here!’

By | Arts, Music | Thursday, 13 March 2014 at 10:57 am

Good Bad Lyrics, Eagle Eye

Good Bad Lyrics

When I want to relax, I spend some time shooting people and things – often both at once – in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Sometimes, I even do this in a video game, namely the subtle and magisterial Fallout: New Vegas.
I could spend a whole column rhapsodising on the brilliance of the Fallout series, and may yet do [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 22 January 2014 at 2:15 pm

The Cameron Decision Machine, Eagle Eye

The Cameron Decision Machine

David Cameron on decision-making as prime minister, in his Mail on Sunday interview:
You’ll probably go through 20 policy submissions every morning and four or five will require a decision, and you won’t always get those right. But it’s very important you make them, otherwise the whole system grinds to a halt. If the leader doesn’t lead, [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 19 January 2014 at 7:58 pm

Interview with Big Narstie & True Tiger: “You’ve got professional chaos”, Arts

Interview with Big Narstie & True Tiger: “You’ve got professional chaos”

“Professional chaos” is the term used by Big Narstie to describe the effect of combining both himself and True Tiger

By | Arts, Music | Monday, 18 November 2013 at 7:35 pm

Interview with Baby Godzilla: Powerboat Disaster, Arts

Interview with Baby Godzilla: Powerboat Disaster

“I get really bad stage-fright and nerves just before [we go onstage] because, I don’t know what’s going to happen. You don’t know if you’re going to break something of yours, if something’s going to stop working, if you’re going to break a limb, if you’re going to hurt somebody…” Matt “Butch” Reynolds, guitarist

By | Arts, Music | Friday, 15 November 2013 at 7:06 pm

20 years on: how the Wu-Tang Clan changed hip-hop, Arts

20 years on: how the Wu-Tang Clan changed hip-hop

This week, ‘Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)’, the debut album by New York hip-hop group the Wu-Tang Clan, turned 20 years old. Surfacing at a pivotal moment for the genre, the album marked a step-change in the sound of east coast rap for much of the next decade.

By | Arts, Music | Friday, 15 November 2013 at 6:15 pm

Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry: Still ahead of the pack at 77, Arts

Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry: Still ahead of the pack at 77

He doesn’t need much of an introduction but Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry is a pioneer of the reggae world and one of the most influential artist/producers to ever have stepped into a recording studio. Building an experimental studio in his back yard, in Jamaica, “Scratch” was the producer on early recordings for such seminal musicians as Bob Marley & the Wailers, Junior Byles, The Heptones, and Max Romeo. His estoeric, often bewildering approach to music resulted in some of the most dynamic, experimental and downright special music to have ever come out of Jamaica.

By | Arts, Music | Thursday, 14 November 2013 at 11:32 am

Interview: Lunar C releases new EP, a song with James Arthur and peaks the iTunes chart, Arts

Interview: Lunar C releases new EP, a song with James Arthur and peaks the iTunes chart

Making a name for himself firstly on the UK rap battle league ‘Don’t Flop’, now Lunar C is showing how much potential he has with the release of his EP, Good Times and Dead Brain Cells. He has had some major achievements, peaking at #2 on the iTunes chart and already releasing a song with the incredible James Arthur.

By | Arts, Music | Tuesday, 12 November 2013 at 6:47 pm

Spins and needles: the London club night celebrating vinyl culture, Music

Spins and needles: the London club night celebrating vinyl culture

The days when DJs risked neck and shoulder injuries hauling stacks of vinyl to and from clubs may be long gone—with laptops loaded with mp3s and vinyl emulation software such as Serato having replaced the record bag—but a strong affection for those 12-inch black discs still exists among a sizeable number of the DJ and music collecting fraternity.

By | Music | Friday, 8 November 2013 at 6:47 pm

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