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Tuesday, 30 December 2008

Birmz Is Grime 2

There is no doubt if I was still at Birmingham, I would've dragged someone along with me and reached this rave at the famous Custard Factory. Looks big.



Muhammad Ali - "Impossible is Nothing"

"Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men,
who find it easier to live in the world they've been given,
than to explore the power they have to change it.
Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion.
Impossible is not a declaration. It's a dare.
Impossible is potential.
Impossible is temporary.
Impossible is nothing."


We Write The Lyrics

Lemme get that plug in there first and foremost, after all I did steal this from one of my co-editors who posted it today over at the We Write The Lyrics blog. Which is a website y'all need to check out IMMEDIATELY.

That shit is my mantra for 2009.

"First thing you wake up, I'm on your mind // first thing I wake up, it's breakfast time..." ( c ) Sincere


Kid Bass featuring Sincere - Good Girls Love Rudeboys

Seeing as there's no official video and I really do wanna draw attention to this future chart smash, I'm afraid I'll have to post this clip instead. Shout out to whoever's doing promo on this track, you're doing a great job.

I apologise to any women who read High Fidelity and were unimpressed by what they saw when pressing play on the above video. Unless you like that kind of thing. In which case, you're welcome. And call me sometime.

"Gaza death toll passes 300"

The Guardian: 'I didn't see any of my girls, just a pile of bricks'
Israeli air strike kills five daughters from one family as Gaza death toll passes 300

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/dec/30/israel-and-the-palestinians-middle-east

I'm just going to post this link to an article from today's Guardian, which I highly recommend you read. The statistics speak for themselves. I'm not going to comment on it, despite my overwhelming temptation to, because I'd prefer not to find myself on any watchlists. I'm not even going to shout out who sent this link my way because he's probably already on a fucking watchlist.

Just read it. Thank God for the Guardian's shameless liberalism, someone's got to keep it real about what's going on here.

Monday, 29 December 2008

Dotcom Business

High Fidelity is now located at...

www.deekayonline.com

2009 = 2000 and Mine.

Sunday, 28 December 2008

"I love you, but I want her, girl I'm just being honest..." ( c ) Brutha




Brutha - Just Being Honest

"I'm not asking if you would forgive this man, for being a man..."

Them ones there. I'm pretty sure every guy that's ever been in a relationship can relate. Apart from me. I don't get down like that. And even if I did, I would never be stupid enough to admit it on the internet. Obviously.

These guys have disgustingly tight harmonies (JLS take note, THIS is how you do it), but the fact that they're apparently related and practice every day probably gives them an unfair advantage. Truth be told, I don't know if their album is any good because I had the misfortune of playing this track first and it's been on repeat for the last hour and a half. When I get around to listening to the rest I'll let you lot know.

Saturday, 27 December 2008

A R Rahman - Latika's Theme



The highlight of A R Rahman's stunning soundtrack to Slumdog Millionaire.

"If I miss your call when you holla at me, I'll call back, until then don't holla at me..." ( c ) Ghetts


SWIIIIITCH!

Late-entry contender for grime tune of the year? It's no coincidence that Ghetts is on all three grime tracks of the year. This is massive, video girls on another level.

"...I might be going up north for the week // if I come back on a bassline ting, that don't mean that I think grime's dead // never that fam, I'll keep it alive, everyone knows what I represent..."

Thursday, 25 December 2008

Ashley Walters featuring Mutya - With You (Video)



I'll support Ash's projects standardly anyway, but I do actually like this track. Mutya looks like any Channel U chorus gyal though, hard to believe she was once a member of the country's biggest girl group. Her voice is still doing a lot but although this vid looks good, its not a good look for her at all. Hopefully the fact she's actually a big singer is enough to counteract that tooth and them tats.

Anyway, this tune is good, ain't gonna make an impact on the charts unless they've got an Electro remix hidden somewhere, but it's a pretty good video for a pretty good song.

Oh and Merry Christmas. Hope Santa shows up with the stuff you wanted. If I wake up with a caramel-complexioned buffting in my stocking then St Nick can call me a believer.

Wednesday, 24 December 2008

Slumdog Millionaire


So I finally got round to watching the massively hyped "Slumdog Millionaire" tonight. The film is hotly tipped to clean up come award season, having been nominated for four Golden Globes, amongst other prestigious gongs. The film's male lead, played by Londoner Dev Patel, is a candidate for a Best Male Supporting Actor nomination at the Oscars. The Harroweigian (shout to Shaz) shot to fame as the most underrated member of an extremely talented Skins cast, and was brought to director Danny Boyle's attention by his daughter, who was a fan of the show. He excels here with a composed and subtle performance which neatly binds the movie's jumbled narrative.

Boyle's greatest triumph however is in the scenery - the captivating backdrop of Mumbai is the real star of the show. The city looks breathtaking. AR Rahman's score is beautiful, perfectly complimenting the movie's stunning visuals. Also stunning is Freida Pinto, the Mumbai-born newcomer who plays the adult Latika. I've officially got a new Bollywood crush.

Ultimately, there is no praise I could give which would sufficiently express my feelings for this great film (but of course that hasn't stopped me from trying!). It's a masterpiece, and one that is essential viewing upon it's commercial release on 9th January. I'm loathe to say much more for fear of either overhyping the movie or spoiling it in any way so I'll conclude with this: Slumdog Millionaire is the best film of the year, visually awe-inspiring, full of life and a triumphant ode to destiny. Fuck if I've over-praised it, this is unmissable.

Tuesday, 23 December 2008

We Write The Lyrics


Get to know. This is a powerful movement right here. Sneak preview business for you lot.

Monday, 22 December 2008

Wiley - Westwood Set Video (20-12-08)



Fuck. The levels. Trust Wiley to do radio at at the end of the year and run away with the crown. Massive set.

DJ DeeKay - Grime Classics CrissMix

I know I said I was gonna do a Christmas thing, but I got bored and decided to do a lil' grime classics mix instead. So here's my CrissMix present to you all (yeah I know, it's a fucking awful pun, it doesn't even make sense, but seeing as it's the holidays, allow me). If you're a grime fan, it's something to bump in the car or stick on the iPod, and if you aren't then maybe this will give you a taste for it. Here's the tracklist:

Wiley featuring JME, Chipmunk and Skepta - No Qualms (remix)
Kano - Ps and Qs
Wiley - What Do You Call It
So Solid Crew - 21 Seconds
Heartless Crew - Heartless Anthem
Donaeo - My Philosophy
Dizzee Rascal - I Love You
Roll Deep - When I'm 'Ere
Lethal B - Forward Riddim
Low Deep - Straight Flush
Kray Twinz featuring Lethal B, Twista and Gappy Ranx - What We Do
Low Deep featuring Kano, Ghetto, Doctor and Seac - Get Set
Wiley - Gangsters
Ghetto - Top 3 Selected
Skepta - Single
Tinchy Stryder - Dance
Lady Sovereign featuring JME, Skepta and Jammer - Hoodie (Mizz Beats remix)
Panjabi Hit Squad - Hai Hai (Pulse X remix)
Dizzee Rascal - Stop
Kano featuring Ghetto - Hunting We Will Go

Download link

Seven Pounds

Just saw Will Smith's new movie Seven Pounds. Fuck the reviews, this film is amazing. It is bleak, it's draining, and you have to be patient (although to be fair, it's not that difficult to figure out what's going on fairly early into the movie). Smith's performance was once again stellar - this might actually be the best I've ever seen him act.

I don't necessarily think it's on some cynical tug-on-the-heartstrings Hollywood bullshit (*cough* Changeling *cough*), it's not your typical Will Smith vehicle. Nowhere near as saccharine as the (excellent) Pursuit of Happyness. It's on general release in the UK in mid-January, and I'd definately recommend checking it out. Fuck what you heard.

Sunday, 21 December 2008

Who Is Yung Dick?



Seeeeeeeeen.

Shystie - New Style



Fucked. Shy's looking nice in her hoodie too. I do like this tune but I really hope this isn't the future of UK "Urban", there's a few tunes like this bubbling away right now.

Anyway, this is big. Shout out to Shystie. I haven't really said anything about Master Shortie ever, so here's his "Dead End" video. Big tune. Dunno about him yet though.



Oh and here's Jelluz - "Hold On". You'll be hearing this track around soon, Puma picked it for one of their next advertising campaigns.

The Roots

Few live videos from recent performances by The Roots I happened to catch today. I had the honour of seeing these guys live last year and I can honestly say that's the best concert I've been to (and I've been to a lot, shit I just got back from Adele). Here they are performing with Estelle amongst others.



Saturday, 20 December 2008

Sway featuring Akon - Silver and Gold (Video)




"That girl ain't no joke, I love the way she roll..." (c) Akon

Sway's doing a lot.

Friday, 19 December 2008

Crazy Cousins featuring Kyla - Do You Mind (Video)



The track of 2008 finally gets a release in 2009. This video is big! The song is still fucked. Expect this to do big chart business, it's been bubbling away on the underground for literally a year now.

DJ DeeKay Presents BoxFresh 5th Edition

Shorter than usual this week, and about three weeks late, apologies for that, I've either been busy or in shock or just nowhere to be found. But hey, it's still 20 minutes of out-the-box freshness, mixed by yours truly. This probably would've been a Christmas special if it wasn't for me hearing that new JT last night. That shit just threw my whole life off balance.

Justin Timberlake featuring T.I. - If I
Maroon 5 - She Will Be Loved (Pharrell Williams remix)
Jamie Foxx featuring Kanye West and The Dream - Digital Girl
Bobby Valentino - Pull It Off
Digga - Broken (2008 Mix)
Shayal featuring Anton Gordon - Better Off Alone
N-Dubz - Strong Again
Jagged Edge - Part-Time Girl

That Justin Timberlake track is disgusting. I've mentioned it before but Shayal's "My Moment" is a great album, I sincerely recommend it. I'm sure I'll get around to that Xmas Special some time before Thursday, so look out for that.

In the meantime, download BoxFresh 5th Edition here.

DJ DeeKay Presents BoxFresh 5th Edition

Disclaimer:
For promotional purposes only. The sole function of this download is promoting the artists and songs featured, with a view to encouraging listeners, who are given the opportunity to preview the tracks in question, to purchase the full songs/albums when they become available commercially. In the day and age of the iPod, radio is (unforunately) a dying platform, and mixes such as this are vital for making the listener conscious of new music. With that said, if any party feels their rights have been breached as a result of being included in this promotional mix, please contact me and I'll rectify the situation.


Oh and by the way... I make this look good!

Thursday, 18 December 2008

"We could cut it up all night long girl, it ain't nothing to court ya baby..." ( c ) JT

There's a new Justin Timberlake track, featuring T.I., called "If I". I just heard it, it's fucking hard.

It started with Timberlake doing some rubbish and I was like "fuck this", and then the beat dropped and I was like "FUCK YOOOOOUUUUUU" (in the immortal words of Meera).

Might throw it on tomorrow's BoxFresh because in a couple of months y'all will be hearing this song everywhere. This is feel good music, instantly elevated my mood.

Yeah BoxFresh coming 2moro. I been in Birmingham all week working on some shit which I'm sure will be announced soon enough.

Sunday, 14 December 2008

"Love is not a victory march // it's a cold, and it's a broken Hallelujah..."

So Alexandra Burke went toe-to-toe with Beyonce on X-Factor last night, and then delivered a tearful and stunning final performance of her first single, "Hallelujah" to close the show. She delivered probably the two best performances in the history of the show, both coming on the same night. Beyonce once-again demonstrated her class last night, supporting but never attempting to outshine Alex, who clearly worshipped the former Destiny's Child singer.


Alexandra featuring Beyonce - "Listen"


Alexandra - "Hallelujah"

What an emotive final performance. While I personally feel that reality TV contestants have no place cynically covering a classic of this ilk in a transparent bid to reach Christmas No. 1, Alex's rendition here was beautiful.

Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Alexandra Burke

Anyone who's had the misfortune of speaking to me since Saturday night knows that Diana was my favourite on X-Factor and that I was particularly unimpressed with her departure. All this "Diana can't sing" business is garbage. Such was my displeasure that I made the rather bold statement that Diana was the only person left on the show that I cared about and that, as long as Egon the Irish pygmy didn't win, I had no real interest in the Final.

Which was odd because, from the second I saw Alexandra's audition, until perhaps the last fortnight, I was firmly rooting for her. And furthermore, my feelings about JLS and Eggnog are fairly well documented. With that in mind, and a few spare hours today, I decided to hit up YouTube and study Alex's progress from her audition to this point. Having watched her sing for the last hour, I can say that my interest in her has been reinvigorated and I'm firmly behind her to win. Here are some of her highlights from the show thus far.


"Listen"



"Unbreak My Heart"



"Without You"



"I'll Be There"



"You Are So Beautiful"



Has this girl ever had a wack performance?! As a bonus, here's the one of the only times JLS have ever convinced me vocally, performing a "Beautiful Girls/Stand By Me" medley for their lives (in the show anyway).

Monday, 8 December 2008

"And I've come this far, I'm in the Ghetto like Justin's yard, matter fact, Justin's heart..." ( c ) Wretch 32



One of the songs of the year finally gets a video. The highlight of Wretch 32's "Wretchrospective" album, complete with a disgusting Ghetto guest verse.

"From now, everything in my mind is foul, fuck a nine-to-five // I'm like gimme a nine of crack, a nine of brown, and lemme provide the town..." ( c ) Ghetto

Friday, 5 December 2008

"See I know my destination, but I'm just not there..." ( c ) Kanye West

Kanye West - "Streetlights"



If you read the review below, it's evident I'm a BIG fan of Kanye's new album, and this is without doubt the best song on there. This feels like my own personal theme music, it's a stunning, powerful, moving song. Nice to see it used on Grey's Anatomy this week.

Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Kanye West - 808s and Heartbreak review

By DeeKay

Kanye West’s development from Roc-A-Fella’s in-house producer to worldwide style-icon, gossip-column fodder and A-List rapper in the space of just under five years has been nothing short of astounding. Emerging in an era where 50 Cent was at the height of his popularity and still Hip-Hop’s reigning King Midas, West’s debut album seemed to serve as an antidote to New York’s breed of gangster rappers and one-note punchline bores. Kanye’s feel-good movement was so strong it even triggered a brief and somewhat ill-advised comeback for Mase, the Father to his brand of mumbled-happy-rap. Fast-forward to 2008 and West’s fourth album is an entirely different proposition altogether. The product of a year that the rapper freely admits has been the worst of his life, 808s is a dark and brooding disc, sung (not rapped) by West, almost entirely with the use of T-Pain’s favourite studio tool, Auto-Tune.

Let me first admit that when I heard the premise of this album, I, like many others, thought it was a recipe for disaster. Admittedly, emotional turmoil has been a foundation on which many great singers have built albums which have gone on to define their careers, but Kanye, who at times is barely a rapper, is certainly no singer. It was unfathomable that an album comprised entirely of Auto-Tuned vocals could possibly be listenable, let alone the masterpiece that was being promised. Having had the album on constant rotation for well over a week now, let me next admit that I was wrong.

With 808s, Kanye has delivered a powerful account of, and journey through, the emotions of depression, anger, restless ennui, recovery, jealousy and, as the title suggests, heartbreak. Far from pretentious, West’s album is impactful on a base emotional level, exploring universal issues that everyone can relate to, which is perhaps the reason it works so well. Neither is the Auto-Tune as imposing as it might have been – it is rarely cranked up to its maximum, and for the most part, plays supporting act to the great songs Kanye has crafted. The album has its unnecessary indulgences – extended instrumental outros on Say I Will and Bad News, as well as the first two verses on Welcome To Heartbreak all come to mind, but it would be churlish to criticise West for these brief lapses on an otherwise exceptional album. Take the aforementioned Welcome To Heartbreak - despite its cringeworthy first two verses, the song features one of the album’s best beats and one of the best bridge and hook combinations in recent pop history.

This is no normal album – whether it came about as a result of his single-minded stubbornness and unfaltering self-belief or is a product of his artistic vision and bravery, the fact that it was even released is a testament to Kanye West. If this isn’t good enough for West to win the Best Album Grammy award that he so covets, nothing ever will be.

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Tinchy Stryder featuring Taio Cruz - Take Me Back



"It's an A-List hook on the track..." (c) Chipmunk.

Smash hit business.