Mike Skinner working on material with Benjamin Francis Leftwich

Mike Skinner said goodbye to The Streets with the farewell tour not too long ago, but that hasn’t stopped him from getting involved in other projects! First we had news of The Music’s Robert Harvey collaborating with Skinner. The two together, known as The Dot, have released material on their official website Thedot.net!

But news has emerged from Skinner’s blog, that he’s working with none other than Bejamin Francis Leftwich. He wrote, “Chilled day in the studio with Benjamin Francis Leftwich. An impressive blue sky approach to guitar tunings.”

Cannot wait to hear results of this! I can only assume this will be very close to musical porn.


Flux Pavilion & Example ‘Daydreamer’ Dropped Live!

(UPDATED, NEW, STUDIO VERSION OF ‘DAYDREAMER’ UP HERE: https://willackrillmusic.wordpress.com/2012/03/06/flux-pavilion-ft-example-daydreamer/)

I’ve been excited to hear this track ever since I heard about the collaboration for Flux Pavilion’s album. Example will forever add to the type of amazing work artists like Flux create!

How it sounds good when recorded off a phone at a live venue, gives me the sign that it will sound huge!


Can’t wait for this release + I’m assuming it will at some point be a single?

Ed Sheeran & Yelawolf – You Don’t Know (For Fuck’s Sake) | The Slumdon Bridge EP

As Ed released this track, I was on a bus – listening the original No. 5 Collaborations Project. Bit annoying as couldn’t be one of the first to show people it, anyway here you go:

Ed Sheeran ft. Yelawolf – You Don’t Know (For Fuck Sake)

I hadn’t heard much from Yelawolf, to be honest, I only knew of him through his work with Shady Records (yeah, Eminem’s label!). But I really need to get to know more about him, because this is brilliant.

I mean, I can’t see how the Collaborations Project will beat the previous one. The No. 5 Project came when only a few people new a lot about Ed, and it features up and coming UK artists. So whatever came from Ed this time can’t beat the authenticity of the first.

But, let’s face it, this is great. Yelawolf seems to flow well with Ed’s top vocals – showing Ed must have put thought into this project – even if they did only have a few days to record it!

It’s another step for Ed, and I can’t wait to hear the full instalment of the EP – The Slumdon Bridge!


Ed Sheeran and Jessie J Collaboration

Yesterday I brought you the news on Ed’s collab with Example, and today there’s another one coming to light. Ed and Jessie J!

Speaking to the Daily Star, Ed said, “Jessie and I are talking about a duet. I don’t want either of us simply to feature on the other person’s song. I want it to be a genuine collaboration where we both sing equal amounts.”

“Genuine collaboration”, well I’m looking forward to that then!

Jessie, if you didn’t know, scored a number 1 yesterday, with her track ‘Domino’, and this cover (below) of ‘Who You Are’ by Ed is the closest thing we’ve had to something between the two of them, so you can enjoy this for now!

Ed Sheeran & Example To Collaborate | Nandos Skank Memories

Yesterday, while NME were trying to take down Ed Sheeran, the news emerged about this collaboration – with Ed and Example.

How long we’ll have to wait to hear it is uncertain, but the track has already been recorded – when both were over in America recently. Sheeran told Capital FM: “We’ve just done a song together so we were talking about shooting a video for that.”

Adding, about his and Example’s Brit nominations, Ed said: “We texted each other about the nominations which was nice – he’s got ‘Best British Single’ nomination as well which is good.”

I’m presonally really excited to hear what it’ll sound like! Will it be like a laid-back acoustic Sheeran based song, or the ravey sound of Example? Also, seeing as both of them are technically classed as singers, which one will do the chorus, which one will do verses… Or will it be completely rap based? I’d love to see a proper return to rap from both of them! But, whatever it sounds like, will it ever be able to beat this earlier collaboration…

Ed was taken on board by Example in one of his earlier UK tours in 2010, along with Yasmin and Devlin too. This tour support act announcement was where I first discovered Ed, and this ‘Nando’s Skank’ collaboration really cememted my love for both these aritsts… and Nandos.

One last thing Ed said, “There’s not really much competition. It’s like one big British movement moving forward.” So, NME, if you think you can bring down a whole British movement, then good luck to you.