Ok, so we finally saw a bit of sunshine in London today. When the sun comes out – Dancehall comes on. With Nottinghill Carnival on the near horizon (25th and 26th August 2013) what better time than now to start scouting out the best tunes for the Dancehall scene this summer. Here’s our top 3 – fresh out of Jamaica – with some blinding summer riddims to make you wanna whine and kotch.
First Up – can’t stop playing it – straight out of Portmore Jamaica- DAMINANCE with ‘Tipsy’ (released January 2013). Move over Popcaan someone about to take ur place – whenmiparty.com ‘ s one to watch. Daminance, aka Kimarlo Williams, 24, is a Jamaican Dancehall singer / song writer who started singing at a very young age. Initially he formed band ‘Frass Squad’ in 2006 (along with his Yung Outlawz Productions label) and then went on to start his solo career with stage name ‘Robbery’ – now known as ‘Daminance’. Daminance is currently working on a mixtape along with producer Prince Villa. Also check out his tune ‘Da Party’. In the meantime here’s ‘Tipsy’ :
Second up to get you into the summer carnival mood is Flash Raggedy with ‘Party’. Flash Raggedy, aka Miguel Beckford, hails from Rockfort, Kingston, Jamaica. Flash has also been singing from a young age and like many big stars starting out singing at Church on a Sunday. Here’s ‘Party’:
J Capri ft Charly Black – Whine and Kotch. Not much more to say other than watch the video. Nice to see a female dancehall artiste aside from Lady Saw. Definately prefer this to her more current collaboration with Konshens – ‘Pull up to mi Bumper’ – the girl obviously only got one ting on her mind 😉
Dont forget to follow http://whenmiparty.com on soundcloud @whenmiparty – here’s our 2013 carnival playlist – enjoy and shake your tail feather
The London urban music scene never fails to disappoint for constantly creating new promising acts set to be the next Wretch 32 or Miss Dynamite. This week we’ve found 3 artists showing potential and what it takes to crack into the mainstream. Every day we’re sent links to mixtapes or videos from Londoners thinking they’re the next Tupac. Here are our 3 diamonds in the rough:
First up, L’Nino with ‘B.I.G’. If you can get over the unneccessary over usage of the F word in the chorus (not the best move if you want to get airplay) – the video production and L’Nino’s rapping is actually pretty good; less grimey and more West Coast; shows L’Nino’s massive rapping potential as a UK artist – could definitely see him collaborating with a US rapper.
Next up is West London’s AbilityMc (TWITTER @AbilityMc1 ) , 18. We can’t get enough of his tune ‘Zone Out with Me’. We love how AbilityMc has kept it real with his West London accent shining through his lyrics. This one is chilled with a capital C. Saweet.
Last but not least, my absolute favourite right now – Smurf (twitter @SmurfUK) with his new video ‘I Ain’t Havin’ It’. The Link Up Tv video is the money, styling is spot on and Smurf can spit like many can only dream; plus he looks good doing it and he makes it look effortless. The only thing worth critising is the name – SMURF – surely there must be story behing that? You can get his free download by clicking here
Smurf’s even done a Popcaan cover. Nice. Enjoy ‘Party Shot‘ London style:
Garage junky? Buy your tickets now. XOYO, Shoreditch are having MIKE SKINNER + MJ COLE + MELÉ + MS DYNAMITE to play on Friday 21st June 2013. It’s going to be great. Buy your tickets – you wont regret it. https://ticketabc.com/events/mike-skinner-mj-cole/
On Thursday 6th June, XOYO Shoreditch, London, played host to Zebra Katz and Njena Reddd Foxxx. If you’re unfamiliar with this act, Zebra Katz, real name Ojay Morgan, 26, is the genius behind cult song ‘Ima Read’. Although the tune was written back in 2011, fashion designer Rick Owens chose to coin the phrase during his 2012 Paris fashion show – catapulting Mad Decent‘s Zebra Katz into the limelight. Here’s ‘Ima Read’, which the duo actually chose to close the show with, throwing in an impromtu remix performed from within the crowd. One word – Awesome.
Now going back to the start … Zebra and Njena first came on stage following support act MOKO (find out more about MOKO here). Zebra came on wearing no less than a gimp mask and full overalls, Njena less freaky in some aztec MC Hammer pants and black vest top. If you’re akin to Zebra Katz you’d expect nothing less. Not only is Ojay a lyrical genius, but there is always a certain amount of theatre to his act, so his creepy presence in the chosen outfit worked well. The show opened with the monotone & unwholesome number ‘Sex Sells’ and ‘W8WTF’.
XOYO was the perfect venue for the duo to headline; underground, dark and intimate. It is so refreshing to see live performers give their all – Zebra Katz and Njena made sure we were paying attention at all times. None of this Iggy Azalea crap of laying down on stage ‘because she was too tired’. The duo werked it. Njena killed it with her song ‘Needful Things’ – the song gave her a chance to show off her enviable rapping skills; while Zebra showed off his bitchin dance moves.
Zebra Katz and Njena Reddd Foxxx will be playing at other venues across the UK in the next few months. They’ve just performed at Rockness Festival – INVERNESS 7th – 9th June 2013 and Parkflife Festival – MANCHESTER 8th – 9th June. You can still get tickets to watch them supporting Die Antwoord at HMV Ritz – MANCHESTER – on 21st June 2013. They are then at the O2 Brixton Academy – LONDON – on 22nd June 2013. They’re also hitting the festival scene, performing at LOVEBOX, victoria Park London and Glastonbury.
They also performed ‘Hey Ladies‘, ‘Pull a Stunt’ and ‘Y I D O’ at XOYO. It’s not often you come away from a gig feeling like the act have passed on some of their energy to the crowd – but these two did exactly that after their finale ‘Ima Read’. All in all it was an amazing show with the right amount of everything. I cant see Zebra Katz ever making it on to the mainstream unless he chose to tone down his lyrics; but I think thats all part of the appeal. The New York rapper is comfortable in the underground scene and has gained respect from his position. Who knows what Mad Decent’s DIPLO’s plans are for his future. Will we be seeing Zebra Katz collaborating with a more mainstream artist soon? Zebra supported Azealia Banks during her 2012 UK tour, and she released her own cover of ‘Ima Read’. We predict a collaboration before the year is out 😉
Last Thursday we arrived at XOYO Shoreditch to see Zebra Katz & Njena Reddd Foxxx. Not knowing anything about the support act, promptly at 8.30 this amazing lady entered the stage with her super human drummer. We were totally and utterly captivated by the lady that goes by the name of MOKO.
MOKO, 21, opened the night with her track, ‘Summon The Strength”. The girl’s vocals are a mix of Adina Howard‘s power and Jessie Ware‘s smoothness; a perfect entrend recycled 90s vibe that we’d describe as electronic soul. Not only did MOKO sing like a pro, she’s pretty on the eye with her afropuff pig-tail plaits and she already knows how to work a stage with her signature dance moves. ‘Hand on Heart’ is going to make MOKO a star; you can imagine the club remix too.
MOKO is from New Cross in London and has just completed her degree at Goldsmiths Univeristy. She sang as a child at church and during her time at university started experimenting her voice with bands. She only has 2 videos (so far) and 4 songs (see her soundcloud).
‘Freeze’ is beautiful; it starts with a melancholy Jose Gonzalez ‘esque piano intro and then a Massive Attack ‘Teardrop’ beat kicks in. When the song gets a bit more uptempo the tune samples a slightly modernised beat from Massive Attack’s ‘Unfinished Sympathy’. MOKO’s vocals have a Mica Paris meets Soul 2 Soul vibe:
If you want to see MOKO, and you should, you can actually get free tickets to her headline gig at Electrowerkz in Islington on July 4th. All you need to do is register for tickets at http://billetto.co.uk/moko – but hurry because we’re sure they will run out fast!
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We couldn’t help but tell you about this new video from youtube rapping comedian Rice Boy Liu (twitter @Riceboyliu ). Liu has created a rap in all of 12 different accents – check it out #justforfun – he’s actually pretty good 🙂
You can listen to more of Liu’s raps here http://riceboyliu.bandcamp.com/album/tunes-from-my-room
If, like us, you listen to BBC 1Xtra, you’ll already be familiar with this genius idea championed by DJ Target. The twitter hashtag #TARGETSNOTICEBOARD was started recently for new and unsigned artists (anywhere in the world) to get their work featured online and even live on air during DJ Target’s show – how amazing is this opportunity for artists struggling to get noticed in the industry?!
Here are a few up and coming artists fresh off the noticeboard today:
1. Young Slugz with ‘Perfection’ (they’re looking for a female vocalist for their tracks)
2. Roll One Up – Drama Feat Jamie Lewis @jayeluk @gmta drama
Have you heard the new single from Jessie J? Radios started playing it a couple of weeks back but the more you listen, the better it sounds. Jessie J is getting back to her grittier roots by teaming up with original grime scene man Dizzee Rascal and American rapper Big Sean. Ok, there’s still a bit of sugary pop in there, but the mixup between Jessie’s vocals, Dizzee’s grime and Big Sean’s rhymes works a treat. The video shows Jessie J sporting her new shaved do – is she trying too hard to look like Wiz Khalifa’s Amber Rose? Tell us what you think…
You may have heard of Shakka recently because of his duo with Wretch32 ‘Blackout’ currently in the charts. What a tuunnnee for the summer! If, like us, you immediately fell for the guys velvety smooth vocals on the track, you’ll want to find out more … so here it is …. 10 things you didn’t know about Shakka.
1. Shakka is of Dominican origin, and his father was guitarist and producer of reggae band “The Foreigners Crew”
2. Shakka grew up in Notting Hill, London, England
3. He has a band called ‘The Shakkapellas’ that produce accapella covers on you tube
4. Shakka can beat box 🙂
5. Rita Ora wants to work with him
6. Shakka likes to play his own version of ‘Simon Says’ during live performances called ‘Shakka Says’
7. He was a runner-up in the MTV Brand New Unsigned 2013 competition
8. Shakka describes his vibe as if he was “Bob Marley and Chris Martins love child (and Andre 3000‘s cousin)!!”
9. Shakka has a single out called ‘Sooner or Later’ (watch it below)
10. Shakka studied Music Production and Theory, Classical Piano, Percussion and Vocals at CYM (centre for young musicians) in London
‘Take our Time’ is also a pretty cool chilled song from Shakka – back from 2011. Enjoy…
Atlanta’s baby faced rapper T.I (aka Clifford Harris) is back and this time he’s teamed up with an unlikely suitor – Cee Lo Green. Despite serving two stints in county jail, T.I. has managed to continue producing and writing and now releases his 9th Album (at only 32 years old) entitled ‘Trouble Man II: He Who Wears the Crown’; the album features Kendrick Lamar amongs others. T.I. keeps himself busy with an acting career as well has as his music and record label (Grand Hustle Records) and is currently filming his part in movie ‘Last Vegas’.
T.I.’s record label, Grand Hustle Records, signed both Iggy Azalea and Chipmunk in 2012. T.I. also executive produced Iggy Azalea’s mixtape EP ‘Glory’ and he also appeared in her song ‘Murda Bizness’