Earlier in the month Ayanna Witter Johnson packed out The Jazz Cafe for a headline show. The good people at We Play Music Live who were promoting event captured her anthem “Rise Up” which as well as featuring her superb band but also had HGC (House Gospel Choir) off stage as there wasn’t enough space for them all (they didn’t need mics to make their presence felt mind) and the awesome lyricist that is Akala. They helped to make this a pretty special and epic performance.

I have so much time for this lady she is doing incredible things with her music and performances and is inspiration to all. Keep on inspiring!

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Debra Debs was one of the feature acts at Deja Vu’s We Play Music Live event at the Jazz Cafe. She put on (judging by these videos) one hell of a set. The band are off the chain with some lovely breaks, dope solos (props to circuit favourite Marfro on the goodtuar) killer harmonies and a delicisous saxophone free styling through all the songs adding that icing for the cake. Debra Debs was flawless and pulled it altogether with a powerful vocal performance. Wonderful soul music… ain’t nothing better!

To see more of the set head over to Deja Vu’s youtube channel here.

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Charlene delivers a solid slice of quality Soul and RnB with her debut album “Good Day”. You can hear the 90s and 00s influence throughout all the tracks. It’s the kinda album you put on after long day at work and you are looking to relax. There is an overriding feel of niceness, a glow if you will that you get from every track with a very polished production sound. There are some great decision choices with the instrumentation from the soft flutes on the “Intoxicated” to the live horns on “Central Line” to the jumpin bass line on “First Date” that also add to that feel.

Favourite and standout track easily for me is “My Yesterday”. When i saw her live a couple weeks ago at We Play Music Live the tune had me bopping my head differently and i was really happy to hear the recorded version was just as strong. Killer groove and Charlene’s vocal line is full of character and conviction and i love the effects all over the BVs that add to the dark undertone of the tune. Wicked.

Overall this is a solid polished debut from Charlene with songs that are easy on the ear and most can relate to. There is room for growth and i’m sure judging from the quality displayed here and Charlene’s character she’s only gonna get better.

The album is available to buy and stream on Bandcamp below now.

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A simply stunning performance from the brilliant Hayley Cassidy. Filmed at last months We Play Live Music Hayley breaks down one of the standout tracks from her Stripped EP acoustic style. She shows off her full vocal range in all its glory. This is a masterclass in vocal brilliance. Makesure you watch all 6 minutes!!! This lady’s time will come real soon!!!

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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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She performed this cover a couple of weeks ago at Remedy Raw and got quite a reaction and it appears her performance last Sunday @ We Play Music Live was just as good. Flawless beautiful vocal from Lizzie as always. If you haven’t already checkout her EP “Tiny Teardrops” free to download now.

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Having just seen him Bad up YoYos with a full live band here’s a rare stripped down set from man of the moment Shakka. He doesn’t miss having the band behind him as he is full of energy and charisma to drive the set on his own. Really feel this guy is going to be MASSIVE and it really is only a matter of time. If you get the chance to see him live DO IT.

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Couple weeks back G.R.E.E.d.S and The Remedies headed down to the Queen of Hoxton for Deja Vu FMs We Play Music event. The line up was filled with quality with performances from Terri Walker, Shakka and George The Poet. The guys produced a killer set, performing tracks from their “Ready” EP and it was captured in full check it out. The G.R.E.E.d.S and The Remedies EP is available here NOW.

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