DJ DeeKay - In The Mix

Monday, 29 November 2010

Shy FX featuring Kano, Donaeo and Roses Gabor - Raver (VIDEO)

From Shy FX's album Larger Than Life which drops next year. Check all the cameos. Such a big tune with a suitably cool video.

Sunday, 28 November 2010

Game Over (Female remix)

Ruff Diamondz, A Dot, Envy, Cherri V, Baby Blue, RoxXxan, Lioness, Mz Bratt and Lady Leshurr line up for this one.

Thursday, 25 November 2010

ANGEL - Do It Like A Dude (Mandem remix)

Angel is big, but if ever a song didn't need to be remixed from the perspective of a guy, it's this. No Pigeons it ain't. People seem to be feeling it though, so what do I know...

PS Island Records are taking the piss. Sickest roster by far.

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Mz Bratt - Get Dark

Not everyone will agree but I think Bratt is the best total package female MC around by a long way and she's gone clear with this tune. Commercially viable, massive fan base, good on stage, strong image and I think she's really finding her niche musically and lyrically now. She's gonna make some money in 2010.

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Janiece Myers featuring Wiley - Underground Love (VIDEO)

Out tomorrow. Really like this video and the tune's been a banger since the Summer. Wiley murks, both verses are nice. I'm rooting for Liverpool's scene right now, they've got some gifted individuals up there. There's a few artists from Liverpool and Manny who could come down here and do some real damage to the charts.

"And the stage is way too big for me // Labels never thought this guy from the ghetto could make all these girls sing for me..." ( c ) Dappy

Skepta featuring N-Dubz - So Alive

Yeah the hook is mild cheddar but it's hardly Good Times is it? Considering Skepta's effectively on Universal, even though his sound has changed colossally, he hasn't gone for bait pop like some other artists. On the other hand he hasn't achieved the runaway "instant" success of those other guys, but slow and steady wins the race.

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Maxsta Sends For Chipmunk

Normally I wouldn't indulge this kinda thing but Maxsta is dangerous. If something convinces Chipmunk to reply, this could get so interesting.

Sway - Wow (Pow 2011)

Sway's eight bars and them some from Lethal B's Pow remake.

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Loick Essien featuring Dappy - Stuttering

Dope! Loick is such a strong R&B artist. These are Usher-esque vocals and melodies and top-class (glossy) production.

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Rihanna - Skin

R.I.O - Forgive Me (VIDEO)

Powerful Hip-Hop coming out of Manchester. Taken from his free download mixtape Bottom To The Top.

Tinchy Stryder - Famous (VIDEO)

Tinchy's album Third Strike is out on Monday and is surprisingly enjoyable. Much better than Catch 22, with much less pop. The boy did good.

"Good weed, white white, I come alive in the night time // Okay, away we go, only thing we have on is the radio..." ( c ) Drake

Rihanna featuring Drake - What's My Name (VIDEO)

US Billboard Number One after only two weeks on the chart. Told y'all this was a monster.

Say one thing about Rihanna, she's sexier than ever with this album. I don't necessarily mean how she looks, I mean the music. Between this track and Skin, she's saying a lot of things.

Friday, 12 November 2010

Yasmin - On My Own

I liked this on my tinny laptop speakers because Yasmin's vocal is tight, but I've just heard it on a big system and Shy FX went in on the production. Future hit I think, I can hear this getting love on radio.

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Fugative featuring Mz Bratt and Wiley - Hard (VIDEO)

2011 is gonna be a big year for Bratt. Wait and see. Her and Wiley do so much on this.

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Friday, 5 November 2010

Chipmunk Talks To Hip-Hop Chronicle About His New Album, Westwood and Wiley, Twitter and Regaining His Hunger

What he says here about his singles being largely unrepresentative of his debut album is true. The singles were fluff, the album was a generally outstanding debut from a kid at college.

I hope he's not gassing about putting out less poppy and "safe" singles for his forthcoming sophomore LP. He's lyrically one of the most gifted MCs in the mainstream and, like Devlin, he's capable of doing things musically that are beyond some of the guys in the charts right now. Hopefully he shows that talent this time around.

Dirty Money featuring Skepta - Hello, Good Morning (Grime remix) (VIDEO)


Thursday, 4 November 2010

Jessie J - Who You Are (Trailer)

Chinners (jokingly) accused me of being Jessie's PR last week on Fresh Cuts. I assure you, I'm not, but I suppose she is my latest musical obsession. But only because her voice is world-class and her songwriting is world-class and I'm gushing at the level of exceptional talent in this country at this point in time. This is one album I'm dying to hear.

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

N-Dubz featuring Loick Essien - Girls (remix)

"She can be Egyptian, Morrocan, Indian or Russian, it don't really matter..."
- Dun know.

Loick adds his vocals to N-Dubz's new single. Really he should've remixed the whole track because his 30 seconds on this are the best thing about it, and there's not enough of this kind of adding R&B flavour to big tracks from the top-tier UK vocalists in my opinion. Just Cherri V doing it really. Someone needs to come along and run away with people's instrumentals the way Trey Songz does over in the States.

Anyway, enjoy. This kid is gifted. I only realised recently but he sounds a bit like Usher too. Tonally I guess.

Tinchy Stryder featuring Giggs, Professor Green, Tinie Tempah, Devlin, Example and Chipmunk - Game Over (VIDEO)

Most anticipated video of the year.

So are we all agreed Devlin's the best in the country yet? Example did a bit on this though. And actually, even though people are hating on him, Chipmunk's verse was slightly great, on some "I'm not trying, I'm just making outlandish statements" shit.

The track definitely lived up to the anticipation, the video's a bit simple for me. But if the rumours of various remixes are true, boooooy... Tinchy's made the biggest move for the scene.

Monday, 1 November 2010

Rewd Adams (aka Skandal) - Suttin To Prove (VIDEO)

One of the nicest guys in UK Hip-Hop is back under his new moniker and will be on Fresh Cuts very soon. This track is so dope, feeling the video too.

Eliza Doolittle - F*ck You (Cover) (VIDEO)

Umm... I have a serious crush on her. Can I say that?

Ricky Blaze - Just You And I (VIDEO)

This riddim is most famous for being the instrumental to Gyptian's ever-present Hold Yuh. New York's Ricky Blaze produced the track, and this is his attempt at vocalling the summer smash. Not quite as successful as the original but it was ringing off in his hometown and all over radio there a few months back.

Sounds fresh after a few months away from it, which you definitely couldn't say about the Gyptian track. And the video girl is alot.

"Na Na Naaaiiiii..." ( c ) Dappy

This is why they're hot...

Bangers for days. And that's not even going for the bait singles.

N-Dubz - Girls (VIDEO)

New month, new start and all that.

Anyway, I can't justify liking N-Dubz as anything more than a guilty pleasure any more. This video is bordering on parody. With that said, as happens with most of their music, I've grown to love it. After all, Tulisa is "the biggest female boss that ever lived...". If I didn't feel it, I'd just be hating.

This is the second consecutive track on which Fazer's done alot though. Who'd have thunk it?! Also Dappy can actually spit, as soon as somebody outside of N-Dubz realises this and puts him on a 16-bar feature people will see. He kills this until the last two bars where it goes downhill a bit.