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.
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.
Arlissa’s songwriting skills have seen her signed to Roc Nation and duet with Nas – not bad for a 20-year old from Crystal Palace. She weighs up some of her recent performances, and reveals why sharing a stage with Australian rapper Iggy Azalea was seriously daunting.
Very few Hip Hop artists have mastered the fine art of consistently delivering, while remaining on top. Rapper Cormega is one such artist and I met with him earlier this week while he was in London at Tribe 7 Studios to hear about his forthcoming album entitled Mega Philosophy produced by the Large Professor.
While it may not (yet) be regarded as one of hip-hop’s landmark years in the same way 1988 or 1994 now are, there is a sense as 2012 draws to a close that it’s been one of the genre’s strongest seasons for some time.
Tomson & Benedict are a duo based in Manchester. Having worked together on several remix projects in recent times, they started to collaborate on their own personal work and eventually decided to launch their own label ‘we_ctrl’ as an outlet for their music. I’ve really enjoyed what they’ve done so far, so I decided to catch up with them for chat about how they got to the point they’re at now.
Who would believe that the boy christened Marshall Bruce Mathers III but who will forever be known as Eminem, has turned 40? What an impact he’s made in his life so far. The enfant terrible of the early Noughties, the first rapper to embrace and commercialise his whiteness to the full, he has become not only an unforgettable part of the hip hop narrative, but also an indelible presence in popular culture.
Widely hailed as the greatest rapper of all time, it wasn’t exactly an everyday occurrence when Nas announced that he would be doing three intimate UK shows recently. More used to playing huge Arenas and touring with collaborators like Jay-Z and Damian Marley, the set of three London dates at a selection of tiny venues were a rare treat for fans of the icon, ahead of his O2 Arena show in March next year.
Literacy rates in England have stalled; the country has not seen any improvements since 2005, according to Ofsted’s chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw. Teaching unions, however, argue that there have been big improvements over the past two decades. A national reading competition was announced by the government in February in an effort to encourage children, between the [...]
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