DJ DeeKay - In The Mix


Friday, 25 December 2009

"Just let me love you, lay right here, I'll be your fantasy..."



Robin Thicke - Sex Therapy (VIDEO)


In a TOTALLY straight way, when Robin Thicke starts singing the verse in this ("stressed out, uptight, overworked, wound up...") in my head I shout "SHATAP! Are you dumb?! Robin Thicke is a badman! Fuck orf..."

I know the video's old news, I was just listening to the Ludacris remix and remembered what a straight banger this is. Luda usually assassinates R&B tracks and it's not like he flops this (do I need to say "pause" here?) but the vibe of the original was so right it really didn't need a rapper defecating all over it.



Robin Thicke featuring Ludacris - Sex Therapy (remix)

Monday, 21 December 2009

Kano - More Than One Way (VIDEO)



Video looks good. Are we past the stage with the UK music industry where every video with high production levels needs to be marvelled at? Because I mean they mostly look good these days (even some of the Channel AKA trash LOOKS good) but my first reaction is still "wow, this is well produced".

Anyway, umm... Kano album out next year.

Sunday, 20 December 2009

Davinche featuring Cleo Sol - Hero (VIDEO)



The only reason I didn't post this last week was I've been insanely busy. Davinche's setting the pace. Biggest producer in the UK without question - nobody is as versatile as this guy and this one is a banger. Cleo Sol/Clea's vocals are so on-point as well.

Cop the single package here. You get the original, instrumental, and a couple of big remixes including a nuts Logistics one (seven tracks in total) for £1.50. Lovely 320kpbs quality as well, I dunno why I ever fucked with iTunes.



Davinche featuring Cleo Sol - Hero (Logistics remix)

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

"You give me a feeling that I've never felt before // and I deserve it, I think I deserve it..." ( c ) Alicia Keys



Alicia Keys featuring Drake - Unthinkable

Drizzy wrote this one. One of my favourite Alicia Keys songs ever.

"I'm on the pursuit of happiness, I know // everything that shine ain't always gonna be gold // I'll be fine once I get it..." ( c ) Kid Cudi



KiD CuDi featuring MGMT and RATATAT – Pursuit of Happiness

This should be some kind of anthem, but somehow Cudi manages to emo it up with a highly random second verse about night terrors. Nonetheless the chorus is golden. Good look to get Drake and Cudi together in this video.

I should probably point out that Chinners picked this for Fresh Cuts months ago and suggested it should be single.

"I'm at the W, but I can't meet you in the lobby // girl I gotta watch my back, coz I'm not just anybody..." ( c ) Drake



Young Money "featuring" Lloyd - Bedrock

It was real nice of me to let Wayne and his fam shoot this video in my summer house. I figured it wasn't being used anyway.

"I let her see the Aston, and let the rest surprise her..."

Drake and Nicki Minaj took this one, but really as far as crews are concerned, 2009 belonged to Young Money.

Monday, 7 December 2009

Friday, 4 December 2009

Scorcher - Dark Knight (Video)



Umm... I don't like it. Obviously the song is big, but the video's a bit weird. I like the idea, I even like the execution and really appreciate the effort, it just gets a bit boring after a while, and Skywalker seems like he's tryna look hyper-agressive to balance out Lipsin' Ting. Props to him for trying something fresh, creative and different though, can't hate on that.

I hope the next single is Good Morning with Wretch 32 and Kay Young.

Thursday, 3 December 2009

"Dedicating overtime to damaging my name // and somehow I'm still the hottest motherf*cker in the game..." ( c ) Drake



DJ Khaled featuring Young Jeezy, Rick Ross, Drake and Usher - Fed Up (Video)

Nicki Minaj Interview with Fader



This is from May so I know I'm late on this and on her but I fucking love Nicki. I'm quite good with interviewing women I've got celeb-crushes on but Ms Minaj might blow my whole mind. Fingers crossed I get the chance to find out in TwentyTen.

Jay Sean featuring Lil' Jon and Sean Paul - Do You Remember (Video)



I still can't believe that an Indian boy from Hounslow is perhaps the most successful British "urban" artist of all time. Madness.

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Gil featuring Bluey Robinson - Gotta Be A Way (VIDEO)



The problem with being busy is that I mostly only post something when it really catches my attention, which is how we end up with Bluey Robinson being the subject of two consecutive posts. Sorry.

He's that good though.

Oh wow, a new 2Play video's just come on Flava TV. That's the guy who did So Confused and This Can't Be Right (both with Raghav). This really isn't as good as either of those.

Big up Bluey though.

Monday, 30 November 2009

Bluey Robinson Signs Major Label Record Deal

Congratulations to Bluey Robinson who signed to Sony last week. So good to see his hard work rewarded and for an artist we've championed and with so much talent get just a fraction of the recognition he deserves.

To be fair, majors have probably been kicking Bluey's door down for the last 6 months, I've no doubt him and his team have been making them sweat. I just hope Zeus still replies to my emails.

2010 is gonna be such a great year for homegrown soul singers.

Sunday, 29 November 2009

Introducing McLean (Digga)



McLean - My Name

We've got a world-exclusive on Fresh Cuts next week: check out McLean performing an amazing acoustic version of his new single My Name for the first time anywhere on radio next Saturday night at 8pm on Roundhouse Radio. He passed through the studios yesterday and blessed us with one hell of a live session which definitely ranks amongst the best we've ever had on the show, performing outstanding acoustic versions of this track and the amazing Broken.



McLean - Broken

This guy's songwriting is phenomenal, but it's not just that - he's a singer with real soul who sings with emotion - something most R&B singers autotune out of their vocals in 2009. Broken and My Name sound particularly good when you hear stripped-down acoustic versions where the vocals and lyrics take centre stage.

Signed to Asylum now and with his debut album due for release next year, expect big things of McLean in 2010.

Monday, 23 November 2009

Toni Braxton at the AMAs

Looking a lot like the woman of my dreams. Rumour has it she's 5'2" so no hype, she's actually pretty much my perfect woman. Fuck a Rihanna, these young R&B bidges ain't got nothing on Ms Braxton.

And as a little bonus (for myself more than anyone else), everyone knows I love Leona.

Craig David - Cool With You



Show him some love. A catalogue like his from any other artist and they'd be revered instead of mocked. Not to mention he's a consumate live performer and an R&B singer that can actually sing (which seems to be a rarity these days). Infinitely weaker vocalists get a lot more praise than Craig David and it's wholly ridiculous.

On a side note, I can't wait for that Jay Sean and Craig David collaboration which will be on the UK version of Jay's album, dropping next week. With that said, in this day and age, seperate UK and US versions = fail. Craig David is a bigger name than Jared Cotter anyway, whichever side of the Atlantic you're on.

Digga (McLean) - Broken (Original Version)



This is the version of Broken I'm talking about when I refer to it as the greatest British R&B song of all time. If you don't feel this I can only assume you're not listening properly or you're one of those people who think Ironik is lyrical. No shots. I'm just saying.

Brandy Singing In Her Bathroom



A few weeks ago I intimated on radio that Brandy wasn't really that great a vocalist any more. Evidently I'm a fucking idiot. I mean the real question is why she doesn't sound like this on her album but putting that to one side, this is great to hear.

Sunday, 22 November 2009

"I'm on some Alfie behaviour, I'll call you back later // too many fish in the sea for me..." ( c ) Mr Hudson



N-Dubz featuring Mr Hudson - Playing With Fire

Hudson gives this song some serious weight, I'd love to hear a mix with just him and Tulisa on the vocals. Let's not get it twisted, Mr H is the main attraction here. Well him and Tulisa in another one of her LBDs.

How's T gonna check her man's texts? He's got an iPhone, no unlock code = slipping. I just got a HTC Hero (T-Mobile G2) this weekend, the unlock pattern is a madness. No way anybody's checking my phone unless I want them to.

Jay Sean - Down (Candlelight remix)



Down like it's supposed to be.

Friday, 20 November 2009

"Anybody who thinks I can't do it anymore better step right back and take that..." ( c ) Wiley



Wiley featuring Chew Fu - Take That

Jeeeeeeeeeez this is disgusting. And the video is crazy. He's got the formula.

I'm actually in Birmingham right now with so much shit to do today, and I haven't left the yard yet because this song is on its tenth reload.

Anybody who thinks I'm showing up soon better step right back and take that.

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Electric Proms 2009 - 1Xtra After Party



Marvell

My camera died about halfway through Dizzee so the only footage I've got of the 1Xtra after party is SHITTY video from my waste Blackberry camera. With that in mind, here's the videos of my favourite performances from the Beeb themselves. Bluey shut it down as we expected, Marvell were heavy and the soulful D&B of Blame and Selah sounded phenomenal as played by the live band.



Bluey Robinson




Blame featuring Selah

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Mr Hudson featuring Ghetts and Tinie Tempah - Anyone But Him (remix)

Where else you heard this?!



"Umm, you win some, you lose some // I ring 'em, I take 'em out for Dim Sum and use 'em..." ( c ) Tinie Tempah

"The industry's the wrong complexion, tryna Sammy Sosa the game..." ( c ) Joe Budden



Joe Budden - Russian Roulette

This is why way back in 2005, Joe Budden was my favourite MC. When he's spitting like this, he's one of the greats.

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Griminal - Invincible (Video)



Big. Hold tight the BoxFresh family who've outfitted Grim's entire wardrobe for this video. I like it a lot but I don't know if it's substantial enough to break through. The video is better than an average Channel U/AKA ting, and so's the song but with a hook like that it's not levelling with tracks like Brown Eyes or Something About Your Smile.

Nonetheless, I'm gonna go back on what I said last year about Griminal's style being too raw to go mainstream. He's doing alot, he might just make it.

"Got a couple of fans and now I don't need ya // it's only right I'm wearing my rolex, hello, standard procedure..." ( c ) Wiley



N-Dubz featuring Wiley - Na Na

I expect this YouTube video to get taken down by Universal at some point soon but we'll be playing this, alongside N-Dubz's second single featuring Mr Hudson on Fresh Cuts this week.

"...Mum said stay away from the gold diggers //
But I ain't gonna lie I like sharing, and she likes staring //
And none of us are caring, sex after dinner..." ( c ) Wiley



N-Dubz featuring Chipmunk - Suck Yourself


Chipmunk murks this, and hilariously seems to directly contradict a lot of what Dappy says on his verse (as well as indirecting Dot Rotten). Wonder if he heard the track before he wrote his bars and thought he'd slyly make a point.

No send, you know I've got bare love for N-Dubz. Duku yourself. Nai.

Monday, 16 November 2009

Princess Nyah - Frontline (Video)



I like Princess Nyah because she wears what I (as a straight male) can only (probably inaccurately) describe as corsets like it's nothing. And also because her EP is pretty great too.

Sunday, 15 November 2009

Chipmunk featuring Talay Riley - Look For Me (Video)



I assure you, his album is great.

"But no dummy, that's the shit I'm sprinkling //
The album with to keep the registers ringing //
In real life, I'm much more distinguished //
I'm like a bloke from London, England..."
( c ) Jay-Z

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Serese - You Gotta Girlfriend



Ridiculously talented girl group Serese's manager playing an unmixed version of one of their new tracks. Let it be known I wrote about these girls in Redtop Magazine aaaaages ago. I shouldn't need to brag because you should know how I get down, but in the same feature (which I wrote in like March) I predicted that Jay Sean would blow up MAJORLY on the back of his US launch (and we all know what happened there) and that Master Shortie would push through to mainstream consciousness. In fact, the only one of my three draft picks who didn't make a major impact this year were Serese so it was a relief to hear this joint, which just confirms my belief that they're destined for big things. This is an R&B slow burner with tight vocals and GREAT production.

Here's a bonus - some studio footage of them listening back to a more... upbeat track from their album. It's not my cup of KA Carribean Kola, but I can definitely see what they were tryna do.



Shout to the Serese girls.

Sunday, 8 November 2009

"Just take what you need, and be on your way, and stop crying your heart out..."



Oasis - Stop Crying Your Heart Out

This is my favourite Oasis song, so I was excited when I heard that Leona would be covering it for her forthcoming sophomore album Echo. Obviously in hindsight that excitement was ridiculous - the cover is genuinely horrible, and I shouldn't really have been expecting any different. Unsurprisingly, her vocals are incredible on this but they've raped and pillaged the raw emotion of the original and replaced it with a backing choir and cheap parlour tricks. Leona is an extraordinarily talented singer, this we know already. Personally I'd trade one of the octaves for just an ounce of actual soul.



Leona Lewis - Stop Crying Your Heart Out

X-Factor's Danyl Sings Purple Rain



Let's be serious, this guy is the best contestant in the competition. Jam your Olly Murs hype. Oh was it me or was Lucie blatantly taking the piss out of Stacey when she was speaking to Demort after judges' comments?

Thursday, 5 November 2009

U2 Bring Out Jay-Z



It's not exactly his best verse but that's not really the point is it? How MTV can buoy him off with some joke "Best Urban Artist" award on the same day that he's brought out as a surprise guest by U-Fucking-2 I'll never understand.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Greatest rapper of all-time.

"And if I had one chance, I'd get in where I fit in girl // All I need is one chance..." ( c ) Trey Songz



One Chance featuring Trey Songz, Lloyd and Bobby Valentino - Look At Her (remix
)

The video has NOTHING to do with the song. Like it's literally clips compiled from all over the place that aren't really in-sync. So ignore that, it's the music that's important here.

This is some modern-day R&B dream team shit. Didn't get enough love when it dropped a couple of years back, but it's one of the best R&B remixes of this decade. All three of the featured "big-names" do alot.

Which reminds me... whatever happened to Bobby V? First album was hard, his second album wasn't exactly slacking either and he's just disappeared. That independent one he dropped last year wasn't really levelling with his old stuff, and it's just a mess now. His voice was never that good but he had some great songs, including this which was my favourite from his sophomore.



Bobby Valentino featuring Ludacris - Rearview

Monday, 2 November 2009

50 Cent featuring Ne-Yo - Baby By Me (VIDEO)



Has 50 finally got one?

Maxwell Live On Jools Holland



If, like me, you weren't lucky enough to catch Maxwell when he was in town last week, here's something to ease the pain (or rub salt in the wounds depending on your perspective on life).

"Boy Better Know Music, my pinky looks like the white side of the rubix..." ( c ) Skepta



Boy Better Know - We're Going In

For the record I do actually like this.

Sunday, 1 November 2009

Lily Allen Does Impressions



I love Lily. The Cheryl Cole, Mancunian and Edith Bowman (Scottish) are pretty much spot on.

"It's hard to think of them polite flows...

When Stefano Pilati suits are your night clothes,
And Jordon sweatsuits are your flight clothes,
And you still make it, even when they say your flight's closed..."



This is when Drake transitioned "from fitting in to standing out" in my eyes. Unbelievably, there are still people who don't really know about the kid who will undoubtedly be remembered as the Hottest Rapper of the year (Hov is so far gone (no pun intended) that he doesn't even count). So for those of you who haven't figured it out yet, it's not too late to hop on the bus. Here's a bonus:



"Don't ask permission, just ask forgiveness.." ( c ) 40's Mama

"The motivation for me, is them telling me what I could not be // oh well..." ( c ) Skateboard P



Jay-Z featuring Pharrell - So Ambitious

Biggest song on BP3 by miles. This is that motivational music. And shout to Pharrell for managing to pinpoint the height of aspiration:

"I'm so ambitious, I might hit two sisters..."

Bun the fortune and the fame. I just want me some of that Kylie and Danni. Venus and Serena. Tia and Tamara. Jessica and Ash... you get the picture.

("Fuck off." ( c ) Hov)

"I don't mind a relationship, but I need a patient chick // so I'm chasing the one like Agent Smith..." ( c ) Ghetts



Ghetts featuring Tension - Relationship

It's not about searching for the words "ghetto relationship" in YouTube. I should've known better. From his mixtape Ghetto Gospel, this is a banger which I always draw for when trying to demonstrate that Ghetts is capable of more than just hype tunes. That was probably his most complete mixtape to date, and an indication of what his album might sound like.

And as a bonus, here's his recent interview with Fresh Cuts.



Ghetts - Fresh Cuts Interview

Marvell - Westwood Set (VIDEO)



Because, whether people choose to admit it or not, we all know they're good.

"Plenty emcees offend me, incidently or directly, I think it's envy..."



Ghetts - Does It Now

New Ghetts. Must be Christmas. Calm Before The Storm coming soon.

Thursday, 29 October 2009

Mos Def, Black Thought and Eminem - BET Awards Cypher



Em goes in. There's some classic Slim Shady lines in there.

Thursday, 22 October 2009

Bless Beats featuring Janee and Double S - Sex In The City (VIDEO)



Yo they call me Name and my surname's Drop. So I don't mind telling you that we caught up with them Marvell boys today just before they went on stage at the 1Xtra Afterparty and Double did mention this record and the video. Watch out for that on Fresh Cuts very soon.

Shouts to them, they held it down at the Roundhouse alongside an incredible live band as part of the BBC's Electric Proms. Today was a historical day for British black music. In the long term it might not be recognised or remembered as such, but as someone who spent the last 12+ hours totally immersed in it, I can vouch for the homegrown "urban" talent who passed through those glass doors today.

Jeez, I'm rambling a lot these days... Double done alot on this, it's catchy as well and the video looks nice.

Monday, 19 October 2009

Leona Lewis - Happy (VIDEO)



My love for Leona is well documented. Not in a creepy, stalkerish way, obviously. Seeing her sing just makes me happy (no pun intended). In fact, seeing as we're sharing, I've just spent the last 90 minutes watching videos of her X-Factor performances and I'm smitten all over again. And she could teach lessons on vocal control.

Oh and the video... I feel like I never really understood this song until I just saw the video. It could perhaps be because I'm at a point in my day when Leona can do no wrong, or this might be one of those instances where the visual really makes the difference, but whereas before I was highly unimpressed with this comeback single, now I'm quite taken by it. Who knows.

Friday, 16 October 2009

H-Town featuring Jodeci - Knocking Your Heels


Ignore the picture, that's just to prove it's the real deal.

Jodeci and H-Town?! Where are my 90s R&B heads?! If you know me, you know the high esteem Jodeci in. This is fire (perhaps I'm slightly impartial). Sounds like Devante on the production.

All we need is a Dru Hill, Jagged Edge and 112 collabo and I'll close my ears to all other music for the rest of the year.

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Ice Kid - Patient State of Mind



He's beasting on this. Stumbled across it on GrimeForum. Beat is amazing too.

Ghetts - Fresh Cuts Interview



Me and Fresh Cuts producer Courtney caught up with Ghetts at the Roundhouse last month, where he discussed his album, the name changes and delays, his forthcoming mixtape, The Movement, whether he'd ever reply to the prominent MC sending for him, Wiley and much more.

Sunday, 11 October 2009

Danyl Johnson - X-Factor Live Shows (Week One)



I'm fairly certain that most of the nation collectively said "what the fuck?!" at the same time tonight when Danni made her now infamous comments about Danyl. Simon Cowell's rage at about 3:05 in was nice to see - evidently this is a guy who is very protective of his artists: he took up strongly for Leona earlier on in the show as well. Looked like he actually wanted to punch Danni when she said what she did.

I hope this isn't the case but let's explore the possibility this was staged - Danyl was beginning to irritate and alienate the public, and Danni's bitchmade actions have swung public opinion right back around into his favour. Even I found myself liking him much more after the dignified way he responded to her comments. It probably wasn't staged; Simon looked genuinely angry and Danyl genuinely distressed after the comments but it wouldn't surprise me. This takes some of the heat off the twins, puts Danyl in public favour and can be played as the first move in Simon vs Danni, which seems to be where they're taking the show this year.

Maybe I've been reading too much 48 Laws of Power...

Saturday, 10 October 2009

Jay Sean featuring Lil' Jon and Sean Paul - Do You Remember



Should've done the second single with Drake. It's too early in Jay Sean's US career for him to have to elevate Sean Paul and Lil' Jon back to chart relevance. Better to put two of the hottest artists of the year together and let them carry eachother than ask Jay to "bring it back". All the way back... to 2004 when people actually cared about a Lil' Jon feature. With that said, Jay Sean once rapped:

"So how'd you come up with that, it ain't original at all //
What are you, like a cross between Jay-Z and Sean Paul?!"

Back then, who'd have imagined that five years later he'd actually be recording with the "dutty" one. BIG look. And let's not forget that he finally hit #1 in the US Billboard charts this week. It's been a good year for him, I personally can't wait for his album All Or Nothing which drops on November 24th.

Friday, 9 October 2009

"Bare tongues, lipsin' ting..."



Scorcher featuring Liam Francis - Lipsin' Ting/Dark Knight

Bruv...

Nah allow it. It's a good song though. Well maybe not "good" in the technical sense of the word, but it should do well with that Under-21s Bigga Fish crowd and Scorch is a beast when he wants to be.

Dark Knight is fucked though, and that half of the video looks amazing.

Sugababes - About A Girl (VIDEO)



I'm not going to lie, I don't really care about this song. And I think the storyline in the video is mad corny. And the only Sugababe I'm really interested in at this point is Jade Ewen and that's only because I was interested in her before she joined the group.

I'm not hating at all, judge for yourselves. If nothing else, they look stunning and RedOne does somewhat have the Midas touch this year. Good luck to them, I hope they become bigger than ever!

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

"I want you in my life // not as my lady, just around sometimes..."



Bluey Robinson - Think Of Me

Shout out to Mike for making me pay attention to this track. I'd heard it before, but I never really HEARD it, you feel me? It's a demo so it's clearly a bit unpolished (he's got MUCH better vocal control than is evident on this for example) but you can't argue with the melody or the songwriting.

Consider the fact that he was at most, only 20 years old when he wrote and performed this. As far as I'm concerned Bluey is the most exciting emerging British artist I've seen since Kano in 2005.

Watch out for the brand new and exclusive Bluey Robinson track we'll be playing on Fresh Cuts this week!

Monday, 5 October 2009

Usher - Papers



Someone tell Justin to loosen up that crown a little bit, he might need to start sharing agan. Yeaaaaah man.

Despina Pilavakis - Let Me Go



X-Factor contestant Despina Pilavakis wrote this as well as killing the vocal and it was produced by my boy Georgio Savvides.

Let's face it, Danni had it tough. I was all ready to badmouth her about making the wrong choice but I just took another look at the final twelve and to be totally fair to her, Lucie, Stacey and Rachel are all amazing and I wouldn't have been able to see past of any of them.

That doesn't change the fact that Despina is an immense talent with a bright future ahead of her. Beautiful voice.

Oh I should probably add this reminds me so much of the stuff Leona did pre X-Factor. Actual R&B music instead of tepid pop-ballads.

Jay-Z Plays Alexandra Palace - 4th November


Breaking news and all that...

MTV's freshly-crowned "Hottest MC" returns to London in November to play the 7,000 capacity Alexandra Palace. Interesting move - at this stage he could sell out the O2 a few times over, but they've gone for a venue with just over twice the capacity of the Roundhouse, which Hov sold out last month in 20 seconds flat. Anyway, all the better for those who want to go and manage to get tickets - another relatively intimate show.

And to borrow the most important line from the press release:

Tickets go on sale on Friday 9th October at 9am and are priced at £55.00 and can be booked through Live Nation (all tickets subject to a booking fee).

Industry Takeover Seminar Highlights

Ghetts, Terror Danjah, Hattie Collins and Justin Stennett talking the most sense, giving advice about the music industry and the media in general. Videos taken from the Industry Takeover event that happened a little earlier this year - I didn't reach because I had conjunctivitis. It was a par, eyes all read, bare madness. Thankfully, I just stumbled across these videos and thought it was only fair that I share.







To summarise what these guys are saying: make your name, grind and build your own heat. Talent is only 10% of the whole package - workrate and dedication is more crucial to success. You must be willing to pay your dues, believe in yourself and put in that work. Good advice I think.

Sunday, 4 October 2009

Chase and Status featuring Plan B - End Credits



In no way is it better than Pieces, but that doesn't mean it isn't really quite good. Unlike that song, I actually wish this one never dropped - the drop isn't that great, and I quite like it before it drops, but I've only even heard it through headphones and laptop speakers, and not on my monster of a system yet so I might change my mind then.

Either way, Plan B is immensely talented and my love for Chase and Status is well documented. Pause.

"I represent for the homeless, let down by a nation // more interested in war and invasion // when children are sleeping in railway stations..."



Devlin - Community Outcast

You could make an assumption about Devlin based on his appearance but that would be a mistake. Despite the conclusions a lot of people have jumped to based on seeing him for the first time in the London City video, he's one of the most lyrically-able rappers in the UK, and this is one his most relevant tracks.

He's an artist capable of making an extremely good album of interesting and socially relevant Grime and Hip-Hop without any Electro-R&B bangers (no shots!). Looking forward to seeing if he delivers.

ILuvLive



Charlie Brown @ ILuvLive

Saw Charlie Brown post this video on his Twitter today. This gig was where myself and Chinners first saw him live, and were so impressed with his storming live set that we invited him to (effectively) be our first guests on Fresh Cuts.



Jessie @ ILuvLive

Girl-of-the-moment Jessie, who's been making "teh internets" go crazy in the last few months performed at ILuvLive last year and murked it.



Ghetts and Griminal @ ILuvLive

Sing For Me with the live band is fucked. Shout out to Eunice @ Urban Development. It's evident ILuvLive is the best kept secret (as secret as a regularly packed and sold-out night can be) - consistently the biggest showcase of the best "urban" talent, and the live-band twist really keeps it interesting and original.



Mz Bratt @ ILuvLive

And they're so early it's kinda hurtful. Not for us, because we really does this, but trust people get emotional. They really need to just team up with Fresh Cuts and run this town. I might need to send some emails tomorrow! Check out the YouTube channel here for more big videos.

Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Mz Bratt featuring Sadie Ama - I Like You



We've been supporting this massive second single from Mz Bratt on Fresh Cuts for ages so it's nice to finally see the video. And not even just for the scene with Bratt, Sadie, Tulisa and Ny all together in the same shot!

I feel like this is such a Summer tune, would've been perfect if it dropped about six weeks ago. As it is, it's being released on the 26th October, which is plenty of time for it to pick up the heat it needs to chart as it deserves. The b-side Trust You (produced by Sticky) is pretty heavy too.

Monday, 28 September 2009

"I'm so in agony, look at the state of me // left here, broken..." ( c ) The Artist Formerly Known As Digga



McLean - Broken

Believe it or not, I first spun this tune in The Works in Birmingham, waaaay back when I first got hold of it in March 2007 during my first DJ set in the second city. Two and a half years later, the best UK R&B song of all time (yeah, I said it!) has a stunning video to accompany it, and a scheduled release on a major label.

Not feeling the name change if I'm being honest, but to quote something a History teacher once wrote on an essay of mine: "it would be churlish of me to criticise this". Ego boost and I learnt a new word, big up Mr Lewis! Umm and McLean/Digga obviously. I can't describe how glad I am that this tune is finally getting the exposure it deserves and hasn't just been forgotten.

Bluey Robinson - I Know Out Now



He passed through Fresh Cuts on Saturday (listen back to that here) and his single is out digitally right now. He's a massive homegrown talent who's doing his thing independently and completely deserves our support. Not to mention real humble and professional.

Will come back with the iTunes link in a bit. In the meantime, here's a little bonus, in case you've somehow managed to miss it - Bluey singing on the London Underground.

Sunday, 27 September 2009

Bridget Kelly Covers Use Somebody



If you were lucky enough to catch Jay-Z while he was in the country last week, either live or on Jonathan Ross, you'd have seen this young lady performing with him.

Fresh Cuts with DJ DeeKay and Chinners (26-09-09)

Our special guest this week was the tremendously talented and very much in-demand Bluey Robinson, one of the most talked about new artists in the UK, who popped into the studios to discuss his new single, the infamous viral videos featuring him singing on public transport around the world, his feelings about the current state of R&B, his forthcoming album and much more.

Listen back to the show here.

Tracklist:
Devlin – London City
Jay-Z - What We Talkin' About
Drake featuring Lil' Wayne, Kanye and Eminem - Forever
J Cole - Grown Simba
Lil' Wayne featuring Drake - My Darlin Baby
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Bluey Robinson Interview
Bluey Robinson featuring Ryan Leslie – I Know (Remix)
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Keri Hilson featuring Marques Houston - Slow Dance (Remix)
One Chance – Free Falling
Young Nate - Be The One
T2 featuring H-Boogie - Better Off As Friends

ALBUM CUT
Tupac Shakur - It Ain't Easy

Jagged Edge featuring Trina and Gucci Mane - Moments In Love
Kwiet Storm - Red Light
Livvi Franc - Be Mine
Christina Milian – Stalker
Ciara - Like A Surgeon
Jess Harris - Finger On The Buzzer

CLASSIC CUT
Jill Scott – Gimme

McClean (Digga) - Broken (Perampay and Dee remix)

Listen back to the show here.

Westwood - Industry Advice



Obviously if you know me in real life, you'll know Westwood is one of the people in the scene I wholeheartedly respect. He's a legend in the game who doesn't get anything near the credit he deserves - in all honesty, he's a small part of the reason I'm able to do what I'm doing today and anybody in "urban" music in the UK can shoot for the big stages.

"My job is to find heat and then make it hotter - that's the role of the DJ..."

With all that said, I'm not sure I agree totally with this. I see what he's saying, but to me the DJ's job is to be sensitive to artists, tracks and movements picking up even the smallest buzz, and recognise their potential to be hot. Not to just take something that's already hot and push it to that next level, but to be instrumental in building up that original heat as well.

Not sure if that makes any sense? Anyway, as usual Westwood talks more sense than his reputation would suggest, and drops some gems for aspiring DJs and artists. Pay attention.

Saturday, 26 September 2009

"Labels want my name besides an X like Malcom // everybody got a deal, I did it without one..." ( c ) Drake



Drake featuring Lil' Wayne, Kanye West and Eminem - Forever

The hook on this song is tremendous. Yeah tremendous, you read right.

"Drake’s up next, see what he do with it..." ( c ) Hov

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Monday, 21 September 2009

JLS Album Cover

Just landed in my inbox alongside a couple of remixes of Everybody In Love so I figured I might as well post it. I just freaked myself out looking at it too closely, it kind of feels like they're staring back at me, and they don't seem too pleased. Suddenly I wish I never called their new single a pop song on radio. Please guys, I'm sorry, stop looking at me like that!

For some reason the jpeg I uploaded was much duller than it looked on my computer so I've just linked to the image on the official JLS website instead. Bandwidth bandit. Pause.

Sunday, 20 September 2009

Princess Nyah - Big Boys (VIDEO)



On an unrelated note, Frontline is to this day still one of my favourite funky tunes. Ill Blu really did their thing with that beat. Though I'm listening to it right now and I'm vaguely concerned Nyah's smashed it and written some next tune with a crazy hidden/double meaning. I wish she'd hurry up and put out the video so I can know for sure. Like how Meleka killed the guy in Go, no room for any misinterpretation there really.

Aswad - City Lock-Up (Dub Mixes)

Here's a largely uninteresting but vaguely relevant fact/catch 22 about my life: now that I'm in a position where new music gets sent to me on a regular basis I don't have anything near the time to actually listen to it all promptly. As a result, unless it's something I've been waiting for or immediately grabs my attention, there's a corner of my desk where a pile of promos gradually builds up until I get a day like today where I find the time to sift through them all and check out what goodies I've been blessed with. Consequently, from time-to-time I discover that I've missed a hidden gem - it happened with Black Canvas' amazing Rise album (which must've been on my desk for a month before I got a chance to listen to it) and it's happened again with this EP from British reggae stalwarts Aswad.

The release features six Dub mixes of tracks from Aswad's latest album City Lock, their first studio album in ten years. Loose and funky, with half a dozezn chilled out rhythmic tracks, the EP is ideal for lounging in the sun, taking advantage of the inexplicable mid-September heatwave that's been gripping the nation.


Aswad - Maybe Tonight (Dub Mix)

The City Lock-Up Dub Mixes are available on iTunes, 7 Digital and Play.com (in glorious 320kbps... glory) right now.

"It's still my turn like a double on the dice..." ( c ) Akala



Akala - Fresh Cuts Freestyle

Fresh Cuts with DJ DeeKay and Chinners (19-09-09)

With special guest Akala discussing music, making his debut on a multi-platinum, Mercury Music Prize winning album, thoughts on the UK's education system, future plans and most importantly (in my opinion) his inspiring Hip-Hop Shakespeare Company.

Listen back to the show here.

Tracklist:
Beverley Knight - Beautiful Night (Crazy Cousinz remix)
Speech Debelle featuring Wiley - Better Days (remix)
Mz Bratt featuring Sadie Ama - I Like You
Jay-Z featuring Alicia Keys - Empire State Of Mind
Kevin Cossom featuring Drake - I Get Paper

CLASSIC CUT
Jagged Edge – Gotta Be

Quinton Storm – Time
Trey Songz - Take You Home
Alicia Keys - Doesn't Mean Anything
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Akala Interview
Akala - Fresh Cuts Freestyle
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Lemar - For Your Love
JLS - Everybody In Love
Beyonce - Control
Lloyd featuring Lil' Wayne - Pusha
Young Steff - Mr Nastytime
Amerie and Trey Songz - Pretty Brown Eyes

ALBUM CUT

Pink - Can't Take Me Home

KiD CuDi featuring MGMT & Ratatat - Pursuit Of Happiness
Twista featuring Nate Dogg - Holiday
Johnta Austin - I Want You To Be My Girl
Lemar – One Night
Bluey Robinson featuring Ryan Leslie – I Know (remix)
Donell Jones – Imagine That
Taj Jackson – It Was You
Toni Braxton - I Hate Love
Tank - Can't Let Love Die
LeMarvin – Not All About You
Joker and Ginz - Purple City

Listen back to the show here.

JLS - Everybody In Love



I'll leave you to make the decision for yourselves as to what you think of this new JLS joint produced by US hitmaker JR Rotem. The one thing I will say is that it's catchy as hell, I just accidently found myself singing along. Slipping.

"If you're in love, put your hands up..."

Skeeeeen. I need to start writing songs.

"But I rock-a-fella, hot-a-fella, not a fella, no GaGa // but I got a hella lotta cheddar like Carter..." ( c ) Mz Bratt



Mz Bratt - Run This Town

Best female MC in the UK, without a shadow of doubt. I'm not even checking for anyone else. And this isn't even the best thing on her mixtape. It does help that she's genuinely one of the nicest people I've come across in the UK industry as well. We don't really support those artists with big egos. "Come to me with an attitude, come a cropper..."

With that said, I've got a confession - I didn't even realise Mz Bratt had bars until she was a guest on Fresh Cuts and done alot over this Wiley beat. Because I'm such a generous fella, here's that freestyle as a little bonus.



Mz Bratt - Fresh Cuts Freestyle

And if that wasn't enough, here's a download link to her new free mixtape, Give It To 'Em (Volume Two).

Saturday, 19 September 2009

Sway - Mercedes Benz



Woiiii, bare girls.

Lily Allen Covers Britney's Womaniser



Me posting this has nothing to do with my crush on Lily Allen and is entirely because I think this cover is an exceptional intepretation of a modern-day classic.

Friday, 18 September 2009

Jay-Z - Roc Boys (Live Lounge)



There's a post about the Roundhouse show coming soon, I fell asleep whilst writing it (no shots). So you'll have to wait a little longer for that. In the meantime, here's Hov performing a live acoustic version of Roc Boys from Jo Whiley's Living Room. May I introduce the greatest of all time.

Jay-Z Plays The Roundhouse

Jay-Z fever took over Camden Town on Thursday as one of the UK's best live music venues geared up to host the greatest rapper of all time. The town was painted red (and white) as Blueprint 3 ad-boards and memorabilia adorned the streets of Chalk Farm in preparation for what was one of the most hotly anticipated shows of the year. Doors opened at 8pm, but Hov didn't come on stage until 10.20 (he was filming an interview with Jonathan Ross) - the promoters had made the interesting decision to not book any support acts, instead opting for a DJ to entertain the crowd with a relatively mediocre Hip-Hop set. Considering Semtex was in the building that struck me as a particularly ridiculous move, but the crowd didn't seem too bothered. Possibly because 1/2 of them weren't even Hip-Hop fans.

I should probably pause here to briefly rant about my issues with the ticketing of this event, and I have many - this was neither a Hip-Hop nor a Jay-Z crowd - 60% of them would've been hard pressed to name five Jay-Z albums without the word 'Blueprint' in the title. Probably even five Hov songs that weren't singles. At one point in the night I suggested that some kind of Hip-Hop test be issued in order to qualify to purchase tickets for historical events such as this. Snobbish as it may sound, my frequent irritation at a crowd that clearly wouldn't know Reasonable Doubt from their elbows and the fact that I knew countless genuine Hip-Hop fans that couldn't get a ticket whilst the posers stood around waiting for 99 Problems and Run This Town gave me ample motivation for formulating a quiz-based ticketing system that would allow genuine Hip-Hop heads to have a chance. Ticketmaster, if you're reading this, holla at me, I'll give it away for free in the name of the greater good. Anyway, rant over, tomrrow I'll get onto the show itself. Maybe upload some of my videos from the front of the venue.