I woke up today to a text from fellow Hotcakes writer Ollie saying simple this: Gil Scott-Heron RIP.
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Techno maestro Matthew Dear is not your usual DJ – he maintains four different aliases (Audion, False, Jabberjaw and Matthew Dear) each with their own distinct styles and visual personality. It was under his own name that he released his latest album Black City to much fanfare in August of last year.
I wrote some words on DELS debut album recently and it got a big thumbs up. I’m not alone either, fans include Dave Sitek, from TV on the Radio and Maximum Balloon amongst others, and he’s just delivered a remix of the title track.
Looping a sax through the first verse, then emphasising the bass through the second and third, Sitek builds on the progressive narrative of the original. In a similar vein to the Joe Goddard remix of ‘Trumpalump’, a killer, radio-friendly vocal is added to the chorus which makes this the version the one you’re likely to hear on the airwaves.
Take a listen above to one of the new tracks debuted by TV on the Radio at SXSW this year.
The track is called ‘Repetition’ and it sounds great. It really builds well and becomes pretty mental towards the end. It’s in the same vein as tracks like ‘Shout Me Out’ and ‘Wolf Like Me’.
On a side note, SXSW sounded like an absolutely incredible festival this year, as always.
Say hello to Wretch 32, rapper and producer du jour and one we’re likely to hear from with increasing frequency this year. You’ll probably know him from his hit ‘Traktor’ (see below) and he’s now set to release a follow-up single ‘Unorthodox’ next month. It’s a collaboration with Example and samples the world famous riff from ‘Fool’s Gold’ by the Stone Roses. Continue reading
So there we were, myself and fellow Hotcakes baker Seb, at London’s Scala eagerly anticipating one of the first live performances of the much hyped Jamie Woon.
Scala, even when sold-out, is an intimate venue; seemingly perfect for Woon’s downbeat style and emotive delivery. With Ghostpoet in support – his blend of half sung, half spoken vocals and an indie/hip-hop crossover score warming up the crowd to good effect – we thought were in for a good night… Continue reading