Mikill Pane – You Guest It EP – Review


It may not seem that long ago when we were treated to some new material from the Hackney artist, Mikill Pane. So, I was a very pleasant surprise to hear about a new, and importantly, free, EP arriving on Sunday. Not only is it free for anyone to download, it also features other great artists, such as Example, Ed Sheeran and P Money, which can only ever extend a track’s quality.

Kicking off with the Example featuring track, ‘Andy Warhol’, playing on the idea that everyone will be famous at some point, for 15 minutes. “The rich have got the money, but the poor have got the power, what you gonna do with your quarter of an hour?” You can always rely on Elliot giving a great hook on his featured tracks, but it’s rare that we actually get a verse as well, and I could only think back to the ‘What We Made’ days of Example – which I do kind of miss. However, the two together produce a great track in ‘Andy Warhol’, including, in my view, Mikill’s best lyrics in the EP, “I started with a track like a rapping Dwayne Chambers, they said that it was dope, and that’s how I became famous,” being my personal favourite.

Slowing the pace down, is the second track ’25 Tracks’, featuring the exquisite vocals of Ed Sheeran, “You can find me floating sky-bound, when you tell me it’s my time now”. Will there be a review of a Mikill Pane without mentioning Ed? Doubt it. Obviously the two combined their supreme talents to create the alternate version of ‘The A Team’, in ‘Little Lady’, which will always make me stop and listen, and I’m afraid this is another track which will affect my simple levels of concentration.

The third track on the ‘You Guest It’ EP, is ‘Heart & Sole’, detailing sex and shoes, when put simply. And again, has a great hook vocal feature, this time in Paloma Faith. A bit of a surprise this one, but a really effective one, like really effective – the lyric delivery from Mikill really combines with Paloma’s vocals! “Even though Mikill Pane’s not a household name, it kind of rolls off the tongue.” With this level of material, it soon will be.

Moving onto ‘Paper Princess’. “There’s this picture of you and I, and thats the one thing I’ve been left with,” at this point you’ll be thinking this may develop into a heartfelt love track. Er, “On Wednesday, it’ll be gone cause that’s when the dustbins are collected.” Adore that start, and to be honest, the rest of the track too. The guitar strums surround Mikill’s lyrics perfectly, and when added with the always brilliant Yasmin’s chorus, it makes for a fourth great track in a row. On a roll then?

A roll which continues. “Join P Money, Fem Fel and I, on some ignorant shit…” A contender for my favourite track off the EP, ‘Hey Baby’. Featuring Fem Fel and P Money. Oh, and Katie Price. Yeah, you know, Jordan. Yes, Jordan. No, really, Jordan… Yeah. With her providing the loop of ‘Hey Baby’ surrounded by the best hook on the EP, “I’m not your baby, I’m not your man, you’ve had one too many JDs, I don’t think you understand.” This track contains actual ‘laugh-out-loud’ lyrics, beginning with Mikill, “As far as women go, wouldn’t exactly say jigalo,” and so many others I could quote, so so many.

Now for the unfortunate end. ‘Taking Hold’ ft. Jakwob and Rocky NTI. “I hope that when I’m dead and gone, I leave a legacy of songs behind, and my tombstone says ‘Here lies a man who said the shit that was on his mind.” Think this can sum up the EP; “said the shit that was on his mind.” Similar in pace and style to the ’25 Tracks’, but the added works of Jakwob ensure it has it’s own feel.

Every single track on this EP is magnificent. Every feature is meaningful, and not done for effect on drawing people in. Sure, seeing Ed Sheeran and Example on the tracklist will do that, but their respective features are actually very very good. Same goes for Mikill. Such a cliché, but he really is getting better and better with each release, and I cannot wait ’till the debut album drops this year!

For now, you can download You Guest It here, and if you want listen to it on the little Soundcloud box below. Plus make sure you look out for an A64 on SBTV soon!

Jesus’ Good Friday Mix


Right, I’ll reel off all the stuff about me not being a DJ or producer, so remember to not expect high quality, even medium at some points. Just try and enjoy the *very good* selection of tracks in this mix. And remember, you can’t slate it, because Jesus wouldn’t like it.

No real reason for this mix, other than it’s what Jesus would’ve wanted from me. And much like the theory of Jesus and Christianity, my mix is also a little rough round the edges.

TRACKLISTING:

1) Flux Pavilion ft. Example – Daydreamer
2) Dead Prez & WTF – It’s Bigger Than Hip-Hop
3) Wretch 32 – Climax (Usher Refix)
4) Example – Changed The Way You Kiss Me (Mensah Remix)
5) Wiley – Evolve Or Be Extinct
6) Chase & Status ft. Cee Lo Green – Brixton Briefcase (VIP Dub Mix)
7) Wiley – 50/50
8) Kanye West, Pusha T, Big Sean ft. 2 Chainz – Mercy
9) Kanye West ft. Florence Welch & Lupe Fiasco – Touch The Sky (Urban Noize Remix)
10) Don Diablo ft. Example – Instant Replay
11) Wretch 32 – Messing Around Doing It
12) DJ Fresh ft. Dizzee Rascal – The Power
13) Kanye West ft. DJ Khaled – Theraflu
14) Riz MC ft. Plan B & Aruba Red – All Of You
15) Labrinth – Earthquake (All Stars Remix) [ft. Tinie Tempah, Kano, Wretch 32, Busta Rhymes]
16) Labrinth – Earthquake (Noisa Remix)

Scissor Sisters – ‘Only The Horses’ (prod. Calvin Harris & Alex Ridha)


Taken off their forthcoming album, ‘Magic Hour’, Scissor Sisters have premiered the next single moments ago on Fearne Cotton’s Radio 1 show. Slightly different to the Kanye West track I gave you all this Good Friday morning, but still a really good track for me! Calvin’s impact on the track is obvious, one of the best working producers in my view, this is coming close to ‘We Found Love’! Production also coming from Alex Ridha, from Boys Noize, completes the track, and although it’s a  probable chart climber, it maintains a different feel to a dead-cert number 1.

On Calvin, front man Jake Shears said, “”I’ve known Calvin for quite a while, we met originally making some music with Kylie for the ‘Aphrodite’ album. He’s just a lovely guy, he’s so wonderful.”

The track is due to be released on 13th May, with the album on May 28th. The album features very talented people, not just Calvin and Alex Ridha. None other Pharrell Williams! Shears told Fearne: “I was a little bit intimidated, because I think Pharrell’s really amazing… dare I say it, I think it might be some of our best work on this album.”

G.O.O.D Music (Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T) ft. 2 Chainz – Mercy


24 hours ago, a new Kanye track ‘Theraflu‘ droppe, which featured DJ Khaled.  We’d been told this G.O.O.D Music collab was coming, and even with ‘Theraflu’ we still greedily waited in anticipation for the arrival of ‘Mercy’ And, as promised, it’s surfaced. Oh boy. I don’t really need to say much about the track, just listen and you’ll see why I’m in love already. It’s in the build up track to the G.O.O.D Music compilation, which promises to be incredible.

Kanye West ft. Florence Welch & Lupe Fiasco – ‘Touch The Sky’ (Urban Noize Remix)


Little earlier I gave you all a new Kanye track to enjoy, now here’s another Kanye featuring track which is just, again, as usual, brilliant.

Urban Noize have remixed the ‘Touch The Sky’ classic, and introduced Florence & The Machine’s supreme track ‘Drumming Song’. It’s part of an upcoming Urban Noize project titled, ‘Mr West’, which I cannot wait for!

You can download it here too!

Theraflu was released earlier, and ‘Mercy’ will be released tomorrow – Kanye’s here!

My Manor’s Law – Suburban Parody of ‘ill Manors’


Erm, well, I’m currently dying listening to this right now. It’s just incredible. A ‘posh parody’ of the politically challenging, socially controversial track from Plan B, ‘ill Manors’. And as piss-takes go, this is brilliant. Just in fits of laughter at this, can’t even decide on my favourite part!

 

 

Compare it to Ben Drew’s official video here, as you ‘ll see, it does actually maintain parts of the videos idea to be fair:

You can read my interpratation of ‘ill Manors’ here:

“There’s no such thing as broken Britain, we’re just bloody broke in Britain”

Kanye West ft. DJ Khaled – Theraflu


Might even kill somebody and YouTube it / So who ever think their words effect me is too stupid / And if you could do it better than me than you do it

What a good way to start the day, with some NEW music from none other than Kanye West. With just over a month until him and Jay kick off the Watch The Throne tour which crosses through the UK’s O2 Arena towards the end of May, this new release just shows how Kanye will never really disappear. Featuring DJ Khaled and DJ Pharris, and produced by Hit-Boy, ‘Theraflu’ is an instant winner for me. Hopefully the news a while ago about a new solo album from both Jay and Kanye, along with a second Watch The Throne album will materialise! Watch out for TOMORROW, as new track featuring Kanye West, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, and Pusha T drops sometime. Definite ‘Good Friday’!