DJ DeeKay - In The Mix

Thursday, 30 September 2010

Ed Sheeran goes bar-for-bar with Devlin

Two of the dopest artists in the UK right now catching a vibe backstage at the Example tour. It's actually a bit traumatic how far ahead Devlin is of everybody else right now. More so than even Kano in 2003-05.

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Eliza Doolittle - Rollerblades (VIDEO)

Eliza Doolittle's kind of a guilty pop pleasure for me, I could watch this video all day long. And not just for the obvious reasons.

Monday, 27 September 2010

Fresh Cuts (25-09-10) - LISTEN BACK

This week on Fresh Cuts - new music from Willow Smith, Trey Songz, Bruno Mars, Kanye West, Outkast, Tinie Tempah and Wiley plus a Classic Cut from Mos Def and Talib Kweli and DeeKay attempts Chinners’ challenge of crafting a London-themed mix.

Willow Smith - Whip My Hair
Wiz Khalifa - Black and Yellow
Tinie Tempah featuring Kelly Rowland - Invincible
Wiley, Rinse, Ice Kid and Mike Skinner - Don't Hide Away
Smiler featuring Ghetts - Winning
Katy B - Louder

Album Cut:
Indie.Arie - Good Man

Trey Songz - Alone
Trey Songz - Made To Be Together
Marques Houston - High Notes
The Foreign Exchange - Maybe She'll Think Of Me
Faith Evans featuring Raekwon - Everyday Struggle
Jazmine Sullivan featuring Mary J Blige and Swizz Beatz - Holding You Down (remix)

Chinners' Still Untitled Sample Selection:
Curtis Mayfield - Right On For The Darkness
Mase featuring Total - What You Want
R Kelly featuring Nas - Did You Ever Think

Kanye West - Devil In A Blue Dress
Natalie Williams - Lil Wiser
Big Boi featuring Andre 3000 and Sleepy Brown - Lookin' 4 Ya (Jedi remix)
Bruno Mars featuring Damian Marley - Liquor Store Blues

Classic Cut:
Blackstar - Definition

Beta2 - Release

DJ DeeKay - Fresh Cuts Mix (25-09-10 - LONDON):
Devlin - London City
Wiley - Nan, I Am London
Man Like Me featuring JME - London Town
Maxsta - East London Is Back
Wiley featuring Tinchy Stryder - Living In London
Wiley - Bow E3
Kano - East London Is Back
50 Cent - London Girl
Akala - This Is London

RD - Do It Like Me (VIDEO)

Love this tune. And I like their look in this video - it is slightly American (Martika really reminds me of Aaliyah - sorry!) but they look great.

Sunday, 26 September 2010

Cee-Lo - F*ck You (Live @ 1Xtra Live) (VIDEO)

Tinchy Stryder brings out Pro Green, Tinie Tempah and Devlin at 1Xtra Live (VIDEO)

A historic moment took place on the Wembley Arena stage last night. This is the closest we've gotten to a Forever/Swagger Like Us on-stage situation.

Friday, 24 September 2010

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part I) (TRAILER)

I don't usually post trailers but this film looks INSANE.

Akala - Yours And My Children (VIDEO)

Dope video, phenomenal song from one of the best lyricists in the UK.

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Ruff Diamondz (Acoustic Showcase)

I foolishly slept on these girls for the longest time, mainly because as a grown-ass man, when I first saw them, their image just didn't appeal to me for whatever reason. With that said, I'd been hearing more and more about them over the past few months so when their mixtape was posted to me this week I gave it a spin out of sheer curiosity.

Turns out they're quite good. Tight vocals, relevant sound, good songs and a lot of industry support. As Chinners has pointed out to me on numerous occasions, the scene is pretty male-dominated at the moment but these girls could definitely rep for the ladies. You can peep the mixtape here.

Don't get it twisted though, I really like them, but that doesn't mean I co-sign Alright Stillll.

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Marvell - We Know (VIDEO)

Double's singing again init. This is all Lil' Wayne's fault. Shocka goes in though.

Big up Marvell anyway, even though you man haven't sent me the track yet and it's mid-September.

Bluey Robinson - Live @ Roundhouse's Turning Point Festival 2010 (VIDEOS)

I was blessed to be able to watch and film this set (with my insane digital-camera-on-steroids) from the most ridiculous, no public access, sniper-esque vantage point. I came downstairs for I Know, which meant I don't have any footage of him killing that vocally, but really everyone should know the deal by now. Bluey's become quite the phenomenal live performer.

If you missed out on Turning Point last weekend and didn't catch the live stream on Myspace, you're pissed (apart from Chinners, she has a good excuse).

Nevermind though, check out these videos, hold back the tears of regret and book tickets for the Tinie Tempah tour (which Bluey will be opening on) now before they sell out. The Teenage Dirtbag performance and the Use Somebody/Club Can't Handle Me mashup have been getting bare reloads in my house.

Big up Bluey as well: let's not forget, the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Led Zepplin, Pink Floyd, Jay-Z, James Brown, Oasis, The Rolling Stones, Q-Tip, Smokey Robinson and Bob Dylan (to name just a few) have rocked that building. I personally wanted to see him much higher up the bill, but nonetheless, when he came off stage at about 5.30pm on Saturday night I was kinda proud.

RockCorps Allstars (Bashy, Wretch 32, Bluey Robinson, Cleo Sol, Davinche, Roll Deep and Aggro Santos) - Give A Little Love

The involvement of Bluey, Cleo Sol and Davinche means that even if this was mad cheesy it still would've gotten my support. As is, it's not too bad at all and RockCorps are doing alot. I've got a lot of love for what they're all about. Fingers crossed that when this drops on 10th October it'll go Top 40. I'm slyly hoping for Top 10 but I can't see it just yet.

On a side note, who wrote Davinche's bars?! His flow is kinda crazy, I didn't think the boy had it in him. He comes better than at least three of the actual full-time rappers who spit on this (Bashy and Wretch killed it a bit).

Sunday, 19 September 2010

Bluey Robinson - F*ck You (Live @ The Roundhouse) (VIDEO)

Bluey Robinson tore up the main space at the Roundhouse today as part of Turning Point Festival. His entire set was one extended highlight, and there's a few more videos to come (when I return from the makeshift 'weekend' away I'm taking up north until Tuesday) but I wanted to post these visuals of him performing a slightly less rude version of his massive Cee-Lo remix.

I'll go say a bit more about Turning Point in general and Bluey's performance specifically whenever I post those other videos (amongst which is a sick cover of Teenage Dirtbag) but you'll see from the above how well he commands the stage. That's one aspect of his performance that's improved every time I've seen him live - by the time he's at the stage where he's rocking massive festival crowds and arenas he's going to be a beast of a live performer.

Sunday, 12 September 2010

Loick Essien - Ancient (SB.TV A64)

I don't know why I wouldn't have posted this when it first dropped, but a quick Google search suggests it slipped under my radar. Can't wait to hear the studio version of it.

Love Drunk is out now, support that.

Bruno Mars - Just The Way You Are (Live @ YoYo)

Uploaded this ages ago and forgot to post it. Got a couple more videos from the night I may post later on today. Check the way the crowd knows all the words. This guy is a superstar.

The lighting at Notting Hill Arts Club is not remotely suited for filming but I do love my camera, it definitely makes the best of bad situations.

Fresh Cuts (11-09-10) - LISTEN BACK

We've been away for a couple months, but Roundhouse Radio's flagship Urban music show returns this week with two big new features plus fresh cuts from Devlin, Magnetic Man and Katy B, Kano, Jakwob, Kanye West, Dwele, Bilal, Bruno Mars and Flying Lotus.

Kano – Spaceship
Kano – Upside (Bar 9 remix)
Jakwob – Here With Me
Devlin – The OT Show
Devlin featuring Yasmin – Runaway
Big Sean featuring Clinton Sparks and Mike Posner – Ambiguous
Mike Posner featuring Boyz II Men – Deja Vu
Bruno Mars – Just The Way You Are
Miguel Jontel featuring J Cole and Erin Christine – All I Want Is You (remix)
Jazmine Sullivan – Goin' In Circles

Album Cut:
Musiq Soulchild - Betterman (from the album Luvanmusiq)

Dwele – What's Not To Love
Dwele featuring David Banner – Dodgin' Your Phone
Bilal – Restart

Chinners' As-Yet-Untitled Sample Selection:
Pharcyde – Passin' Me By
Joe – Stutter (remix)
Quincy Jones – Summer In The City

Andreya Triana – Lost Where I Belong (Flying Lotus remix)
Magnetic Man featuring John Legend – Getting Nowhere
Magnetic Man featuring Katy B – Perfect Stranger (Benga remix)

Classic Cut:
Snoop Dogg – Ups and Downs

Kanye West featuring Rick Ross, Jay-Z and Nicki Minaj – Monster
Skandal – Go
Tricky Micky – Guys Wanna Play

DJ DeeKay - Fresh Cuts Mix (11-09-10):
Katy B - Katy On A Mission
Mz Bratt - Selecta
Dirty Money featuring Skepta - Hello, Good Morning (Grime remix)
Redlight featuring Ms Dynamite – What You Talking About
Loick Essien – Love Drunk
Giggs featuring Shola Ama – Blow ‘Em Away
Rusko featuring Amber Coffman – Hold On
Professor Green featuring Lily Allen – Just Be Good To Green (Joker remix)
Tinchy Stryder - In My System (True Tiger remix)

Check out this week's Fresh Cuts Mix:

Saturday, 11 September 2010

Griminal - Supa Dupa (VIDEO)

Nearly missed this one.

N-Dubz - Best Behaviour (VIDEO)

At this point nobody should be surprised to learn that I genuinely love N-Dubz right? And not just on an "I fancy Tulisa" vibe, I really do enjoy (most of) their music, support their stuff on the radio and regularly argue with Chinners about them.

This is the fourth or fifth time N-Dubz have subtly adjusted their image - this time I presume it's to make them more friendly to the States where they've recently signed to the legendary Def Jam. The sound is subtly different too - they've dropped or toned down some of the N-Dubz-isms that made them jarring to more than a few people.

Anyway, this is alright. There's a couple of cringeworthy lyrics, but it's generally relatively inoffensive. Basically, until/unless they do something to directly piss me off, I'm going to stay supporting N-Dubz. Despite what the media might have you believe, they're good, humble and down-to-earth people with genuine talent who (a lot of people seem to forget) kicked down the door of the UK music scene for all of these artists to flood through. Personally I want them to win.

"A lifetime of dreaming, visualising paradise // I woke up, and rolled over and told my girl we're leaving..." ( c ) Devlin

Devlin featuring Yasmin - Runaway

Powerful music.

"As the carriage pulls away // I pull my lady closer and I tell her she's okay // Because if we never broke the barricades today we'd always be afraid..."

The way Devlin's developed as an artist from four years ago to now is so refreshing to see. He's the prototype for how raw lyrical talent can develop into a complete (and mainstream-friendly) package.

And when you look at the crap some of his contemporaries have released on major labels, it looks like his project's been handled phenomenally. This might be commercial but it sure as fuck isn't cheese. From the beat to Yasmin's classy vocals to Devlin's poignant bars, Runaway is a case study on how to make quality mainstream "Urban" music.

FREE DOWNLOAD: Bluey Robinson's remix of Cee-Lo's F*ck You

"Baby this is tomfoolery, stop updating your status talking shit..."

Here's Bluey Robinson's take on Cee-Lo Green's monster hit. I'd like to believe I was slightly involved in this remix happening. To quote the man himself, people are definitely gonna be "surprised". Disney-friendly it ain't.

Unsurprisingly though, it's pretty much amazing - this and 50 Cent's verse are the only successful remixes of Fuck You I've heard thus far. Both of them work because they're as funny (and almost as original) as the original. Artists take note.

You can download the high-quality MP3 here. And you can thank Bluey for giving it away for free (or curse him out if you think this song is about you) here.

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Devlin - Runaway (Behind-The-Scenes)

It's not often I feel as strongly about a song as I do about this Devlin single, hence why I'm willing to post the radio rip, the behind-the-scenes, and, whenever it drops, the video.

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Bruno Mars - Just The Way You Are (VIDEO)

To me, this is a beautiful song - beautifully written with a nice sentiment. It's not especially saccharine, even thought it could easily have been. That's testament to Bruno Mars' exceptional ability as a songwriter.

People got so gassed about Ne-Yo (and don't get me wrong, tracks like Fade Into The Background prove Ne-Yo has got skills) but Ne-Yo never wrote anything as out there as Cee-Lo's F*ck You or even Bruno's own Otherside. Genuinely ridiculous talent.

Jakwob - Here With Me (VIDEO)

Strange video, great song. Track's out on Monday.

Dot Rotten - Def Jam Rapstar Promo

This is tidy, there's a few more coming. Dot was a great call.

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Maverick Sabre - SB.TV A64

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, there's something special going on in the UK right now. The amount of exceptional talent around at the moment is pretty remarkable. This 09/10 crop of vocalists, songwriters, producers and, to a lesser extent, MCs is like nothing we've really ever seen before.

People can talk about the Soul II Soul era but these days the likes of Bluey Robinson, Ed Sheeran, Maverick Sabre, Labrinth, Devlin, Katy B, Ghetts, Maxsta... the list could go on, but my point is these artists are no longer the exception, they're pretty much the rule. Admittedly, there's still a lot of crap out there and there's a whole lot of guys making electro-pop nonsense, but I honestly can't remember a time when so many prodigious talents have been buzzing simultaneously.

Monday, 6 September 2010

Mike Posner - Cooler Than Me (SB.TV A64)

Awesome. This single is out over here in November.

Devlin featuring Yasmin - Runaway

I was going to wait for the video to post this but I've been playing it so much this weekend.

Just a thought - this is quite a commercial song (in the vein of Chipmunk's Look For Me) but Devs hasn't compromised. His lyrics and rhyme schemes aren't exactly catchy, mainstream fare. Props to him for not dumbing down too much in an effort to chase the charts.

And Yasmin's vocals are so powerful. This is a big tune, I hope it breaks through.

"Almost there, almost there // feels like we've been getting nowhere..." ( c ) John Legend

Magnetic Man featuring John Legend - Almost There

Magnetic Man's self-titled debut album drops October 4th. Exciting, it sounds like it's going to be good. Even the slightly rubbish I Need Air did the job (and had a disgusting Digital Soundbwoy remix I only just heard over the weekend).

Sunday, 5 September 2010

Cher Lloyd's X-Factor Audition (Keri Hilson - Turn My Swag On

She did smash this. This is a 16-year-old girl from Malvern, Worcestershire remember. That's a town of less than 30,000. It's not a race thing, and I don't know the girl's background but that's an important fact to remember. She was nervous but she owned it.

With the UK market the way it is, this girl could make a lot of money. Whether she makes it or not I don't know but she's definitely the one I'm watching.

Friday, 3 September 2010

Thursday, 2 September 2010

"Oh you like me? What the hell does that mean? Don't be so ambiguous girl..." ( c ) Mike Posner

Big Sean featuring Mike Posner and Clinton Sparks - Ambiguous

Wow. Posner says what most guys have thought at some point or another in their lives with regard to a talking-in-riddles member of the opposite sex. Don't be mad, I'm just keeping it real.

"Are we gonna f*ck or not?"

From Big Sean's Finally Famous (Volume Three).

Cee-Lo - F*ck You (VIDEO)

Brilliant video.

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Skepta featuring Preeya - Cross My Heart (VIDEO)

All of Skepta's outfits in this video are questionable but Preeya's doing alot. It's not a secret I've got a lil' thing for her but this is a banger from Skeppy anyway. Great move for the former Eastender too.