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Whilst in recording sessions for his new ep Raff pulled together this lil cover stroke mash up with Adrian and Stu of The Remedies. Taking Disclosure and Aluna George’s current hit “White Noise” and making it his own. As usual Raff’s vocals are second to none and he owns the track whilst The Remedies bring it like they always do! Enjoy and look out for info on Raff’s new EP coming soon!!!!

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“Drop It Like Its Hot”, Pharrell and Snoop, Rocked up be some of London’s finest Session musicians…. YES PLEASE! This is sick!!! The PB Underground are group of superb musicians who play for the stars but come together from time to time to produce dopeness like this. Led by drummer Pete Biggin these guys have been around since 2008 and have a single out at the moment find out more about them here.

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One of my favourite poets since becoming part of the live scene Holly McNish had this poem recently featured on BBC Radio 4. With its success people have been wanting to hear it again and so Holly whipped up this quick video for people to hear the piece again. I don’t like trying to describe the content in poetry too much i think you can do it for yourself however as always Holly is so on point with the piece and delivers a passionate performance. Awesome stuff!

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Met this young lady last year at the J The Ex Launch having heard lots of good things about her. She did not disappoint. Her performance was filled with a unique character, charm and quality that stood out. Having gigged the circuit for over a year now last week she announced the date for the launch of her debut EP!!! Thursday March 14th @ The Pipeline is the date and location. It will be first chance for people to walk away with Ego’s music as well as enjoy a special evening with performances from Wilson and G.R.E.E.d.S alongside a special headline set from Ego Ella May. Advance Tickets are available now here makesure you do not miss this moment, in years to come you will want to be able to say you were there!

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This is just wonderful. Covers can get a little boring sometimes with so many artists dropping them left right and centre i do just crave to hear their original material. When its done like this though i can only enjoy. Singer Songwriter Kayla L’ayton delivers a sublime vocal rendition of Lianne La Havas “Lost & Found” no mean feat making one of the songs of last year your own but she does it and in some style to. This is someone you definitely need to be keeping your eye on in 2013 with her EP imminent. For now just enjoy this quality again and again.

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Don’t you just hate it when interludes, outros and intros are soooo dammm good that you wish they were full blown tracks??? It finishes at 1 minute 38 seconds (2 minutes if you’re lucky) and you are just begging for them to continue but unfortunately they fade out leaving you wanting more. Hayley Cassidy’s “Wish You Well” is another one of those. The outro from her “Stripped” album is built around a haunting yet beautiful string line with dope beats and Hayley’s fantastic vocals. Track is dope and i hope on Hayley’s next project we get to hear a full length version. Checkout the video below and if you haven’t already cop the album now from here.

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Salute to Consistent QUALITY Incisive
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The week kicked off with new music from West London Rapper Incisive. We had been given a taster a couple of weeks earlier when he dropped the title track “Where Is He” a banger featuring Shakka and production from TE1 and the mixtape did not disappoint. There is something for everyone here Mellow, Uplifting, R&B HipHop, Club Banging HipHop, Boom Bap Hip Hop but above all else quality. Even the skit before “Role Models” is quality with club scenarios i think most can relate to. The previously mentioned track produced by Nutty P seems to be the one people are jumping on most and quite rightly so. The message delievered in this track is one that all Rappers should be adhering too but few do. For me though my favourite would be the final track “Alright” ft YJ the kinda track everyone needs in their life to uplift the soul and get on with the troubles life can bring you.
Incisive continues to build on last years success and the root of it lies in consistent quality. Quality tracks, quality videos, quality live performances he always delivers. The standards he sets should be followed by everyone its the best way to get the attention needed to gain the fanbase needed to make it, an example everyone should be following.

UK MUSIC
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Following on from Incisive’s Mixtape i’m also currentley bumping along to Hayley Cassidy’s “Stripped” Album, Paul Raj’s “Pandoras Box” EP and Bluey Robinson’s “Late Shift” Mixtape. There is so much goodness out there to be found from theses shores and i’m loving what i’m hearing. It makes such a refreshing change from having to scouring blogs and websites for good music from the otherside of the Atlantic when we have it all here. I am proud of the brilliance the scene continues to produce. My wish is that it gets to the ears of the wider masses that don’t know about these artists, the quality is there its now time to push things forward and get the country talking about them. Watching the successes of the likes of Lianna La Havas and Jessie Ware in 2012 its clear there is opportunity there, you just gotta go and take it!!!

The Return of Close UP
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For as long as i have been on the scene there has been a man who has been at the heart beat of the live scene in London and last Tuesday marked his return after a short sabbatical. Maliniga packed out the Old Queens Head for the first Close Up of 2013 and it was a brilliant success. The venue was rammed with people drinking laughing and enjoying the talent on display. There was something for everyone here and i doubt many left the night unhappy. Having seen many nights come and go over the years to see Malinniga still going strong is an inspiration to me . This promoting game ain’t easy and I’m glad to see hime reapping the rewards of hardwork long may he continue.

Ego Ella May @ We Play Music

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We Play Music Live this week put up visuals from their first show of 2013. Amongst the performances was one of a young singer songwriter who is destined for a fantastic 2013. Ego Ella May is one of the best around with wonderful song, a gorgeous tone to a voice and a warm presence on stage that you can’t help but like. The south London native is drawing comparisons with Lianna La Havas, Amy Winehouse and as seen in the vide below Lauren. However I feel she doesn’t need to be compared to anyone. She has her own style and sound that as long as she continues to grow and improve will see her in a league of her own.
Ego’s debut EP drops next month In the meantime enjoy this video for a taster.

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I don’t really need to say to much about this i’m gonna let the music do the talking. If you like soul music please listen, download and enjoy this. Superb stuff from one of the best vocalists on the London circuit Paul Raj.

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