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Friday, 28 November 2008

"We see the best examples of humanity in the face of the worst..." ( c ) Talib Kweli

No BoxFresh this week.

I know there are readers of this blog in Mumbai, so if you're reading this and you haven't done already, please get down to a hospital and try and give blood ASAP.

This tragedy didn't really hit me until a few minutes ago when I saw the list of the names of the dead and injured - the time it took me to scroll down past each of the names hammered home the point that this is something different to the random acts of evil permanently populating the news that I think most of us have become desensitized to at this point.

Understandably, the natural reaction to atrocities of this magnitude is to question humanity itself and wonder how those terrorists could commit such vile acts and kill innocent civillians so brazenly and without any sign of hesitation. That thought process is valid and very much necessary but perhaps we should also take time to recognise the humanity of the scared individuals in Mumbai who have rushed to give blood en masse and do everything they can to help the victims of these attacks. And to acknowledge the bloggers in India who offered their help in assisting families seeking information about their loved ones in Mumbai. A trivial gesture in the face of such violence perhaps, but as Talib Kweli said six years ago with regard to the aftermath of 9/11, humanity's finest characteristics shine brightest in the face of its most deplorable.

Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Eastern Jam VIP

That's huge.

Oh and on a side note, remember I told you: the club remix to "Let You Go" is gonna do disgusting things. I haven't even finished the original yet, but boy... the remix. I'm not one for hype. No hype. Just wait and see.

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

"I make the gyal dem sing for me... who you calling a joker?! ask your girl why I call her Leona..." (c) Ghetto


That Stryder single with Taio Cruz. And better than that, the big remix to that tune with Sway and Chipmunk. The Ghetto (or is it Ghetts?) "Sing For Me" remix. Wiley's got "She Glows" remix with Ghetts and Kano, and "See Clear Now" with Kane and Scorcher. Sway's got "Silver and Gold" with Akon. Jay Sean's "Tonight" remix with Lil' Wayne. And that's just the top of the year, looks like that Mainstream Money is coming.

So here's a treat. Just a radio rip for now, this tune is too fresh.

Tinchy Stryder featuring Taio Cruz, Sway and Chipmunk - Take It Back (remix)

Monday, 24 November 2008

"Are you mad?! I got a number one to make, chicks to recieve that you wouldn't believe!"

"Oi T, show off your voice!"

A lotta people have a lot of stuff to say about N-Dubz. Loved and hated in equal measure, their album "Uncle B" debuted at #11 in the UK album charts yesterday. In a week where Beyonce, Leona, Dido, Nickelback, Simply Red and Rod Stewart all droped albums, that's a phenomenal performance.

I've personally always been a fan - their stuff might be poppy and very commercial but from when Better Not Waste My Time first dropped it was obvious they had something special. Where groups in a similar mould have fallen flat at the first hurdle, N Dubz have grown in stature from a Channel U group with major backing to the All Around The World signed hit machine they look to be from here on out. There are 15 actual songs on the album and I have no hesitation in saying that at least 12 of those songs could be released to radio and perform respectably. Most already have! Re-releases included, "Uncle B" will probably have had at least eight singles by the time its run is over. Eight singles! Not including re-releases, 8 of those 15 have had videos shot and aired for them already. These guys have been building a buzz for a long time and it's paid off.

Anyway, the album is fucked. It's a cliche to describe an album as having something for everyone, but this album really does. Ultimately it's got the most for the kids, N-Dubz fans are predominantly teenagers and apart from a handful of more adult-orientated tracks, the material reflects that. That's no slur on the quality of the music though - the album is packed with catchy hooks, big vocals from Tulisa and potential hits.

Personal favourites are "Wouldn't You", "Work Work", "Don't Get Nine" and "Strong Again". It would be the whole album if they hadn't made half the album singles and I was hearing smashes like "I Swear", "Better Not Waste My Time", "Feva Las Vegas" and "Defeat You" for the first time and not the 400th. Hits for days.

There's an argument that without Tulisa, these guys wouldn't be anywhere. That could be true, but for all we know, the sometimes anonymous Faze writes all of those killer hooks. It's irrelevant anyway, because, for now at least, she is an integral part of the group, and it is the group who have worked themselves into their current position. This album might be slept on (it doesn't look likely given the success it has already had), because so many of the group's singles have been all over Channel U, Base and Kiss for at least a couple of years already, but that shouldn't count against them. They've managed to cross over into the mainstream, and are doing exactly what they were doing on Day 1. Don't hate, congratulate.

"Everything slow motion, first the flash of light, then the rise of emotion... and I'm still in slow motion..." ( c ) Natty

Nitin Sawhney featuring Natty live from the BBC Electric Proms (at my second home The Roundhouse nonetheless) performing possibly the song of the year. Natty's potential is astounding, and paired with the bonafide genius of Sawhney (and that's no hyperbole), "Days of Fire" (from the Indian musician's latest album, "London Undersound") accurately reflects the mood of a burning city with a haunting poignancy that most artists can only dream of achieving. Stunning song from an amazing album by one of the greatest talents this country has ever produced.

Sunday, 23 November 2008

Jay Sean - Tonight (Video)

"I see the glow in you and it, felt like when I spoke to you..."

Wiley featuring Kano and Ghetto - She Glows (Video):

The video is finally here. And it is most definately alot. The amount this tune has grown on me is unbelievable. Disgusting.

Saturday, 22 November 2008

"Hot girls make great clothes"

So apparently there's a little outrage at this Ecko advertising campaign which insinuates that their clothing is manufactured with love in factories by an army of bikini-clad hotties. I can't really see what all the fuss is about. I mean to me it's a great advert - memorable, visually stimulating... so what if there's a few women running around not wearing a lot. I mean does it REALLY matter?!

And if you enjoyed that advert, here's the campaign's YouTube channel where you can see more of the same tasteful and... visually stimulating output. Anyone who knows me knows that my Ecko game is invincible, and not the generic JD Sports shit either. I only rock off the rack exclooos material. I don't think they make the best t-shirts anymore, but they're still up there and have such a huge range and variety of styles. It still kills me that I could never get my hands on one of those Vader Mark Ecko tees.

Friday, 21 November 2008

DJ DeeKay Presents BoxFresh 4th Edition (R&B Classics)

BoxFresh Special this week - R&B Classics. I know technically the first track is Hip-Hop, but shit, Juicy is R&B enough. This week was a lot of fun to do, R&B was so much better in the 90s. No streaming link this week.

Notorious BIG - Juicy
112 featuring Notorious BIG and Mase - Only You (remix)
Dazz Band - Starship
Montell Jordan featuring Slick Rick - I Like (remix)
Ruff Endz - No More
Dru Hill featuring Jermaine Dupri and Da Brat - In My Bed (So So Def remix)
TLC - No Scrubs
Sporty Thievez - No Pigeons
Ginuwine - So Anxious
Mase featuring Total - Tell Me What You Want
Jon B featuring Tupac Shakur - Are You Still Down
SWV featuring Wu-Tang Clan - Anything (remix)
Brandy featuring Mase - Sittin' On Top Of The World
Horace Brown featuring Jay-Z - The Things We Do

Click here to download.

DJ DeeKay Presents BoxFresh 4th Edition (R&B Classics)

For Promotional Purposes Only.

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

"Just because I'm losing, doesn't mean I'm lost // doesn't mean I'll stop..." ( c ) Chris Martin

I know I already posted this tune way back when (over a month ago in fact), but here's the video to Coldplay and Jay-Z's "Lost (remix)". This shit is a fucking anthem. "Anthem" must be the buzzword of the day.

"With the same sword they knight you, they gon' good night you (with),
Shit, that's only half if they like you,
That ain't even the half of what they might do,
Don't believe me, ask Michael,
See Martin, see Malcolm,
See Biggie, see Pac - see success and its outcome,
See Jesus, see Judas,
See Caesar, see Brutus - see success is like suicide,
Suicide, it's a suicide,
If you succeed, prepare to be crucified,
Media meddles, n-ggas sue you, you settle,
Every step you take, they remind you you're ghetto,
So it's tough being Bobby Brown,
To be Bobby then, you have to be Bobby now,
And the question is, "Is to have had and lost,
Better than not having at all?"
Because dawg..."

( c ) Jay-Z

"This is that get crunk, move bitch // get drunk stupid // high like space, .45 on waist..." ( c ) The Diplomats

"The Diplomats" was a name that used to ring out in Hip-Hop, loved and hated in equal numbers by heads and critics alike. It took me a while personally to understand that Cam' and his boys were a lot more than just borderline-wack with basic bars. Those guys made anthems. Best beat selection in the game, lyrics steeped in steadfast confidence (I didn't wanna say "swagger"!). Hard to believe that this was nearly 5 years ago, but at one point I even fully rated Juelz as one of the best of the breed of up-and-coming MCs (which included Joe Budden, Lloyd Banks and Fab... none of whom even remotely reached their potential).

"Get Crunk Music" is probably my favourite of those Dipset bangers. There are others that are more well known, but this shit here is my personal theme music. I happened to stumble across the track this morning and as a result of the flood of memories it brought back, I thought it justified it's own post.

The Diplomats - Crunk Music

"Me? Human crack in the flesh // I'm the last of the best // One word to describe me? Spectacular, yes!" ( c ) Juelz Santana

Sunday, 16 November 2008

"To think I might not see those eyes..."

Leona Lewis on X-Factor last night performing her cover of Snow Patrol's "Run", which I believe also happens to be her next single.

A reminder to this year's contestants of the levels that have already been set? Comparing this to Mariah's performances on the show last week, Leona was a different class.

Saturday, 15 November 2008

DJ DeeKay Presents BoxFresh 3rd Edition

Ah it was a fucking chore this week! But I persisted, eager not to disappoint my leigons of (possibly imaginary) fans, and so here is the 3rd Edition of BoxFresh, featuring (mostly) the newest Hip-Hop and R&B mixed (pretty mediocrely this week) by yours truly. I did manage to slip a couple of tracks from the incredible Chase and Status album, "More Than Alot" in there (I'll post on that sometime next week). Shout out to Shaz.

Mixing into the D&B wasn't too difficult but mixing out and back into Hip-Hop was a nightmare, hence me ending up mixing two Chase and Status tracks into eachother in an attempt to buy myself more time. How's that for honesty?!

Please do drop comments if you feel to, Blogspot randomly has urges to delete comments and even my posts sometimes so I can't guarantee they'll stay there, but all feedback is appreciated.

DJ DeeKay Presents... BoxFresh 3rd Edition

Kanye West - Heartless
Charles Hamilton - Brooklyn Girls
Shayal featuring Wesu - Rupal
Shontelle featuring The Dream - T-Shirt (remix)
Slim (of 112) featuring Fabolous - Good Loving (remix)
Jessica Mauboy featuring Flo-Rida - Running Back
Chase and Status - Hurt You
Chase and Status - Take Me Away
Lloyd Banks - I'm So Fly
Ne-Yo - Something About Her (Miss Independent remix - produced By Grand Larceny)

Probably something themed next week. Maybe slow jams, or R&B from the 90s. Or a Funky House mix. Or... I dno, suggestions are welcome. That Shayal album is pretty good as well. That's the guy who did Ginuwine's Baby (the hindi Ginuwine track). That album and "More Than Alot" have my endorsement, definately worth buying them both.

You can stream it in the player above, or else download it by right-clicking and selecting "save target as..." here.

Alternatively, here's another link link:
DJ DeeKay Presents BoxFresh 3rd Edition.

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Wednesday, 12 November 2008

"I'm willing to run... smash into you..." ( c ) The Yonce

A slice of pop perfection.

I haven't heard Beyonce's upcoming double-disc album "I Am... Sasha Fierce" in it's entirety yet, but I can almost guarantee this will be the best song on there. Surprisingly, it was written by The Dream and produced by "Tricky" Stewart, the team behind Mariah's "Touch My Body" and The Dream's own "Shawty Is A 10". Both the beat and the melody betray a degree of subtlety and measured reflection that I thought was beyond these guys. Not to mention the lack of any "ella, ella, ella, eh eh eh"'s. It's Beyonce's controlled vocal performance however that makes the song great - this has to become her biggest hit to date. Beautiful song.

Monday, 10 November 2008

Obama seeking to shut down Guantanamo Bay...

He's not wasting any time. Closing down Guantanamo Bay, reversing Bush's block on stem cell research, lowering taxes on the middle class and increasing taxes on the most wealthy. Looks like our boy is living up to his hype.

Click the link below to read the full article taken from the The Times Online.

"Barack Obama plans quick transfer of Guantanamo Bay suspects to US".

"The revolution will not be televised, get from around here..." ( c ) Styles P

Over four years ago, the classic remix to Jadakiss' "Why", featuring Styles P, Common and Nas, dropped amidst great anticipation. In my opinion, it was one of the great "all-star" remixes of all time, with each of the guest verses standing out, and nobody letting the team down with a wack verse.

I heard it in it's entirety for the first time since 2004 when my iPod was on shuffle over the weekend, and it occured to me just how good this song actually is. Common's verse stood out as personally relevant to me now. Notice the "Obama For President" bars, over FOUR YEARS before it would become a reality! Nas does alot on this tune too. Littered with Nas' standard factual inaccuracies (half of America has AIDS?! That's news to me!), he still smashes it, but it's Common's verse I've chosent to highlight below, mainly because of one line I particularly emphathise with.

Jadakiss featuring Anthony Hamilton, Styles P, Nas and Common - Why (remix)

"Why do they say I changed for a girl?
Why you worried about my clothes if my flows gonna change the world?
Why you wait 'til you're 30 to try to be hard?
Why I gotta have religion if I believe in God?
Why is Bush actin like he trying to get Osama?
Why don’t we impeach him and elect Obama?

Why ain't Rick James remembered for classic hits?
Why do we remember Rick for smacking a bitch?
Why did Ricky Williams retire? They mad in Miami.
Why did Justin sell Janet out to go to the Grammy’s?
Why you kill on every song? Why you frown at the screen?
There's so many thrones, why we argue who is the king?
Why's it over for the gangster? Why's over for bling?
Why they hype Britney up? They know she can't sing!
Why a whip and a chain the black American dream?
Why I know it in my heart it remains unseen.

(c) Common

Sunday, 9 November 2008

Chipmunk featuring Loick Essien - Beast

Big tune and a big video to accompany it. Mr Monk's doing a lot right now on the back of his MOBO win.

DJ DeeKay Presents BoxFresh 2nd Edition

Ladies and Gents, here's the 2nd Edition of BoxFresh, a day early as well! Told you I was gonna step up the levels. Unfortunately, my hosting server doesn't share my enthusiasm so has decided to par me. Which means no streaming player this week, just a download link. Here's the tracklist:

G Frsh - Do It
Jay Sean - Tonight
Craig David - Insomnia
Sway featuring Akon - Silver And Gold
T-Pain featuring Chris Brown - Freeze
Chase and Status featuring Kano - Against All Odds
Chris Brown - Fatal Attraction
T-Pain featuring Ludacris - Chopped and Screwed
Pretty Ricky - Shonin'

So that's BoxFresh 2nd Edition, half an hour of the hottest new tunes, mixed by yours truly. That G Frsh tune at the top of the mix is just fire. Click the link below to download the mix:

DJ DeeKay Presents... BoxFresh Second Edition

Monday, 3 November 2008

"Got me smiling, I don't smile... you got me changing my expression, I don't express..." (c) LeBron James

Oh my god, Nicole is alot. I mean I knew before now, but I didn't BELIEVE. Now I'm a believer. Damn.

"I rocks with Obama but I ain't no politician..." (c) Jay-Z

The world NEEDS Obama to win tomorrow. Hov talking at a rally about just how important it is that the Obama/Biden ticket triumphs in the US elections on November 4th.