Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Riddims of the Week (27/05): Wiley Unleashes Grime Wave

Eskiboy is ready to follow up on his No.2 single – which is now sitting at No.6, behind Sam Sparro, Will.I.Am, Madonna, The Ting Tings and Rihanna’s new No.1 Take A Bow – and he’s gonna do it in waves. The first being 12 track Grime Wave

Highlights include;

And old skool Wiley favourite…

Here’s the tracklisting…
1. Grime Wave
2. Local Lad
3. If You're Going Out I'm Going Out Too
4. Grime Kid
5. It's A Par
6. Badman Talking
7. Where You Gonna Run Too?
8. Anything Is Possible
9. Living In London
10. Fire Ain't Burning No More
11. Sky Is Falling
12. It's Only Right

Here’s Raj's review;

Grime Wave

Forget Rolex, forget electro, Yeah I do grime, I’m a grime kid what then!?” Wiley boasts, dispelling any myths that Eskiboy’s new found chart success might lead him to stray from the scene he¹s helped build. OK it¹s not the best material that Wiley Kat has put out, but 12 tracks of him spraying over beats by Maniac, Bless Beats and of course himself, mixed in with a couple of guest appearances and a Fire Camp slew will do for us until Race Against Time drops early next year. Track To Check: Grime Kid

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Skepta - The Rolex Sweep Best Bits! Download from 4th August 2008


4 AUGUST!!!!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Champions League Special: Chelsea or Man Utd?

It’s the first ever all-English final of the Champions League and the debate is already well underway amongst the neutrals.

Chelsea or Manchester United?

Grant or Fergusson, Drogba or Rooney, Ronaldo or Joe Cole… who will triumph in Moscow? You may not like either but before kick off, we suggest you make up your mind. We asked a few and the big players in the UK music/ fashion scenes and the results from the guys in the middle are varied…

Tim from King Apparel:
Man U or Chelsea Tim?

Rather Man U but a cancellation so neither side gets the trophy would be the ideal result.
Who do you support?
West Ham. IRONS!

S.K.I.T.Z. Beats:
Who would you like to win tonight?

I want Chelsea to win cos I hate Man United and it’d make Fergusson wish he threw the towel in back in 1999.
Who do you support?
I support Blackburn Rovers.

Target from Roll Deep:
Who is gonna win Targo? (and who is your team)

I support Arsenal so I don't really care who wins but I kinda want Man U to beat them.
Any score predictions
3-1 and Ronaldo scores two.

Stanza from True Tiger:
Who would you like to win tonight and who do you support?

Yo. I want Man U cos I support Liverpool and Chelsea parred us in the semis. Also Man U deserves the double so they should win.

DJ Magic:
Magic, who do you want to win mate?

Man U as I support QPR and they [Chelsea] are our local rivals.

Yo Marci, Man U or Chelsea? (and who is your team?)

I support Leeds cos my brother Jermaine Beckford plays for ‘em. However I want Man U to win cos I have bet £400 on ‘em and even though Chelsea is a west London club, I’m all about the paper, “shut your whole face” Marci…

Barry from Tim & Barry:
Who would you like to win tonight Barry?

I hope that 6 players get sent off from both sides so that the game gets abandoned!
We’re guessing you’re either a Liverpool or Arsenal fan?
I’m a Liverpool man.

Sammy (Alwayz Recording):
Who Sammy, who?

I want Chelsea to win tonight cos I don’t want no other team to win the double and I’m a Liverpool supporter.

Hey Mr Magic…

What’s up RWD. Hope all is good.
Who would you like to see lift the trophy?
I’m not really into football like I used to be.
What if we pressed you for an answer?
I’ll have to go with Man U cos that used to be the team I supported before I found out about T.Magic Utd [laughs].

Hey Jamie, who do you think is gonna win tonight?

I don’t watch footie but I’m backing Chelsea cos Shorty supports them and Man U already have a trophy.
Thanks Jamie, so you don’t have a team?
On Pro Evo I pick Nigeria and I brush everyone.

Who do you think are gonna be victorious this evening?

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Riddims of the Week: Lethal Bizzle - Keys to my Bentley

What do you think of this...

Wow, if he's not trying to jump on Wiley's back I'd be amazed. Anyway I don't think Mr Bizzle has bought his Bentley just yet (if sales of his albums have anything to do with it). He might still have the Audio TT though?

Adulthood Preview!!!

I wrote this a while ago... The views still stand;


When Kidulthood dropped in 2006 it pried open eyes to what was actually going on in parts of the country. It depicted 14/ 15 year-olds from their point of view and conveyed a ruthless side of life that many live each day. The follow-up is a fast-paced, grown-up slice of London living. Noel Clarke (writer/ main character ‘Sam’) has done it again. Not only is the main narrative on-point – Sam’s released from prison and strives to avoid beef, instant shankings and revenge attacks for Trife’s death – Clarke’s not afraid to address several issues like pier pressure, street hierarchy and drugs. When it’s released (20 June) we suggest you check it out… and the soundtrack.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Quick Review: Oxford Street (Royal Court Theatre)

Just when you thought Ashley Walters, work-place-based bullying, and shopping for trainers wouldn’t mix, Levi David Addai’s Oxford Street comes along to completely resole your views…

The theatre has always been hit-and-miss for me in all honesty. Yes, it’s nice ingesting ‘the arts’, soaking up a bit of culture and bettering ones visual pallet but sometimes you’ll get stuck in a time-warp-like, poo of a play. You know, one of those mind melters that makes the whole experience drier than a Madonna album playback? Luckily, this thespian theatrical was right up our Street. It delivered in terms of entertainment, innovative setup and cast.

Based spitting distance from Sloane Square underground station - at The Royal Court Theatre - this modern day take on retail and working relationships looks into the lives and ambitions of the workers of fictitious store TOTAL SPORTS. It accurately depicts how the shop is everything to some but a stepping-stone to others. Most wanting to break free and be successful. 'I don't want to work here much longer; I got bigger plans than dis place... I gotta make it. Can't be living in my forties and still work in retail. Can't be living in the struggle no more.' Says Nathaniel Martello-White (security guard, Kofi Graham), who’s just one of the employees that wants to better themselves. However when Kofi’s old school 'pal', Ashley Walters (Darrell), comes to work in the shop things get a little hot under their (polo) collars.

Apart from the comical script, what makes Oxford Street worth checking out is the fact that the cast act around you. Gone are the days when you’d be in the back of a sweat-ridden theatre with half of your school, slouched in a sunken, sticky mess of a seat behind some over achiever in a mac with matching monocle. The likes of Ashley Walters and Cyril Nri’s – best known for his role as Borough Commander Adam Okaro in The Bill – acting is entwined with the audience – who sit perched on BACKLESS white stools for 1hr 30ish mins, NO BREAK. It was good to see Nri (who plays Kofi’s uncle-like boss, Emmanuel) in a light-hearted roll and he was a pleasant surprise. As were relatively fresh faced actors Shane Zaza (Husnad) and Preeya Kalidas (Loraina).

Oxford Street is definitely worth checking out if you fancy a break from mundane trips to the cinema, raving with your little sister or hanging out on estate corners. It’s a fresh breath of theatre air and was a straight two thumbs up. It’s especially worth going to see if you’ve ever worked in Footlocker, JD Sports or any other pretender to their sports retail thrones. Even Levi David Addai insists it’s “Dedicated to all those who toil or have toiled in retail, particularly those who work on that mile and a half High Street in London W1”

Go and see it now, before it’s too late…

Rating: 4/5

2-31 May 2008
Mon-Sat 7.45pm
Sat 4pm

Tickets £15
Mondays all seats £10
Concessions £10 (ID required, not bookable online)

For more info visit royalcourttheatre.com