A solid cast of grime and rap talent joins with rappers, MC’s, and DJs flying the flag. North-West London’s AJ Tracey brings pure heat to the Outlook stage, with stalwart and ex Roll Deep member Killa P. Camden mic-murkers YGG are set to slay at Outlook ‘18 too. Deep MC’s are a plenty – Lady Leshurr, Jaykae and Kamakaze rep for the Midlands with raw and rugged bars, and MCR Darkside Crew member, President T, all join. Rinse FM’s Grandmixxer journeys through his record collection – expect stone cold grime classics and more, whilst Trends & Boylan showcase dark, icy instrumentals. UK rap has risen to the top this year, with the likes of MIST putting the scene, and his hometown of Birmingham back on the map after a Mobo win and more. Melanin 9 and Ocean Wisdom are part of the next wave of rappers putting a distinct take on UK hip-hop, Outlook welcomes them along with mainstay acts like Devilman. Alternative beats come from the wondrous, soulful Fatima, hip-hop explorer Open Mike Eagle, Israeli MC Miss Red, and Goth-trad. Boundary defying breakouts to check are Ryan De La Cruz, Ezra Collective and Layfullstop, who fuse jazz and hip-hop influences. Stone’s Throw founder Peanut Butter Wolf, BBZ member Shy One and eclectic selector Eva Lazarus lay down selections across the week.
Watford band The Spitfires have unveiled their new track ‘Take Action’, the B-side cut to their single release ‘Over And Over Again’. Using the sounds of punk and reggae to spread the message of standing up and changing your life for the better, the song rumbles with force, taking a nod at the bands likes of The Clash. ‘Over And Over Again’ b/w ‘Take Action’ is out December 15th. Touching on the song, lead man Billy Sullivan stated: “Take Action! was written in the early part of this Read more […]
London mainstays Saint Etienne have teamed up with pop trio Kero Kero Bonito for a remix of their single ‘Trampoline’. Whilst the original version is definitely upbeat and bubbly, Saint Etienne restructures the track, giving it a laid-back dub reggae feel that ironically works drastically well. In fact, it’s safe to say that it would be great to hear Kero Kero Bonito on more dubbed out sounds such as this. Saint Etienne have definitely come through with a summertime scorcher. Have a listen. Read more […]
For the adidas originals SPEZIAL Spring/Summer 17 collection, the German sportswear company places an emphasis on roots, cross-examining that of Jamaican and British culture. Trekking down to Kingston, reggae superstar Chronixx is the focus as the artist breaks down the idea of culture and its importance. Following Chronixx over to Lancashire for a show, the new collection includes track suits, The Horwich anorak coat and the Garwen show inspired by the adidas Freizeit collection of the 1970s. Read more […]
The roots of dub reggae are earthed in the musical soil of Jamaica harking back to the 1960s. The sound would later become an intricate part of the fabric of England as various West Indian sound systems shook up the country with bass-heavy, meditative rhythms that captivated skins, punks and general music lovers alike. The lineage of the sub-genre were later found in stitching of jungle/drum & bass, UK garage, grime and the infamous culture of dubstep. And sure dub music has also been embraced by producers and musicians in countries like Japan, America and more, but the country of Switzerland may not be the first place to land in one’s psyche.
The Selecter and The Beat have announced a co-headline London concert on Saturday 29th April 2017. The 2 Tone legends are teaming up to give fans a rare treat. Life-long friends, they are two of the main bands to come out of 2 Tone – a crucial musical and cultural movement which is still as relevant today as it was over 30 years ago. The Selecter is led by their iconic frontwoman Pauline Black, alongside an incredible talented band of musicians, and co-fronted by original member Arthur Read more […]
For starters, if you haven’t already downloaded Big Narstie’s new Base Invaders app then you really need to examine your purpose in life. Imagine the style of the old Nintendo games from back in the days with the exception of Narstie being the main character trying to avoid the law. With his Base Defence League movement in full effect, the Brixton emcee has shared the video for his track ‘The BDL Skank’. What you have here is Narstie in the dancehall performing whilst girls and guys get busy Read more […]
Even though we can kiss Summer goodbye, Toddla T is still bringing those warm vibes with his collaboration track with Andrea Martin entitled ‘Always’ featuring Silkii Wonda. Unveiling the video for the single, there are various clips filmed around Jamaica, of course bringing it straight to the dance as people perform their best moves. ‘Always’ is out on Toddla T’s Steeze label. Have a look. Read more […]
Toronto singer Liz Loughrey delivers an amazing song and video titled ‘Rise Up!’. Directed by Ramón Charles, clips of people from around the world, some protesting, some enduring various challenges. With a theme of showcasing the more positive sides of life throughout the globe, the beautiful clips are a brilliant compliment to an uplifting track. ‘Rise Up!’ is produced by Adrian X and Supa Dups. Have a look. Read more […]
Back in 2012 Resonators released their debut LP ‘The Constant’, a perfect five-star album of dub reggae stamping both the roots of Jamaica with the best additives of England, with even Sir David Rodigan proudly boasting about its authenticity of sound. With four years having past, the big question was, how would Resonators’ sophomore attempt pair up with the first? The answer…very well. ‘Imaginary People’ is a proper continuation from where they left off years back, with an even bolder confidence reflecting that they are indeed one of the best bands of today recording dub reggae.