I'm not sure how much UK music drama people hear about in the States. I'm gonna guess not that much, unless it's maybe mentioned on MTV or something. For those of you who don't know, summers in the UK (and Europe) are chock full with music festivals, some of which have been around for ages. One of these well established festivals is the Glastonbury Festival. Starting from 1970, Glastonbury has hosted a huge amount of now uber famous bands. It is also known to be one of the muddiest festivals ever.
Though it's known for being a predominantly rock-centric concert, this year organizers invited Jay-Z (or Jay-Zed as Jonathon Ross jokingly called him here) to perform as the headlining act. The decision to have a rap superstar perform at Glastonbury came as a surprise to many and received numerous negative (and possibly racist?) comments. One of the fore runners against having Jay-Z perform was none other than Oasis band member Noel Gallagher who was quoted as saying:
"If it ain't broke don't fix it. If you start to break it then people aren't going to go. I'm sorry, but Jay-Z? No chance. Glastonbury has a tradition of guitar music and even when they throw the odd curve ball in on a Sunday night you go 'Kylie Minogue?' I don't know about it. But I'm not having hip-hop at Glastonbury. It's wrong."
Jay-Z fired back, likening the backlash to his performance to "musical racism" and said he planned to give a good show. Which, from what I have seen on YouTube, he did. In fact, he more or less told Gallagher to eff off by coming out on stage strumming a guitar and performing a cover of Oasis' "Wonderwall" the clip of which you can see below.
I also think its great that he performed with a live band, which also disproves the point that Hip Hop can't be guitar based. Kudos to Shawn...he's making us all proud.
When it comes to pseudo electro-Hip Hop/Neo-RandBSoul, the "Scene" in London is small. And by small I mean it's five people.
Ok, maybe not that small, but I know I see at least five of the same people at every event I go to.
One of these people is Lingo Scott, a stylish youngin' who can put together an amazing outfit as well as belt out a well sung jam. While he still may be really young, he definitely is going places, and with the amount of people he knows (yours truly included), he has a lot of people supporting him.
His first single, "Livin' Rich" is a catchy tune about not having money, but knowing that one day, we're all gonna get paid. Regardless of being soaked in idealism, the song is still an enjoyable piece of poptasticness.
(Ok, so his video may look a little budget. And yes, because he's my friend, I'm going to be biased. However, to add to his cool factor, his video does in fact feature Barbie dolls.)
If you want to hear more from Lingo Scott, check out his MySpace page.
Canadian duo Thunderheist is having a video contest for their single "Jerk It." There are three finalists whose videos are on Thunderheist's website. You can watch all three and then vote for your favorite one.
The song is a hot jam...dirty beats, sexy lyrics and an energy to which you could dance...both vertically and horizontally.
It's not as genius as their last clip for "Get Better," but Mates of State's new video for "My Only Offer" is still unexpectedly whimsical. It's also a really good song, from one of the best albums of the year.
"My Only Offer" is the second video taken from Mates of State's newest album 'Re-Arrange Us' which is out now on Barsuk Records.
I've been talking shit about UK Indie-Dance monsters The Black Ghosts not having an album out for like a year now. But I can finally stop, because their new single "Repetition Kills You" featuring guest vocals from Damon Albarn, is also the first single from their forthcoming album!
The video is something like a cute, lo-budget take on the clothing-oriented animation-assisted clip for Justice's smash "D.A.N.C.E." last year. The album, a self-titled full-length collecting most of their already released tracks and some new stuff, is out in July.
Rappers Blu and Ta'Raach (aka C.R.A.C) are two fun loving guys. They recently came to London to perform a concert and ended up playing a DJ set that everybody sort of vibed out to. The thing is, Londoners don't really know who they are, so when they finally did perform some tunes, no one knew the lyrics.
One of the first songs they did was the track "Buy Me Lunch." I think the first time I heard this track, I was still in D.C. Still, it is one of my favorite tracks of all time. So when I saw the there was a video, I got super excited.
And needless to say I wasn't disappointed. The video may be low budget, but it definitely fits the happy-go-lucky silliness of the song.
"Buy Me Lunch" is off of C.R.A.C's album The Piece Talks out now.
Going for a swim is always refreshing. And so are the bouncy, air-conditioned Synthpop melodies of, and stop-motion video for, Italo-Pop maestro Swim's single "lo e Rodo al Bar."
It looks like he's only got the one single out on the Do It Yourself Records label. But fans of Hot Chip, Muslces, Chromeo, San Serac, Sébastien Tellier and the like will be clamoring for an album soon enough.
Saint Louis-based emcee, crooner and producer Black Spade's debut is one of the best Hip-Hop albums of the year. The Prince-referencing tune "Evil Love" was my favorite track on the disc. The video is pretty ill too.
Black Spade's 'To Serve With Love' is out now on the OM Records label. If you don't own it or don't plan on owning it you aren't a real Hip-Hop head so you should just give up the charade now.
No, the Brighton Port Authority isn't responsible for making the trains run on time. But they (and by "they" I mean Norman "Fatboy Slim" Cook and his collaborators) are responsible for making at least one eye-catching video.
It's for a track, featuring David Byrne and Dizzee Rascal, called "Toe Jam," which is the first official release under the moniker and should theoretically be coming out on Southern Fried Records at some point.
Remember how I posted the XXXChange remix of the new Daedelus single a couple weeks back? Well, I like the original mix so much more. It's the version they used in the new scrapbook/decoupage animated video clip for the song.
"Make It So," featuring Michael Johnson, is the first single from Daedelus' forthcoming album 'Love To Make Music To', which is due out on Ninja Tune in the US on July 15th.
Now that that's out of the way, I can show y'all the new video for his single "Buff Nuff" which is from his forthcoming album 'Slime and Reason'. If the single is any indication as to how the album will sound, expect a ragga heavy record.
Also, props for having a big girl sucking down an ice cream cone. I always knew Roots loved his big girls!
'Slime & Reason' will be out in August on Big Dada Records.
Maybe I'm really late on this one. To be fair, I haven't been in the NYC scene for AGES, so I have no idea what's considered hip and cool Stateside any more. But I'm guessing there are hundreds of Hipsteriffic singers/rappers/performers just littering the sidewalks down in LES and Brooklyn.
One of these said Hipsteriffics has to be Lady GaGa. I'd seen something about her a little bit ago, but never really paid that much attention. Then a couple days ago, I got an email in my inbox about the new video for her single "Just Dance." And I'll admit it...The song is definitely something I would want on my pink Blackberry. Lady GaGa is also yet another person whose stylist I want to steal. She's sort of like what would happen if you put Christina Aguilera in Williamsburg for a couple of years before talking her to LA.
Featured on the track is a guy named Colby O'Donis, who I'm less impressed with. He reminds me of one of the guys on "Growing Up Gotti". However, he is apparently signed to Akon's Konvict Muzik label, hence why Akon is in the video, looking kind of like a fish out of water.
Side note: Be happy I didn't start this post out with a "Lady Glock -Lady GaGa" joke of some kind.
"Just Dance" is from Lady GaGa's debut album 'The Fame' which is out this Summer off of Interscope Records.
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