Who runs the North? GIRLS!

But what’s going on outside of London? Does Grime exist up North? Is there a UK rap and R&B scene beyond Birmingham’s bull ring? Errrmmmmmm does Marcel mention blazing squad all the time? Duh!! Of COURSE there is! Last year I brought you various interviews, articles and gig reviews from the Manny mandem, but it’s long overdue for the Miss Manny’s to get their time to shine. Step forward ‘angels (and devils) of the North’ …

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 ...

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...

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...

Diamonds are forever: Introducing Blvck Diamond, Mic Check Interview

I was temporarily dazzled by the glisten and glare I spied emerging from the dimness surrounding us created by non-other than Manchester’s talented R&B collective ‘Blvck diamond’ consisting of members Kay Angz (producer, singer, songwriter and engineer), JNR - (Singer/Songwriter), GH05T (Producer Piano/Keys player), Shinaye (Singer/Songwriter), OffKee - (Rapper/MC), Romayne Erin (Close Friend of the group and intermittent guitarist) and missing member on the night ...

Lady Ice’s latest release ‘Take Two’ presented by P110 Media (which sees her invert the title of ‘One take’ – see what she did there, you can’t fault the wit) is a continuation of her ‘One take’ freestyle as the scene has changed from a day time settings to after hours with street lights and neon shop signs highlighting lady Ice’s on trend Adidas tracksuit and trademark crop top