Archive | February, 2010

Clement Marfo & The Frontline – TMS Freestyle

28 Feb

Last month at Industry Takeover we had Clement Marfo & The Frontline on the line-up for our 10 to watch for 2010 show and they tore down the place. I love their vibe and their presence on stage is amazing. Now, Clement Marfo and Dion Payne (drummer) have gone back to back on a rap freestyle showcasing their “rapid lyrical abilities”. Nice one. Production by TMS.

Download TMS Freestyle here.

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Ryan Leslie Les Is More Album Leaks? [Audio]

28 Feb

Ryan Leslie

Super producer (and singer/songwriter etc etc) Ryan Leslie is set to drop his new album Les Is More later on this year and 3 currently unreleased tracks have just leaked in the space of a day: When I Think About Luv (I Do, I Do), Too Late and Here She Comes Again.

All the tracks are upbeat and would get any paty-pooper out of their seat, but they’d equally make perfect chill out music- totally what you expect (and more) from Mr. Leslie. When I Think About Luv (I Do, I Do) is my personal favourite of the three, it’s sentimental track and talks about the love he holds for his woman.

Rating: 9/10

Your thoughts?

Download/ Listen to When I Think About Luv (I Do, I Do) here.

Download/ Listen to Too Late here.

Download/ Listen to Here She Comes Again here.


Taio Cruz Teams Up With Luda: Is Black Best Now?! [Video]

28 Feb

First and foremost, I must clarify that in no way am I fan of Taio Cruz. He lost any of my respect (not that he had any) when he allegedly decided to ‘rebel’ against concerns over the lack of  black women in his videos by stating that he would continue to only use white or light-skinned models.

So why am I blogging about him? Well, he’s only gone and got Ludacris on board (a black man, who appeals to a black demographic!) for the US release of Break Your Heart. So, Taio are you admitting that you are now going to have to ‘blacken it up’ to sell records Stateside? Foolishness!

Check out the video which now features Luda.

Behind the Scenes of Estelle – Freak ft. Kardinal Offishall [Video + Audio]

28 Feb

Freak is the first single from Estelle’s forthcoming album, All of Me, and features bashment heavyweight, Kardinal Offishall and is produced by David Guetta. Despite sampling the very catchy Soul II Soul, Back to Life, I’ll be very surprised if Freak goes down well (no pun intended) with an American audience as it more old school garage than anything else. Certainly not a sound they are used to hearing over that side of the pond, but it would be a good idea to do a dubstep or dance mix as it has more potential on this side of the Atlantic.

Check out the behind the scenes video below.

Rating: 4/10

Your thoughts?

Download/Listen Freak here.

Akala – XXL [Tune of the Day]

28 Feb

I love Akala and I’m glad he’s back. A real wordsmith. As always he comes hard on his latest release XXL. Enjoy!

Leak Alert: Kanye West – Diamonds [Audio]

28 Feb

Kanye West

A Kanye West track named Diamonds, possibly from his upcoming 5th album, has been leaked. It’s definitely the type of track you’d expect from Ye but what’s up with the mumbling? It sounds like he’s forgotten the lyrics or had another ‘Hennessey moment’ in the booth. However, Kanye has said that the new album will be “an old school record on a tape deck” created with “just a drum machine, ghetto blaster and a microphone”. Sure sounds like it.

Rating: 5/10

Your thoughts?

Download/Listen to Diamonds here.

Leak Alert: Estelle – Lights Of The City [Audio]

28 Feb

Estelle

Estelle’s Lights of the City is a soulful track that hasn’t been over produced in that typical American fashion. Instead  her vocals are more exposed than on any of her previous mainstream releases, reaffirming why she made it big in the first place. I wonder if this will feature on the new album too?

Rating: 6.5/10

Your thoughts?

Download Lights of the City here

Leak Alert: Rihanna – Goodbye [Audio]

28 Feb

Rhianna

Goodbye is not my cup of tea to be honest. It’s too slow and I lost interest rather quickly as Rihanna’s warbbley vibrato is unmistakable on a ballad like this. As far as I’m concerned roll on the next red carpet! However, if you’re a die-hard RiRi fan or if love a ballad, then you’ll find no fault with Goodbye.

Rating: 3/10

Your thoughts?

Download/Listen to Goodbye here.  (Courtesy of  Team Supreme)

The Music Industry Revolution Is Here… Are You Ready To Take Control?

27 Feb


Industry Takeover All-Day Seminar & Showcase is back to empower the next generation of emcees, singers, DJs and young music industry professionals.

Urban Development, in association with Rich Mix, will be ‘taking over’ the multi-media arts complex in Shoreditch, East London to bring you performances from top names in the urban music industry, essential master classes, open mic sessions, a fashion show, music market, vocal/production workshops, as well as a series of exclusive video and short film screenings.

Now in its second year, Industry Takeover All-Dayer will feature upfront debate, led by panellists Ras Kwame, Chantelle Fiddy, Hattie Collins, Griminal, Twin B and Terror Danjah, performances from Master Shortie, Mz Bratt, Scorcher, Princess Nyah, Devlin and Ny, and whole range of activities, brought to you by event partners Rising Tide, Bigga Fish, Continental Drifts and Streetlife FM, as well as other leading organisations across the music industry. Industry Takeover is open and accessible to all, so come along and be part of this essential one-day event.

Date: Saturday, March 6th 2010
Venue: Rich Mix
Address: 35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA
Tickets: £5 adv / £7 on door (under 14s need to be accompanied by an adult) . Book your Early Bird ticket here.
Time: 12pm – 9pm (registration closes at 4pm)

Info: http://www.urbandevelopment.co.uk/Industry-Takeover-All-Dayer-2010

Follow Urban Development on Twitter @Urbandevelopmnt.

INDUSTRY TAKEOVER

ALL-DAY SEMINAR & SHOWCASE

Saturday, 6th March 2010 @ Rich Mix

Industry Takeover All-Day Seminar & Showcase is back to empower the next generation of emcees, singers, DJs and young music industry professionals.

Urban Development, in association with Rich Mix, will be ‘taking over’ the multi-media arts complex in Shoreditch, East London to bring you performances from top names in the urban music industry, essential master classes, open mic sessions, a fashion show, music market, vocal/production workshops, as well as a series of exclusive video and short film screenings.

Now in its second year, Industry Takeover All-Dayer will feature upfront debate, led by panellists Ras Kwame, Chantelle Fiddy, Hattie Collins, Griminal, Twin B and Terror Danjah, performances from Master Shortie, Mz Bratt, Scorcher, Princess Nyah, Devlin and Ny, and whole range of activities, brought to you by event partners Rising Tide, Bigga Fish, Continental Drifts and Streetlife FM, as well as other leading organisations across the music industry. Industry Takeover is open and accessible to all, so come along and be part of this essential one-day event.

Date:              Saturday, March 6th 2010

Venue:           Rich Mix

Address:       35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA

Tickets:         £5 adv / £7 on door
(under 14s need to be accompanied by an adult)

Time:                         12pm – 9pm (registration closes at 4pm)

Info:                www.urbandevelopment.co.uk/industrytakeover

Chockz The Rapper Spits Some Chocolate Bars

27 Feb

Chockz - More Than A Rapper Vol. 1

East London rapper and one-quarter of Highly Rated Entertainment, Chockz is one of the latest lyricists to bless my iPod with some quality music. His current release, More Than A Rapper Volume 1 fuses hard-hitting hop hop tracks like Honeyz Everytime ft. S Keezy with smooth, charismatic lyrics. In the opening track, Hip Hop Star, Chockz instantly demonstrates that he’s no stranger to wordplay with such lines as “respect for ladies, but no Queen killing the King, this ain’t chess.”

More Than A Rapper Volume 1 avoids the usual ‘street life’ clichés that UK hip hop often perpetuates. Instead, ambition and relationships are Chockz’s topics of choice, with the passion of his words brought to life through the delivery of what can only be described as ‘chocolate bars’. Down tempo songs such as Conversation (Feeling You) and Signs prove his versatility, and will definitely have the ladies (and guys) hitting the repeat button to listen to the sexy lyrics over again. Beautiful ft. Beckz Winter is another track that stands out for all the right reasons, dedicated to the ladies, its soulful melody wouldn’t go amiss on a Jenny Francis playlist. More Than A Rapper Volume 1 is easy listening and just when you  think you know where it’s going, Chockz drops a track like B.I.G Medley fully equipped with a contagious hook.

Good music speaks for itself but this mixtape certainly doesn’t deserve to go unnoticed – Chockz the Rapper has restored my faith in the “freebie” mixtape and can confidently call himself the ‘Hot Chocolate of UK Hip Hop’.

Rating:  7/10

Download More Than A Rapper Vol.1 here

Follow him on Twitter @chockztherapper and check out his YouTube.

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