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Defected In The House Eivissa 07...

Published by Warren Dell under on Sunday, July 29, 2007

Those that aren’t flocking to Ibiza for the summer season could do a lot worse than buy the latest Defected In The House CD to bring the warm nights to these rain filled shores. Eivissa is two CD’s filled with soulful Mediterranean and Latin grooves perfect for a warm up to a night out or to play the backdrop to your own Ibiza homage. Highlights include Get Down by the Todd Terry Allstars, U Don’t Know by Quentin Harris and Touch The Sky by Dennis Ferrer. Indeed the CD’s are packed with establish Defected names but the newer talent more than holds it’s own. The third disc in this package is a DVD mix set to the backdrop of footage from the island rounding off what is a must buy for any soulful house lover, as there is something for everyone. Another quality release from this brilliant label.

Example - What We Made Promotional Album Cover...

Published by Warren Dell under on Friday, July 20, 2007

Kano feat Craig David - This Is The Girl...

Published by Warren Dell under on Friday, July 20, 2007

Thoughts on Kano feat Craig David - This Is The Girl

Jesus what happened to Craig David? He seems to have aged ten years since he was last in a video.

Kano really could have chosen a better first single to follow the street single Buss Dat. This is better than Nite Nite but really is a third single at best.

Is Craid David going to lean in a more garage direction now? One or two tracks really won’t hurt.

With Dizzee working with Lily Allen & Joss Stone, Lethal with whoever is in the NME that week and now Kano with Craig David & Kate Nash, shouldn’t Wiley really have reached out to Beth Ditto or something?

But seriously, have these two years been real hard on Craig?

Super Mal feat. Luciana Caporaso - Bigger Than Big...

Published by Warren Dell under on Thursday, July 05, 2007

Dizzee Rascal - Pussyhole, sorry Old School video...

Published by Warren Dell under on Tuesday, July 03, 2007
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Soweto Kinch and UK black music acts get no love...

Published by Warren Dell under on Tuesday, July 03, 2007

I admit I slept on the talents of Soweto Kinch and his fusion of Jazz and Hip-Hop. His album A Day In The Life needs to be checked out but you would be forgiven for not hearing of this album or his name any sooner than now. The album and artist has been pickin up acclaim from Giles Peterson, Ras Kwame et al but despite this, Soweto has been having trouble getting his product out to reach people. Now this sounds nothing new, artists are always talking about not having their product marketed right and plenty of copies being left on the shelf, but this story is important as it raises the age old topic of UK black music acts being neglected for american Hip-Hop/R'n'B by numbers acts backed by big record companies.

Earlier in the year the always outspoken, but always valid Ty raised some important points on this topic and it's worth checking out what Soweto has to say on his myspace blog on being blackballed by music retailers who want to pigeon hole his music to the Jazz section and not double rack his CD. This has stalled his second album Basement Fables. He goes onto mention his thoughts on:

The spin the music industry puts on things that make it sound like it's all rosey.

The term 'urban music'

The youth market

The term intelligent Hip-Hop

It makes for angry and at times depressing reading when he shares an opinion of many, yet the big people in their record label offices don't have a clue. Record labels, TV and Radio stations seem to use the excuse that UK Hip-Hop and Grime is not something that they want to be associated with, yet they pump millions into making 50 Cent household names with 5 year olds. Yet it's hard even if these record companies listened to what these artists had to say and had the time to understand more about the UK scene when they can point to spreadsheets of money made recycling tried and tested types of artists. Young kids are now brainwashed into excepting acts like 50 Cent and T.I represent all that Hip-Hop is and don't want to know about a Ty or Soweto Kinch. Will we ever see a change?

Wu Tang is for the kids...

Published by Warren Dell under on Monday, July 02, 2007

Forget the haters, put aside the length of time it's taken for them to come together, this footage finally shows the boys getting back together for some reunion gigs. The documentary was put together by GZA after originally filming his own solo adventures. The footage mainly consists of the guys conducting business round the kitchen table as their manager gets reprimanded by Raekwon about joing the guys on stage and some dispute Ghostface has over money. As yet there is no release date and more talk about recording an album than actally recording taking place, but it all looks very positive.

Career Boosters...

Published by Warren Dell under on Monday, July 02, 2007

Above is a clip from Nick Cannon's new sketch show, Short Circuitz which airs for the first time on MTV UK this thursday at 9pm. Being that it's MTV and not HBO, Chappelle's Show this ain't, but from the clips I've seen you could watch a lot worse.

Kanye West - Stronger...

Published by Warren Dell under on Monday, July 02, 2007

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