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)

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Labrinth – Earthquake (All Stars RMX)


OH JESUS CHRIST.

Tinie Tempah, Kano, Wretch 32 & Busta Rhymes… with Labrinth, on one of the best tracks from last year, ‘Earthquake’. An insane beat, with added extra artists. A harder verse from Tinie, and typically brilliant verses from Kano, Wretch, and Busta. Freshly premiered on Radio 1 and 1xtra tonight, this is something that you will not forget!

The track will be available to buy when the album, ‘Electronic Earth’ is finally released, check the album preview Labrinth teased us all with earlier HERE

Labrinth – Electronic Earthquake (ALBUM PREVIEW)


A long awaited preview of an album which is fairly long awaited itself. Labrinth’s album, ‘Electronic Earth’ promises to be one of the year. I mean, if you listen to this, and don’t appreciate to consistent, exceptional production, then I must have put the wrong video into this post. My favourite track in this preview has to be Lab’s collab with Emeli Sande, ‘Beneath Your Beautiful’. Get a feature from Emeli and improving the track is a definite. It’s a superb preview, but you’ll have to wait ’till April 2nd to get a copy!

 

Rita Ora – R.I.P (ft. Tinie Tempah) [prod. Chase & Status]


Rita Ora’s first UK single has a bit about it, doesn’t it! It features Tinie Tempah, it’s produced by Chase & Status and Stargate, samples Nneka’s ‘Heartbeat’., and it’s written by Drake. Jesus, that’s not a bad line-up?!

Fresh from hitting the UK number 1 spot with her collab with DJ Fresh (there really was no pun intended earlier…), ‘Hot Right Now’, she dropped her debut solo single in America, ‘Party & Bullshit’, along side mentor Jay-Z in New York late last week, but earlier this morning, Rita dropped this track on BBC Radio 1xtra, and well take a listen, and see what you think!

Emeli Sande: The New Role Model.


Every so often you get to hear a new album which you’ll be completely absorbed in. You won’t be able to leave it alone. But last Monday, we had Maverick Sabre’s ‘Lonely Are The Brave’ come out, so surely we’d have to wait a fair bit for another album of that quality, right? Well, a week is a long time in music, I guess.

As this Monday, just one week after Mav’s debut, we’re treated to the incredible Emeli Sande’s – ‘Our Version Of Events’.

With her number 2 single, ‘Heaven’, and the incredible feature on Professor Green’s ‘Read All About It’, Emeli began to attract a lot of attention, which peaked when she was announced as the BRITS Critics Choice Award Winner, following in the footsteps of Ellie Goulding, Florence & The Machine, Jessie J, oh, and Adele!

But if you were more aware, you’ll know that Emeli has been showing her talents for a bit now. Writing for and with, what seems, every fairly successful X-Factor candidate, but also with Wiley, Tinie Tempah, Tinchy Stryder and Wretch 32, plus featuring on great tracks with the likes of Chipmunk (Diamond Rings) and Wiley (Never Be Your Woman) and Tinie Tempah (Let Go). She’s also be described as, the Dark Lord himself, Simon Cowell’s ‘favourite songwriter’! Oh, 1 more then, she’s recently finished touring with none other than Coldplay… Things going well then?

You could possibly be forgiven for thinking the hype may have outdone the talents she has. But, well, you’d be wrong. Because, ‘Our Version Of Events’ showcases, arguably, the best UK talent out there right now. And, well Adele’s still out there isn’t she. I mean, I know that’s a big thing to say, but well, I certainly stand by it.

Kicking off her debut LP, is her number 2 single, that I mentioned earlier – ‘Heaven’. Sublime production which brings out the strong, majestic vocals of Sande. Pitched by Emeli as a confession that she’s changed so much since she was younger – but that it’s because “of everything that comes with living.” Just one of the many examples of how down to earth she is.

Originally, this post was planned as a track-by-track review of ‘Our Version Of Events’, but then I just thought, who’s really going to go out and buy it purely because of a review of mine? you’re going to buy it anyway. So I thought I’d try and show anyone reading, why Emeli Sande is the perfect role-model to aspire for – not even just for becoming a musician, but an all-round person too.

There are a lot of talented musicians. No doubt. But how many would you describe as intelligent? How many would you describe as humble? How many would you actually describe as a ‘nice person’? I certainly can’t think of that many. But after watching a mini documentary on Emeli, entitled, ‘Her Version Of Events’, you realise you can firmly include Emeli Sande in those previous categories.

She’s always shown the musical promise – learning the piano at the age of 10, and writing at 11, but she was once on course to becoming a neurologist – brain surgery for those who don’t recognise! Her link to this can be seen in her second single, ‘Daddy’. “Everyone is essentially addicted to something.” She says, adding, “I think that’s why I loved studying neurology… We’re all flawed in some way.” She also, when speaking to Q Magazine, said, “I’m really fascinated by mental breakdown.”

Despite being just 16, Emeli won Trevor Nelson’s BBC Urban Music Competition – which, fairly obviously, brought in label interest. In the same Q Magazine article, she said, “I’d sit and play to a line of men behind a glass shield talking about where the music should go… I could feel my control slipping.” This is when she chose to follow the science road for a while, but still maintaining the musical side – in playing as a background jazz pianist in Glasgow – for £40 a night! I think it takes a lot of commitment and loyalty to your talents to turn down record label interest. But if, and when, it pays off, it pays off big – as seen with that guy Ed Sheeran!

You could really pin down why Emeli is doing as well as she is now, by her mum’s actions. Obviously Emeli could have reached this stage at some point, but it was her mum who sent off a sample CD over to BBC Radio 1xtra, which eventually found its way through to Naughty Boy – which formed a very strong musical relationship between the two of them – creating ‘Daddy’ on their first session just over 3 years ago. She seemed blown away by his love of music. “I loved how passionate he was… purely about the music!” And it was in 2010, when she finally got a deal with EMI and Virgin.

What I find most incredible about Emeli is her humbleness. She’s speaks so highly of so many highly deserving artists that she’s worked with, especially the already mentioned Naughty Boy and Tinie Tempah… “He was so on point.” It’s something you don’t often see too much nowadays, artists giving other artists proper heartfelt credit and applause.

Despite this not being a track-by-track review, I thought I had to write a bit about my favourite track on the album. ‘Hope’. Obviouslty every track offers so much, in terms of raw emotion expressed through Sande’s brilliantly worked lyrics, which can sum up the most complicated of feelings into one sentence. ‘My Kind Of Love’, ‘Maybe’, ‘River’, and especially ‘Read All About It (Part III) – [below] all showcase this.

But ‘Hope’ really stood out to me – due it’s message.

So many artists can write perfect songs based on various, let’s face it, depressing emotions. Even some of my favourite artists can’t really get the effect Emeli has managed to achieve with this track. ‘Hope’ is the most inspiring, uplifting track I’ve heard in a very long time. You can see the opportunity the London riots have offered musicians, alongside youth unemployment rates, and just the general decline in views of young people, it’s a topic which can create some great music. But Sande has captured that whole picture, but also included other moments of desperation from far away from the UK – “I have a link to Zambia and places with standards of living that are just horrible.” Written with Alicia Keys, on a rainy day in New York just after the aforementioned riots, they came up with the first line: “I hope that the world stops raining, stops turning its back on the young” – she described it as a “prayer”. It’s 3 minutes of beautiful crafted music, inspiring lyrics, soulfully sung vocals with the brilliant production that is a constant throughout the album.

Emeli Sande is intelligent, talented, and just perfectly humble. A proper winning combination in life – not just music. If you don’t get lost in this album, I feel sorry for you.

Enjoy this cover of Blur’s classic, ‘Country House’, from her recent trip to Radio 1’s Live Lounge below. Really is something!

Labrinth – Last Time


Yesterday, Labrinth leaked a 1 minute clip of his next single, ‘Last Time’. If you want to read about that and his monstrous ‘Earthquake’ remix line-up, you can so here.

(I think it sounds a lot better if you don’t watch the animation in the video too…)

I wasn’t massively keen on the track on first listen. But that was through a radio app on my phone, with shoddy iPod headphones. Which meant, I didn’t realise the subtle brilliances that Labrinth has incorporated into this track. It also seems a fair few people have missed that too, judging by some reactions to it’s first radio airings.

Labrinth is, by far, the hottest producer in the UK – in my view. And if you don’t realise it through the complete changes in direction with his tracks, but still all including brilliant production, then, I don’t think you ever will.

I guess ‘Last Time’ sees a slight return to the ‘Let The Sun Shine’ days of Lab. I personally prefer the ‘Earthquake’ style Labrinth, but that doesn’t mean to say that I don’t enjoy the other side to Labrinth. Because I do.

If you do prefer the ‘Earthquake’ style, make sure you check out the line-up for the remix of that single, in the opening link!

But what this track shows is that, his debut album, ‘Electronic Earth’, will be diverse and thoroughly produced. It will be a highlight of 2012, no doubt!

‘Last Time’ is out 11th March, and ‘Electronic Earth’ is out 7 days later, on the 19th.

If you don’t enjoy this single first time round, seriously, keep re-visiting it, and it will get in your head, I promise!

Labrinth – ‘Last Time’ + ‘Earthquake’ Remix Line-up!


Following a monsterous single, like ‘Earthquake’, will forever be a hrad job. But this 1 minute clip of his next, upcoming single, in the build up to his album, ‘Electronic Earth’, seems like it might just do the job quite well! The full single goes on the airways tomorrow from 8am, so listen out for that… But for now, you can enjoy this 1 minute long clip of the new single, ‘Last Time’.

Lab also told Soul Culture recently, that he’s working on a ‘Earthquake’ remix, featuring, Wretch 32, Busta Rhymes, Kano, a new ‘harsh’ verse from Tinie Tempah, oh, and Labrinth will be rapping too!

Check the interview below: