Posts Tagged ‘Music’

TBC Brass Band – New Orleans

September 26, 2010

I have just come back from an epic holiday in New Orleans. Famed for it’s food, drink and music (it is of course the origin of Jazz), N’awlins is a feast for the senses. Here, I leave you with a video of a local brass band called TBC playing on the infamous Bourbon Street, which my partner and I saw a few times. The intensity of their performance could never be captured in a video, but watch nevertheless. A truly awe-inspiring spectacle.

Enjoy,

Kristian

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Introducing…Malic

September 4, 2010

Sorting through my inbox recently I came across a Twitter notification that ‘k1malic’ had started following me. I clicked through to his profile page and although it said he was a Grime producer, I couldn’t for the life of me find any links. I asked if he could send me some links and right away he sent me some showreels; three in all which I nonchalantly downloaded. That was about 15 days ago. I have not stopped listening to them since.

Malic aka Kitt Bevan has only been producing for a matter of months but already he has honed his own sound. Like Z Dot, he utilises strings to great effect – albeit not as sparsely. Malic’s music evokes that Eski Beat sound whilst still sounding relevant and fresh. While many imitators merely sample ‘that’ Wiley snare for an Eski Beat effect, Malic has a much broader approach; layering polished orchestral strings, deadpan brasses and driving basslines on top of current drum patterns and tempos.

As Logan told me in one of many interviews, it’s always better to rework and edit existing Grime formulas than attempt to ‘widen’ the sound by incorporating nuances from other rap-based genres. In most instances, ‘widen’ is just copying what’s in vogue.

Listen to the below and see what I mean. These beats have an Eski texture to them without sounding like imitations. I tip Malic for big things over the next coming months, he has some projects on the way and I hope to hear him collaborate with some other artists, not just MC’s. His instrumentals are beefy enough to stand on their own. Big up Malic.

Malic – Dont Try It by Threefold_Media

Malic – Bally by Threefold_Media

Malic – Negative Actions by Threefold_Media

Kristian

Kanye West – Power

August 7, 2010

For those who think Mr. West has something of a God complex, I present to you the (shortened) video for Power. Directed by Marco Brambilla, this dynamic living portrait is somewhat over the top but, admittedly, is also visually stunning. Coming in at a lean 1:42, the video is a tad shorter than one might expect, but let’s be honest; could you really sit and watch this ode to Yeezy for a full three-and-a-half?

James

Street Fighter Riddim Review

July 12, 2010

D Double E SFR cover

I reviewed D Double E’s forthcoming single ‘Street Fighter Riddim’ for MTV’s The Wrap Up.

Read it here

Kristian

Logan Sama’s May 2010 Round Up

June 10, 2010

Apologies for the late blog entry. As some of you will know I was booked to play San Francisco at the end of May, which kind of messed up my schedule. However I’m back now, well rested and ready to go!

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Starting with my trip, San Francisco was cool! In terms of the actual gigs – they went ok. Dubstep has been big for a while out there, but I was the first dedicated Grime DJ to have been booked. The gigs could have been a bit busier, but amongst those that were in attendance there were some really knowledgeable people who enjoyed the tunes and knew the records.

There were some Dubstep guys on the rota and so when they played it was very much a ‘let’s stand here and absorb the Dubstep’ atmosphere. In fact, whilst I was there, ‘The One’ said he noticed his audiences being turned off by the shrill, mid-range ‘Brostep’ that currently popular. Because ‘The One’ and his lot are so in touch with the music, they only book Dubstep acts like Joe Nice and Mala – DJ’s that still incorporate the ‘Dub’ element in their sets. However, when I went in, people were jumping up and down and showing real energy. Surprisingly, they went for the vocals as much as the beats. I think after hearing instrumentals all night they needed something different to vibe to!

I’ve got to big up the promoter ‘The One’ for bringing me out to San Fran. He DJ’s and produces Grime, often collaborating with others in the area. He actually did a remix of Wiley’s beat ‘5.27’ which I played on my show about a year and a half/two years ago. There are guys out there that have been doing Grime for a good 5-6 years, who know all the tunes and are up to date with releases…With the internet, anywhere you go in the world, fans that know the music will talk to you and know as much as anyone in the UK. It’s good to see.

In fact, whilst I was out there I was made aware of a couple of MC’s bringing the Bay Area style of rapping to Grime. One is called Skurge, a talented spitter that ‘The One’ is working with. Also, there is a production crew called ManVSMachine that are doing stuff over Terror Danjah beats etc. I know Tre Mission is big now and spits double time Grime tempos, but these guys bringing a slower, drawn-out style to the table.

Logan's Sweets

Music aside, I enjoyed the American food as subscribers to my Twitter feed will know! I always think of picking up my phone when I’m about to eat…so naturally I feel to broadcast my eats worldwide! I was only there for five days and I wanted to try everything so I went to the International House of Pancakes and had a stack, had a Philly cheese steak and a couple of burgers. It was ok for a week, but if I stayed out there any longer I would’ve probably had a coronary!

Back in the UK it’s been pleasing to see so many instrumental tracks/CD’s coming out. Fans can get their hands on a lot more beats that would’ve otherwise become obscurities. I think now that this is going, we need to keep momentum behind the E.P. and single release model that JME and myself have been using. There is no reason why producers, after getting good feedback for a track, can’t fling it up on iTunes so that it comes out a couple months after audiences have first heard it. Also, this open-source remix thing going on at the moment, spearheaded by Terror Danjah, Skepta, JME etc is very healthy for the scene and is a really good platform for established producers to show the levels. I’ll be showcasing more of the efforts on my show soon, do a little medley or something.

NHNT

Despite only catching a couple of the episodes, BBC2’s No Hats No Trainers has become a great vehicle for Grime culture. If the culture gets out there, then the sound will follow. Whilst I’m under no illusion that if we were to put out Next Hype tomorrow it would make top 10, the more people who are made familiar with Grime culture the more accepting they will be of the music. Then, there will be less need for these 4/4-electro crossover efforts. You have to remember that the guys responsible for picking the track listings for Radio 1 etc, are middle-aged, middle-class men who are out of touch and incapable of spotting trends. They only pick what is popular now.

Anything that makes Grime look a little more desirable to the masses is great in my book. They said they’d get me on there sometime soon, although I haven’t heard anything yet. The Street Fighter section with D Double was something that I’d have liked to have got in on…Seeing as I was one of the first to play the tune AND I spend most of my day playing Street Fighter!

The World Cup is about to start and whilst I hope England romp home to an astonishing victory (!), I also hope there won’t be any major incidents. Having lived out in South Africa for three years, I know how beautiful friendly and welcoming the country can be. Conversely, I also know how dangerous it is in certain parts. It has one of the highest murder rates in the world and poverty remains a massive issue. So if you are going, enjoy yourself, soak up the atmosphere but be vigilant – not just of crime but the weather. It’s Winter out there right now so it’s as warm as London in the Summer during the day but at night, temperatures plummet.

As for predictions, I haven’t seen any teams that are really playing on form but aside from Brazil, I reckon the Spaniards will do well.

Until next time peeps, Keep It Grimy!

Logan

Royal T vs. Super Street Fighter IV

June 4, 2010

The Fold is proud to present a mash up of Super Street Fighter IV and Royal T’s Kick Out. Royal alluded in Beat Blog 2 that,

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!

Couldn’t agree more – here’s the vid:

Dré

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

Sharky Major – Shark Attack EP Release!

March 23, 2010

It’s always nice to see your work ‘go live’ – this is no exception. Having been commissioned to photograph and design Sharky major’s new projects sometime last year, we wondered if our work would ever see the light of day! But, here it is – with full digital release.

Sharky Major – Shark Attack EP available from:

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Amazon
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Sharky Major, legendary Grime MC and one-time member of the notorious NASTY Crew is back with his banging new single ‘Shark Attack’, available digitally from March.

Produced by Skepta (Bad Boy) ‘Shark Attack’ signals an emphatic return to form for the East London MC, whose complex lyrical style first captured imaginations in the early Noughties and continues to influence Grime MC’s to this day.

A sophisticated string-led stomper, ‘Shark Attack’ showcases Sharky’s lyrical dexterity to the fullest, as he darts between rap and vocal harmonies with ease. Hard, yet dancable, this one is for the clubs and the cars!

With the original having received heavy rotation on Logan Sama’s Kiss radio show, the release also features an exclusive remix featuring Devlin, Ghetts, Dot Rotten and P-Money – arguably the Grime scenes’ fastest rising stars. This is a feat only MC’s of Sharky’s calibre can manage!

Hit up Sharky on Twitter @sharkymajor

Big up Sharky, Logan, James and anybody else involved. Let’s hope Sharky’s mixtape ‘Major League’ follows soon!

Kristian

Style Society @ Orange Rooms, Sunday 14th March 2010

February 7, 2010

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Southampton’s first fashion, design and music-specific event STYLE SOCIETY has tickets on sale now!

Plus, the lovely Hepwright’s, with its myriad of fabulous vintage fare are offering 20% discount to anyone who buys their STYLE SOCIETY ticket in advance, just take your receipt to the showroom!

Visit Orange Rooms website for advance tickets, and don’t forget to RSVP on the Facebook event page!

Just in case you’ve been living your life away from Style Files lately, here’s a little more info…

The blog, Sarah-Leigh’s Style Files, presents the first of its eponymous events STYLE SOCIETY. The party aims to bring Southampton’s (and beyond!) creative minds together for an evening of music, drinks, dancing, creativity and to raise some much needed cash for Oxfam.

From Solent’s Fashion and Design faculty, to our city’s designers, budding vintage enthusiasts and simply the downright trendy – all are welcome to Southampton’s very first fashion-dedicated evening.

There on the night:

• Live bands will keep us entertained, while later DJ Ryan B will be spinning a mixture of 80’s hip hop and funk

• An auction with a host of amazing gifts to aid Oxfam – Style Society aims to build a new classroom providing education to an under privileged community – look out for exclusive gifts from the likes of Reebok, Addict and Hepwrights

• Jam-packed gift bags for the ‘best dressed’ or ‘vintage fabulous’, to be awarded to one super-stylish guy, and one glamorous girl on the night

• A ‘surprise’ fashion extravaganza, courtesy of stylist Sophie Penn

• Resident photographers will be snapping your outfits and asking all about them around the bar and in our photobooth.

• An area of Orange Rooms gives way to the HEPWRIGHT’S VINTAGE LOUNGE – a chill out come dressing up area with the finest stock from Hepwright’s vintage emporium (store located on Queen’s Terrace, Southampton)

• Gallery areas and live art (from the likes of Iris Hill’s Lisa Jean) & DIY crafts, plus many an activity to get involved with! Not to mention a host of Oxfam’s vintage stock to rifle through!

For more info email stylesociety2010@gmail.com.

P.S. Pass on the time/date/place to your fabulous fashionista friends!

All design artwork done by me! Make sure you get down there, gonna be a big night.

James

1 Day To Go – Royal T 1UP Giveaway

December 27, 2009

It’s one day to go until ‘1UP’ hits those digital stores ladies and gents. So before you all navigate to iTunes and the like to buy it with your ill-gotten xmas money, Royal would like to give you one more giveaway.

P-Money’s version of 1UP has been a 2009 smash putting both producer and MC at the top of their game. Hopefully 2010 will see the pair collaborating again, as their styles go together like bread and butter.

Here, with a special live version of the 2009 smash, Royal T presents:

P-Money – 1UP (Live P.A. with band)

Yeah boi!

Enjoy!

Kristian