• Awate: New Single & Video 'Jewels'
    08 Nov, 2017 news

    A quick-witted and crisp '70s throwback, Awate's Jewels video takes viewers on a blaxploitation-inspired escapade.

    Directed by Saoud Khalaf, the film includes dramatic martial arts, spy equipment, rolling papers used as ninja stars and a shining Black Power fist. Its themes reflect battles Awate faced whilst creating his debut 'Happiness' LP, a project he wrote whilst on bail.

    'Jewels', the first single from 'Happiness', builds on the rapper's reputation for witty, sophisticated hip hop. It featured as The Line of Best Fit's 'Song of the Day' and DLSO's 'Tracks of the Week'.
    The song has also received praise from the Independent Music Podcast, Sonic Mag and the Heart to Art Podcast, with radioplay on KISS, Pyro, Fubar and Triple J.

    Fresh from supporting Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) and Talib Kweli in October, Awate drops the video right before his size? Session on 9th November, at the retailer's brand new Camden store.

    With striking lyrics, psychedelic beats from producer, Turkish and visuals like these, Awate has firmly placed himself as an artist to watch for 2018 - being announced as one of The Great Escape's 'First Fifty Artists' for next year's festival.

    www.happinessisopenforbusiness.com

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  • Shabazz Palaces: New Video 'Since C.A.Y.A.'
    01 Nov, 2017 news

    Shabazz Palaces have delivered a powerful new video for 'Since C.A.Y.A.', the elastic and transportive track from the group's acclaimed 'Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star'. The new visual stars Shabazz Palaces' Palaceer Lazaro with footage shot by director Kahlil Joseph, cinematography by Marcus Reposar, and is helmed by returning collaborator Stephan Gray ('Dawn in Luxor').

    DIY calls the 'Since C.A.Y.A.' video "glitchy and disquieting... The Thundercat - featuring track gets a black and white visual to match; all crashing waves, pixelated distortion, foreboding tunnels, and writhing snakes."

    'Since C.A.Y.A.' features dazzlingly funky bass licks by the magnificent Stephen "Thundercat" Bruner and was produced by Knife Knights (aka Ishmael Butler and Erik Blood), recorded and mixed by Blood at Protect and Exalt Labs: A Black Space in Seattle.

    www.shabazzpalaces.com

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  • Andy Cooper: New Single 'Here Comes Another One'
    30 Oct, 2017 news

    Andy Cooper releases a new 12" single 'Here Comes Another One' featuring Blabbermouf, on Rockafort Records.

    www.facebook.com/acooper75

     
  • Dub Pistols: 'Crazy Diamonds' Album Review
    26 Oct, 2017 news

    The Dub Pistols new album 'Crazy Diamonds' gets a 3 Star review in The Skinny.
    Also features the new video for 'Crazy Diamonds' with Too Many Ts.

    www.theskinny.co.uk/music/reviews/albums/dub-pistols-crazy-diamonds

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  • Shabazz Palaces: NPR Tiny Desk Concerts
    23 Oct, 2017 news

    Shabazz Palaces were featured on NPR's 'Tiny Desk Concerts'.

    www.npr.org/event/music/558828559/shabazz-palaces-tiny-desk-concert

     
  • Ho99o9: UK & European Tour Dates
    13 Oct, 2017 news

    Ho99o9 will tour the UK & Europe throughout November & December, see their artist page for full details.

    www.ho99o9.com

     
  • NAH: Old Blue Last, London
    04 Sep, 2017 news

    NAH will play at The Old Blue Last in London on 21st October.

    www.nahstuff.com

     
  • ArA Harmonic: New Video For 'Balance'
    31 Aug, 2017 news

    Ara Harmonic shares her new video for the track 'Balance'.

    www.facebook.com/araharmonic

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  • Awate: New Video For 'Displaced'
    31 Aug, 2017 news

    "'Displaced' is my ode to my estate, Maiden Lane before they tear it all down. I'm a refugee and wanted to show how it felt growing up in the estate, being chased and told I was an alien. The suit was inspired by Afronauts and Power Rangers and the intro was a reference to Mr. Bean. The backstory is that the version of Eritrea that my parents struggled for, that never was, actually existed on another planet. That's where my papers come from."

    Awate will be on tour around the UK with Lowkey in September and opening for Black Star in London on 20th October.

    'Displaced' is taken from the 'Shine Ancient' EP.

    www.facebook.com/awatemusic

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  • Awate: Supports Black Star
    18 Aug, 2017 news

    Awate will support the legendary hip-hop duo Black Star aka Yasiin Bey & Talib Kweli, at the Troxy in London on 20th October.
    Tickets available from the link below.

    www.soundcrashmusic.com/blackstar

     
  • Shabazz Palaces: New Video 'Shine A Light'
    17 Aug, 2017 news

    Shabazz Palaces share their new video for 'Shine A Light' featuring Thaddillac, taken from the album 'Quazarz: Born On A Gangster Star', out now on Sub-Pop.
    See Shabazz Palaces on tour in the UK & Europe throughout October & November.

    www.shabazzpalaces.com

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  • Sevdaliza: The Wandress Ison Fall Tour
    10 Aug, 2017 news

    Sevdaliza presents 'The Wandress Ison Fall Tour', throughout Europe in November.

    www.sevdaliza.com

     
  • Shabazz Palaces: At Oval Space, Hackney
    10 Aug, 2017 news

    Shabazz Palaces will play at Oval Space in Hackney, London with special guest from Awate.

    www.shabazzpalaces.com

     
  • KIOKO: UK Tour Dates October 2017
    10 Aug, 2017 news

    KIOKO will play live dates in Birmingham & London in October 2017.

    www.facebook.com/kiokomusicuk

     
  • Garaj Autumn Line Up 2017
    10 Aug, 2017 news

    Garaj in Istanbul, Turkey has announced it's Autumn line up, which includes shows by Primary Talent International artists. See their artist pages for details.

    ...The Horrors
    ...Gengahr
    ...Nilufer Yanya
    ...Shabazz Palaces

    www.facebook.com/garajistanbul

     
  • Shabazz Palaces: Featured In Guardian Music
    10 Aug, 2017 news

    Shabazz Palaces discuss their two new Sub Pop albums, 'Quazarz: Born On A Gangster Star' & 'Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines' in Guardian Music.

    www.theguardian.com/music/2017/aug/09/shabazz-palaces-interview-quazars

     
  • Shabazz Palaces: New Video 'Welcome To Quararz'
    28 Jul, 2017 news

    Shabazz Palaces? present a new video for 'Welcome to Quararz' from their album 'Quararz vs. The Jealous Machines' out now on Sub Pop.

    www.shabazzpalaces.com

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  • Young Fathers: At The Scottish National Portrait Gallery
    28 Jul, 2017 news

    Young Fathers perform a response to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery's exhibition entitled 'Looking Good - The Male Gaze From Van Dyck to Lucian Freud'.

    www.npg.org.uk/whatson/van-dyck/artists-films

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  • Kuenta i Tambu: Live At Glastonbury Festival
    14 Jul, 2017 news

    Watch Kuenta i Tambu's live appearances at Glastonbury Festival and Nuits Africaines in Belgium.

    www.kuentaitambu.com

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  • Swet Shop Boys: On 'The Late Show With Stephen Colbert'
    03 Jul, 2017 news

    Last Thursday, Swet Shop Boys, the trio of Riz MC, Heems and Redinho, performed 'T5' off their 'Cashmere' LP on their debut TV performance for 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert'.

    'T5', which centers around Riz MC & Heems' respective Pakistani and Indian backgrounds, and the prejudice they face when traveling while passing through various airport security check points, comes on the same day that Donald Trump's controversial travel ban is re-enacted in the U.S.

    Riz & Heems each added an additional poignant verse to the single that was debuted on the Colbert performance last night.

    Additionally, Riz MC dropped a verse and performs in the video for 'Immigrants (We Get The Job Done)', off the 'Hamilton Mixtape', continuing the narrative and critique against buildings walls and closing borders.

    www.swetshopboys.com

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