Get your tickets for the Shoreditch Warehouse Party – Jose Cuervo presents Skepta vs Joker – Saturday 8th June 2013


If you haven’t bought your tickets for Skepta vs Joker yet – do it now – this is going to be sic. LWE (London Warehouse Events) have established themselves as the ‘kings of the warehouse scene’. The night runs from 10pm – 5am and tickets are currently £15. Buy them here now

Skepta has just released his new single featuring Kano ‘Lay her Down’.  Check out the video here

What do Skepta , Bruno Mars and Daft Punk have in common?

skepta lay her down

I have a feeling had SKEPTA been allowed to re-enter INDIG02 when So Solid had their reunion last month (read about it here) we may well had seen this performed live.  ‘Lay her Down’ is the newly released single from the UK London Grime artist SKEPTA featuring Kano, from the forthcoming album ‘Konnichiwa’.  Not only is SKEPTA looking HOT (check out those guns) but the video is seriously cool with the 80s styling.  Think roller disco meets Camden Indie scene meets 80s movie Heathers.

Kano’s rap makes it though – without it the tune would sound way too mainstream.  SKEPTA has definately done a 180 here – there’s no deying that.  Same old story – record label pushing him into the charts for the masses – BUT – it is actually quite a good tune in its own right.  SKEPTA first came on the scene with the UK grime anthem ‘Too Many Man’.  Edgier and grittier than ‘Lay Her Down’ – and we hope there’s more to come like this, but for now ‘Lay Her Down’ will be big for summer 2013.

We’re currently seeing a massive 80s trend with this summers new releases.  Daft Punk have crept back into the music scene with a new release ‘Get Lucky’ (#1 in 55 countries) with the help of lucky charm, Pharrell Williams.  Daft Punk have a new album out after 8 years called ‘Random Access Memories’.  You cant help but listen to this summer tune and feel nostalgic, or maybe thats just because Im an eighties baby?

It seems Bruno Mars has also jumped on the 80s Motwon bus with new single ‘Treasure’ from his current album ‘Unorthodox Jukebox‘.  I cant find an official video so please paste the url below if you find it.  ‘Treasure’ is what you’d expect from Bruno – its his style but with a bit more of a Jackson 5 edge.  A safe little number that any wedding dj could throw on to keep the crowd swinging from side to side – it will definately appeal to all ages.  Sweet but safe.

To any Breakbot fans to think Bruno’s tune sounds remarkably similar to Breakbot’s tune ‘Baby I’m yours’, here’s what Breakbot’s Thibaut Berland had to say “To those who think that it’s just a coincidence, or that “we are both inspired by the same artists”, let me just tell you that Bruno asked my label if he could cover “Baby I’m yours” a few months ago and we said no. Then he recorded “treasure”. To be perfectly honest, I’m not mad at all, if anything I am rather flattered that someone selling millions of mp3s is interested in my music.”  Watch their video below to decide for yourself.  Eitherway Breakbot wins the prize for coolest 80s video.



So Solid Crew.  The 10 year Reunion.  I was one of the people waiting for 8.59 to switch to 9.00 to buy my tickets back in January 2013 for one of the 6 shows in their 2013 mini tour.  On the one hand excited, but secretly expecting the night to be a failed attempt to raise funds for the ageing stars of the past after random appearances on reality tv show flops.   Either way, they’d got my attention and curiosity had got the better of me.  Tickets were bought for 21st March 2013 at the Indig02.

How wrong was I?

Doors opened at 7pm.  We arrived at 9pm only to enter what seemed more serious than security at Heathrow.  2 x-ray machines, 2 full body searches and 30 mins later we were finally allowed into Indig02.  Gossip going round in the queue was that Skepta (the supporting act – Too Many Man ) had been thrown out and was being refused reentry by security.  If anyone knows why please post below.

so solid stage

Into the main room and there was a DJ playing old skool garage anthems with regular shout outs to the crowd calling for the over 30s to cheer (oh yes now I remember this is a 10 year reunion).  Half the crowd are feeling the beats whilst there is a strange other half to the crowd, who look out-of-place, spectators not participants, mostly alone, camera phone at the ready … clearly there due to that same curiosity….. can So Solid pull it off again after 10 years?

The atmosphere is good, on the whole.  Security seems to be doing a good job; no stabbings or shootings at this gig … yet.  Aggro kicks off at the bar between 2 guys over a girl – security were there in seconds.  Good job Indig02.

At last the dj’s make an announcement and seamlessly with the mix Megaman, Romeo, Lisa Maffia, Oxide & Neutrino, Harvey and Asher D appear on stage – So Solid are doing it, and they sound amazing.  The crowd goes wild.

So Solid played all their hits – we definitely got out money’s worth.  The video for the tune being performed was played behind the guys on the decks at the same time – nice touch.  It was clear the crew members had been working hard (both in the studio and in the gym) for tonight’s performance.  I can honestly say – they smashed it.  Vocals were spot on (to criticize anyone Lisa Mafia was a bit Alesha Dixon – esque ‘shouty’ but then I’d never seen her live before so maybe that’s just her style).  Lyrics were delivered spot on – So Solid crew definitely still have what it takes to climb the charts.  The atmosphere in the venue was on fire.

Miss Dynamite made a guest appearance to sing her part in ‘Envy’.  An unexpected surprise which made the crowd go even wilder.  Miss Dynamite (who we’ll also be seeing when she plays support at Major Lazer next month at Roundhouse) rapped with immense presicion, the Girl still got it.

Every good performance saves the best til last.  21 Seconds to Go.  Live.  Immense.  Their most famous hit, guaranteed to get even a non garage believer moving, 21 Seconds.  Faultless.  Virtually the whole crew, with friends and family were on stage at this point.  They even got the little kids who did the intro ‘what you laughing at’ (who are no longer so little) on stage to introduce the hit.

So what will So Solid do next?  Any new material?  We’re sure of it.  The crew will be doing the rounds this summer with dates announced at Ibiza Rocks on 6th September 2013 at W.A.R! x Rinse FM with Skepta & So Solid Crew with oneman supporting. (buy tickets here )

These guys are seriously talented artists and after 10 years they truly delivered that talent, flawlessly.  We’re watching this space eagerly awaiting new material after so long.