DJ DeeKay - In The Mix

Monday, 31 May 2010

"I'm so bored in this town, take me away from here // Play some kind of new sound, something true and sincere..."

Robyn - None Of Dem

This is so good. Sounds like Robyn doing an impression of a lucid M.I.A. (is that doing them both a disservice?), and the beat (produced by Royksopp) is crazy.

Sunday, 30 May 2010

Fresh Cuts Live Photography

Here's the official photography from our Fresh Cuts Live event which took place at the Roundhouse back in March. Big shout out to Liz Amadi, an amazing up-and-coming photographer who shot this for us and got some great photos despite the difficult lighting.

DJ DeeKay - May 2010 15 Minute Mix

I was bored on a Sunday morning and I figured it's been nearly a year since I've posted up a new mix online so here's a quick one. 15 minutes of madness.

Friday, 28 May 2010

"F*ck it then, let me get my boasting on // They play my sh*t on daytime, we hear your sh*t when Logan's on..." (c) Tinchy Stryder

Tinchy Stryder - Gangsta (b/w Tinchy Stryder featuring Tinie Tempah - Game Over)

Stryder's taking the piss. I didn't even buy this just to support, this is actually fully fucked.

Out now - and iTunes.

Thursday, 27 May 2010

Rox - I Don't Believe (SB.TV Acoustic)

She's making it so look easy. This is such a banger though, it took me a while to believe in Rox and all the hype but this track has convinced me fully. I'm gonna have to see her live ASAP now.

Hopefully the mainstream buys into her talent, because I'm sure if this track was sung by Winehouse/Duffy/Gabriella Cilmi/Adele it'd be a smash. No conspiracy theories, I'm just putting it out there.

While I've got you here, check out this crazy LandLord Dubstep remix of the single.

Mz Bratt - Selecta

Redlight seems like the guy this year. Big up Bratt.

Swiss featuring Wretch 32 and Selah - Streets Don't Love You (VIDEO)

Nice to see Swiss back. I'm sure the last time Pierre released I was still in college. I haven't heard it in years but I remember his debut album Pain 'N' Musiq being very good.

Swiss featuring Sharifa - Cry

Who remembers this one?

So Solid featuring Sef - Broken Silence

Big rapper, it's great to have him back.

"Ex wants me back, she's a joker // But if I play my cards right, I'll probably get to poke her..." (c) Double S

Marvell - The World Is Ours

Produced by S-X. Mad love for the Marvell Boys (pause), and I really like this video.

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

"I know that n----- would kill for this lifestyle // I'm looking forward to the memories of right now..." ( c ) Drake

Probably the best song from Thank Me Later that's dropped thus far. Drake's verse is classic Drake, but Jeezy goes in and kills the hook too.

"I'm looking forward to the memories of right now..."
is one of the nicest lines of the year to me.

Oh and obviously the Aaliyah sample is tight.

Friday, 21 May 2010

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Everything Is Practice

Spike Lee on his son's football ("soccer") team. Who wear Arsenal shirts, because Spike Lee is a badman.

Sunday, 16 May 2010

Diary Of Bluey Robinson (Fresh Cuts Live)

Shout to Officially Urban who were following Bluey Robinson around all day on March 7th when he was at the Roundhouse for Fresh Cuts Live.

If you take the time to watch this video (which I suggest you do, I didn't JUST post it up because as well as being a video diary of one of my favourite artists, it's also effectively a recap of one of the biggest achievements of my own life), you'll see that Bluey really is mad cool. Humble and down-to-earth young man with a proposterous amount of talent. And he was an absolute pleasure to work with (pause). All the Fresh Cuts Live artists were great actually - Marvell have atrocious time-keeping (I don't think they'll mind me saying that!) but they, Bluey and McLean are prime examples of how to carry yourself if you're an up-and-coming artist.

Ahh watching that video brings it all back... In the spirit of reminiscing on past glories, here are the highlights videos if you missed out.

"Tell your girlfriend that I can pull some f*cking strings // So we're courtside when LeBron get a f*cking ring..." ( c ) Drake

Drake featuring Goapele - Closer 2010 (LIVE)

Closer from Drake's second mixtape Comeback Season is one of my favourite tracks of all time and probably my favourite Drizzy track. Here he spits the first verse from the original and then a brand new verse supposedly from a Kanye-produced track that didn't make the album. Unsurprisingly, the new verse is great, but then Drake is pretty much the most consistent rapper around at this point.

Here's the original too - this shit motivates me every time I hear it.

Drake featuring Andreena Mills - Closer

"I think her pals are with her, who's her girlfriend downing liqour? // If I tell her I'm a boxer, will she let me down her..." ( c ) Tinie Tempah

Tinie Tempah featuring Labrinth - Frisky (VIDEO)

Would you risk it for a chocolate biscuit?

Chris Moyles - Good Times Parody

This is infinitely better than the original and a serious par.

"Let's just make some words up, trouser turn ups // Let's go ride a donkey, make it wonky // Let's find words that rhyme and drink some wine // Then repeat, repeat and let's just start again..."

I'll be working at the 1Xtra/Radio 1 studios in a couple of months so I'll refrain from saying anything derogatory about Chris Moyles.

Jay Sean Interview (Flavour Magazine)

Check out my interview with Jay Sean in this month's Flavour Magazine, where the homegrown superstar talks about the highlights of his whirlwind past eighteen months, including signing to Cash Money, recording Down with Lil' Wayne and meeting Jay-Z and Beyonce. Click on the images below to read.

Raghav featuring Kardinal Offishal - So Much (Produced by Labrinth)

One hell of a comeback track from the Canadian singer. I wonder if Labrinth's golden touch (and developing sound) can propel Raghav back into the spotlight. To this day I love his debut album Storyteller - I actually prefer it to Jay Sean's Me Against Myself which I thought was a great debut album.

Even though Jay Sean's gone global now, I still can't help but think of him when I think of Raghav's debut. I suppose because they were both Asian R&B singers that blew at the same time so it's inevitable, even though they're nowhere near eachother any more. Anyway, rambling aside, I've always had time for Raghav and it's good to see him back.

Jay Sean and Labrinth... now there's an idea.

Saturday, 15 May 2010

"Age 17 I was spitting raw // Chip Diddy Chip went and kicked off a bidding war..." ( c ) Chipmunk

Chipmunk - Superstar (VIDEO)

Lotta people hating on Chip. I've got my own theory as to the superstar MC whom his strategy most resembles ("no dummy, that's the shit I'm sprinking the album with to keep the registers ringing..."), but I'll keep that to myself.

I wholeheartedly believe that he'll have the most career longevity of any UK MC right now though. And by MC I mean someone that raps lyrics, before some dumb bastard comes along and tries to tell me that "Chipmunk isn't an MC, he's an artist". Fuck off.

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Drake - Find Your Love (VIDEO)

Well the boy did start life as an actor...

Everytime I hear this song I like it more. Straight banger.

Monday, 10 May 2010

Tinie Tempah (Live @ Dingwalls)

Nathan "Nathstar" Williams (undoubtedly the hardest drummer in the country) linked these up on his Twitter - footage from Tinie Tempah's MTV 10 For 10 gig in February.

Speaking of Tinie and February - Redtop Magazine's Spring/Summer 2010 issue, which Tinie graced the cover of alongside Mz Bratt, Eddie Kadi, Kevin J, Eliza Doolittle, and many more, drops this week. Look out for that in your favourite fashion and music outlets.

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

"You are in the presence of a champion // about to get a condo that I could fit your mansion in..." ( c ) Drake

Big Sean featuring Drake - Made

Fuck polite flows.

"The game ain't always fair and that's the thing though // You can play your heart out, everyone don't get a ring though..."
( c ) Heartbreak Drake (pause)

Monday, 3 May 2010

Akala - Find No Enemy (Live @ DoubleThink Launch Party)

Somewhat stupidly, I planned to go to this launch party for about a month and then forgot it was on when last week rolled around. From what I've heard, it sounds like I missed out.

Akala's DoubleThink is out now.

"Grime had a little time without me, still no Grime without me // No life without me, no Risky Roadz, no Grime Daily..." ( c ) Dizzee Rascal

Chase and Status featuring Dizzee Rascal - Heavy

This almost makes up for the Cheese Room staples he's been churning out of late. A return to a grimier sound for both Dizzee and Chase and Status.