Saturday, 26 February 2011

iVideo... AKS - The Monologue

AKS unveils the first track off of his forthcoming 'The Bus Stop EP' and it's a straight banger!

'The Bus Stop' EP is scheduled for release on March 21 with a 48-hour FREE download window via the Bus Stop EP website from March 19 - March 21.


Wednesday, 23 February 2011

iMusic... Yuna - Deeper Conversation

I'm in love with Yuna Zarai and after posting up her video for 'Decorate', I did say I'd be sharing one song a week from the amazing singer/songwriter with you on here... Well here's 'Deeper Conversation' from her 2008 self-titled debut EP to be re-released on her Fader label debut EP 'Decorate'. Listen and bask in this woman's beauty.


iRemix... Young Galaxy - Cover Your Tracks (Freedom Or Death Remix)

The good folks over at Freedom or Death just shot over their official remix of Young Galaxy's 'Cover Your Tracks' and it is sounding amazing, just hit the play button.

News coming through is that a brand NEW EP from the Canadian alternative duo titled 'EGO' should be reaching us sometime in April but before that, they've got some gig dates to share with our Canadian and US readers.

Canadian Music Week and SXSW dates:

THURSDAY MARCH 10, 2011 – EL MOCAMBO, Toronto, ON – 1:00 am - CMW
FRIDAY MARCH 11, 2011 – THE BAIT SHOP, Toronto, ON – 9:00 pm – CMW
FRIDAY MARCH 18, 2011 – UNCORKED, Austin, TX – 3:30 pm – SXSW
SATURDAY MARCH 19, 2011 – SWAN DIVE, Austin, TX – 11:00 pm - SXSW

If you're still sat there wondering who the hell Freedom or Death are, then you really should read THIS

Monday, 21 February 2011

iShowcase... ONE MIC x February 27th 2011 (THIS SUNDAY)

"The ONE MIC Series is BACK for the first of our 2011 showcases and we are back to doing what we do BEST and that is LIVE MUSIC from the very BEST emerging artists the UK has to offer! And in our consistent & continuous bid to keep plugging the best of NEW & EMERGING performing artists, We Plug GOOD Music & the dMp have put together another excellent evening of GOOD MUSIC for Y.O.U!" - Press Release
Well what do you know? ONE MIC is BACK! For their first gig of 2011, they've put together a huge night of exclusive live performances from some of the finest and most outstanding emerging artists in London such as Beaux Saunders, the stylishly acoustic singer with a hint of the Blues and Jazz who has been described by King of Leon's lead guitarist as "awesome" + Youtube singing sensation, Nike Jemiyo whose channel on the video sharing site has received over a million views in little over a year + the excellent singer/songwriter - Zemmy Momoh as featured already on BBC 6, the 'Mercedes-Benz Mixed Tape' and the 'Best Of Myspace' podcast + MORE including the ever elusive teenage Indie-Rock band - The Fifth Member, Julie Iwheta, Alex Martin and Olamide from innovative London-based music collective, White Elephant...

Hit the jump to check out some of these artists in action and to find out all the details of the One Mic showcase happening this Sunday

iVideo... Eric Lau x Quadrivium x The Making Of

British producer and DJ, Eric Lau speaks about the making of and the influences behind his forthcoming instrumental LP - 'Quadrivium' which you can also preview below!

'Quadrivium' is out on February 25 digitally and on vinyl via Kilawatt Music.


Sunday, 20 February 2011

iMusic... Sweatshop Union - Makeshift Kingdom

New music from veteran Canadian Hip-Hop collective, Sweatshop Union titled 'Makeshift Kingdom' off of their forthcoming EP - 'The Bill Murray EP'. Check it out below and get your free download underneath...
"March 1st Urbnet Records releases Sweatshop Union's most powerful project yet: The Bill Murray EP. The Vancouver, BC based group exceeds all expectations with this new record. Shit's outer space. The first song leaked off The Bill Murray EP is Makeshift Kingdom, a synth heavy mushroom trip through the cosmos that leaves you beating your chest for more. Gorillas on parade. Mos Eisley & Conscience are at their best, laying sharp lyrics over the Pigeon Hole produced track. Hands down the Billest." - Urbnet Records

Keep Tabs on Sweatshop Union: Facebook // Website // Twitter


iVideo... Yuna - Decorate

The FADER are pretty awesome as a media publication but as a label, they are f**king ingenius! From Matt & Kim to Saul Williams to Neon Indian, they do NOT know how to put a foot wrong... Well they haven't done so yet and the recent signing of their latest artist just goes to prove that point! 24-year old Malaysian singer/songwriter and fashionista Yuna Zarai is the truth and that is all and while I immerse myself in this woman's music, you can watch the 2010 video for 'Decorate' - her forthcoming first single under the Fader label below and pick up your download of the single right underneath!

'Decorate' is the first single off of Yuna's forthcoming FADER-released 'Decorate' EP due in the US on March 15. I'll be posting one Yuna song a day this week for your listening pleasure (not for download though) so make sure you come back here to check em out!

Download: Yuna - Decorate


iMusic... Chiddy Bang + Train - Baby Roulette

Dunno where from and what for BUT the good dudes, Chiddy and Xaphoon decide to bless us with some more new music that won't be making it on their forthcoming debut album 'The Swelly Life', after the release of 'Rebel' last week and you can't be mad at that ladies and gentlemen! This one features Grammy Award-winning Train... Listen, Enjoy & Download!

Spotted over at P&P

Friday, 18 February 2011

iFilm... The Mirror Boy x World Film Premiere x February 24, 2011

The World Premiere of the highly anticipated Obi Emelonye-directed African film 'The Mirror Boy' is scheduled to take place next week Thursday (February 24) at London's Empire Cinemas in Leicester Square and general tickets are now on sale for the event from The film which is produced by The Nollywood Factory and OH Films stars two of Africa's biggest actors - Genevieve Nnaji and Osita Iheme as well as mark's the big-screen debut for young British actor, Edward Kagutuzi.

Information on the running order of the Premiere screening: The doors for the World Premiere Gala screening will open at 8PM and the screening will commence at 8.30PM sharp with a Reception and Q&A with the stars and filmmakers including Obi Emelonye, Genevieve Nnaji and Osita Iheme amongst others, right after the screening.

For more information on on 'The Mirror Boy' film screening as well as how and where you can get your tickets for the premiere, please click HERE or HERE. Tickets for The Mirror Boy premiere can be bought here.


Tuesday, 15 February 2011

iTheatre... Shoes - The Musical x Peacock Theatre x February 8 - April 3, 2011

SHOES - The absolutely sublime song and dance revue about SHOES (only not just quite) from Richard Thomas and Stephen Mears for Sadler's Wells recently made it's West-End debut at Peacock Theatre and will be running up until April 3. I was at one of the advanced screenings for the musical a few months ago and I was blown away! The singing was just amazing and the dancing was well-crafted as well as beautifully original plus the live music element... I definitely recommend that you go see it! I sat through and was captivated by two hours of a production seemingly about women's shoes so you know this is a WINNER!

Read my review of 'Shoes' for Dropout UK here if you're still in two minds...


Monday, 14 February 2011

iVideo... Banky W - Follow You Go

Brand NEW Kemi Adetiba-directed video for Banky W's new single - the lush sounding 'Follow You Go' off of the 'W Experience' album. Another win for the Banky W & Kemi Adetiba visual collaboration! Enjoy it


Sunday, 13 February 2011

iVideo... Castro + Junior Brat - Alcohol Poisoning

I saw this one on Channel AKA the other day - new visuals for 'Alcohol Poisoning' which is the lead single from "Brand New Collective", Unit 2 Records featuring emerging UK emcees Castro & Junior Brat that's easily for the club heads. Wait for the 3.20 minute mark, the song goes someplace else... Directed by Sesan who also directed this Snoop Dogg-featured video.

The single is out on March 5 if you're feeling this one.

#DrinkTillWeThrowingUp? #Really?

iMusic... Beazy - You Be Killin' Em (Freestyle)

I have to admit that it's goddamn hard to keep up with Nigerian Hip-Hop artist, Beazy's weekly music series - Beazy Music Mondays... It's like what - week 24 now? Actually it's week 25 tomorrow and we're still just getting to last week's release! This one sees the Nigerian-based emcee take on Fabolous' smash hit 'You Be Killin' Em'... Listen + Enjoy + Download!


iDownload... Incisive - Him & Her EP

Here some really dope music for all the lovers & friends out there just in time for Valentine's Day from West London-based Hip-Hop artist Incisive titled the 'Him & Her' EP. The free 6-track EP is a concept record telling the story of a relationship, from the bright, fun happy start when they first met (First Track), to its dark, sad demise at the end when they drift apart (Last track and features R&B/Soul veteran Terri Walker, some of the UK's finest emerging singers including Meleka, Nadine Charles and Shakka as well as Canadian Hip-Hop artist/producer Muneshine. Listen to my two favorite tracks off the EP below - the first and last track as it goes - and make sure you get your download of the entire EP right underneath.

'No One Wants To Be Alone' featuring Meleka

'If You Were Here' (Bonus)

Download: Incisive - Him & Her EP


iRemix... Diddy + Dirty Money - Ass On The Floor (Remix)

The Dream and Tricky Stewart come with some R&B vibes for this remix of Diddy + Dirty Money's already ridiculous club banger 'Ass On The Floor' and it goes HARD! All the way HARD on some 'slow down zone' tip!!! Listen & Download.


iVideo... Tim & Jean - I Can Show You

Brand NEW visuals for the latest single 'I Can Show You' from Australian Electro/Indie-Pop duo Tim & Jean (Tim Ayre and Jean Capotorto) and NO they're not the next MGMT or Passion Pit... Just feel the goodness and enjoy the vibes!!!

And as an added bonus, listen below to their previous single titled 'Come Around' and pick it up underneath as a free download! This is that electro goodness

Download: Tim & Jean - Come Around

Keep Tabs on Tim & Jean: Facebook // Twitter // Myspace


Friday, 11 February 2011

iThrowBack... Ice Prince + WizKid + Jesse Jagz - Talking The Hardest (2008 Freestyle)

So I was listening to Ice Prince's breakthrough single 'Oleku' the other day and I remember thinking that he actually had some dope lyrics and punchlines on that song even though a lot of people claim that he "dumbed it down" and so I went home and roamed through my laptop to find this here gem of a track... Listen to this rarity and get your download on after the jump!

iMusic... Mar - 2u4u (Slum Village Cover)

Netherlands-based singer/songwriter Mar comes with his first variation of 2011 and on it, he takes on the J.Dilla produced '2u4u' originally by Slum Village as a fitting tribute to the late great producer. Check it our right below...


iVideo... Daughter - In The Shallows (Tales From Shop Session)

You know that 4-track Demo EP that I've been raving about on twitter all year? Well the lady behind that body of work - Elena Tonra from London more popularly known as Daughter recently went up to Bristol's Arts and Lounge venue, SHOP for an acoustic session and if you recall, I shared 'Peter' with you a month ago... Well here's another clip of a beautiful performance of one of the songs on her Demo EP titled 'In The Shallows'.

In other related news, Daughter will be performing at quite a few gigs in London over the next few weeks and months and I for one am gonna make sure I catch atleast once. You should definitely do the same!

iMusic... S.A.S + Dotstar + Stush - Inferno

The fourth single off of S.A.S's 'Galaxy Fly' album is a straight BANGER! You don't believe me? Listen below...

Download: S.A.S + Dotstar + Stush - Inferno


Thursday, 10 February 2011

iFilm... THE MIRROR BOY (Trailer)

OH Films and The Nollywood Factory are gearing up to host what is said to be the biggest film premiere of an African film in the UK on February 24 (more details on this tomorrow) for Nigerian director Obi Emelonye's brand new film titled 'The Mirror Boy' starring two of Nollywood's finest actors - Genevieve Nnaji and Osita Iheme. The film set in Gambia also stars Gambian film star Fatima Jabbe and fast rising British young actor Edward Katuguzi. Read the director's synopsis of the film below and check out the trailer right underneath...
"Mirror Boy is an enthralling journey through Gambia, seen through the eyes of London-born 12 year old Tijan (Edward Kagutuzi). Getting involved in a street fight, in which a boy is hurt, his mother (Genevieve Nnaji) decides to take him to the Gambia to live with her sister. On their arrival in Banjul, Tijan encounters an apparition of a boy smiling at him in a mirror and vanishing. Seeing the same boy in a crowded street market the next day sets in motion a chain of events that culminates in him getting lost. While Tijan's panic-stricken mother struggles to find her son in an intriguing game of survival brinkmanship, Tijan is left alone in the company of the enigmatic Mirror Boy, who is only visible to him. A bruising spiritual rite of passage, Mirror Boy takes Tijan on a magical and mystical journey." - Obi Emelonye

I'll be sharing more details on the World Movie Premiere of 'The Mirror Boy' tomorrow so make sure you stay locked here for it... Who knows? There might be some free tickets to the Premiere to be won!!! If you can't wait to get your hands on those tickets then you should go HERE now!


Wednesday, 9 February 2011

iMusic... Saeon + Falz - Recover From You (Ma Fi Mi Le)

Emerging Nigerian UK-based R&B singer Saeon literally just dropped this gem into my inbox. The JRS-produced instantly infectious up-tempo record laced with heavy drum patterns and lush Indian flute lines sees Saeon sounding as smooth and beautiful as ever on this modern R&B song and Falz doing what only he can with that infectious and 100% Gidi flow of his. This is a WIN for me, listen below...

I call this 2 for 2 from the very talented singer and who is this JRS producer? This production goes all the way in!!!

Keep Tabs on Saeon: Twitter


iVideo... Memphis Bleek - Laced Up

I could spot the Jay-Z copied-lines from a mile off but I still like Bleek regardless and that voice over with a British accent at the end there is too much jokes!

Spotted at (Free) On Smash

iMusic... Teedra Moses - Falling 4 U x I Adore You

Not one BUT two new beautiful songs from the amazing one they call Teedra Moses to tide us over until the release of her Valentine's day video for 'R U 4real'. Listen below to 'I Adore You' and 'Falling 4 U' and make sure you hit those download buttons because you need these in your life...

Teedra Moses - Falling 4 U

Teedra Moses - I Adore U

Download: Teedra Moses - Falling 4 U + I Adore U

Spotted at SoulCulture

#iLoveTeedraMoses #theend

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

iMusic... Obehi - Fool

Emerging Scotland-based Pop/R&B singer Obehi releases the first single 'Fool' off of her forthcoming 4-track sophomore EP titled 'Bittersweet' set to be released on February 21st. Listen to the up-tempo electro-guitar driven pop song 'Fool' below.

If you're not quite feeling that one then you should please check out this here song titled 'Everything' that I dug up from her debut EP... This smooth and soulful number allows her to showcase her voice that bit more prominently, let me know what you think.

Download: Obehi - Fool

Keep Tabs on Obehi: Facebook // Twitter // Website


iMusic... Nina B + Skyzoo - Picture This (Prod. by 6th Sense)

First she got Curt@!n$ on a track and now emerging Brooklyn female Hip-Hop artist is back with the brand new single titled 'Picture This' off of her forthcoming mixtape 'Remember Me Bitch: The Bosstress is Back'. The 6th Sense produced keyboard-driven soulful song features fellow Brooklyn emcee, Skyzoo.

Here's what Nina B had to say about the song:
"A cold dark night about a year or so ago, in the studio with one of my favorite producers... I knew what I needed when I got there, and I knew he'd know exactly how to execute that too. I approached 6th Sense with a concept, I presented the vision. He started making the beat ; right there and right then, heads nodding in approval... I started writing. My competitive nature compelled me to finish my masterpiece before he could finish his... But, he'd always beat me to the punch! Even this time. I sat there, putting it all together. Alone. And I smiled a little when it was done, but I knew what it needed now was another perspective. I reached out to Skyzoo..that's how "Picture This" was made. Hope you enjoy!" - Nina B


iComedy... Don't Jealous Me x BasketMouth x Lord of the Ribs

Veteran Nigeria Stand-Up comedian, Bright 'Basketmouth' Okpocha will be performing at his near enough sold-out show 'Lord of the Ribs' at London's IndigO2 this Sunday, February 13th... Watch what happens when London-based Youtube sensation, Tolu 'Don't Jealous Me' Ogunmefun goes to ask Mr. Basketmouth for a little performance slot on the show at IndigO2.

I am dieing with laughter loool!!!

Find out more details about Basketmouth's IndigO2 show here or here



iFashion... Vogue Italia x The Black Allure x February 2011

Photographer Emma Summerton and Editor/Stylist Edward Enninful are called upon by Vogue Italia for this beautiful 20-page spread of all-Black models titled 'The Black Allure' in this month's Vogue Italia publication to great effects. Watch some backstage footage of the amazing 'The Black Allure' editorial below that features Chanel Iman, Jourdan Dunn, Sessilee Lopez and Arlenis Sosa amongst others... Simply breath-taking!

"To some people of the opposite race and maybe not fashion related, they sometime think and say "what's all the fuss? Why are we still talking about race?" They sometime say, "enough is enough," "can't we leave it along." Some even think its "reverse racism" to care to have an all black model story or runway show. That of course is laughable." - Bethan Hardison (Vogue Italia Editor-at-Large)
Fans of Vogue Italia's ground-breaking July 2008 All-Black issue (myself included) and their gallant efforts at showcasing more and more beautiful Black models via the Vogue Black section of their website will absolutely love and appreciate this. "Read more" below for some of the incredible pictures from Emma Summerton.

Sunday, 6 February 2011

iListen... The Streets - Computer & Blues (Full Stream)


Computer & Blues is out TOMORROW and we've gotta buy the hell outta this album! Let's send The Streets off with one final chart-topper if we can help it!


Saturday, 5 February 2011

iMusic... Eric Lau - Star Trekking

BRAND New Music from the genius that we call Eric Lau titled 'Star Trekking' taken from his forthcoming 20-track LP 'Quadrivium' which is out on February 25th via Kilawatt. This one sees Mr. Lau take his Soul/Hip-Hop production and musical milieu further left field into more experimental/electronica realms and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do... 

Download: Eric Lau - Star Trekking


Thursday, 3 February 2011

iCover... Devlin + Ed Sheeran + Olivia Leisk - Blind Faith (Chase & Status Cover)

I do NOT how I missed this one! Earlier in the week, the one they call Devlin hit up the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge with Ed Sheeran and Olivia Leisk (pictured above) and this is the magic that they created... Absolutely AMAZING!

Download: Devlin + Ed Sheeran + Olivia Leisk - Blind Faith (Chase & Status Cover)


iMusic... The Streets - Puzzled By People

New music from the legendary Mike Skinner aka The Streets titled 'Puzzled By People. Zane Lowe dropped this one two days ago on his BBC Radio 1 show and he will be premièring a new song everyday this week from The Streets' final album 'Computer and Blues' which is due out on February 7th (Next Monday) so tune in for that one. In the meantime, pick this one up below...


iMusic... Gilbere Forte - Train Lights (Prod. by Bink!)

New Music from 'one to watch' Hip-Hop artist/producer Gilbere Forte titled 'Train Lights' off of his forthcoming project 'Eyes of Veritas' which is due out on February 8th with production from Boi-1da, Don Cannon and Lex Luger amongst others... Listen below to the Bink!-produced second offering 'Train Lights' below!


iMusic... Kima & Tom + Kex - Spanish Nights

Acoustic Soul duo Kima & Tom have teamed up with London-based Nigerian production duo Studio Magic for this sultry smooth soulful song titled 'Spanish Nights' to mark the beginning of Studio Magic's #MagicWednesday weekly series. This one also features emerging Hip-Hop artist Kex, listen below... I'm quite in love with Kima's rich vocals on this song!


Wednesday, 2 February 2011

iVideo... Pigeon Hole + D-Sisive - Light Show

Here's the video for Pigeon Hole's 2010 single 'Light Show' off of their debut album 'Age Like Astronaut'... I quite like this one. Infectious beat and catchy hooks plus some of the lyrics and wordplay are quite clever. Lemme know what you think? D-Sisive who features on this song has also been nominated for a Juno Award (Canada's answer to the Grammy Awards) for Best Rap Album (Vaudeville).

Pigeon Hole are a Vancouver-based duo out of Veteran Canadian Hip-Hop collective Sweatshop Union

Keep Tabs on Pigeon Hole: Facebook // Twitter // Website


iVideo... James Blake - The Wilhelm Scream

The Single BEST Piece of Music I've Heard so far in 2011! #FACT!

The self-titled début album from the London producer/musician/composer is out on February 7th and is a MUST BUY! #AnotherFact

#Shouts to Pinboard Blog


Tuesday, 1 February 2011

iMusic... Nina B + Curt@!n$ - I'm Fly

'I'm Fly', the lead single which features Curt@!n$ off of emerging female Hip-Hop artist Nina B's forthcoming mixtape, 'Remember Me B***h! The Bosstress Is Back' is upon us. Listen below in preparartion of the new mixtape...


iMusic... CON.tra.diction + Rooftop MCs - Sorry Song

I am one helluva BIG fan of Nigerian alternative soul singer CON.tra.diction and when she first sent me this record aeons ago now, I loved everything that she brought to the song and even though I wasn't originally sold on the hook provided by Rooftop MC, I cannot deny that this song is right up my street. 'Sorry Song' is now the official new single from Ms. CON.tra.diction and too right as well. Listen below and get your free download below


iMusic... J. Nolan - How It Feels

Brand new music from emerging Atlanta-bred Hip-Hop artist J.Nolan titled 'How It Feels' produced by Tuelv  all the way from Poland. This is the third single from J.Nolan's forthcoming mixtape 'The Loose Files' and I hope you like it... Make sure you "focus your ears and eyes to the lyrics" of this song!