Manchester: A city of Grit, Guts and Generosity

Monday 22nd May 2017 was just your average summer evening in Manchester, very warm and humid after the sun had set on a sunny day (contrary to belief it doesn’t always p!ss it down on a permanent basis here.) as I got back home the older kids in my avenue were bantering and saying their “na nights” to ...

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Our Godfather: The Legend, The Legacy, The Longevity (Part 2)

Last week we looked at Wiley’s musical roots as a youth, his sonic creation - the Eski beat instrumentals, his discovery of Dizzee Rascal and the alliances formed which would stand the test of time. During the interlude you should have become acquainted with the ice rink armed with the avalanche of riddims I left you with at the end of Part 1 (If not skate backwards to Part 1, have a listen and re-join us here.) It’s now time to put down the skates and pick up your skis...

Our Godfather: The Legend, The Legacy, the Longevity (Part 1)

The rise and rhymes of the Godfather of Grime is a perfect example of seemingly random events (some of which were triggered by Wiley himself and others pulled Wiley in like the mass gravity of a faraway planet) swirling and colliding in complete chaos and as a result something complete and wholly organic, which made perfect sense, began to emerge...

Side-WOW-der! : Sidewinder Spring Festival 2017 (Review)

Standout performance of the night for me was Cadet, Big Tobz and DJ Russke. This time Big Tobz sported a red man united shirt (as opposed to the white one he was flexin; earlier in the week during my interview) with the words ‘Kool Nuh’ big and bold on the back; which prompted me to turn to my girls and say “He better not wash the white and red together imagine the colour run on that!” Cadet...

Wind It Up! SIDEWINDER Season is here! (Promo piece)

If you missed So Solid crew last year, guess what? They are back at Bowlers on Saturday 25th February 2017 to set it off with a bang, you lucky lot! Fresh faces Abra Cadabra will be robbing us of energy as he is set to shell down on stage and cause a madness and man of the moment Big Tobz joins the line up alongside Cadet ...

Bigga, Badda, Better: Bigga Fish, The New Wave tour 2017

We struck it lucky again when we were invited back to Bigga Fish to see wa gwarn and catch up with some old friends of ours who had been invited back to perform (Kay Rico and DJ Win.) Last year Bigga Fish was a one city performance this year the enterprise cast their net a whole lot wider as they had bigga fish to fry. They embarked on a 3 city tour kicking off with Birmingham on 20th February, Manchester 21st February and the grand finale in London on 25th February. Another twist...

New Single – ‘Aint Gonna say no more’ Put some Respeck on their names: S.I.P feat MC Bushkin

‘Aint gonna say no more, Respeck’ opens with a rousing gospel chorus sampled from the Hamiltones introspective take on THAT bonkers birdman moment. The hook evokes memories of the evangelical choir singers some of us as kids became accustomed to at church on Sunday’s sat next to granny. S.I.P then slides into the sparse instrumental of drums, bass and organ to comfortably rap in a chilled out style as though the sounds of the gospel strains from the Hamilton sample have soothed his soul to allow him to state his strong points..

Grime Lands on Mercury: Konnichiwa wins coveted award

The 2016 Mercury prize was a year of firsts. It was the first time Hyundai had steered the show as sponsor, David Bowie’s ‘Black star’ album was the ceremony’s first posthumous nominee and it was the first time Grime had a double edged sword to fight the competition; with Grime’s experimental electronica indie bwoy Kano’s ‘Made In The Manor’ shortlisted as well as Grime’s man of the moment often hailed for the ‘resurgence’ of Grime Skepta with ‘Konnichiwa.’ Both very different but equally important albums to the genre....

Expand your Vision with BLAYnoculars: The Vision Album Review

With 3 Mixtapes in his back catalogue Blay ‘Broke the ice’ with his first Mixtape in 2008, he seemed to go ‘Blind’ in 2010 and thankfully regained his sight to give us 2013’s epic mixtape ‘Welcome to vision gang’ in which he spits the standout lyrics “I can’t live like a drone in the system, invisible chains tryna latch to my wisdom” on the autobiographical ‘I must’ he experiments spitting over guitar riffs (‘Grind’), he sings (‘Steal the show’) and produces the forlorn instrumental of ‘Forest’ and the hype instrumental of ‘Zan’ giving a clear indication of the landscapes Blay’s skills are able to span.