Sunday, 28 November 2010

Knowledge Reigns Supreme


AKALA

Knowledge Reigns Supreme Over Nearly Everyone. yes. KRS ONE.


Profound, spiritual, articulate and cutting edge UK talents Lowkey and Akala literally blew the roof off the British Library on Friday evening. Performing music that goes against the grain, dives in deeper, acknowledges the unacknowledged and criticises the critics rang through the the ears of over 800 listeners in one of the UK's most well known establishments.


For these artists have something to say about our apathetic, wag-inspired nation. They have faced corporate opposition, who try to silence them and squander there presence, yet they simply will not go unheard. Referring to Hip Hop as a movement rather than a soundtrack, both Akala and Lowkey use music as a vehicle towards freedom, telling their listeners to think outside the box they have already been told to think outside of.



“If TV don’t play me no more just you tube me”. Akala is an artist who genuinely doesn’t give a FUCK about being in the mainstream or about making mega cheddar. And this isn’t an idea he projects purely for underground success. He faults and resents the media for fuelling and then enhancing everything negative about the world. Yet he doesn’t patronise his listener, he simply informs and shares his beliefs and this is why his connection with the audience is so profound. It seems he too has fallen victim to the glossy and unrealistic lifestyle that the great British public blindly pursue and now he can see its translucence and wishes to share his findings. Citing the history of Egypt and Africa and spitting lyrics on Mesopotamia, world famine, social norms, stereotypes and other mainstream artist's influence on young people are reasons why Akala is an intelligent force to be reckoned with and one that should NOT go unheard.



Tuesday, 16 November 2010

X factor is starting to do my HEAD IN



Yes, I know a few weeks back I was waffling about the merits of X factor but oh my cod it is annoying. For several reasons, but mainly,I find it a challenge to watch due to the copious amount of advert breaks that pop up every 3 minutes. It is so irritating! How many times do I have to see Dermot's creamy circular head tell us to "not leave the sofa for 5 mins". ARGH. Also the flashy flashy lights on the stage are starting to do my nut. I mean, the camera will be focusing on fat Mary's head and then suddenly boom the camera is at the back of the audience making Mary look tiny. It's like watching a lightbulb flicker, with the amount of camera angles and bright lights. I think I've genuinely had enough. Also the "return" of Take That was painful. Five fat gits humming along to the droniest wetwipe of a song, I actually would prefer to watch paint dry.

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Forgot how beautiful this video was check it out.....

Thursday, 11 November 2010

So excited about seeing Twickenham's finest Mystery Jets this evening. There quirky, synthy europop sound is sure to go down a treat in Camden's Roundhouse whilst there groovy 80's attire shall visually stimulate.

These sessions filmed in a grand house in Hammersmith and in keeping with there sultry, pastel coloured album artwork are also well worth checking out!

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Jools Holland the BEST SHOW ON THE BOX

I've just watched Jools Holland and am currently buzzed from Tinie Tempah's performance "Pass Out". I've never really been a fan of his or his ubiquitous music however his live band and badboy attitude was epic! Plus his lyrics amuse me "I'm about to be a bigger star than my mum thought"it's funny stuff!

My change in opinion is all down to Live With Jools Hollands ability to convert people. If it's on Jools Holland than a) it must be live and b) it must be credible. Midlake, Bryan Ferry and Tinie Tempah all on the melting pot of Jools Holland could have been a recipe for disaster however it just always seems to work on Jools. It is the one show that can drastically cross genres but still be so appealling to the masses. It caters to the broadest audience thanks to its willingness to open doors to some of the most diverse and amazing artists. For me, my favourite ever Jools Holland performance was from India Arie singing "I am Ready For Love" whilst Jools accompanied on keys. Unbelievably beautiful and mesmerising.
From legendary names to up and coming acts Jools holland always wins.

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

BEYONCE THE ULTIMATE


For me, Beyonce is everything you could ever want in a commercial popstar. Her flawless talents are undeniable and her catchy tunes are loved by everyone from the coolest kids to your grandma. But what makes her so super duper? Maybe it’s her ability to charm and completely captivate an audience. Seeing Beyonce live was a life- changing moment for me. There was something about Beyonce’s live show that left me wanting to change the way I lived! No joke, it was so incredible that for a while I was convinced that with grit and determination anything in my life was possible. Moreover, I am genuinely charmed by her modest demeanour which I feel is authentic and rooted from years of hard graft and I genuinely believe her talents are unmatched by other contemporary performers living in the mainstream. Yes Gaga is avant-garde and yes Rihanna is entertaining but neither of them embodies the self-determination and flawless drive that Beyonce oozes. Beyonce manages to not only deliver an entertaining and effortless performance but for a split second can hypnotize an audience into believing that the world is an amazing place and that everyone can accomplish their potential. Need convincing? Go and see her live and you will concur. Forget Obama, Beyonce is a better qualified candidate to earn the catchphrase “yes we can”.