Posts Tagged ‘Blog’

Opium – Opium (CD RELEASE 27th September 2010)

September 7, 2010

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Back Cover

Hailed by Wiley as a ‘don’ and held in equally high regard by many of the UK’s best urban acts (including Skepta and Tinchy) Opium is ready to step up as the UK’s next Grime star. His self-titled debut mixtape ‘Opium’ is an impassioned exploration of Grime – both lyrically and musically – and features production from Wiley, DJ Target (1xtra & Roll Deep), Chucka and Z Dot.

Released digitally on the 27th September through iTunes, Spotify and Amazon, Opium has delivered more depth and clarity with his debut than most artists can manage in a fistful of albums. Having learned his craft under the tutelage of Grime veterans Wiley and Godsgift he has steadily established his own sound and approach.

His ‘stream-of-consciousness’ lyricism breaks from the typical ego-driven MC fodder currently abundant in the scene, and is complimented on the album by consistently futuristic production.

‘My Dream’ sets the lunar tone, with mellow synths washing over Opium’s thoughtful verse. Emphatic title track ‘Opium’ is a version of the Wiley space-stomper and ‘Empire’ is the glossy lead single in which he muses over his legacy and future.

Being of Turkish descent and having lived in Munich for a number of years, Opium subtly expresses his own cultural experiences through music. The mixtape cover cleverly conceals his nations’ flag within world of his own making. As ‘My Dream’ says, it’s time to “scrap everything old and start feeling new.”

Opium ‘Opium’ is released digitally on 27th September via iTunes, Amazon and Spotify.

Big up Threefold’s Dre for the artwork, and myself for the words. 😛

Kristian

Royal T Beat Blog 2 – Kick Out

April 28, 2010

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Every month on Welcome To The Fold, Grime producer Royal-T airs rarities, sketches, samples, remixes and other work from his archive. This month, Royal T presents ‘Kick Out.’

Royal T – Kick Out by Threefold_Media

‘Kick Out’ is just a fast-paced beat that I made to bring hype to a set. No special piano solos or big synth lines – just something simple. I made the original beat ages ago and in the video below you can see Blacks spitting over it:

Looking about on my hard drive I rediscovered this beauty and decided to give it a little update before releasing it again. I kept the intro quite minimal so it could bang into something hard, but keep a continuous melody and theme so the anticipation builds and builds. In terms of inspiration, Buddha Finger, Storm and tracks from that era had a similar kind of dark energy.

This tune is typical of my style – retro touches incorporated into Grime music, although I try and stay away from gimmickry. Sometimes I picture my tunes as backing music for Movie and Game Trailers. On the drops for example I see explosions, fight scenes and car chases. In fact, try playing this over a Street Fighter 4 trailer and it fits really well!

The sample is there to break up the rhythm and add focus to the tune. When I first made it, I envisioned Jammer spitting over it because of his appearance on Wiley’s ’16 Bar Rally’. I think he’d suit the early 2000 vibe.

My ‘Hot Ones’ remix is released this month on Butterz so go support that! Also watch out for my ‘Air Bubble’ remix coming out soon on limited edition clear vinyl and my ‘Stomp’ remix for Big Shot. I’m also working on my new E.P. watch out for more news on that coming soon!

Enjoy!

Royal-T

Logan Sama’s New Blog Launch on WTTF!

April 5, 2010

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We are very pleased to announce that as from today, Kiss FM host and Grime DJ supremo Logan Sama will be contributing an exclusive monthly blog to Welcome To The Fold. Far from a conventional monthly summary, Logan’s WTTF blog will provide unique insight into the Grime scene as well as detailing his encounters, interests and observations over the past 30-or-so days – Grime related or not!

As a DJ, A&R, writer, commentator, gaming enthusiast AND ardent West Ham supporter, there will always plenty to read about! This month Logan talks Estonia, Chosen Ones, Street Fighter and upcoming releases on Adamantium:

Earlier this month I DJ’ed out in Estonia for an event called ‘UKG’ which was dedicated to the spectrum of Garage sounds old and new. It’s always interesting playing in Europe because each country will take different things from the music. In Estonia, as I played my 90 minute set, I could see some people going off to straight up-and-down Grime, whilst the others started jumping about to more Dubsteppy type stuff.

They didn’t really have a grasp of what the Grime classics are, as I suspect they have just started listening recently. But I can really see instrumental Grime spreading across Europe – more so than vocalled Grime – as inevitably, where English isn’t spoken as a first language, it just becomes a barrier. I had a great time and hopefully I’ll be going out there again sometime soon!

This month saw the release of the Palladium/Vice documentary ‘London Pirate Radio’, which yours truly was featured in. It was a really interesting piece and I liked how it went into the history of pirate radio and where it came from. Looking online, the feedback has been really good, not only for the film but for the accompanying mixtape I put together. Vice are really pleased with how it was all received and tell me it’s been the most popular item they’ve made so far!

Earlier this week I held a Street Fighter session at London Bridge and invited some Grime mandem down. JME, Shorty, Solo 45, Score Five and Dexplicit amongst others were in attendance, Dex just edging out Jamie in the final bouts for the title. We might hold a proper tournament sometime soon as there are some half-decent SF4 players in the scene.

We all enjoy playing it and it’s a good reason to get together other than music. I have to say now though that I doubt I’d take the title – I just don’t have that winners’ mentality! I can’t wait for the new edition to come out on April 30th – Dudley is gonna be the guy – his ultra animation looks sick!

Check Dudley Murking Here!

The Chosen Ones show was a big deal for me this month – the four sets (featuring Bloodline, OG’z, Newham Gens, Ghetts, Devlin, Dogzilla, Shrimpoz and Griminal) went well and the online listening figures (as well as the downloads) were really high. The KISS producers said it was a strong look and I can’t wait to air the next show on April 9th. We are recording the sets for it now and all I can tell you is that you can expect to see some promising young talent on there! I’m also trying to get a set recorded with all the Yardie MC’s on it as I know people have been itching to hear that!

Release-wise, ‘Shark Attack’ – which came out on my label Adamantium Music – did well, with some good feedback on the Grime Forum. Next up will be B-Live’s ‘Modern Warfare’ and that will be out as soon as we get the remix done. It looks like single releases is the way to go now – mixtape CD releases (and all the time-dalaying niggles inherent in them) aren’t really the one anymore. Saying that, Sharky’s and Badness’ CD’s will be out soon and once they are out, done and dusted, I’m going to be focussing on getting some producer EP’s released. Watch this space…

That’s it for this month. Next month I’ll be looking at putting the back catalogue online and some other stuff. Watch out for the Newham General’s new EP with Skitz Beatz and my Chosen One’s set on April 9th. It’s gonna be another big month!

Until next time, Keep It Grimy!

Logan.

Royal-T’s New Blog Launch on WTTF!

March 29, 2010

Welcome to the Fold are pleased to announce that as from today, Grime producer Royal-T will be contributing an exclusive monthly blog. Here, he will air to the world rarities, sketches, samples, remixes and other work from the Royal T archive.

We start with his remix of a classic. Ladies and Gents, I present to you…

Wiley – Ice Rink (Royal-T Remix)

Royal T – Ice Rink RMX by Threefold_Media

I made this after I had the original instrumental forever on repeat and became quite addicted to it! It was one of the first Grime tunes that I really, really liked – not just as a riddim but as a song in general. I liked how unorthadox it was, there was no percussion – just Wiley’s noise and space. Despite this it still kept a good rhythm and was just really cool.

To me, it cemented the fact that Grime was a new genre and didn’t have to conform to any industry standard. I used to listen to the 14 minute mix of all the vocal versions and I loved the drops on it. Scratchy’s version of Ice Rink was my favourite, although I liked Tinchy’s and Dizzee’s vocals too (the latter of which I sampled!)

So in terms of the remix, which I did a couple of years ago now, I just sampled all the different parts and brought it up to date. I made it sound Garage-y by using the subtractor bass, but kept the Grimy edge. Nothing crazy, just a bit of an update as I couldn’t take anything away from the original.

I like the novelty of the samples and the orchestral sounds – had it been my beat originaly, I probably would have used Tempz to vocal it! He could ride that halftime and make it punch – just like Next Hype!

If anything I wanted this remix to prove that Grime can stand on it’s own, have it’s own ideas and arrangements to sample from. The best bit about Grime is not knowing where to take it sometimes. So, here it is, raw and unmixed for you all!

Enjoy!

Royal-T

The original Ice Rink.

My Year of Mixtapes

March 24, 2010

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Yesterday a friend put me onto the blog of one Chrissy Murderbot, a ‘Chicago-based DJ/Producer in love with juke-rave-jungle-disco-dubstep-hi-NRG-gangsta-dancehall-ghetto-garage-core’. His blog, My Year of Mixtapes, is where Mr. Murderbot endeavours to post one free downloadable mixtape each week for an entire year. 52 weeks, 52 mixtapes.

The sheer scope of different genres available is pretty impressive – from early 90’s rave to ‘Neue Deutsche Welle’ each mix is accompanied by a short explanation of the roots of that genre – some of them have proven to be a fascinating read, as Chrissy’s extensive musical knowledge contextualises each individual mix. Of particular note are the Booty Bass, New Jack Swing and UK Funky mixes (well, to my ear anyway, different strokes for different folks!)

Be sure to check the blog out here.

James

Threefold Media Update – February 2010

February 4, 2010

Already we are two months into a promising 2010. Where does the time go? Is time perception something that changes during puberty because time couldn’t pass quickly enough back then! Now weeks flash past in the blink of an eyelid and I feel like a perpetually startled deer. Oh dear.

Anyway, I would like to apologise on behalf of the team for the lack of updates over the past month. Before we broke up for Christmas, Threefold Media sat down over a few cold ones and thrashed out the action plan for the New Year. Therefore, when we reconvened – fat and full of Quality Street – we diverted most of our energy and attention into kick starting our business plans off.

And I am happy to say, so far so good!

2010, I can safely say, is going to be a big year for us. From humble beginnings as a shared ‘concept’ between three friends to a sharp, professional creative agency, Threefold Media is growing stronger everyday – making contacts and steering projects in the process.

We continue to make moves in the Grime scene, a genre we are all huge fans of, and have a number of new media projects that we hope to start later in the year. Working with Dirtee Stank, Tim & Barry, Logan Sama, Butterz, No Hats No Hoods, MSM Studios and various MC’s, producers and DJ’s, we feel confident that we, and indeed Grime, will achieve new successes this year and that our shared cultural and financial capital will grow stronger.

To achieve this we will be stepping away from traditional Grime representations and stereotypes and promoting something fresh and original, that is still true to Grime’s roots, artists and fans. No more alleyways or paint splatters please! As a genre that’s often at the mercy of advertising companies and brands looking for a cheap way to ‘buy’ sub-cultural cool, we hope to demonstrate that Grime is a forward-thinking, innovative movement that deserves dignity and above all respect.

In fashion, another passion of ours, we have a number of projects and collaborations coming up, working specifically with young, fresh and talented designers and labels from both Southampton and London. In collaboration with Mpdclick Managing Editor Sarah Leigh, we are helping host a trend-setting fashion-themed event in March that will be the first of its kind in Southampton and promises to be a great success, building on the city’s growing reputation as a burgeoning cultural centre. More details on that soon!

The popularity of our interview with Logan Sama, as well as the growing demand for the visual medium, has led us to the conclusion that video is the way forward. Therefore we will be investing in video equipment this year – not only will this add further depth to our repertoire, but it will allow us to develop other avenues of creativity.

Having spent the past couple of years photographing and documenting our city, and working with a multitude of local council bodies, event staff and media outlets, I now have enough material to build my own exhibition. Scheduled for the latter half of the year, the exhibition will be called ‘Capturing Southampton’ and will feature Southampton citizens from all walks of life in their magnificent glory! As a passionate photojournalist, this is one project I am especially looking forward to!

As well as all this, we continue to photograph, design, write and publish work for clients looking for a new creative direction. We are releasing a PDF soon, profiling examples of our best work. If you would like a copy or simply talk further about our projects, message me on twitter (@threefoldmedia) or email me at Kristian at threefoldmedia dot co dot uk.

Here’s to a prosperous new year!

Regards,

Kristian on behalf of Threefold Media

The 24 Days of Christmas – Day 2

December 2, 2009

As we all know, Christmas is fast approaching and as we all also know, many of you will be struggling to think of interesting gift ideas for your nearest and dearest. ‘What shall we buy to show our love?!’ we hear you cry. Well, fear not, for we at the Fold know that sometimes, thinking beyond the usual DVD boxsets/smellies/Xbox games can be a little difficult, and so over the course of December we endeavour to bring you a new gift idea each day on the run-up to Christmas, totalling 24, and with each one we shall also bring you an accompanying song that somehow represents the gift in some way. ‘Gift ideas and related entertainment?!’ we hear you now crying! ‘How on Earth do they manage it?!’

Don’t ask.

Well here is gift idea #2: The Tape Express .

For a certain generation, cassette tapes have a special place close to the heart. The thrill of recording the Top 40 every Sunday evening and the ensuing frustration at being unable to edit out the DJ speaking over the end of each song will be familiar to a great many people. You know who you are, dancing round the bedroom with a tennis racquet guitar under your arm, unable to forget that humble 90-minute format. The way we consume our music has marched firmly into a digital future, but spare a thought for all those lonely tapes, collecting dust under the bed (along with your original Walkman), by completely reviving them with the ingenious Tape Express. Using the included EZ Tape Converter software, you can plug the Tape Express into your computer (via USB cable), play the songs you love and have them converted instantly into MP3 files. Those MP3 files can then be taken anywhere you'd take your other MP3s - into your iTunes library, your iPod or MP3 Player, burned onto CD and generally taken across all the usual digital platforms for your own personal use, and you can power it either by USB or our old friend the AA battery. How versatile is that? Looking not unlike an old personal tape player (presumably because it is a personal tape player), but with a somewhat more contemporary design, it's sleek and small enough to be taken anywhere you go, and functions just like your old Walkman - in case you're craving the feel of tape over MP3. You can even use the audio output to connect the Tape Express to your hi-fi or any external amp.

Text courtesy of IWantOneOfThose.Com.

And here, is an ingenious 80min mix courtesy of the kind folks at NewWork & 2tall, DJ Clockwork & Kper:

DJ’s 2tall, Clockwork and Kper spent about a year making this 80 minute mix of over 200 tracks. Expect 10 years worth of beats, beats and beats, from hip hop into electronica, glitch, dubstep, etc. Why? “.. to highlight the lineage of hip-hop production and beat making from the turn of the millennium to the present day.”

Text courtesy of NewWork.

Tapes Rule!

Kristian