Archive | June, 2010

EVENT: Urban Development Presents Re:Definition 2010

25 Jun

[Youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TW14_RVdhUE]

Date: Thursday 22nd & 23rd July 2010

Venue: Theatre Royal Stratford East, London

Grab some loose change, top up your oyster card and jump aboard this musical excursion to discover the loves, conflicts, traditions, adventures and aspirations of the real East Enders. A co-production with Urban Development, Theatre Royal Stratford East and The Barbican, Re:Defintion explores East London’s rich past, present and exciting future through the eyes of its homegrown talent.

Commissioned for Create10, Re:Definition is to be held at Theatre Royal Stratford East on Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd July and promises to be a truly unique music experience, fusing performance and multimedia in a breath-taking live concept album.

Strap on your seatbelt, sit back and relax as local heroes Ghetts, Maxsta, Devlin, Maverick Sabre, Miss D, Shezar and the UD Vocal Collective take you on a whistle-stop tour through the sights and sounds of the place they all call home. Think barbershops, backstreets and bus routes.

Throw in a live band, R&B songstress Shola Ama, soul veteran Omar, UK Funky maestros MC Versatile and Bongo Man of Crazy Cousinz and pioneers of the grime generation, NY and Lioness and you have a line-up strong enough to make any opponent envious. Re:Definition will also feature narration from Hackney’s very own wide-boy, lyricist Mikill Pane and has been directed for the stage by Matthew ‘Excalibah’ Xia. So get ready for a rollercoaster journey set to take urban music beyond Olympic proportions.

Date: Thursday 22nd & 23rd July 2010

Venue: Theatre Royal Stratford East, 
Gerry Raffles Square, London 
E15 1BN

Transport: Stratford Tube (Jubilee / Central Line), DLR and London Overground

Doors: 7.30 – 10:30pm

Tickets: £12/£8 concessions

Box office info: 020 8534 0310  / www.stratfordeast.com

Video: Kelly Rowland – Commander

2 Jun

A leak of the Kelly Rowland ‘Commander’ video has surfed on the net. The futuristic themed video, directed by Masashi Muto shows Kelly battling her doppelganger in a dance-off which was choreographed by dance supremo, Fatima Robinson.  Speaking to The Rap Up abouth the video, Kelly commented:

“It’s about me being the commander above anything, but it adds a different element of a club atmosphere—a very big atmosphere with very cool people… I had to pull out my dancing shoes for this video.”

‘Commander’ also features cameoes from producer, David Guetta and songwriter Rico Love. Kelly can truly call herself the queen of dance music at the moment – keep those David Guetta collabos coming!

Rating: 7/10

[Youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ow6cKix_5Lg]

Note: Didn’t tag or name the video properly so that it won’t get taken off YouTube!

Tracklisting: The Dream – Love King

1 Jun

The Dream - Love King

Def Jam have confirmed the tracklisting for the upcoming ‘Love King’ album from The Dream which is to be released on 29 June. There’s also speculation that this may be the last album from Mr. Christina Milan. To be honest, I can’t say I’m heartbroken if it is.

Tracklisting

1. Love King
2. Make Up Bag ft. T.I.
3. F.I.L.A. (Fall in Love Again)
4. Sex Intelligent
5. Sex Intelligent (Remix)
6. Yamaha
7. Nikki Part 2
8. Abyss
9. Panties to the Side
10. Turnt Out
11. February Love
12. Florida University

M.I.A. Hits Back At The ‘Haters’

1 Jun

M.I.A.

M.I.A has a recorded a track named ‘Haters’ after she claimed she was misquoted in a New York Times Magazine article published this weekend. If you like M.I.A.’s experimental sound then you’ll probably like this. The quirky electronic track speaks out about racism, politics and journalists and samples ‘Hater’ by UK dubstep duo, Various.

Rating: 6/10

Download/Listen to ‘Haters’ here.

Dizzee Takes The Top Spot (Again)

1 Jun

Dizzee Rascal

The boy in the corner, Dizzee Rascal has done it again. His current single, ‘Dirtee Disco’ clinched the top spot in the singles chart this weekend. The East-Londoner successfully beat B.O.B’s ‘Nothin on You’ featuring Bruno Mars and Iyaz’s ‘Solo’ to the top, making this his fourth UK number one after ‘Dance Wiv Me’, ‘Bonkers’ and ‘Holiday’.  So it seems that 2010 truly is the year for UK music and it’s not even over yet!

Catch Dizzee on the mainstage at Glasto alongside The Gorillaz, Snoop Dogg and Corinne Baily Rae on 25thJune.

MTV: Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj ‘Knockout’ – Video Review

1 Jun

Weezy & Minaj - Knockout Video

Weezy and Nicki Minaj pack a few punches with their latest video, ‘Knockout’. It’s safe to say that this auto-tuned, rock-inspired track was the last thing you’d expect from the Young Money pair, but strangely enough it works! In keeping with the theme, director David Rousseau gets the bubble-gum popping Barbie, Minaj and her guitar-strutting Ken, Lil Wayne to do a few rounds the locker room and boxing ring. Nuff said.

Rating: 6.5/10

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