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!

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!

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’!

Wretch 32 – Messing Around Doing It


Another glimpse into the upcoming ‘Wretchercise’ mixtape, from the one and only Wretch 32. This sees Wretch flow over another brilliantly produced beat, allowing Wretch to take over the track, and let us focus on his supremely catchy and often funny lyrics.

I don’t think he could provide any more excellence to make me love him, and his music. Cannot wait until May 9th to see him at Shepherds Bush, gonna be huge! He recently dropped into Charlie Sloth’s Radio 1 show in the early hours, and delivered a game-topping freestyle, which you can check here: Wretch 32 – Fire In The Booth Freestyle

As a sidenote, Wretch played at Blackberry’s Plus 5 event last night, along side Jessie J, an evening which resulted in someone being stabbed in the neck, and well that’s never good. So hope he comes out in good health.

True Tiger – Breakaway x ‘Eye To Eye’ EP Preview


Continuing the run of brilliant new music today, here’s a new one from True Tiger. Again, another free download.

In the build up for the release of ‘Eye To Eye’ EP (out 16th April), this massive free track should give you plenty of reasons to make sure you get hold of the EP! In the 4 minutes 21 seconds, you should be convinced enough.

Get a preview of the upcoming EP below:

DOWNLOAD ‘Breakaway’ FOR FREE HERE