As Father’s Day falls on this weekend, we’re paying tribute to the male of the species with a few recommendations that’ll inspire sons, boyfriends, uncles, granddads etc. to go forth and take on the capital, whether it’s rediscovering the city by bike, checking out the newly refurbished White Horse in Hampstead, or connecting with their inner hip-hopper at a new exhibition honouring Europe’s most legendary graffiti crew.
Produced by Last Resort – though the choice of beats in the album are far from a last resort – Truetalk has so far received widespread critical acclaim reaching no 7 in the Itunes Hip Hop chart. The beats are edgy and the album is a powerful mix of smart lyricism, matched with a unique delivery that talks to people in a way they can relate to. Hence the name, Truetalk.
The most unspeakable tragedies can catalyse some of the richest music. Such is certainly true of the new album by Lost in the Trees, a North Carolina folk/instrumental band captained by singer/songwriter Ari Picker. The cover for A Church That Fits Our Needs is a photo of a forlorn looking woman—Picker’s mother Karen, who committed suicide in 2009 soon after leaving his wedding.
Ask any single mum what they are up to this summer, and the chances are ‘releasing my debut album’ isn’t on the top of their to-do list. But, to be fair, most mums aren’t as together as Cooly G, who manages to juggle being one of the UK’s most in demand DJs and remixers with being a devoted mum of two young children.
London’s Sincere has laboured and grafted his way to a deal with major label, Mercury. We caught up to talk first musical purchases, new music and future releases.
Two weeks ago a musician by the name of Chuck Brown passed away, he was widely-regarded as the godfather of go-go. If you don’t know what go-go music is, it’s a derivative of funk and has close ties to hip hop – born in Washington, where it still lives on, go-go came across the Atlantic in the early eighties, but failed to really make its mark on the British music scene.
Belleruche: Soundtracking a Mercedes advert doesn’t have to mean selling out…or destroying the planet
After originally charming fans with their personable, lo-fi approach to making music, Belleruche gained further exposure when one of their tracks was selected to appear on an advert for Mercedes. DJ Modest explains how the three-piece band made the leap from distributing their own hand printed 7” records at gigs to the glossy world of advertising, and also reveals what inspired and shaped their new album, Rollerchain.
Mos Def’s hotel room is a mint ice cream colour and download-era-cramped. Maybe it’s the video crew or the extended management-type clique that’s making Mos’s makeshift home seem constricted – one hour in and it’s got a bit sticky. His manager is laying down the law. “You’re not hearing me, are you? NO lights!” he barks at the cameraman. “He’ll walk straight out”.
With so much new music coming out it’s difficult to keep track of what’s out there. It’s a lucky dip where you could discover something truly exciting. But there’s also a risk…luckily, each week I’ll be sorting the inspirational new artists from the mass of chancers to bring you five new band tips.
For most of us, reaching eighteen years of age opens up a new world for exploration, spontaneity and out right drunken silliness. Although, for two young brothers from Surrey, before even reaching eighteen they were already unleashing some of the most talked about DJ sets across the country.
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