This has officially grown on me...
Dizzee Rascal - Dance Wiv Me Ft. Calvin Harris & Chrome
Monday, June 30, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
Lifted straight from My Own Way - which dropped in May – Jay Sean is readying his new single Stay. Set to follow on from where Ride It and Maybe left off the R&B star has added a grimey refix to b-side. Sitting alongside the Soundbwoy edit and the Dubai Shadow dub is the Boy Better Know remix which features Skepta, Frisco, Chipmunk and Jammer
“I’ve known Skepta, Wiley and others for ages,” Jay said of the remix. “Long before the Rolex song. We’d always wanted to hook up on a track and I love what we did with Stay, completely spinning the sentiment around. Originally, the track was about trying to prevent a break-up, begging a girl to stay, but it was 5 lads in the studio and we were all like, ‘Yeah, so what, leave if you want to’.”
Stay is out in July. Watch out for a cameo from Jay Sean in Skepta’s forthcoming Rolex Sweep video.
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Download Festival goers don’t "chuck" about…
Members of the RWD team know all about the Download Festival and its crazy vibe. Now Lethal ‘Police on my Back’ Bizzle is well aware too. The grime ambassador was on the metal festival’s Tuborg Stage over the weekend and there was a large crowd waiting for his music – well at least that’s what he thought. NME.com reported that as soon as the tracks started playing (1.20pm), the artist was pelted with plastic bottles and tubs of Muller Rice.
Whilst dodging Download desserts the grimester bravely/ crazily/ defiantly continued his set, despite being visually out of his depth. “We got setup didn’t we? We got set-up, motherf**kers! But we’re still gonna play!”
According to the report it didn’t end there. After Bizzle became more bizzed off he pointed to his bottle of vodka – neatly stashed in his pocket – and joked; “my bottle's glass.”
Footage from NME.com…
Monday, June 16, 2008
There are a lot of big tunes at the moment. This is what I’m currently feeling…
DJ NG – Tell Me Ft. Katy (DJ Remix)
Joker – Snake Eater
DJ Q – You Wot Ft. MC Bonez
And of course, Wiley gets a mention. You got Grime Wave yet?
Wiley – Where You Gonna Run To?
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Saturday, June 14, 2008
After rightfully tearing apart No.Lay's last CD, The New Chapter, I thought I'd give this new CD a chance - after all she did bring us No Help, No Handouts and more recently Swagger.
Here's the review...
No.Lay - yes that's how its spelt now, shut.up - returns with a much meatier meal compared to her last measly morsal of a mixtape, The New Chapter. Big beats, chunky concepts and a destructive flow combine over 20 tracks. J2K, Badness, Bashy and Ghetto all add to the best material Lay's done in a while. Playing The Feild, The Latest, Here for Life Ft Bashy are killers, this is much much better from the south London spitter.
Track to check: The Latest
Friday, June 13, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
I have access to a LOMO fish eye camera, it's mega grainy but I love the effect!!!
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
So he may not turn up for a PA on the outskirts of Liverpool, Manchester or even London but who gives a fuck. Wiley is a grimey genius. Again he tries to bring through youngers (previously Dizzee Rascal, Tinchy, Syer B, Caramel Poo Poo, Little D and Chipmunk have all prospered under his Bow E3 shaped wing) and on this wave the likes of Messy and Desperado get their turn; The MCs semi shine on title track, Grime Wave. Across town collabs come from Flo Dan, Frisco, Brazen, Stryderman and co but Eskiboy excels. Highlights include If Your Going Out I’m coming Out Too = shut up, Fire Ain't Burning No More = your aunt knows, Where You Gonna Run To? = dirty like a Thai whore, and Grime Kid = beat-heavy grime firework (producer Manic can do no wrong in my eyes, I’d lend him £30 without even specifying a return date). Slap yourself before you doubt Richard Cowie again.
Track to Check: Where You Gonna Run To?
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Monday, June 09, 2008
A version of the following article appeared in the June Issue of RWD Magazine...
It takes a special breed of site-skimmer to confront the unconfrontable (ex-partner, over-familiar priest, etc.) If you’re ready to grab your mouse and rumble, Danny Walker is prepared to guide you through the highs and blows of ‘Facing’ online problem-people; come on, what else are these sites for if not to incite stalking, coax hatred and encourage virtual boasting (the likes of which the World has never seen)…
This document is for the dumped; those who regularly peer at an old flame’s profile (whilst desperately praying for their status to read ‘single… and desperate’). It’s for the downtrodden; the geek who’s always wanted to tell a bully to ‘suck out’ (without fear of dead legs, pulled hair or wedgie-based reprisals). It’s for those that were mocked for studying guitar after school while the rest of their year went home (sorry to get strung up on that, but why did you do it again?).
If any of the above has struck a chord, save the cold-sweat confrontations for another day as RWD take a serious-sized social networking gulp on your behalf.
Firstly, the RWD Institute of Social Networking will show you how to confront a few essential people and then we’ll test you to see what you’ve taken in.
How to handle…
The ex-boyfriend – He’s blatantly still having damp dreams over you so stay cool, you have all the power (unless he kicked you to the kerb). Change your profile to ‘Single’ and he’ll soon look elsewhere.
The ex-girlfriend – Even if you haven’t; show her that you moved on weeks before (even if you only broke up a few hours ago). Use your profile to display ‘subtle’ hidden messages like Current Mood: FINALLY FREE!!!
That work contact – So you chat to this person over work emails and all of a sudden they’ve tracked you down online. Damn, they’ve got the hots for you bad. Just play it cool and DON’T BEND OVER to their demands. If you do, your unprotected ‘outbox’ will be stuffed before you know it.
The dirkhead who went to your school (that you don’t really want to talk to) – Don’t blank them straight away, that would be deep. Just give them enough communication so that they feel special… and then blank them.
That fit girl from school/ the bits/ the block – A couple of years on and she may still be looking nice; but face it, she’s probably slept with a bag of man, popped out a couple of yout and gone all flabby… try and get her number still.
Someone who used to hate on you – Cut out a picture of your head and put it on the body of one of a recent lottery winner. Send it to them and pretend you’re gonna share out all the loot.
Please remember this is an EXAMPLE of how to do your confrontation. RWD take no responsibility if you’re tracked down and receive a bosh on the nose.
Now, using what you’ve learnt, now answer this simple questionnaire:
If you’re on a social networking website and...
…you come across an ex-girlfriend/ boyfriend – yes, the same one that discarded you like a ruby-faced sanitary towel – do you;
A – Drop them a little message wishing them, their family and their new bit of stuff the best of health and good luck in the future.
B – Pretend you didn’t see them or their messages and instantly change your profile to ‘In a relationship’.
C – Go on about your life like a normal human being.
D – Close your account, move to Papua New Guinea, change your name to ‘Sunshine’ and seriously consider Cannibalism as a lifestyle choice.
…someone – someone being that inhumanely tall 9 year-old tyrant from the year below who instead of playing football at lunch tormented you with a game called ‘Give Me YOUR Curly Whirly Money’ – messages you about a ‘reunion’, do you;
A – Reply from the office – obviously your work can wait as this is important – telling him how you’ll be there and can’t wait to ‘catch up’.
B – Send a polite message saying why you can’t make it (Your wife/ husband has to go to Iceland on a modelling job and there is no-one to stay in and watch the mansion).
C – Go on about your life like a normal human being.
D – Immediately contact the police and explain to them that you think your old ‘buddy’ is a drug’s mule and give them full contact details (suggesting they should check all orifices for evidence).
…a disgraced celeb and/ or family member tries to befriend you, do you;
A – Reply saying that you’re willing to forgive them for that incident but you’ll NEVER forget. Start a forgiveness group and tell the seven people in your contacts list about the powers of clemency.
B – Blank this invitation unless they’re offing some mind of cash compensation for you to talk to them.
C – Go on about your life like a normal human being.
D – Track them down, steal the computer from their house and/ or cell and destroy it so they can never hurt anyone ever again.
If you mainly answered A, you need to get off the Internet, stop living in the past and go get a life… preferably one which doesn’t involve logging in, signing up or sending out group emails about your pet Hamster.
If you mainly answered B, you need to stop faking your way through life.
If you mainly answered C, social networking just ain’t your thing.
If you mainly answered D, you need to get a job selling caldrons as YOU and your vindictive mentality are wasted on these Job Centre-bound losers.
Fuda Guy finally steps forward and it's a big step too. His first solo mixtape, Head Gone, is now Nationwide.
Here are a few tracks...
A take on Scorcher's track...
Something a little different...
See quick review here.
Sunday, June 01, 2008
When brothers Mensah and Kwame linked with secondary school pals Mark and Marcus they had two things; a band name and a guitar. In a short space of stereotype-defying time they’ve amassed much more. MTV and RWD predict Brixton’s The Thirst are set for even bigger things...
I was dropped in a place I never knew existed. A place where the sun is foreign. A place where the 57 bus roams free. A hole of a place, with more Greggs per square mile than any another part of the world... a place The Thirst call home. “Come in,” drummer Marcus Harris greets me as I enter their south London-located acoustic abode. The walls are painted in grey, the floor painted in filth but the air’s treated to sounds of what I believe to be their eagerly anticipated debut album, On the Brink. “Yeah, we’re just going over the setlist for later,” vocals/ lead guitar Mensah reports as the quartet make their way from the garage-like and heavily graffitied bunker. We’ve caught them mid-session preparing for a live BBC session. “Later we’re on 6 Music,” rhythm guitarist Mark Lenihan beams before Kwame joins us from placing his bass guitar beside his brother. “Most of the tunes were made by accident really...” Mensah confesses of the compliments regarding the inaugural Thirst EP. “We were just messing about, playing something and then it was like... ‘Yeah, that sounds alright, keep playing it’ so we did.”
Mensah and Kwame’s journey to this point has been far from accidental. They were reared in a heavily melodic environment, says Mensah. “My dad was in a reggae ska band so he bought me my first guitar when I was about 14.” Inevitably they got a literal thirst for music. With Hendrix, Average White Band, Booker T and a lot of old skool blues blaring from their parent’s record collection who wouldn’t, and they soon linked with an old school pal to start something. But what? “I met them in primary school,” Mark points at the Cofie-Agyeman brothers and smiles, “And then we met Marcus in secondary school.” So was it all plain sailing? “They were just mad in the head but it was cool and we formed a friendship. After all the schooling...” energetic Marcus jumps in, “and the bumming around [group laugh], just sitting on your arse.” After learning from text books and the streets of south London, the band was unconventionally formed. “I made up a name and it grew from there.”
Before long, the masses at Brixton Jamm were aware of their talents (not to mention Rolling Stone’s Ronnie Wood) and gigs started flying in. “I’ve fell off stage before and we had a power cut but that weren’t even the worse gig,” the frontman lights up before relaying the gig from Hell, literally. “We walked in and it was all Goths. We were just like a fish out of water and when we went on, all our guitars were out of tune.” His brother finishes the trip down nightmare lane. “We didn’t know what we were doing at the time,” he remembers as Marcus brings it home. “That’s where we got our first stereotypical comment. Before we went on, we got, ‘So you guys gonna play reggae then?’” Doritos munching Mensah paints a rosy picture of their retort: “We were like, ‘F*ck off’... pr*ck”.
The Thirst refuse to get bogged down with clichéd characteristics of the typical indie band (“no genre of music belongs to any race of people”) and proved so at the last RWD in Stereo. To the sounds of Ready 2 Move and forthcoming RWD favourite Sail Away, black, white and Asian kids were shocking-out side-by-side, like a multicultural patchwork quilt laid down before them. “What happened was, I said I was gonna giveaway my Rolex,” Marcus laughs. “We love them ones still. They are the best ones.” Indeed, and the likes of Coventry, Swansea and their beloved Brixton can expect more of the same from their tour in May [see Marcus’ list or dun know the MySpace for the exact dates].
With a dedicated fanbase already (thethirstfans.com), Pete Doherty requesting their presence on his solo LP (“He’s a great guy and we played at his house”) and the ink well and truly dry on the deal with Ronnie’s Wooden Records these four will live out their dreams before they know it. Kwame sits up and leaves RWD with, “Forget headlining Glastonbury, we wanna headline Brixton Academy!!!”
Sail Away is out in May. MySpace.com/thethirstrockband. Catch The Thirst on MTV Base...
On The Brink
It takes a brave band to wean me off my hourly dose of grime, baseline and all things bumpy, and The Thirst are just that; welding indie, the odd ballad and a touch of ska with mechanical precision. Not only do their refreshingly vibrant tales of kids who'd "rather play on a Station", good ol' Acre Lane, and drinking Stella "on the back of the bus" make you wanna shake the person next to you but their catchy studio sounds are in sync with their live aura. These boys are definitely on the brink of something big... NME you're slipping.
Track to Check: Sail Away