DJ DeeKay - In The Mix

Saturday, 28 March 2009

Fresh Cuts with DJ DeeKay and Chinners - Saturdays at 8-9pm on Roundhouse Radio

What's good people?

Just letting you know that tonight, myself and Chinners are on Roundhouse Radio between 8-9pm with our new show Fresh Cuts. You can listen online here:

Expect to hear the finest in brand new R&B, Hip-Hop, Grime, Funky House, Dubstep and D&B, plus we speak to Jay Sean about the UK "urban" music scene and his thoughts on it. There's hot new music from Jamie Foxx, Jay Sean, Bashy, Boy Better Know, Skream, Tinchy Stryder, Drake, Rick Ross, The Dream and many more.

You should already know how I get down, it'll be an hour of the freshest brand new tunes that you'll be hearing first on the show with the usual wit and good charm you'll come to expect from myself and Chinners!

So please listen to the show live guys, remember 8-9pm on Roundhouse Radio, and we'll be on at the same time every week! Lined up in the coming months we've got some massive surprise guests, a few cool competitions and of course the finest in fresh new music.

Trust me, Fresh Cuts is the new sound.

Thursday, 26 March 2009

The Wire on BBC2

The greatest television show of all time starts on BBC Two this Monday night at 11.20. The BBC are airing all 60 episodes back-to-back, one every night, so now's your chance to see what the hype (and there's plenty of it) is all about. The show takes a while to get into, so if you aren't immediately hooked, I'd recommend you give it at least 6 episodes before deciding it isn't for you. To paraphrase some critic or journalist somewhere... the only people who don't love The Wire haven't seen it.

Wednesday, 25 March 2009

"Give it to me right, or don't give it to me at all..." ( c ) Melanie Fiona

Melanie Fiona - Give It To Me Right

When I heard the bass on this track I thought this was going to be any shitty Duffy/Winehouse/Cilmi rebore, but I was surprised to discover that firstly the song is nice, and secondly Melanie Fiona is black. I'm just saying, most of these so-called soul princesses have been of a Vanilla persuasion. That's not too controversial to publish worldwide on the internet is it?! I'm just saying though! No racism intended!

Melanie Fiona is a Canadian singer/songwriter who supported Kanye West on the Glow In The Dark tour, which, according to her press release, was a remarkable achievement because she hasn't released an album yet. Dunno about all of that business, but this song jams, although I don't really need the remix with Busta Rhymes and Raekwon in my life.

As Melanie herself sings at one point:

"This is the real thing baby..."

Now let's see if this song does as well as Mercy, and if she's as successful as Duffy et al. And if this time next year she hasn't been approached to do a woeful job at selling Diet Coke, let's wonder why that is.

Tuesday, 24 March 2009

"I was flying, now I'm crashing // this is bad, real bad, michael jackson..." ( c ) Kanye West

Keri Hilson featuring Ne-Yo and Kanye West - Knocks You Down

Kanye's back! And Keri finally has the single to propel her album.

That Kanye vs Ne-Yo stand-off at the very end of the video... if that were real life, and those two actually slugged it out, surely it'd be a candidate for WORST fight ever?!

Monday, 23 March 2009

"I bet that I can make you believe // in love and sex and magic..." ( c ) Ciara

Ciara featuring Justin Timberlake - Love Sex Magic

Don't worry CiCi, I believe baby! Oh to be Justin Timberlake. This tune is big, between this and "If I" with T.I., it's evident that Justin's album is gonna be some grown-up, smooth and funky R&B business.

Sunday, 22 March 2009

Saturday, 21 March 2009

Goodgirls Love Rudeboys

Personally I preferred the Channel U video just because the girls were much more peng (hmm... I need to do something to dispell the notion I've got a one-track mind!) but evidently they're going for mainstream. Here's the "Street" video:

Friday, 20 March 2009

Daniel Merriweather featuring Adele - Water And A Flame

Been listening to Daniel Merriweather's Love and War album this morning, in between working on the script for DeeKay and Chinners' as-yet-untitled radio show on Roundhouse Radio which we record the pilot for tomorrow. Look out for that, we'll be spinning the best in brand new Hip-Hop, R&B, Grime, Dubstep, Funky House and D&B.

Thursday, 19 March 2009

"I don't understand how you're number one..." ( c ) Dappy

Tinchy Stryder featuring Dappy (of N-Dubz) - Number One (Video)

Single is out April 20th on CD and digital download. Support that! Video looks great, which is lucky because it's gonna be all over the music channels for the next 8 weeks.

Stole this from Semtex's blog who stole it from Hattie Collins. I'm too tired right now to hyperlink those names to their blogs but credit where it's due to them.

"Yeaaaah I just don't care // I became a snoop dogg millionaire..."

Snoop Dogg featuring Tanvi Shah - Snoop Dogg Millionaire

Umm I don't even know. Snoop Dogg on Chase and Status' "Eastern Jam"! No blend business, this is for real. This beat is crying out for someone to attack it with a double-time flow, so Snoop's style is completely inappropriate, but really... motherfucking SNOOP DOGG on DUBSTEP!

As important a moment as when Jay-Z performed over Forward Riddim?

Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Hip-Hop Special On Roundhouse Radio (Thursday 19th March: 7.30-8.30)

I'm producing a Hip-Hop Classics Special of the Big Live Show on Roundhouse Radio at the new time of 7.30pm on Thursdays. Expect the best soulful "old-school" sounds, a little bit of Tribe, some Outkast, some Jay-Z, Common, and of course some Pac and Biggie.

Lock onto Roundhouse Radio LIVE at 7.30pm tomorrow to hear the show, or listen back immediately after.

Tuesday, 17 March 2009

"Chemistry like Apple and Cinnamon..."

Udata - Apple and Cinnamon

Just so you know, Millie's Apple and Cinnamon cookies (from Millie's Cookies, obviously) are pretty much the way to my heart. Like if you ever need an outrageous favour (Meera take note!), you'd do well to bring me a bag of those cookies before you ask. Really and truly I'm a cinnamon guy, if I had to name a favourite spice (cinnamon is a spice right?!) it'd definitely be that.

Speaking of cinnamon, all this talk reminds me of a time at Uni when I read in FHM that cinnamon increases your metabolism by like 30 times, so in a completely ridiculous exercise, myself and The Commander poured cinnamon onto everything we ate or drank for the next week. Obviously we're not stupid, we were fully aware that FHM's nutrition advice is like weight-loss tips from McDonalds, it was just something to do (and actually enhanced the taste of EVERYTHING) but we still managed to get through like 2 bags of the stuff in a week. Don't ask why we had that much cinnamon in a flat full of guys. You might find out some embarassing shit like I secretly make cheesecakes and that wouldn't help my credibility.

Anyway, I realised that little story and this whole post will only mean anything to like five people in the world, and everyone else will wonder who the fuck The Commander and Meera are, so I do apologise.

The song is good, I didn't just post it up so I could talk about cinnamon, I'm actually playing it right now. It's a song I'd be proud of if I wrote, but again that might be related to my love for cinnamon, which wikipedia just told me gets its botanical name from Sri Lanka's former colonial name. Must be a fate ting.

3 Plates

Newham Generals - 3 Plates

The bass is disgusting.

Monday, 16 March 2009

"Back in the day, when I was young, (I'm not a kid anymore), but some days, I sit and wish I was a kid again..."

Dru Hill - How Deep Is Your Love

Coming up, way back when I was a young'n running around in oversized jumpers (I ain't even gonna lie, pre-pubescent DeeKay... definitely not the fly young brother some of you lucky people know today!), the very first R&B group I ever listened to was Dru Hill.

I can remember being like 10 years old when my cousin put me onto Enter The Dru and I would bump that and a fucked up copy of The Writing's On The Wall (that skipped every few seconds), all day long. Those were the days. Who would've guessed that all those years ago, me chilling with my cuz and him playing those tracks would plant the seed for the obsession with music that I have today.

This trip down memory lane was inspired by just seeing this video of the 2009 edition of Dru Hill (minus Woody, now with new member Tao, who sings way better than Woody ever did anyway). It's a shame their lane in the game isn't really around anymore: to this day, they remain my favourite R&B group (just edging out Jodeci who I didn't really discover until a couple of years after I started listening to R&B) and Enter the Dru is still one of my favourite R&B albums, and one of the few CDs I still regularly listen to start to finish.

Oh and shout out to The Doc, who regularly attempts to claim responsibility for any of my success thus far by reminding me that it was him who put me onto black music waaaay back in the day. My love for R&B that was before my time (Joe - All That I Am, Dru Hill, Blackstreet etc) would probably have developed either way, but I've got to give credit where it's due, his "urban" music taste was an influence on me growing up. But thank fuck I didn't acquire his love for Bryan Adams and Garth Brooks and shit!

"Maybe it's all my fault, I forgot how to treat a woman..." ( c ) Brutha

Brutha - She's Gone

Massive slow jam. These guys can harmonise like nobody else in the game right now. Very good album too, just a shame their TV show was the corniest shit in the world, and R&B groups just aren't hitting right now.

Never Mind The Boombox

This is worth a watch, there's a few decent jokes. Eddie Kadi is one of the funniest guys, this doesn't even really show how good he is.

Westwood hosting with Twin B (which one?) on the decks. Teams are Skepta, Kojo and Mutya vs Gemma, Jocelyn and Eddie Kadi.

Sunday, 15 March 2009

"You such a vivrant thing, vivrant thing, a vivrant thing.." ( c ) Q-Tip

Lykke Li featuring Q-Tip - Medley

"Just wanna be alone..."

Asher Roth - Alone

On the strength of "I Love College", the freestyles he did for Semtex and Westwood, and this, I've got a lot of time for this guy. He's not overly lyrical or technical but he's definitely got something.

Saturday, 14 March 2009

"One step at a time, a man walked on the moon // one record got played, Kool Herc said boom // one minute young man, your time come soon..." (c) Q-Tip

Q-Tip featuring Norah Jones - Life Is Better

This is definitely my favourite track on The Renaissance.

Q-Tip plays The Roundhouse tonight. I'm off to my apparent second home soon to (hopefully!) sit down with the legendary MC.

"Now I'm facing your cheek, tryna figure out how the nightmares came and replaced all our dreams..." ( c ) Wretch 32

D-Boy featuring Wretch 32 and Sef - Loveless

This is so good.

Just to clarify, I think Wretch is SICK. I just prefer when Wretch rhymes like Wretch, and Scorcher rhymes like Scorcher and neither of them rhyme like Chipmunk.

I've had such a busy week I don't think I've said shout out to Chip, that chart position is a massive look for him and for Alwayz. I know everyone thinks these grime artists that are all blowing up are doing it with tracks that are anything but grime, but anyone who thinks that all of this success isn't good for the scene as well as for the artists concerned is lost.

Oh I jacked this from Wretch's blog. I have no idea what project this is for, all I know is it's fucking amazing and better be on somebody's album. Sef's vocal is so heavy. I don't know why his album didn't come out either, the industry just doesn't have a clue. I've actually reloaded this YouTube video like 7 times already whilst writing this. The strings are crazy too.

Q-Tip in a few hours!

Thursday, 12 March 2009

"I wear brands you people don't know of // girls see me in the club, they're like "show off!" // I buss moet off... "( c ) Tinie Tempah

Two consecutive posts about Tinie Tempah?! And that's like three in a week... Someone needs to break me off with a cheque.

"She's so sophisticated,
Body that I can just picture naked,
Boy I've gotta stop misbehaving,
But I think sex like every six secs..."


Tuesday, 10 March 2009

"I wanna ask why you're breaking my heart for // when I see you gracing the dancefloor..." ( c ) Tinie Tempah

Jay wasn't even lying when he told me that he was fully on this collaboration thing in 2009. See what I did there? With the cheap "I Interview Celebrities" name-dropping business?

Jay Sean featuring Tinie Tempah - Still Love You

Big up Tinie, this guy is an MC that will probably have to wait forever to get the credit he deserves. And somehow Ironik blew with that TRASH single whilst "Tears" did nothing in the chart. People seem to be under the impression that "Wifey Riddim" is the extent of his capabilities, like they didn't hear him fuck up Logan's show back at the end of '07. Might have to post that set up soon, remind the people what this kid is capable of doing.

Monday, 9 March 2009

"A lot of y'all are still sounding like last year // the game need change and I'm the motherf*cking cashier..." ( c ) Drake

Drake featuring Trey Songz and Lil' Wayne - Successful

From Drake's "So Far Gone" mixtape that dropped last month. This kid is levels above most of his peers. Nobody in the game (apart from maybe Blu) is keeping it this real.

"But inside I'm treading water, steady trying to swim to shore,
I'm on a shopping spree to get whatever is in store,
Yeah, just call me shopping bag Drizzy,
Or call me Mr "Damn, He Ain't Copping That Is He?"
The fans of these freshmen is about to get iffy,
While this youngin that you doubted is about to get busy..."

(c) Drake

Sunday, 8 March 2009

"I'm Blue..."

Flo-Rida featuring Wynter - Sugar

Such a bait attempt to capitalise on the success of T.I. and Rihanna's "Living Your Life". With that said it's probably going to be a massive hit. And say what you like about Flo-Rida (and his stupid name) but the guy seems have a knack for making hits (or at least vocalling the right beats). Wonder how many of y'all remember the tune it samples:

Eifel 65 - I'm Blue

Ghetts - Sing 4 Me Out Monday!

You can preorder it by texting "GHETTS" to 78789, or else cop it off iTunes straight tomorrow. Support the scene!

Ghetts will be performing alongside Sway at ILuvLive tomorrow night at Cargo (£12 on the door), and will be on the Logan Sama show on Kiss 100 after that.

"I'mma be the first grime headline act on the pyramid stage of Glastonbury, wait..." ( c ) Tinie Tempah

Tinie Tempah - Won't Dissapoint You

Don't be decieved by the sweetboy singles, Tinie's got bars.

Saturday, 7 March 2009

Ashley Walters - "Ashley Walters"

Don't be dumb, Ash has been a heavy lyricist from day. The eagerly anticipated album (by me if nobody else) lives up to expectations - it is very solid with occasional moments of brilliance. By now most people have heard the amazing "M.O. (Part II)" with Sway and Goodz, but despite the proclamations of The Guardian, that isn't even the album's highlight. The album features a range of guest appearances, both relevant and otherwise: Chipmunk makes a big cameo on "Own Two Feet", whilst former Sugababes member Mutya Buena shows up on single "With You".

Ashley Walters featuring Chipmunk - Own Two Feet

Walters has always been at his best dealing with serious issues, (career highlight "Andrea" is the prime example of this) hence the album's introspective highlights come when he attempts to drop the frantic lyrical pace of tracks like the Noctural-produced "Woah!". Don't get me wrong, he sounds perfectly at home on grime tracks. And this is a "grime album" - over 3/4 of the tracks are at 140BPM, and if you believe certain fans' narrow definitions of the genre, tempo is the distinguishing factor between UK Hip-Hop and it's vastly superior cousin. That's why y'all insisted Asher D was "Hip-Hop" right?

Ashley Walters - Had Enough

My personal highlight on the album is "Inside Out", a Low Deep produced banger featuring Ghetts ("I'm never relaxed, you fellas are wack // I hit them with the venomous chats // me and Ash are the men of the match...") who at this point is undoubtedly the best MC in the country. The production on this album is top-notch. All sound professional, no budget mixing and mastering, the beats sound slick and polished and are a worthy backdrop to Ash's bars.

Ashley Walters featuring Ghetts - Inside Out

All in all, this is a solid album from one of the UK's best and most underappreciated MCs. It finds a nice balance between club bangers and introspective tracks, the production is all heavy and Ash's bars rarely disappoint. It's not a "Boy In Da Corner" type classic, but the self-titled disc has plenty of replay value and offers more than enough to make me hope the former So Solid member's pledge to retire after releasing this album was a false one.

Ashley Walters featuring Badness - See No Evil, Hear No Evil

I'm Watching The Watchmen...

Well "I Watched The Watchmen" would be more accurate. Saw it last night and loved it. Looked phenomenal, Rorschach was SICK. The only thing I'd say is that I really appreciated the movie because I'm a fan of the original comic, and it's possible that having read the comic, I took a whole lot more of from the film than I otherwise would. Seeing some of the iconic images come to life was crazy, Zack Snyder's done alot. I just worry that people who aren't familiar with the source material will struggle to follow the film.

Serani - No Games (Video)

Big tune. Completely ridiculous video (and I mean in a bad way!).

Sunday, 1 March 2009

Frankmusik - Better Off As Two

Saw this on Tinchy's blog. It's really quite good. Frankmusik is highly touted, loads of industry buzz and this track is catchy. Video looks really good too. Out in stores April 2nd.