Category Archives: hip-hop/rap

Life on Mars – The Black Astronaut (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Well, that’s a new one on me. Hip-hop has always had something to say, at its most basic it is boastful and self-aggrandising, at it’s most clever it is observational and socially aware, but listening to Land of The Lost … Continue reading

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The Walrus, The Ninja and The Gypsy From Sydney – Black Astronaut (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Stepping into the world of Black Astronaut is like entering a world that you recognise but nothing seems to be in the same place that you left it. Take opening salvo Staring At The Ceiling, yes, the blends of hip-hop … Continue reading

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Turn It Up – JV and Teej (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

If you think that hip-hop missed its chance to go wholly over ground as a musical style and that rap music seemed to jump the queue and became the radio friendly, unit shifting, happy to compromise, edgy dance music of … Continue reading

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Stronger – Brielle Von Hugel ft. B.o.B. – Exodus x Sweet and Sour remix (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

The last time I encountered Brielle she was tugging heartstrings and weaving emotive strands via slick, chilled pop vibes like a jazz diva re-invented for modern times. It was wonderful stuff, elegant, classy, restrained and controlled. But everyone needs a night … Continue reading

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Tribal Wave – The Tribe (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Right from the first few bars of the titular opening track, The Tribe set out a stall of street soul vibes, dance grooves, funky back beats and ska guitar lines. But more than that there is a sunshine warmth and … Continue reading

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Beyond The Gates (e.p.) – Triangulators – reviewed by Ed Dyer

Hip-Hop / rap music has never featured all that highly on my list of musical loves. I have always had a particular dislike of the lumpen music and the bragging, shallow nature of the lyrics. I really don’t give a … Continue reading

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The Tribe – Longs Bar, Swindon -29th November ’14

Many people would probably identify me with a certain type of music, going on (lack of) dress sense and the type of bands I champion in local print. Post-punk, Indie kid at heart who masquerades as an aging rocker?…maybe. (BTW … Continue reading

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Dreaming of a Dream – Young Wilson (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

One of the great things about helping to run festivals such as The Shuffle is that you end up working with a lot of bands that you might not otherwise come into contact with. A band drop out and a … Continue reading

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