Posts Tagged ‘crepes’

The 24 Days of Christmas – Day 5

December 5, 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?!’

S’easy.

Gift idea #5: Nike Air Toki

For Autumn/Winter '09 Nike have released one hell of a sneaker. This eagerly awaited Air Toki TZ oozes class...Inspired by their Zoom Sabaku and Blazer this clean cut, tier zero sneaker has bags of attitude with it's smooth lemon canvas upper, tonal lemon suede Swoosh and green boatline wrapped around a clean white vulcanised midsole. Your sneaker collection is going mental for this one of a kind Toki right now! Seemingly tailor made for Summer, get ahead of the game with these bangers....

Text & imagery courtesy of Size?.

Fresher than cold December mornings these are guaranteed to cut through the winter gloom. Reminiscent of the Half Cab, these are a welcome addition to any trainer fanatics collection. Also available in black.

And now, to play us out, Chipmunk & Maniac:

Kristian

Win Free Shoes Every Week For A Year

November 17, 2009

Yes, you heard correctly. 52 pairs of shoes, one per week, for a year. FREE.

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Go here to enter the competition… you have until Christmas Eve to enter!! Good luck!

James

Manga – The Adventures Of Manga Review

October 28, 2009

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Manga is a bit of a Grime anomaly; a high-pitched, skippy, bespeckled MC whose bars frequently reference style, garms and crepes, yet unlike most rarely stray into badman territory. As a Roll Deep member, his playful persona often seems at odds with the rest of the group – especially when ‘Skeng’ is the main topic topic of conversation (which it often is.) As such, he has faced stick and general ignorance from both MC’s and fans.

Nevertheless, the perpetually adidas-clad MC has persevered, embracing his differences for debut mixtape ‘The Adventures Of Manga’, released earlier this week. Comprised of a curt 10 tracks, the free download features guest spots from Lady Chann and long time sparring partner J2K, and production from Scratchy, Wiley and Bless Beats.

‘The Adventures of…’ starts as any debut Grime mixtape should – with a collection of snippets showing us Manga’s musical journey thus far. If nothing else, in an era of throwaway music, it reminds us why we should pay attention. Verses cut from ‘When I’m ‘Ere’, ‘Fully Involved’ and ‘Do Me Wrong’ set the right tone; a short, stark reminder of this MC’s calibre and his lyrical dexterity.

Indeed, on closing track ‘freestyle’, Manga showcases a colder, ruthless side that has rarely – if ever – been seen before. Addressing his musical demons and stereotypes, he proves that there is substance to back his bubbly delivery. Which begs the question, why include it as the last track? There it is a footnote, whereas if included earlier, it could have been a bold statement of intent.

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The imaginatively titled ‘Style’ featuring Roll deep affiliate J2K is undoubtedly the mixtapes’ highlight. Over a big bastard of a bassline and skittering drums, the pair talk with finesse about their favourite subject. Given their previous form this should sound tired, but they manage to keep it fresh and enjoyable and more importantly – Grimey.

In fact, from the Chemical Brothers-sounding ‘Me Nar Like You’ through to menacing Scratchy-produced ‘Rampage’, this mixtape showcases a rich tapestry of Grime textures within a dancier, more upbeat context. Yet, unlike many ‘GrimewiddabittaFunky’ mixtapes, this isn’t in any way a compromise. ‘Activity’, Danny Weed’s production of the year makes a welcome appearance, although one is left with the impression that the self-named Sir Matchalot could have hit the much-versioned beat a lot harder.

Unfortunately that is one of this mixtapes’ shortcomings. Whilst you can appreciate and enjoy Manga’s stylistic differences, you just wish he’d punch those lines home and add a little dynamism to his delivery. With such skippy, syllable-governed flows, it’s easy to lose track. The radio clips included on the tail-end of ‘Grime Activity’ hit harder than some of the tracks and if Manga is to become top three, he should recognise this and adapt.

This is a solid mixtape, full to the brim with style and should be a welcome addition to any Grime fan’s MP3 library. A great start for Manga, although he will have to shout louder if he is to step out of Roll Deep’s shadow.

Download here.

Kristian

P.S. – Check out Fullygrown’s interview with the man himself here.

P.P.S. Respect to Lady Chann, apologies for the mistake… check her MySpace here.

Javari.co.uk

October 6, 2009

So, Amazon have launched a new website, Javari.co.uk – a standalone shoes and handbags site, and consequently females are going nuts.

Looking at it, it’s actually a decent proposition – fully online service with fast delivery, 365 day returns and a price match guarantee. Featuring neat functionality (colour matching, price slider, hover-over zoom etc), in-depth product information and customer reviews, Javari is a clean, user-friendly shopping experience.

However, there are a few little niggles – the checkout does not offer users a way back to the main site, and the search is a bit cumbersome. Also, from my own point of view, their offer for men leaves a little to be desired (no Nike?! Really?!)

But hey, it’s bound to be a surefire hit with female consumers who, these days, are a primary target for many online retailers.

Kristian