April Fools Mix


In no way am I a DJ or producer, no way at all. But I thought, as I had a spare 30 minutes, that I’d do a little mix for the page. It’s done in one go, or ‘one take’ (hence the ending), and was done completely on my iPad, with each track having been purchased for real money off of iTunes, so there’s no real copyright shit to moan about (I think), anyway, try and enjoy it. Little rough around the edges, but the tracks chosen are fucking brilliant. Old, new, but all brilliant. Goes a little shit in the middle, but being honest, I like the beginning and end. Hope it’s alright.

As a sidenote, this is in celebration of reaching 15,000 views! So thank you very much, even if you hated what you read/listened/watched on my page, you count as a view, so thanks I guess. Love to you all… Enjoy this if at all possible, and even download it for free if you fancy:

(If the sound quality is a little awful, I don’t know why, but I’ll try correct or improve it sometime)

TRACKLISTING:
1) Chase & Status ft. Cee Lo Green – Brixton Briefcase (VIP Dub Mix)
2) Wiley – 50/50
3) Labrinth – Last Time (Knife Party Remix)
4) SBTRKT – Wildfire
5) Plan B – ill Manors (The Prodigy Remix)
6) Plan B – No Good (Chase & Status Remix)
7) Example – Midnight Run (Sheldrake Remix)
8) Example – Stay Awake (Moam Remix)
9) Wretch 32 ft. Example – Unorthodox (Moto Blanco Remix)
10) Faithless – Insomnia
11) JME – 96 Fuckries
12) Clement Marfo & The Frontline – Overtime (Royal T Remix)
13) Clement Marfo & The Frontline – Mayhem (Ishi Mix)
14) Professor Green ft. Example – Monster (Camo & Krooked Remix)
15) JME – 96 Fuckries

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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

Flexplicit ft. Royce Da 5’9, Papoose & Professor Green – My Game


Filmed by SBTV’s Lance Penez, this international collaboration is one of the hardest tracks I’ve had the pleasure of hearing in 2012. Reading through the YouTube comments, you begin to get the impression that other people think this too. Obviously, there’s the ‘who’s got the best verse’ argument developing over there, and personally I don’t know, each of them have a game-topper verse. So, I’ll let you choose. All I know is, I’m properly glad Pro’s getting international attention now, this is his second feature along side Royce Da 5’9, after the hauntingly epic ‘Nightmares track from ‘At Your Inconvenience’, and any more collabs between the two would be greatly appreciated.

Not only is each verse exceptional, the visuals are fucking incredible. “We wanted to find a unique way to tell a gripping story without all the artists featuring in it. To inspire, challenge and entertain” is what’s quoted under the video, and well, it’s certainly done that. Give it a watch, and you wont be able to take your eyes and ears off it.

You can download the track for free HERE

Example – Old/ Unreleased/ Feature & Covers (Limited Free Download)


Right, just then I gave you the way to download Example’s Little Noise Sessions acoustic set. I also mentioned he’d put out some other older material earlier. I foolishly didn’t realise it was up for free too! So here it is.

This set includes some really top notch tracks, with features on with Giggs and D Double E, to DJ Wire & Example mixes. Well worth the download! Note that some of the demos aren’t availbable for download, but you can still listen to them, and therefore increase your enjoyment levels on this sunny Monday afternoon. Listen to my personal favourite of the set below…

Don Diablo – Instant Replay feat. Example (2009)


 

 

Example – Little Noise Sessions (Free Download)


If you’ve been following Example’s social networks recently, you should have seen that a vast amount of older music, including Live Lounges, mixtapes, remixes, all of that stuff.

And earlier today, went up a free download of a gig Example played back in November. Not really an everyday gig for Example though. This acoustic set was held in a church over six nights and hosted by Jo Whiley, and including a very special cover of  Green Day’s ‘Boulevard Of Broken Dreams’ (listen below). So, it’s a pretty unique thing to have been in attenednce at. But you now can have that experience! (sort of)

Download the 52 minute acoustic set here

Jacob Plant – March/ April 2012 Mix


I first caught notice of Jacob Plant through Mistajam’s show. (Seriously, if you don’t listen to Jam, please do, it’ll open your ears) Anyway, he gave a great mix on his show, and I followed him after that. This is his latest mix, over 30 minutes long, featuring some really fucking great music, and you can download it FOR FREE!

Azu – The Economist + Interview


Every now and then I get aproached with some new music. It really is every now and then, as it very rarely happens. But it’s even rarer to have an artist email over an actual written email – not just an automated one. So, I felt I should check out this email. And I did. And here’s the result.

London based singer/ songwriter Azu released his newest EP yesterday, and, well, basically, it’s great. It’s got that un-tampered feel – a more all round honest feel to the music. Which is really made more prevalent by the lack of it in a lot of music nowadays.

Economics

Wall Street Crash

The Black Market

Find out about his writing style, his views on the feelings he’s written and sung about, and then where you can see him playing, in the interview below

How exciting is it, putting a new EP out to be heard?
Its very exciting, I’m interested in the response. Never released anything before and I’m releasing songs that people have never heard. Never performed them live either.
How do you go about your music, does the chorus or verse come first, or is it just random orders?
The concept i.e. ‘Economics’ and then the lyrics- I have never underestimated the power of a lyric! Then the vocal melody and then the chords- usually on my acoustic guitar.
For how long have you been certain music is where you want to take your life?
I have never felt like I had a choice. There has never been a moment where I thought ‘I’m going to do this’- I have always done it.
What did you draw from to write this EP?
The EP is basically me expressing myself with economic concepts. I drew from my personal life as I always do- The song ‘Economics’ is a serious song to me. I’m questioning the value of honesty. Society and religion have encouraged honesty at all times but is there a point where honesty can break you? This was written after I had been ‘economical’ with truth and it was for the better. I’m not asking people to  lie- I’m just saying sometimes you have to twist the truth- exaggerate it or underplay it. The other song ‘Black Market’ is about the joy and thrill of doing something taboo.
 
I read on your interview with Soundhall that ‘Wall Street Crash’ is based on betrayal. Is it easier to write about darker, more unhappy events?
To be perfectly honest, thats all I write about! I don’t know how to write happy and ‘uplifting’ songs – I’ll leave that to the Lighthouse Family!
Each song of mine is a reportage of events in my life the way they happened- thats not to say I’m an unhappy person- I’m actually really goofy. Unhappy/darker emotions are more complex and I find it way more interested to write- firstly, you have to identify it then decipher it, then understand it , the accept it , then make a decision to move on or not. There’s so much in those emotions that can never be explored in writing about rainbows and butterflies. Having said that, a lot of my songs are written on major chords so the music is not really dark but the lyrics are 99% unhappy/sad/upset/frustrated.
When and where can we see you live in the near future?
13th February at The Dublin Castle, Camden and 28th February at The Troubadour, Earls Court –
And, finally, when and where will ‘The Economist’ EP be available?
The EP is out on the 13th February and you can download it for free fromwww.facebook.com/azumusic
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If you needed more persuasion, then you can listen to the 3 tracks at the top of this post, and if that doesn’t do it for you, then, well I don’t know. But I can’t see why you wouldn’t love to have it in your life!
Thanks to Azu for coming forward for this as well!