Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Mystro - 2009 UK Rap Up (Produced by Black Einstein)

The main man; Mys Diggi returns - before the dust has settled on his much tweeted about recent offering - The F.D.T EP - with more for our already spoiled ears in the form of one track, 7 minutes long - summing up 2009's events - good, bad and ugly. The track is produced by Black Einstein who does a terrific job with the beat that perfectly suites the tracks concept.

Mys manages to fit in references to everything in the list below;

Dizzee Rascal
Dappy of N-Dubz & his appearance on Never Mind The Buzzcocks
Tinchy Stryder
George Michael
England Qualifying for The World Cup & Thierry Henri's handball incident against Ireland
Tinchy Stryder missing out on a MOBO
I'm A Celebrity; Get Me Out Of Here
Sabrina Washington
Peter Andre and Katie Price
MySpace FaceBook and Twitter
The recession and the governments large pay outs to save UK banks
Jamelia and Maxwell D
The Sugababes
Speech DeBelle
Take That
Reggie Yates
Tiny Tempah
Professor Green
Noel Clarke
Taio Cruz
Mutya Buena
Big Brother
Derek B
Mista Jam
Shortee Blitz
Sarah Love
David Haye
Leona Lewis
Amir Khan
Charlie Sloth
DJ Gone
Mister Hudson
Amy Winehouse
Alexandra Burke
Jay Sean
Industry Hater
Snow in February
Craig David
Michael Jackson
Susan Boyle

It's everything you would expect from Mystro - clever, witty, funny and damn impressive; the perfect end to the year.

Don't take my word for it though.

I'm told that the MP3 is on it's way - i'll update this post with the link as soon as i know more.

For now, you can listen to the track on YouTube HERE

You can follow Mystro on Twitter HERE Black Einstein too; HERE

Friday, 25 December 2009

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone!

Thanks to everyone who visited the blog this year, everyone who sent me stuff to post and everyone who's shown support either through Twitter or just word of mouth. Thanks also to the excellent blogs like BEATS LAYING ABOUT, CERTIFIED BANGER, the forum of beat makers and producers over at CRATE KINGS, HHC DIGITAL, BRITISH HIP HOP.CO.UK and anyone else who has helped me out this year, especially anyone who has sent me accapellas for the remix project i'm working on.

The blog has come along massively since i started it as what was originally just supposed to be a way for me to get some free music!

Keep it up and here's to another year of independant goodness!

Thursday, 24 December 2009

Slickmouth - A Travelling Star

SlickMouth set the international Hip-Hop world alight with his brilliant single ‘I Made It’ which recieved great support on a specialist radio campaign, and positive meetings with labels in New York. He was also a finalist in the BBC 2009 performing arts fund, and has amassed a large following from shows in london(Supporting Jagged edge) , Sweden (Along side Kano) ,belgium, and the USA.

Check out the video interview below for some more info from SlickMouth himself.

This twenty one track mixtape is anything but. With an overall fresh sound - lots of bright synths and clean, crisp drums - Slickmouth is clearly confident enough to be able to release this kind of effort and label it a mixtape. My favourite aspect of 'Travelling Star' is that the beats are quite mainstream and accessible but it's refreshing to hear an MC like Slickmouth over them.

"Warning" sees Slickmouth send...well...a warning to lesser MC's in the game. The beat is a banger, sampling Ten Wheel Drive's "Ain't Gonna Happen" but flipping it in a different enough way to Jay-Z's "1-900 Hustler." "The Takeover" got my head nodding once the drums dropped and the track is something I could imagine hearing in clubs, as well as 'Around The World" which features excellent vocals on the hook by "Naye Forsythe." When "How Many" dropped i have to admit i was a little unsure how the track would pan out, but when it hits 0:11 it all comes together. The track is a little reminiscent of "Swagger Like Us" which could be seen as a good or a bad thing depending on your preference. Even so - I liked it. Slickmouth gets a little deeper on "Cool vs Cool" which is probably my favourite track on the Mixtape. The falling strings that drop in and out over the plucky harpsichord notes is haunting and fits the subject matter perfectly as Slick takes on the persona of a bully and a drug dealer in verse one. "Homecoming" is another banger of a beat with Slick displaying a switch up of flow to spit nice and quick over this one. "Uninspired" utitlises a pretty simple vocal sample - "Sometimes I feel so uninspired" and keeps it simple all the way through with nothing but some piano keys, drums and bass accompanying Slick speaking on feeling uninspired which is a subject I'm sure all of us have som knowledge on.

A Travelling Star is an assuring promise of what is hopefully to come from Slickmouth - well thought out, well executed and well made music.

Get A Travelling Star HERE
Add Slickmouth on MySpace HERE
Follow Slickmouth on Twitter HERE

Monday, 7 December 2009

Mystro - F.D.T EP

Yes yes! MysDiggi A.K.A Mystro, mutha luvaz! One of the U.K's finest and definitely one of my favourites is releasing the 'F.D.T EP' on December 14th this year on Don't Bizznizz.

For those unaware;

The E.P opens with 'The Truth,' starting off with some looped keys which gradually evolve to include some nice horn hits that give a nice sense of progression to the tracks. Mys spits effortlessly over this one with couplets that seem to go on forever! And just when you thought the track couldn't get better, the hook drops which i guarantee you'll find yourself humming/whistling/singing to yourself at a later date. HE AINT LYIN! (you'll get it when you hear it!)

The first of 3 skits which are nicely spaced out on the E.P comes in next with Mystro skipping through radio stations until he comes across 'F.D.T Radio' hosted by a familiar sounding chap! The characters that crop up in the skits such as Stelios; CEO of 'SqueezyJet' and Giles Freeman are mad funny and instead of being filler for when the artist has run out of ideas - the skits serve their intended purpose of injecting some humour (of which Mystro has a tremendous sense of) and providing a narrative for the listener to follow. This, along with the variety of sounds, samples and topics displayed make the E.P seem very mature and far more accomplished when compared to other so called 'efforts' by emcee's who wouldn't even know what E.P stands for!

'Banishment' is my favourite. The beat (HEAVY!) drops and Mystro comes in with "I'll smack you in ya teeth, jack you for ya sneaks, put some shackles on ya feet and then drag you through the streeeet!" And you know it's a banger. I always hate when people call things an 'instant classic' as the word 'classic,' by definition is something that has been "judged over a period of time to be of the highest quality and outstanding of it's kind." Meaning that it has to have existed for a significant period of time before it can be judged in comparison with anything of it's kind. That being said (rant over) 'Banishment' really is an instant classic. Something that i can easily see being played in years to come which really says something about the quality of work being put out by Mys since a track like this is on an E.P. Once again, a VERY catchy hook on this one. RUN HIM OUT THE HOOOUUSE!

Things get darker now with some church bells leading the beat for 'Live & U Learn' as Mys spins yarns for us about a racially confused boy called Jack, a two faced girl called Jo and pregnant Jenny among others. There's a nice mix of humour and subject matter contrasted well with the beat which is kept pretty minimal for Mystro's lyrics to take centre stage.

It's back to pure bars next on 'Thorish' which is a monstrous beat consisting of some hard drums and rapid fire keys before the beat breaks for some horn stabs that reminded me of the Dragnet theme tune. Again, Mystro continues with rhyming couplets long after most would have run out of places to take it!

"Maintain" is a very close contender for my favourite track. Not only as the beat is BEAUTIFUL but the subject matter is something i've always tried to get across in tracks myself but it's done here perfectly. The first time i listened to it, i found myself nodding along to it agreeing with Mystro's descriptions of us independant artists with an actual LOVE and respect for Hip-Hop as a culture.

Just read the lyrics from the second verse...

"Shout out's to the rapper who loves to maintain...

Though he's up all night,
creating bombs that make you wanna turn it up more high,
and he don't really wanna fuss or fight,
just touch more mics and make sure that every one's all right
and keep the future stayin much more bright - with no stressin
but the few that make enough doors slide just won't let him
still he's treating it like a profession,
knowing doors soon will open up wider - no question,
time for no restin - just putting in work
foot in the dirt - all good if it hurts, could have been worse,
he cant fret since the rookie has learnt,
to never treat his last step as if it should have been first,
shoes in the mud but always moving above,
using his mind to keep him shining more than jewellery does
and like the last man standing in a pool full of blood,
claim the task as handled cos he'll do what he does to maintain."
*(apologies to Mys if I got some of the lyrics wrong!)

Like I said - couldn't have said it better myself.

"Aquarius" brings the mood down as the E.P comes to a close; not down in a negative sense, just more relaxed with some nice rhodes chords and a strolling bassline as Mys drops nice verses touching on alot of social issues from weapons of mass destruction, to 911, underpaid NHS workers and the legitimacy of medication. It's another solid track among several and closes as we go into the final skit before 'The Urge' drops.

"I'm not a killer but i do get the urge!" As Mystro runs through alot of life's problems that we all have to just deal with day to day; it's easy to identify with the feeling of 'getting the urge'. The beat is nice and aggressive which obviously fits the mood perfectly and is an interesting choice to finish the E.P off but as you end up wanting more as soon as it fades out; it was a good choice.

Keep in mind that you will constantly have to remind yourself that this is an E.P - it really is that good. Every track would sound perfectly at home on a full length album. Not only that but Mystro is able to captivate attention here with no other artists featuring on tracks for support. For those key reasons and for all the reasons listed above - this is music you need to hear. I know there are people out there that want good British Hip hop - it was the reason i set up this blog.

Well, i have good news. Good British Hip-Hop exists. And it's name is Mystro.

The F.D.T. E.P will be available from all major digital stores from December 14th 2009 on Don't Bizznizz.

You can follow Mystro on Twitter HERE
Add him on MySpace HERE
Watch his videos on YouTube HERE
Check out the Natural Born Spittaz blog HERE
and become a fan of Mystro on FaceBook HERE

Monday, 30 November 2009

Consider yourself invited...

Attention all UK MC's...

I am currently putting together a remix project featuring UK MC's over beats made by me sampling a band whom i will not mention until it's finished.

Think 'The Grey Album' but instead of Jay-Z there will be lots of different artists and instead of The Beatles it's...a different band.

Currently signed up are Ben Black of The Delusionists, recently featured & amazingly sick female MC Jai, Wordsmith, Genesis Elijah, Mystro, Asaviour and a few others that aren't confirmed yet.

If you would like to be a part of this, e-mail me as many acapellas of you as you want with the BPM of the original track and i'll let you know if you'll be featured, as well as bring you into the loop with a few more details about the project.

As i said - unfortunately, this applies to just UK MC's but if you're not from the UK and you play an instrument, you know what your doing with mixing tracks down or you have something else that you think you could bring to the table - get at me still. I want this to be a hugely collaborative effort and hopefully we'll all get some new fans out of it.

Please send all acapellas to mashupfigment@hotmail.co.uk

Sunday, 29 November 2009

Delusionists Interview

I can't take the credit for this interview as i didn't conduct it but you should read it all the same. It was featured on the rather excellent hip hop blog Certified Banger. you may remember me posting their EP - 'The Prolusion' in May. If you missed it, Check it out HERE. It's THE SHIT.

Certified Banger: Can you tell us your necessary background details so we can build on basics for the rest of the interview? For example: who you are, projects you have worked on, people you have worked with.

Ben Black: Ben Black aka Beanz aka that rapper/producer out of Delusionists. We dropped our debut EP 'The Prolusion' earlier this year, which was a strictly in-house production. Off the strength of that we're starting to link with some other heads so we've got a few remixes and collabos bubbling beneath the surface... Some of it has come off the back of being on On The Radar 4 so big up to Certified Banger for that!

CB: What are your current or upcoming projects? ie albums, singles, tours, guest spots…

BB: At the moment we're still pushing 'The Prolusion'. We're pressing hard copies of it and trying to get 'em in people's hands at shows and when we're out and about. There'll be a few bonus cuts on there too - remixes and a couple of other things we've been working on lately, like 'The Movement' which we dropped a couple of weeks back. Oh, and a remix of 'Parallel Worldz'.

The album is also well and truly in the works and I'm enjoying writing it and piecing it all together. I've produced all of our stuff myself so far but I'm taking a bit of a backseat this time and my boy Slim Pickens (UK All Day) has stepped up to handle a lot of the beats. He did The Movement and it instantly just seemed to fit, so we're using that as the blueprint for the way forward. We're also trying to hook up a few suprise collabos for the project, which should get people excited if it comes to fruition...

CB: How would you describe your sound? Is there any one track that would best define your style?

BB: Difficult to say, man! 'The Prolusion' was all about finding our sound really so you'll find a mix of styles on there. Fast, slow, happy, sad, clever, ignorant... It kind of shows the full repetoire of what we could do at the time.

I suppose 'The Evil' sums us up best though, because it deals with two sides of a coin. It's like a message to females saying "Look, I am a twat, I will do twattish things. But I KNOW I'm a twat and I intend to change'. A lot of hip hop deals with the first part, in that it puts a spotlight on the negative behaviour but doesn't always acheive a balance by showing the other side. I suppose we're coming from a similar angle to someone like Common - he's said some pretty ignorant s**t in his time, particularly in his early career, but it's always tempered with the conscious, insightful stuff. Some people would say that's contradictory but humans aren't one dimensional, so music should reflect that.

But yeah, you'll hear a lot of cocky, bragging stuff from us because that's what we enjoy, but you might just hear some deeper stuff if you listen close enough. I like the type of Hip Hop where you won't necessarily pick up on things until you've had a few listens, so we try to make stuff that has a little something beneath the surface.

CB: Who have been your biggest musical influences and which Hip Hop artists have inspired you? Which are your favourite albums? What music were you brought up on?

BB: I was chatting about this to DBF (fellow Delusionists MC) the other day and we agreed that pound-for-pound Jay-Z has probably been our biggest influence over the years. Can't say I'm too impressed with BP3 though...

Other than him, I'd say De La, Tribe, DOOM and Jehst have all been massive influences at various points in my development as an emcee. De La and Tribe because they showed that you don't have to be "hard" to make proper Hip Hop. DOOM because I love the way he just seems to be having a laugh without being a corny punchline rapper. And Billy Brimstone because he's consistently proved that a Brit can be up there with the best in the world, and that gives you belief!

I could write a huge list of my favourite albums but the ones that spring to mind? 'The Score', 'ATLiens', 'The Chronic', 'Midnight Marauders' and more recently Q-tips' 'The Renaissance'. And now I feel bad because I've left out loads of classic albums... '36 Chambers'! Oh, and just to avoid being a complete cliche, 'Illmatic' probably isn't in my top ten.

CB: What is your earliest memory of anything Hip Hop related? First rap track heard? First time you rapped?

BB: My earliest Hip Hop memory was my brother playing 'The Show' in the mid-80s. Inspector Gadget was my s**t at the time and when I heard that theme music mixed with that beat I was hooked from then on. I've got to thank my big bro really, for letting me watch them breakdancing movies with him and letting me 'borrow' his Eric B and Rakim records. Yep, I've still got 'em and no, you ain't gettin' 'em back!

I did fanny about with poetry for a bit but I wrote my 1st rap when I was about 10. It was for a school project about tbe Tudors. Henry VIII was the original gangsta! "F**k a pimp slap, cut that bitch's head off!" Me and a few others performed it to the class and when i realised that I could get away with doing that instead of proper work there was no stopping me. Our next one was about Ancient Egypt and I've been writing gradually less educational rhymes ever since.

CB: Where are you from? Can you tell us a bit more about the Hip Hop scene there?

BB: Well, I've lived in West London for the last few years but I was brought up in Lowestoft (Google it). There wasn't any sort of Hip Hop scene, other than a few of us who used to play basketball and listen to whatever The Source told us to. It was good though because it made me go out and seek Hip Hop culture and allowed me to have a fairly unique take on it without being influenced by friends or whoever saying this or that is what i should be into. I didn't really feel that peer pressure to be into any acts in particular, because nobody else really had a f**king clue about Hip Hop. I think you also value stuff more if it's hard to come by, y'know? Which is probably what's up with things at the moment - you don't even have to walk to the shop to get an album now, let alone pay for it! I can remember saving up for weeks just so I could go and get the Dogg Pound album when it eventually came out in the local record shop (about a year after it was released).

CB: What about the Hip Hop scene in general, UK or worldwide – where do you think it’s headed? Are things good/bad? What are your current philosophical thoughts on the current trends in rap music?

BB: Arrrgghhh! The current trends... Well, there is a lot of shit out there. That's my philosophical insight! But nah, there's always been rubbish out there, it's just that now the rubbish is getting some exposure. I'm a bit suspicious of big name DJs getting behind acts that have their ads all over telly and the internet, like "You really like that? Really!?!". Maybe I'm just being cynical but it's a bit strange that you want to co-sign something with a big marketing budget but you don't say f**k all about something of real quality like 'The A-loop Theory'. That's not supporting the scene, it's damaging it by making the general public think "oh, so this is what British Hip Hop sounds like...".

But I've gotta say, although it hurts to see hip hop bastardised and repackaged to suit the teeny boppers you can't be that mad. I can't lie, I liked Kriss Kross and MC Hammer as a kid - who didn't? As long as there's some balance I think Hip Hop will be okay, but if Gang Starr came back sampling 2 Unlimited I'd be worried. What's reassuring is that hip hop will always rebel against itself. For example, there's a lot of people trying to 'Push the boundaries' production wise and neglecting the lyrics a bit. But I think there's a lot of fans who just want to hear some no-nonsense music and entertaining lyrics, which hopefully is where we come in.

CB: What process do you go through when writing a track? Do you start with a beat, a concept, a lyric that you thought of in the shower? What happens next?

BB: It's any and all of those things! Quite often i'll just hear a word or phrase and think "I've never heard that on a record" and I'll think of something that rhymes with it and take it from there. That's one way to stay original I suppose. More concept-heavy songs can take ages to write though. Sometimes a beat conjures a certain emotion and you want to do it justice so you have to choose your words carefully. I've just started writing to other people's beats and that's much easier coz you're not thinking 'That bassline's a bit muffled" or whatever. You can just concentrate on the lyrics and let the producer take the blame if people don't like the beat!

CB: Where do you hope to see yourself in 5 years, 10 years time? Is it an achievable goal?

BB: I want to be in a position where we can put out music from ourselves and others and have a fanbase that trust us to consistently put out strong product. If I can sort out the business side of things so i can do my bit for the artform and support my family, i'll be happy. I know it's gonna be a long, hard road but If I didn't think it was achievable I wouldn't bother.

CB: Any last words?

BB: Yeah, I haven't had a chance to do the whole cliched shout out thing yet so... Big up all the people that have got behind Delusionists so far; Certified Banger (obviously), Disorda, HHC, HipHopHypeDog and all the bloggers, DJs and heads who have let us know we're doing something right.

Also, shout out to the crew - DBF, Chantelle, Zombie Killer, PITMO, Mr Baker, Slim Pickens and King Hektah. Oh, and go cop 'The Prolusion' and keep in touch on Facebook or Twitter and check out the blog, Beats Laying About - it's not exactly Certified Banger but we do our thing!

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Organix - GET INVOLVED!!!

How it Works:

1) They provide a beat

2) They set topic for you to write 16 bars to.. (Topics so far have been 'Summer Holidays' Where Ya From?' 'The Wilderness' 'Punchlines' 'Pet Hates' 'Halloween' etc.)

3) You get roughly two weeks to write and record your bars and get them back to them.

4) They will mix them all together, and put a fitting video behind them, showing who is curretly spitting, and all other relevant info. Video Footage of yourself doin your thing is also very welcome and will be used in the vid.

When they first started off they had Just 8 people on the first episode, now with the word getting out the record has been 16 people, resulting in a two part video.

In their own words;

"We have already worked with 35 + rappers and beatmakers and are looking to carry on expanding, believing that this is beneficial to the movement. We do it purely out of the love for doing it (often means a lot of late nights and sacrificing free time but hey!) I Hope to see some new faces on this one, we are currently half way towards the deadline for Organix Part 10 - The Movement. Be sure to check the myspace for more info."

Bottom line is, they are always looking for for fresh heads to get involved

Check out www.myspace.com/organixhiphop (some vids are up there for you to see)

All other vids can be found on youtube (search for organix hip hop) or subscribe to the user 'simplesamples'

All updates can also be found on www.organix.ukhhf.co.uk (official Organix forum)

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

HHC Digital 005

Available now for free download, HHC Digital 005 is headed up by Rakim. Inside, the god emcee talks about Dr Dre’s studio antics, his first meetings with Nas and Jay-Z, Large Professor’s sample game, the day KRS-One put the blame for gangsta rap on him, the original 50 Cent and Killer Ben, the legend of The Rooftop, plus details the exact price of a pair of Timberland boots with Louis Vuitton patches from Dapper Dan back in the ’80s!

Elsewhere in the issue, Brother Ali talks about his independent streak, Esoteric looks back on the time he almost recorded a track with Eminem, Partners In Kryme go back in the vault for some Turtle power, we big up the Home Grown UK hip-hop exhibition, plus spotlight essential new albums and free MP3s from BlakRoc, Souls Of Mischief, Shafiq, Ralph Rip Shit and more.

Get it HERE

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Beat Makers

Beat Makers is a documentary "that takes a look at the never-ending hustle of young producers trying to make it in the intensely competitive music business. The film taps into trackmasters at various stages of their careers, as they struggle to make (and keep) a name for themselves.It's a cool window into the birth of the beats that get our heads bobbing.” – Bside.com

"We want to make people aware of this documentary, that it is out there and available, however, we don’t have the kind of funding to finance a traditional marketing blitz. We hope that indie film sites will take the time to consider and review a true indie film.” - Producer; Eddie Singleton.

Directed by Laron Austin whose short film “B.A.M.” won audience awards and other accolades in 2008 on the festival circuit, the film covers an unhearalded segment of the Hip-Hop community - the independant, unsigned beatmakers who are doing what they love with the hope of one day being paid for the privilege.

The film opens by introducing us to several producers by name, who break down their names, how long they've been making beats for and these sequences really illustrate just how many of us do what we do.

The film then splits into several chapters that deal with topics such as equipment, ideas & concepts, inspiration and their opinions on sampling to name a few and at 1 hour 32 minutes in length - there's alot of ground covered.

The section where the beatmakers list their various equipment is my favourite. It could really change alot of peoples perceptions of what makes a beatmaker as i've seen alot of conversations along the lines of "if you don't own a ____ then you aint hip hop" and most of the time it's the MPC. But, here's a list of SOME of the equipment used by the beatmakers featured;

Fruity Loops
Korg Triton
Ableton Live
Technics SL1200
Yamaha Motif

The best thing about the documentary is the sheer scope of topics covered and questions answered. i also felt it they spent a rather equal amount of time speaking with each beatmaker which i imagine can often be difficult to monitor with a project like this.

It's a must for established BeatMakers and newcomers looking for an insight into the working lives of like minded individuals.

You can watch the video below in full screen at a higher resolution at YouTube

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Melodiq - Straight From The Soul (Beats by Terem)

Straight From The Soul features Enz, Nelace, Kohndo, Stacy Vickroy, Dj Atom, Elodie Rama, and Just Brea (of Deep Rooted) and is available now at Melodiq.com and Amazon and is coming soon to Itunes and Rapsody, or River City if your in Japan.

Before we get to my thoughts on the album, check out the preview below;

You may also recognise the following track which resulted from a beatmaking video by Hocus Pocus producer 20syl*

*Please note that this track is not featured on this album.

The first track after the intro 'This Is What We Do' opens with some rising and falling horns before the drums and bass drop along with melodiqs voice;

"Un-phased by any competition that presents itself."

It is this sentiment that you should keep in mind while listening to the album because the style that comes across is relaxed, comfortable and effortless. I couldn't imagine hearing any of this album on the radio - not because it's bad, contrarily because it is good and as we all know - good music just doesn't get played on radio! Melodiq's voice sits on Terem's beats perfectly and on 'Worldwide" it's refreshing to hear some international flavour in the form of French MC Kohndo, staying fully true to his roots by spitting the entire verse in French (personally i love French hip-hop, even if i can't understand a f*cking word of it!) The beat is one of my favourites on the album - some really nice flutes, strings and bass.

"The Overseers Ft Nelace" is easily my overall favourite on the album, a really nicely flowing loop of a sample and the flow exhibited by Melodiq and guest MC Nelace is perfect with some nice lyrics like;

"Me, Melodiq and Terem, look at the hole that we tear em' - they got guns, they got power; still we don't even fear em - why? We got heart all the way from the start, so if they breakin ya heart we gotta take em apart."

Possibly my only criticism would be the choice of sample for "Brand New" - in my opinion, a Stylistics track that shouldn't be sampled. But that being said - Terem flipped it in a way that is much better than i would have expected prior to hearing it and it's a nice concept track with some beautiful vocals from Elodie Rama.

That aside - there is nothing i can fault with this album. Take my word for it - you need this in your life.

Head to Melodiq's website to buy the full album from Itunes, Amazon or Rhapsody.

In the meantime, feel free to download one of the following tracks as a freebie courtesy of Melodiq and Terem being such nice chaps!

This Is What We Do

Searching (ft Just Brea)

Soul Patrol (ft Enz)

The Overseers (ft Nelace)

Sunday, 11 October 2009

Jai - On My Jais, The Prelude

On My Jais - The Prelude is a 14 track precursor to Jai's upcoming album, too good to be called a mixtape though.

From South West London, Jai insists that it was her inquisitive nature and challenging childhood that brought about her passion for hip hop, as well as an evident love for a wide range of music.

"I grew up listening to anything from Tracy Chapman to The Pogues to Bob Marley, I loved it all!"

She began writing at a young age, moving on from poetry to rhymes, culminating in her participating in ciphers at the Deal Real record shop in London. The respect she gained from here led to her presenting her own show on Invincible Radio called 'The Sicka Selektion,' showing that her talents can stretch even further.

After an intro type track to start with, Stop, look Listen - sampling a version of the well known Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye track of the same name sees Jai on fine form - the flow is on point, lyrics are nice and it's a perfect way to introduce this young lady's obvious talent.

The only thing putting this in the mixtape category as opposed to it being an album - as it could easily be, in terms of content and quality. is that there are a few used beats here, most notably track 7 - "Brother From Another" which uses Jay-Z's "Soon You'll Understand" beat. As i said though, content wise - this could be an album track, the lyrics go deep such as -

"4 days in ICU, 4 angels surround you/ lost your fight and you rejected life - tell me why?"

Track number 4 - "Movin" shows Jai's versatility as she switches up the flow over a quicker beat - a good idea on Jai's part to put this track on the first half of the album and keep listener's guessing for what's to come.

Track 11 had me laughing - "Swagger Jacker skit" takin the piss out of Lil' Wayne which is always welcome on my speakers!

i'm looking forward to seeing what Jai does in the future - will be keeping my eyes and ears sharp for when the album drops but i was very, very impressed with 'The Prelude,' with such a lack of promising talent in hip hop at the moment, and new artists that are actually deserving of hype and attention - it's really refreshing to hear something to get excited about, and not to sound sexist but even more so when it's a female MC! Not only that, but she's reppin' U.K. What more do i need to say?

You can buy 'On My Jai's' from ITunes and i strongly suggest you do. At £8 it's more than worth it.

For info, bookings, media appointments and other enquiries, please contact flyfirlproductions@live.co.uk

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

J.R - “Get Gully” / “Major League”

London based recording artist J.R will be releasing a series of exclusive material, and hints over an upcoming project in the forthcoming weeks. To kick-start the campaign, the double single “Get Gully” / “Major League” is available for free download with immediate effect.

J.R is currently signed to “Class A Entertainment”, which has been the breeding ground for various musicians over the past couple of years. Unquestionably the label’s most prolific artist, J.R has been identified as an upcoming talent amongst the ears of Wandsworth, and interest has been growing from the likes of radio, and online publications.

“Get Gully” / “Major League” is the brand-new double sided single which will showcase J.R’s commercial viability, along with his tongue for lyricism. After spending months of fine-tuning his style, J.R has not only written and recorded the singles, but entirely produced the track as well. It’s clear to see why the nineteen-year old artist is clearly talented.

J.R’s previous mixtape “A Stroke of Genius” was well received amongst critiques, and was hosted on various websites including Hip-HopKings.Com. With countless downloads and physical copies distributed around South West London, fans have been itching for new material, which is promised to be J.R’s best work to date.

Get Gully
Major League

Catch J.R on MySpace HERE

Saturday, 19 September 2009

Jay-Z at The Roundhouse Camden - 17.09.09

See below for some pictures and a video i took of Jay live back in September;

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Jadakiss live at the 02 + Skinnyman, Stig, Alias, Lakeside and more!

On Tuesday 22nd September, see the legendary U.S. Hip Hop star LIVE, supported by none other than Skinnyman, Stig, Syntax, Alias, Lakeside & Darnel Swallow, Clement Marfo and the front liners, Makeida and KHY

Hosted by The Hott2Deff Squad of 89.1FM Big City Radio - Birmingham.

Tickets are available now from TicketMaster priced from £25 upwards and there is a £5 discount available for all tickets purchased before September 11th

Sunday, 30 August 2009

Milkman - Apollo 2

Volume two of Apollo from beatmaker Milkman is up for download today. You can get volum one HERE.

Volume two kicks off with a smooth intro and a 'Life's a Bitch' remix which is extra nice. 'Blunted' featuring Selph Concious is excellent work. I can't say i've heard the original but the beat on this one fits perfect.

Alot of the work showcased here by Milkman is the right side of simplistic, it's nice and smooth, easy to listen to and follow and above all - is very good. Some nice chops exhibited, good sample choices and nice quality mix.

It's good that he's decided to mix up the format a little and include remix's as well as straight instrumentals, i feel that alot of beatmakers tend to get bogged down in making beat tapes 30 minutes long with just instrumental tracks - it's nice to see a switch up, especially one where the quality of each type of track is just as good.

'Have You' is very nice, really smooth and flows well - easy to listen to all day.

'So High' is a top class track featuring 'JayP' who spits a nice verse effortlessly. The beat and MC fit well together.

I'm struggling for things to write here as 'Apollo 2' is simply a very good BeatTape - solid work, a good follow up to volume one proving that Milkman is capable and focused.

Worth getting basically. HERE

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Not dead yet

Hey everybody. Just a quick post to assure everyone that the blog is still very much alive. Please continue to send your material to mashupfigment@hotmail.co.uk i plan to start posting regularly once again just as soon as i have something to post (thats where you come in) peace!

Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Delusionists - The Prolusion

The Prolusion is a rather impressive, 7 track EP by The Delusionists.

"Trunk Rattle" is a wicked track, possibly my favourite, with a nice bassline and a rather catchy vocal sample which 'Ben Black' spits effortlessly on, displaying a wonderful flow and some nice lyrics ("you know the ones who was laughin freely when i told em i rapped, man that scarred me deeply/ but look at your life now - far from peachy, cos your so Primark, I'm so Maharishi//") The thing i like about 'Trunk Rattle' is that Black manages to create a rather accesible, probably radio friendly banger with lyrics of substance and worth - a more than difficult task amongst today's 'music.' Included at the end of the track is a funny voicemail message left by 'Patricia' from number 14, the apartment below Ben (whether it's real or not, i'm not sure - hope so) asking him to "turn his music off because it's 5 past 1." I love a good skit.

"Super Lyrical Excursion part 2" is 2 minutes of solid lyrical ability. It's not that the technique used is particularly extraordinary, it's a pretty basic flow but it's perfect. The words bounce along the beat comfortably, easy to follow and enjoyable - resulting in some notable quotes such as - "give me a mic and a crate of Corona and i'll give you something heavier than Kerry Catona."

"The Evil" is super laid back and easy. Vaguely on the subject of girls, sex and cheating but touching on other issues ranging from irresponsible fathers, making money, The Evil sounds like a generalisation of a majority of men and what women should look out for - wise words, basically. Aided by some lovely female vocals as Ben touches on some well known situations and habits i'm sure alot of blokes will recognise - "That's why we leave you at home, and got a load of numbers that we wont delete from our phone/ just in case we get an evening alone - we can call Lisa from the other week, if we're in need of a bone."

"Game Of Soldiers" finishes the EP off nicely. Wicked bassline and some nice string and vocal samples. A quicker flow gives a great sounding contrast to the sedated beat. It's a swift journey through a selection of life's commonly encountered problems with the general consensus in how to deal with them being - "fuck it."

After listening to this E.P, Mr Ben Black and The Delusionists go right up there on my U.K favourites list.

All i can say is if he wants to collab with me, or is ever in need of a beat - get at me.

Get the album HERE

Visit the home of The Delusionists, the fledgling but expanding 'Beats Laying About' blog HERE

Monday, 18 May 2009

DaVinChe - Riding For Love

To keep you all entertained until I post the review of The Delusionists album; 'The Prolusion' in the next few days, I thought I'd post the new video from Urban Music Award winner DaVinChe. The man behind Kano’s ‘Brown Eyes’ and ‘PS & QS’Tinchy Strider’s ‘Something About Your Smile’ and ‘Breathe.’ Tinie Tempah’s ‘Tears’ and Sadie Ama's Take You Away.’ DaVinChe is one of my favourite UK producers, P's and Q's is still a banger so it's good to hear from him again.

The video features Clea and Bashy and the single is released on the 8th June, or you can get it a day earlier on digital release.

Catch DaVinChe on MySpace HERE

Saturday, 9 May 2009

Figment - Floor By Floor

I've posted this before but i consider the original post to be somewhat of an 'advanced release.'

This time around, i've trimmed up the start and finish points of the tracks, made sure that all the info tags were right and got some good artwork done.

For those that don't know - the album is my first, written and produced by me and featuring some excellent Essex talent. Please do download it, feel free to leave comments or e-mail me your opinion and by all means - post it on your blogs/forums.

Get it HERE

Sunday, 3 May 2009

Undercurrent - Crisis Talks Mixtape.

On offer today is the wonderfully heavy 'Crisis Talks' mixtape by UnderCurrent. Plenty of dope beats, featuring production from Undercurrents own Baron Samedi.

1. Push My Product *
2. Like Us (feat. Sonnyjim & 777)
3. Godless
4. Bare Wimmin'
5. Denz
6. Rear View
7. Kick In The Door
8. Brothers Grimm*
9. Killing Spree (feat. Logan)
10. Hold U Down
11. Knocked Up
12. Chamber Zero (feat. Jabbathakut)*
13. Up In Smoke*
14. Gamblers Anonymous **
15. Paratroopers (feat. Grit Grammar)
16. Dark Marvel Part II
17. We Got...
18. Big Shots

* - produced by Baron Samedi
** - produced by Mr Libel

Get it HERE

Also check out UnderCurrents up and running website HERE

Monday, 13 April 2009

The Best of Poor Righteous Teachers

Further to last weeks post regarding the news of the tragic death of Hip-Hop legend Tony D, DJ Books brings us The Best Of Poor Righteous Teachers.

1. Ghetto Intro
2. Miss Ghetto
3. Easy Star
4. Strictly Mash'ion (thief-mix)
5. Rock dis Funky Joint
6. Self-styled Wisdom
7. Nobody Move
8. The Very First Time (unreleased)
9. Word iz Life
10. Shakiyla (1st verse)
11. Shakiyla jrh (thief-mix)
12. Speaking Upon A Blackman
13. Each one, Teach one
14. Conscious style ft KRS ONE(verse 1)
15. Conscious Style (verse 2 & 3)
16. Allies ft Fugees
17. Culture Freestyle
18. Wise freestyle ft Ralph Mcdaniels
19. Holy Intellect (remix)
20. Butt Naked Booty Bless
21. Word is Bond (b-side)
22. Wicked Everytime
23. Freedom or Death
24. Time to Say Peace
25. Wise Interview
26. The Nations Anthem

Get it HERE

Nemesis and Arrogance Ft Jelluzz and Starry Dayz

The North London Hip Hop duo NEMESIS & ARROGANCE have been working hard for some time now releasing their debut album last year and underground smash single ‘Change Your Heart’ ft Skinnyman.

With the unquestionable quality of their latest offering 'Da Real Sho,' they stand to start seeing some of that hard work pay off.

This radio-show-themed project, spawned from their popular radio show of the same name and features a breathtaking list of talent including: BASHY, WRETCH 32, SKINNYMAN, SINCERE, FLIRTA D, FAITH SFX, MR TI2BS, MR DRASTICK, SUPAR NOVAR, JELLUZZ, NUTTY P, SUGA DZL, LAZY HABITS, MARK HENRY, BIG BEN and many more...

The first single taken from Da Real Sho, is this massive - Live From The Capital - Featuring fellow north Londoner Jelluzz and Starry Dayz. Da Real Sho is out on the 1st June 2009 on Real Records.

Sunday, 12 April 2009

Hip Hop Connection, better known as HHC is a monthly hip-hop magazine and the longest running monthly periodical devoted entirely to hip hop culture. It was once described by Chuck D as 'The best magazine in the world.' So they must be doing something right. Right?

This post is just a quick one to spread the word that their first ever digital issue will launch on April the 15th at www.hhcdigital.net (add that to your favourites).

Expect the usual album reviews, columns and irreverant shenanigans as well as -

Willie Isz
Charles Hamiton
Dante Ross
Speech Debelle
Lil Wayne
The Cool Kids' jeans
Delegates Of Culture
Mr Lif
Toddla T

Sunday, 5 April 2009

R.I.P Tony D aka Anthony Depula aka Harvee Wallbangar

Taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_D

Tony D, born Anthony Depula, was a US American Hip-Hop DJ and musician from Trenton, New Jersey, USA. He was the first artist to have a record released on Mark Rae's burgeoning British Grand Central Records independent record label (then called Gone Clear Records).
His other albums were released on Cha-Ching Records and 4th & B'way Records, and had been a part of the group Crusaders For Real Hip Hop, who released an album on Profile Records.

Tony D's early records were sampled by artists including Naughty by Nature for the hit "O.P.P.", and by Heavy D, without permission. All cases were settled out of court.

He had also worked as a producer for DJ Muggs, The Outsidaz,yz, Poor Righteous Teachers, Young Zee, King Sun, Blvd Mosse, and Pace Won.
He was last reported to be working on a band project called The WBs.

Apart from Tony D., Depula was also known professionally under the names Harvee Wallbangar and Grand Pubha Tony D.

Depula died on April 5, 2009 after being involved in a car accident near his home in Hamilton, New Jersey. He was reported to be 42 years old, making the year of his birth to be either 1966 or 1967. An investigation of the accident is pending.
From Grand Centrals Website

Weighing in at 16 stone of Italian American heritage Tony Depula a.k.a Tony D is a man who has left an indelible mark across the history of the hip-hop beat, wrestling his way round some classic LPs from Poor Righteous Teachers (acting as producer on classics like Shaqila) - to his own Pound for Pound release on Grand Central.
Tony has always kept his productions tight and full. The hard drums and bass generated courtesy of his EMU SP1200 drum machine have been laced with some classic raps courtesy of YZ, Lo-key and some amazing vocals from Veba and Spikey T. Tony caught the hip-hop bug in 1985 travelling up to the Bronx from his Trenton, New Jersey base and buying drum machines from a producer who had moved on to drug dealing. It was not long before Tony was making classic beats some which were subsequently robbed by the likes of Naughty by Nature and Heavy d; all cases which were settled out of court.
Responsible for Grand Centrals first release and first artist solo album, (Pound For Pound back in 1997)he hooked up with Grand Central when Mark stumbled across Tony D's Central J. Parlay EP'in a N.Y. basement.

From Grand Centrals Website

My Thoughts

Tony D was one of my favorite producers since i first heard his beats on the Poor Righteous Teachers and YZ albums in the late 80's and early 90's and then on his solo album 'Droppin' Funky Verses' then his work with the 'Crusaders For Real Hip-Hop'

The above album (Droppin)was filled with snappy drums and samples that would make new comers from todays scene sit up and listen, plus his lyrics were on point and direct...for example from the album track 'Stop Racism'

Get it right, y'all, my family had to organize
Comin' over on a boat, you see, they had to realize
that they were one, yes, in a nation of so many
nationalities of people, knowledge we had plenty
As an equal, but still some considered us an outcast
Names like guinea and wop is what was used in the past
to describe us, nonetheless we kept our head up
Knowin' in the future we shall all drink from the same cup
Unity is what I'm strivin' for, G, so let it be
Ebony and ivory in our community in harmony
Livin' perfectly together as a whole
from the bottom of South Africa to the North Pole
When I look at a human you can say I'm color-blind
Cause I see them with my eyes but I judge 'em with my mind"

Plus his diss track at 3rd Bass are underground classics!
Check out his Production credits HERE

Enuff chat, check out some of his work and let his talent live on...

Tony D I Salute You!
Rest In Peace

Saturday, 4 April 2009

Crowstick - Tales Of A Warped Mind

I first heard of Crowstick on the Gorden Bennett records promo i reviewed in July last year, on the track 'Killer Bee' which incidently features on this E.P too.

'Demons In My Head' is the E.P opener - a dark, gritty track about paranoia, angst and inner conflict. The beat is very heavy with a bassline and drum track reminiscent of artists like Wu-Tang, early Eminem and Dr Dre. The high pitched sound in the background of the track adds to the tense atmosphere and sense of worry. Flow and lyrics are all on point and CrowStick sits very comfortably on the track, and the E.P in general in fact.

Excellent sample chopping of some blues on 'Gritty Pervert;' similar to Iron Bridge, Phonetics and Ron Compost, with such lines like - "i'm a sick fuck, i fantasise pickin you up - taping your mouth shut, and then i dump you in the back of my truck." The juxtaposition of what is quite a cheery sounding beat with such dark lyrics gives a good feel of unease - similar to 'the ear scene' in Reservoir Dogs.

An excellent offering from an obviously talented, emerging artist.

Get it HERE

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

DJ Gone - Sin City Mixtape Launch Night

DJ Gone is hosting the launch party for his latest mixtape 'Sin City' at East London's Cargo this Saturday the 4th of April, Kung Fu are also set to bring the ruckus along with;

Charlie Sloth
Ramson Badbones
Harry Love
Big Deal
Speech Debelle [Big Dada]
Sarah Love

Plus a special performance from the legendary Skinnyman.

You can download a dope freestyle from DJ Gone, Reveal & Jargon Live on Kiss with MK & Shortee Blitz March '09 HERE

Get your tickets for the evening from Ticket Web HERE

And you can buy a copy of the new mixtape, priced at £9.99 from Suspect Packages HERE

* Cargo Bar is at 83 Rivington Street, London, EC2A 3AY‎ - nearest tube station is Old Street.

Monday, 30 March 2009

D-Nice 'Start Of The Summer'

The suns out there's a smell of BBQ in the air the sound of kids having fun and in the distance from all angles is music coming out of peoples houses and everyone is loving the day...but their choice of music isn't as ear friendly as mine! Its not pleasing to everyone at their swaray! You need a perfect balance of beats and songs in the back ground...something people can nod to, hum to, dance to, relax to and relate to.

Well your in luck, The DJ/Emcee/Producer/Legend that is D-Nice has saved your day!

Hes a craftsman at his art and lets you lovely people download his mixes for FREE!

On the 'Start Of The Summer' mix set there wasn't a track listing so i scribbled down the ones i recognized so please add to the list the ones i missed.

Download it from his site (link below) and check out his other mixes, you wont be disappointed!

Prince - Hot Thing, The Time - Get It Up, Quincy Jones - Ai No Corrida, Stevie Wonder - Another Star, Chaka Khan - I Feel For You, The Intruders - I Don't Wanna Lose Your Love, Yellow Magic Orchestra - Firecracker, Prince - Controversy, D-Train - You're The One For Me, Kashif - I Just Gotta Have You, Alicia Myers - Say Say Say

Download it direct from HERE

2 Hungry Brothers - My Crew's All THINNER!

Its a official, the 2 Hungry Brothers have leaped into the race for best producers and are overtaking the former front runners.
Their choice of breaks/beats are so pleasing to an old boy like me because they've come with fresh ingredients, stuck to traditional recipes and cooked up something meaty with loads of flavor...
On this mix 'My Crews All Thinner' they've rounded up some of the best emcees and blended them with some of the rawest and very familiar breaks.
Such artists like Substantial, Reef the Lost Cauze, P.CASSO, Homeboy Sandman to name a few.
Personal favorites for me are Substantial – King Strut (Amazing emcee and should be MASSIVE) K Gaines – Rum Raisin, Homeboy Sandman – Parallel Perpendicular (such a sick flow) arrh fuck it, i like them all!

Go to their myspace (link below) to order their new album 'Table Manners' featuring C-Rayz Walz, Pumpkinhead, Substantial, Shabaam Sahdeeq, Skyzoo, Many Styles (if you haven't checked Many Styles yet then you need to get your arses in gear...the mans an animal) plus theres loads more first class artists.
PS: while your at there myspace look at their blogs and download the 'Best of 2 Hungry Bros Vol.1' to get more tasty treats of their talent on the production!

1. 8thw1 – Walk Tall
2. Substantial – King Strut
3. Mickey Factz – Move On Up
4. Fresh Daily + $trictlyBusine$$ - Bed-Stuy Bullet Dodge
5. Senor Kaos – Wandering Soul
6. 8thw1 – The Expose’
7. Critical – Holy Are You
8. Reef the Lost Cauze – Ripped By Loud Metal Explosions
9. 8thw1 – Executive Lounge
10. P.CASSO – Second Wind
11. Little Vic – Black Night
12. 8thw1 – Harlem Hindu
13. Daniel Joseph – Holy Thursday
14. Nikkobya Bisou – Le Machete’
15. Gary Bartz – Celestial Blues
16. 8thw1 – Small Crib
17. Von Pea – Foodstamps
18. K Gaines – Rum Raisin
19. 8thw1 & Leon Haywood – I Wanna Do Something Freaky To You
20. Mazzi – SOUL Propulsion
21. Homeboy Sandman – Parallel Perpendicular
22. 10 Wheel Drive – Ain’t Gonna Happen
23. Willie Colon - Te Conozco

Download it HERE
Hit 'em up on their myspace HERE

Sunday, 29 March 2009


CalatrilloZ is the name of a Circus Family, protagonist of a tale created by the Brazilian Luciano (vocals), who, after many years of singing Classic Opera, decided to create a new musical project. Bizarre enough, instead of starting from writing songs, he created a story that could inspire his music. His tale brought him to write songs mixing gothic, rock, jazz, theatrical opera and circus vibes.

The first track of theirs that i listened to on the groups MySpace was 'My Show My Gold,' and i was very impressed. This is easily something that could (and should) be played on the radio - very catchy and well formed/written and constructed. The vocals have a wonderfully theatric sound, as does the piano throughout - which contrast perfectly with the guitars and i love the circus organ segment that comes in just before an excellent little piano solo.

Despite the title, 'Dying Love Sonata' is an upbeat track, with a carnival, almost marching band sound to it until it switches about halfway through and gains a little speed just before dying out and slowing down again to a haunting ballad, and then going back to the carnival, marching band rythm. This is a busy and varied track to say the least, but definitely in a good way - giving the feel that each changin part of the track is a change in the story, like acts of a play.

I loved everything i heard. To me, Calatrilloz sound like a mix of the best bits of Queen, Tenacious D, and Andrew Lloyd Webber! The band has a very professional sound and the theatrical element i mentioned earlier is something i have always wanted to see the return of in Rock music and Calatrilloz are carrying the flag.

It's safe to say that they have a new fan and they have some live shows coming up at the following venues;

26 Apr 2009 20:00 - Tommy Flynn's London and South East
5 May 2009 20:00 - The Rythm Factory London and South East
9 May 2009 20:00 - Custard Factory Birmingham
14 May 2009 20:00 - Dark Mill Festival London, London and South East (Private Night V.I.P Only)
26 May 2009 20:00 - The Good Ship London and South East

Judging by the following verdict of one of their live shows, it looks like they are definitely worth a look!

"Their performances on stage are as theatrical as their music –replete with makeup , masks, gothic attire and two back-up singers who perform in fishnets and corsets."
Friday 13th of March 2009 -

If that doesn't do it for you, check out the video below of them performing The Marionettes Poem and Dying Love Sonata;

In case you missed the link at the start of the post, you can find CatrilloZ on MySpace HERE.

Friday, 27 March 2009

fLako - The First Spaceshit on The Moon

This is by far the best piece of instrumental work i have ever heard.

Clocking in at just under 50 minutes and consisting of 30 beats - it seems that fLako agrees with my point of view that less is most definitely more as a majority of the beats are in the 1 - 2 minute range, with only 2 tracks entering 3 minute territory.

It is one of the shorter offerings, track number 2 - 'Hump' that stood out as my favourite, and one that i could bump forever with it's minimal 'wha-wha' organ sound and perfect drums bouncing over a simple bass line guaranteed to snap necks.

With so many reasons to like the whole BeatTape, it's hard to pick one defining feature that justifies me giving it the 'best ever' title, but i'll try.

Diversity and variety.
In my eyes, very few producers today have it. fLako demonstrates a tremendous amount of the stuff over the course of the beattape, with Accordians on 'Shake It Harder,' harps on 'Lullaby,' and flutes on 'The up Wind.' This is, not just in terms of which type of beats they are or which type of mood they induce - but the drum sounds and patterns used, the instruments and arrangements in place.

Many beatmakers start off either making sample based stuff or creating original compositions with a variety of synths and virtual instruments and for many a time will come when they decide to crossover and blend the two. fLako is so good at converging samples and original instrumentation that i don't even know which parts are sampled (if any) and which are not.

'Welcome' is another favourite of mine with the rising and falling choir voices and a nice, gritty bass lead. The drums are perfect, i especially like the snapy, echoey rimshot on the snares.

There are elements of other producers, most notably J Dilla in alot of the bass and drum work; 'Yea Yea Yea Yea' in particular, which rolls along effortlessly. I love the drums work on 'Lullaby,' and the track in general is stunning with wonderful, Dorothy Ashby style harps and odd drum kicks that sound out of sync but work so well together. Mostly however, fLako has a style that is all his own, having created what many beatmakers strive to produce - a perfect representation of their work and approach to beatmaking. 'The First Spaceshit on The Moon' is perfect in every sense of the word - and stands as a blueprint for all beat tapes to follow. Take note!!!

Download it for free HERE

Add fLako on MySpace HERE

Monday, 23 March 2009

DJ Revolution Presents “Malcolm + Martin: Movement Music” Mixtape

Up-and-coming duo Malcolm + Martin have teamed up with DJ Revolution, to bring listeners their latest street album.

Download this if you wanna hear 2 of the illest new
cats from the west coast spittin' fire over classic
breaks. Givin' new meaning to timeless music, injecting
intelligence, fun and positivity into your ear holes. you know...
what hip hop is supposed to do.


. Malcolm + Martin - What The Hell Happened to you?
2. Malcolm + Martin - A New Day-Skull Snaps
3. Malcolm + Martin - Status Quo-Saul Williams on the wake up show
4. Malcolm + Martin - Rock Bed-J. Trombey
5. Malcolm + Martin - Its my thing-James Coffey
6. Malcolm + Martin - Do Your thing-Malcolm & Martin
7. Malcolm + Martin - Hihache-Lafayette Afro Rock Band
8. Malcolm + Martin - Do What you Gotta dp-Eddie Drennon & B.B.S. limited
9. Malcolm + Martin - Welcome to the Movement-Malcolm + MArtin
10. Malcolm + Martin - Lunchtyme Cyphers-Malcolm + Martin
11. Malcolm + Martin - Making Tracks-Night Train
12. Malcolm + Martin - Sample Culture-Saul Williams on the wake up show
13. Malcolm + Martin - Talking loud-James Brown
14. Malcolm + Martin - Sayin’Nothing-Malcolm + Martin
15. Malcolm + Martin - Hollywood Swingin’-Kool + The Gang
16. Malcolm + Martin - Jungle Boogie-Kool + The Gang
17. Malcolm + Martin - Let the Drums Speak-Fat Back Band
18. Malcolm + Martin - Word to the Drum-Malcolm + Martin
19. Malcolm + Martin - Mind Power-James Brown
20. Malcolm + Martin - Funk for the Folks-The Soul Searchers
21. Malcolm + Martin - Melting Pot-Booker T + The MG’s
22. Malcolm + Martin - Another Victory-Malcolm + MArtin
23. Malcolm + Martin - Make my Funk-Parliment Funkadelic
24. Malcolm + Martin - Feel the Funk-Ceasar Frazier
25. Malcolm + Martin - The Ka$H-Malcolm + MArtin
26. Malcolm + Martin - Misleading Words-Saul Williams on the wake up show
27. Malcolm + Martin - Against the Wall-Malcolm + MArtin
28. Malcolm + Martin - Great Nation-Bambu
29. Malcolm + Martin - Kissed my baby-The Meters
30. Malcolm + Martin - Time Machine-Styliztik Jones/Randy Pie
31. Malcolm + Martin - Win or Lose-Malcolm + Martin
32. Malcolm + Martin - Ghetto funk-Duralcha
33. Malcolm + Martin - Sista Big Butt-Malcolm + Martin
34. Malcolm + Martin - Gotta be Funky-Monk Higgins
35. Malcolm + Martin - Hung Up-Salt

The brand new Malcolm + Martin: Movement Music mixtape is available for free download at the link below.


grab it...re-post it...enjoy it.

Blaq Ink and Chip FU - Stop Playing

Chip Fu = Emcee (A Master of Ceremonies or MC (emcee), sometimes called a compère or an MJ for "microphone jockey," is the host of an official public or private staged event or other performance. The MC usually presents performers, speaks to the audience, and generally keeps the event moving. An MC may also tell jokes or anecdotes, use rhyming presentation style and otherwise interact with and be included in and be some part of the performance...or a person who can rip the mic/stage and leave a dent on the ears and memories of all who hear them)

Chip Fu has been around for years and has earned his place in my top 5 emcees of all time but he should mentioned in everyone's list, purely for his flow alone. But hes not a one trick pony, his lyrics can be funny/clever/deep and every other aspect you can think of....plus the man can sing!
Its all seems so effortless.

Formly of the Fu-Schnickens where with fellow emcees Moc Fu and Poc fu they brought something new to the table, they brought fun and humor plus serious and deep songs all topped off with a twist of Reggae/Ragga.

This free download is a taster in preparation for the new album M.A.A.T.H
Stop Playing is 26 tracks deep of tunes that Chip Fu appeared on plus some exclusives and freestyles...and it also includes Chip Fu version of the MASSIVE Collie Budz tune 'Love Mi Sensi'
There's heaps of truly head nodding tunes with other artists popping up here and there i.e Phife Dog, Del tha Funkee Homosapien, Pete Rock, Heavy D, Renee from Zhane plus more.

Enuff chat ... just download it and play it loud!!

Grab it HERE

Add Chip Fu on myspace HERE

Let him know where you saw it to!! ('',)

Saturday, 21 March 2009

Rainah - Loose (Remix) Ft Goldenchyl, Produced by Dwayne Shippy

Download the track HERE

Rainah's MySpace HERE

Subscribe to Rainah's YouTube channel HERE

Thursday, 19 March 2009

Amede and The Soundsmith - Overwhelmed

Amede (AM-EDDIE) is the voice, The Soundsmith is the composer, together they are Amede and The Soundsmith and they return to Strictly Independant with another instrumental single entitled 'Overwhelmed.'

The track opens with some sparse notes eventually accompanied by some gritty kicks and snares until some bright strings come in, followed by some nice bass notes - undercutting and complimenting the higher points of the beat and adding some movement.

The mood of the track is quite uneasy and tense with a heavy atmosphere which seems to come from the strings but the bass sound keeps it in the electric soul genre and the change ups in the drums along with the introduction of some extra percussion sounds later on insure that the track stays interesting and fresh throughout.

Moving from gradually adding sounds to gradually removing them until it is left with just some distorted notes to finish the beat is a perfect way of letting the sounds 'warm down' and keeps a good sense of progress.

The track is another well thought out and well executed piece of music and is a perfect addition to Amede and The Soundsmith's growing arsenal of thought provoking music. A must have for fans of the genre and artists, and a fine choice for newcomers to get started on. This comes highly recommended.

Download the single for free HERE

Visit Amede and The Soundsmith's website HERE

Add them on MySpace HERE

Monday, 16 March 2009

Beit Nun & IllSkilz - Colours

Beit Nun is a 23 year old MC based in Macclesfield, UK. IllSkilz is a Dutch producer, and is fastly making waves in Holland with his instantly recogniseable sound.

The artists themselves describe Colours as;

"a brief look at the world through the eyes of a man who for the first time, feels both content and complete. Beit Nun reveals all to the listener, as he describes his new-found happiness through love, friendship, purpose, ambition and destiny. This refreshingly positive extended player certainly owes itself to the distinctive production talents of IllSkilz who debuts himself on this release, and undeniably makes himself known, with his consistant, yet unpredictable soulful mix of samples and compositions, drifting under a barrage of heavy hitting drums and daring synths."

Colours opens with 'Rainbows' featuring some on point cuts from Jabba Tha Kut and setting a rather laid back mood for the next track 'A Good Year' which showcases guest emcees Suicyde, Old Owl, JND & Chris L as well as previously featured artists 777, Dan Bull and Joe Gutta. Each emcee sits well on the beat; Dan Bull in particular exhibiting a nice comfortable flow.

'As It Is' has an introspective feel to it over what sounds like a nice Gil Scott Heron sample and keeps the tone mellow.

'Summertime' grabbed my attention with a well crafted beat that has done the often difficult task of combining samples and synth work to set a perfect backdrop for a track about...well, summertime.

'The Music' is probably my favourite track - with a lovely flute sample chopped to perfection, laced with some nice drums that make it flow wonderfully. Beit's delivery is effortless and the track really shines.

One thing i really like about the album is that the longest track, 'A Good Year' is 4:35 and is the only track to hit the 4 minute mark. All the other tracks are kept well within the 2-3 minute range and it results in a much more coherent track listing with real substance and thought to it. All the guest emcees do their job, IllSkillz does more than what is requires with the beats and Beit Nun ties it all together with superb flow and conscious lyrics - possibly my favourite British Emcee, North of London at the moment.


01. Rainbows
02. A Good Year (Feat. Dan Bull, Suicyde, 777, Joe Gutta, Old Owl, JND & Chris L)
03. Painting The Town Red
04. As It Is
05. Chromatics
06. Summertime
07. The Music
08. Leave Me Here (Feat. 777)
09. In Black And White

All Lyrics Written By Beit Nun (Except Guest Verses)
All Tracks Produced By IllSkilz
All Tracks Mixed & Arranged By Beit Nun
Cuts On Track 1 By Jabba Tha Kut
Cuts On Track 5 by SDSK
Guitar On Track 9 By Dan Bull
All Tracks Mastered By OJB
Cover Artwork By Megy Mey & 211 Graphics

Get the album HERE
Add Beit Nun on MySpace

Wednesday, 4 March 2009

Princess Nyah ft. Coldsteps - Frontline (Live)

Check out the video below of Princess Nyah performing 'Frontline ft. Coldsteps' Live at the Frontline launch party.

See the following interview with Princess Nyah from Flavour Magazine -

You originally started out as a rapper when you were making a name for yourself with G-fam. How did you turn your hand to singing and song-writing?

Well song-writing has always been part of what I do even when rapping. I wrote my own lyrics so writing was always a part of me! The singing came with time after singing a few hook’s on the G*Fam album I became more confident as a vocalist.

Tell us a bit about your musical background and influences?

I grew up with 80’s pop and revival music, so Janet Jackson and Paula Abdul are some of my earliest influences. However when I started buying my own music as a teenager I had a real passion for rap and followed Lil Kim very closely as well as rap greats such as Jay-Z and Nas, so my influence’s are varied.

Your current single Frontline is proving to be a huge success on the club scene. Do you feel you’ve found your niche within the funky house genre?

I don’t think it’s a niche, I just think Funky house is relevant in the music scene at the moment and it’s what people wanna hear when they are out! I think I just gave birth to something that fitted in with the current scene.

Do you feel you are an all rounded musical artist and why?

To me all rounded means that you can do a bit of everything; I write my own songs and have influence at the production stage. I self manage and look after myself as an artist, from my image, to rehearsals to collaborations. So yeah I would say I am an all rounded musical artist!

Your debut single Frontline has proved a popular dance-floor filler on the party islands. Are you surprised at the success it’s had over there?

I think that it proved well on the party islands as it was a new track, and with the club scene momentum is everything. New material especially from a new artist takes time to sink in, so I still think there is room for Frontline to do even better this summer than it did last.

How do you feel about the support you’ve had back home from Radio stations and Clubs?

Support is everything, I had Marcus Ramsey a key DJ on the underground back Frontline from the beginning without him I wouldn’t have been able to meet all the other DJ’s that are a huge support. That’s underground and over ground. The UK scene is very supportive and are willing to assist the project where they can.

ILL Blu produced the track Frontline with you. How did this collaboration come about?

Ill Blu are made up of DEF1 and J-Reel. J-Reel produced all the G-Fam album and DEF1 was a key member in the group. So working together wasn’t new, it was just us messing around doing something different. Frontline was the first ever funky track we done!

Are you signed to record label at the moment?

I’m independent at the moment! No signings to any majors. Frontline is gonna be released under Nuevo Records which is our own label.

What projects do you have coming up and what can we expect from you in 2009?

I have a remix out featuring cold steps a really big MC on the funky scene, and I have nearly finished my album so the second single will be pushed out in march just after the release of Frontline.

Words By Daina Anderson
Photography by Saira Awan

Princess Nyah's website HERE
To be added to her mailing list, E-Mail to - dj@princessnyah.com
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