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Example - What We Made Tracklisting

Published by Warren Dell under on Tuesday, August 28, 2007

According to website - release date is the 10th September on there but on Example's myspace it's down as the 17th.

So Many Roads
You Can't Rap
Milk Your Goat
Birthday Card
I Don't Want To
Popcorn & Fisticuffs
Posh Birds
No Sleep for the Wicked
Me & Mandy
Really Sorry
Today I Met Myself
Care 4 U
What we Made

Why is Lily Allen dressed as an astronaut?...

Published by Warren Dell under on Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Common feat. Lily Allen - Driving Me Wild
...and although Jeremy Piven is a legend as Ari Gold in Entourage, he loses man points for his non-convincing, one finger Hip-Hop swagger.

Kano Tour Dates..

Published by Warren Dell under on Wednesday, August 22, 2007

In support of the new album London Town, Kano will be hitting the road alongside Tinchy Styder on 9 dates including the Astoria, where his gig was notoriously shut down on police advice last year. Tour dates and ticket details are on his myspace. I saw him live last year in Bournemouth and for any purists who think grime doesn't come across well in gig form you need to think again.

Two videos from The Go Team!

Published by Warren Dell under on Wednesday, August 22, 2007

The second video to promote the new album from The Go Team! is coming to a screen near you now, but for my money the track Grip Like A Vice is still the favouirte appetiser. I just about prefer it to Doing Alright, both tracks though bang and the album Proof Of Youth can only bring about more tracks that contain hints of just about every genre going and all sorts of random influences. I might just have to get a fake NUS card to catch them on the NME Freshers tour. Get the snakebites in.

Leave our R'n'B classics alone...

Published by Warren Dell under on Monday, August 20, 2007

If there is one thing I hate with a passion, then it is the dreaded cover version. It’s all well tackling your favourite song or that rare B-side of one of your much loved artists but when it comes to actually releasing a cover you better come correct.

Bringing something new to a song like Mark Ronson recently did with his Version album can go horribly wrong (especially if you’re a psychotic Smiths fan) or add a nice twist to the original. Thankfully the album did the latter but a couple of songs doing the rounds this year have pushed it too far. Not surprisingly they both come from the same camp.

Booty Luv is fronted by two ex-Big Brovaz members and in their second single Shine has shown that they can craft a great track. This isn’t to knock their talent as I’m hearing the other original workings on their forthcoming album sound promising. But by covering two classic R’n’B tracks in Tweets ‘Boogie 2nite’ and Lucy Pearls ‘Don’t Mess With My Man’ they have failed.

The two tracks at best work as a half decent remix that would luckily make the final cut when the single goes to packaging but due to Radio 1 and their inability to spot what’s hot (they barely played Kate Nash ‘Foundations’ until it’s 4th week in the top 3) bars full of Gary Lagers and Beyonce-Mercedes are rejoicing to a track that’s a substandard take on the originals.

It may make me sound like a music snob but it proves how fickle and clueless radio big wigs and some music buyers are when both Lucy Pearl and Tweet deserved their tracks to be hits and I have to have the pleasure of seeing these bad reworkings dominate the music video channels.

Getting reloads on my stereo...

Published by Warren Dell under on Monday, August 20, 2007
Talib Kweli feat Justin Timberlake – The Nature
The Go Team – Grip Like a Vice
Simian Mobile Disco – Tits and Acid
Calvin Harris – Merrymaking At My Place
Kate Nash – We Get On
Dizzee Rascal – Da Feelin
The Real Heat – Stand and Deliver
Amerie – Some Like It
David E Sugar – Chelsea Girls
50 Cent feat Justin Timberlake – Ayo Technology
Sinden – Organ Grinder
Diplo – Do The Bartman Refix
NYPC – The Get Go
Bonde Do Role - Marina Gasolina
Common – The People
Talib Kweli – Hot Thing
Chromeo – Tenderoni
Example – So Many Roads
Durrty Goodz – Switching Songs Part 2
Dave Spoon feat. Lisa Mafia
Smasher – Back In The Day Part 2

The second Urban Nerd night...

Published by Warren Dell under on Thursday, August 16, 2007
There should be more nights like this, why do we need so many clubs where the music sticks to one style. With lines becoming blurred between what's pop and what's underground and many artists being influenced by music from genres outside of what they play, more nights need to be appealing to this widening trend. One night which covers plenty for everyone is the second Urban Nerd night which takes place the weekend of the Notting Hill Carnival. Full details below, cop one of those t-shirts as well.

Wanna play a B.I.G part in a movie? (sorry)...

Published by Warren Dell under on Thursday, August 16, 2007
If you look, sound and have the mannerisms of the late Notorious B.I.G then head over to and find out how you can play the man in the film to be made about his life. The Wallace family is part of the team to bring the story to the screen so expect a tight screening process. Finally the role Gorilla Black has long been waiting for…

Got Beef?

Published by Warren Dell under on Thursday, August 16, 2007

Although it would be a much healthier rap world if they all just got a long beef in the rap game is intriguing. The DVD series Beef hones in on this and is now on its 4 installment of the series. It’s like Lord of Mics but with little in way of bars, there is plenty of drama. There is the Game/50 Cent beef, break-up of Roc-A-Fella and even the beef between LL Cool J and Jamie Foxx from the filming of Any Given Sunday.

I feel like a prime minister, vote for me and boost my ego...

Published by Warren Dell under on Monday, August 13, 2007
BT DMA07 People's Choice Nominee - Vote for me!

Recognition doesn't really bother me. Ok that's a lie we all like to be recognised don't we. We may not go as far to go on Big Brother then sell our story to Heat magazine, but a little attention doesn't hurt. So if you like what you read, the peeps at the Guardian seem to, click on the above and vote for me. I'll be very grateful and may reward you with prizes. An invisble CD or two.

Blues & Soul magazine on hold...

Published by Warren Dell under on Monday, August 13, 2007

Just as it's reached the 1000th issue Blues & Soul magazine has ceased publication for the time being. The iconic magazine has been the voice of soul and the various styles of music that have come out of the genre for over 40 years, but due to its current publisher going into receivership, the magazine racks will be a little light on the black music front for a while.

I first picked up the magazine while at school just seven years ago and it was still mainly a black and white publication bar the cover. It later went with more colour until earlier in the year it relaunched with colour throughout and a new size. The new publishers 4 The Wall Ltd had freshened the publication to give it a more modern feel and had received praise from the music industry and many long term readers.

The title will see the light with a new publisher and gladly so, at the moment the earliest it would resurface is September. In the meantime the website, newly launched in recent months, will still operate and update the situation with the magazine.

It was so much easier when we only had to nod our heads...

Published by Warren Dell under on Sunday, August 12, 2007

When in a local watering hole they play some hip-hop, this is how I get down. The old boy at the bar always disapproves...

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