Thursday, 29 October 2009
Thursday, 22 October 2009
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
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
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
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
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
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
Scorcher featuring Liam Francis - Lipsin' Ting/Dark Knight
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.
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
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
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.
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).
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
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.
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.