Flux Pavilion feat. Example – Daydreamer (Dillon Francis Remix)


Right, I somehow missed this a couple nights ago. Premiered on Mistajam’s show, this is the truly brilliant remix of Flux Pavilion’s collaboration single with Example. The incredible drop only adds to the excellence of the original track, which I was weirdly one of the first people to bring you it. Anyway, lay back, and enjoy:

The track, with other remixes is released on 30th April, so not long now! Make sure you BUY it.

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Delilah ft. Liam Bailey – Breathe


Premiered on Mistajam’s show on Radio 1xtra last night, this is a beautiful track, courtesy of Delilah along with Liam Bailey. Have a listen to this, and try not to get taken away by it! Such a soulful track which needs to be heard by all of you. Obviously, both featured on Chase & Status’ ‘No More Idols’ massive album, on two of the singles actually. Liam on ‘Blind Faith’, and Delilah on ‘Time’ – both two of the stand out tracks of one of the best albums of 2011. Both look set to have big 2012’s!

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!

Sub Focus ft. Alice Gold – Out The Blue (XILENT REMIX)


Premiered on Mistajam’s Saturday BBC Radio 1xtra show (like everything good is nowadays), this is a massive remix of Sub Focus’ upcoming single, ‘Out The Blue’. I don’t feel the need to sell it to you, listen to it, and you’ll realise why I love it.

Smiler – Delorean feat. Wretch 32 (DEVolution Remix)


I’ve only recently been brought to this mixtape and this subsequent remix from DEVolution. And I feel a little bit bad. But, yeah, if you’re ahead of me, you should have already downloaded Smiler’s mixtape ‘All I Know’. Really is worth it, so if you haven’t download it, do so for free here: http://smilermusic.com/alliknow

You can listen to the whole mixtape here: 

The orginal’s video is below – after being debuted on Mistajam’s show back in January, produced by Nutty P, and featuring Wretch 32, and uses clips of Back To Future, so it makes for a fairly great track and video!

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


At the end of February, Ben Drew, widely known as Plan B, made a return to hip-hop. His new release, ‘ill MANORS‘, sees Ben back in the style he started up in. To many people, it may just sound ‘shouty’, ‘chavy’ or even ‘inflammatory’, but this only highlights much of what Ben tries to convey through his music. Problems in society. The uneducated mess in the UK – either academically or socially.

Obviously, we all know about last summer’s riots in the UK. Like many people, we probably all watched the ‘highlights’ on BBC News 24, somewhere abroad, far away from the smashed windows and excessive looting. Parents probably spoke about their ‘outrage’, then wandered off to get another glass of Sauvignon Blanc, and sit back in the sun. That may be a sweeping generalisation. So, if you read that, and get annoyed by it, then good. Because now you know how it feels. Despite the class divide Ben spoke about in an interview recently, the youth of the UK also got an absolute hammering. It was hard to be young whilst the riots were kicking off – even over here in Middle England. We were looked down on, and slated practically everywhere we went. I work in a near-by shop, and someone actually said to me, “Bet you wouldn’t mind going down there, would you? All you lot want is free shit!” The worst thing about that is that I had to laugh it off, I couldn’t stand up to him, and question why he said it, otherwise I’d have got the sack. Then I’d be playing even further into their hands. Another unemployed youth, eventually leading to being alienated by society. Catch 22.

In the make-believe Waterloo Road recently, you can see this. Yes, it’s Waterloo Road, famous for having a random lottery generator between: Abortion, Pregnancy, Hit & Run or Teacher/Student Relationship, each and every week. But this new series is about ‘tackling gang culture’. Watching Waterloo Road writers deal with a gang culture is exactly the way I’d expect my Hertfordshire school teachers to do so. Pretty badly. Obviously, they will never need to though, will they? But that’s half the problem, we’re so unaffected by the problems the riots exacerbated, that we end up fuelling the fire.

This is one of the many points Ben Drew made in a recent interview with BBC Radio 1xtra’s Mistajam. Speaking for over 40 minutes, it was such an inspirational, honest and raw experience to listen to, and it’s sparked that bit inside of me, that bit which made me decide to write this.

“Its a very delicate process because we are tackling a very delicate subject and we have to get the tone absolutely right. Because Im not trying to condone what happened during in the riots. It disgusted me, it made me sick, but it saddened me more than anything because those kids that were rioting and looting, they’ve just made life ten times harder for themselves. They’ve just played into the hands of what certain sectors of Middle-England think about them, and we have a big issue and prejudice in this country from certain ignorant sectors of middle class people towards the underclass, and an example of this is the word ‘chav’, which in the video I state stands for ‘Council Housed And Violent’… Just because you were lucky enough to be born into a family that can afford to give you a good education, doesnt make you better than anyone, it just makes you lucky, and, again, certain sectors of Middle-England need to wake up and realise that, and stop ridiculing the poor and less fortunate.”

This whole section of the interview was such an eye-opener. I’d imagine a lot of you won’t see anything wrong with using the word ‘chav’ – as it’s so widely using in every form of the media, especially red-top newspapers. So why would you see anything wrong with it? What we need to realise is that, by using words like this, by pushing someone less fortunate than you away, you’re further fuelling the fire. Some of the paper’s coverage of the riots widened that gap between the people taking part, and the rest of society.

Ben finished that point, by saying this, “We are all just, in the simplest form, animals, and when were backed into a corner, we lash out its a primal instinct, and its got nothing to do with class, thats us as human beings. And I guess theres a lot of kids out there in this country that feel like theyve got egg on their face.” And I think that speaks volumes. Remember John Prescott lashing out and punching a member of the general public? “It’s nothing to do with class.”

Why I’m speaking about, and quoting Plan B’s words, then discussing problems many of us will never really understand or come across, and classing it a music article, may be unclear. But I think people need to see the more inspirational side of rap music’s words. As the riots’ wick was still burning, a Daily Mirror ‘journalist’ caused uproar with many artists in Plan B’s genre, which he wrote about. If you missed the article, Paul Routledge blamed the “pernicious culture of hatred around rap music”, and how it “glorifies violence”, and “raves about drugs.” I wouldn’t want to quote anymore of it, because my IQ level may start to drop. Blaming rap music for the riots is such a ridiculous statement to make. Many people saw Paul’s words, and then wondered how he had a job in modern day journalism.

Fellow artist Professor Green spoke out on Twitter about this back then, “Yeah ban rap music, silence our voices even more.” Then following it with, “Surely this isn’t about shifting the blame, but accepting responsibility? Neither my music or that of my peers is to blame for society and its faults. We didn’t create the tiers. If you’re all so smart how is it you’re confusing understanding with justification? I’ve said from the start there’s no justifying it.”

This is then backed up with Ben Drew’s recent words about the understanding of hip-hop, “If you dont understand it, especially after hearing me speak about it now, and youve still got issues with the song, maybe youre not as educated as you think. Maybe youre educated academically, but you need to go out there and get some life experience under your belt. ‘Cause I tell you one thing, if these kids on the streets, on the estates, are so stupid, how come they can understand the outform of hip hop, and the rest of the world cant?”

Ben didn’t just go on about what was wrong with people’s views on society, he also spoke about how to begin to fixing them, notably about how there’s always someone you, as a family member, knows, that is less fortunate, “These people probably come in your house, spend time with your kids and eat at your dinner table, thats that one person that you can take under your wing, and treat as one of your own and kind of help.”  I’m not sure how much we can relate to this in my area, at least, but you’ve got to admit, it does sound like a productive method given to us by a clear-minded person who’s experienced this kind of method in his own house, and with his band members.

The setting up of an ‘umbrella charity’ also stood out as a great idea from Ben. This would allow minor charities, which have been set up by individuals within so-called ‘broken communities’, who have finally had enough of their communities way of life, and possibly through lack of support from the government, have taken it upon themselves to sort out the problems. Ben stated, “A lot of people feel theyre allowed to have an opinion, on the problems and issues we have within society, just because they pay taxes. But we all know the government dont change quite a lot of the things they promise theyre gonna change, but we still expect them to, because they take our money. If we know that, then maybe, we need to start taking responsibility ourselves. Money isnt going to change this issue. Especially when the people in control of our money and where they spend it, are politicians, because they dont understand the world theyre trying to change.”

I don’t think I’ve read or heard a more reasonable view on this subject. Now the riots have passed us, and been swept under the carpet again in the papers, journalists have now got off that high-horse – albeit moving onto another similar one with the next ugly-headed problem, possibly revolving around X-Factor judges. “This is an issue weve had in society for probably longer than 30 years, and its never been front of the queue ’till the riots happened. Thats what this song, and music video, and the film, ill MANORS needs to do, and I, as an artist need to do, because I genuinely want to change things and this is just the first step. Let me raise my point first, let me raise the issue, then if anybody wants to talk to me about how I think we can change these things, Im ready.”

Music can help these problems in society. People like Ben Drew have the ears, have the respect of the ‘hooded youths’ the media banged on about; he can create a positive wave of influence within them. Encourage them to use that spark of talent in the right way.

“Sometimes I think people may find my methods unorthodox, but they have to be unorthodox, because thats the world Im trying to challenge.”

There’s so much more I could say, so much more could’ve been quoted from Ben’s interview. He spoke pure and utter honesty, about topics which so many other artists run away from. For that, we need to congratualte him. The success of Strickland Banks pulled in people, and Ben could’ve run off and taken them with him, created pop songs with no substance. But that wouldn’t be Plan B, would it?

“That’s when I come into my own, when I see injustices happening, and I talk about the unfairness of them”

‘ill MANORS’ is set to be released March 25th, then the album on May 7th, with the film dropping on May 4th.