Video: Toddla T – ‘Streets So Warm’ feat. Wayne Marshall & Skream

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If you been reading this blog for a while you’ll know I’m a massive fan of the prodigious talent that is Toddla T.

The Sheffield producer’s second album, Watch Me Dance is one of the finest records this year, so it’s hardly surprising that news of one of it’s standout tracks, ‘Streets So Warm’, being released a single is greeted with jubilation.

‘Streets So Warm’ features Wayne Marshall and Skream and is out 17 October w/ remixes from Zed Bias, Ross Orton & Pipes and Serial Killerz.

Ghostpoet – Liiines (Error Operator Straight Edge Remix)

Ghostpoet‘s latest single ‘Liiines’ has been given a face lift from London remixer/producer Error Operator.

‘Liiines’ is already one of the UK MC’s more uplifting numbers and it is given a nice coat of gloss along with a slight livening up too. This is the third single taken from his stunning Mercury nominated debut, Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam.

Ghostpoet hits Whelan’s (Dublin) on September 26th. Tickets €12.45 excl. charges.

Download: Ghostpoet – Liiines (Error Operator Straight Edge Remix)

New Modeselektor ‘Pretentious Friends’ (feat. Busdriver)

With under three weeks to it’s release, Modeselektor‘s Monkeytown might well be the most-anticipated record of the year.

‘Pretentious Friends’ is the first full track to surface from the German electro duo’s record. It demonstrates their more playful side with L.A. based MC Busdriver’s pretty ridiculous vocals certain to raise a smile.

The record is out on September 30th and also features appearances from Thom Yorke, PVT (formerly Pivot), Anti Pop Consortium, and more. Really looking forward to this, if it gets close to Hello Mom! or Happy Birthday!, it will be a classic! 

 Modeselektor – Pretentious Friends (feat. Busdriver)

Introducing: Kaleid

With the astounding depth of talent coming out of Newbridge right now, introducing this talent is becoming something of a regular occurrence.

Kaleid (aka Peter Fleming) is a 19 year old musician originally from Dublin but now living in Newbridge. His sound is heavily indebted to dubstep and bass and evolved from a love of hip-hop, drum and bass and house. 

He began life djing at parties but over the past 12 months has taken to making his own sounds. His latest cut ‘Lime’ is superb and captures what he’s all about; a steady building minimal track full of glitchy beats with a slight spacey feel. 

Kaleid is currently a resident DJ at ‘Decoy Dublin’. You can catch a one hour feature for Whiplash on RTE Pulse, September 30th.

Kaleid – Lime

Download: Kaleid – Mix for Whiplash (RTE Pulse)

Toddla T – Watch Me Dance

With 2009’s debut, Skanky Skanky, Toddla T established himself as a prodigious talent. Two years on, the Sheffield producer is back with his second album, Watch Me Dance.

Recorded between Sheffield and Kingston in Jamaica, this dynamic has left it’s mark on the record, it sounds like a halfway house between two musical cultures. An affection for clattering beats and powerful basslines remains but it is only on the high energy ‘Badman Flu’ that jumpy dancehall/bass sound of his debut is fully revisited. 

His time in Jamaica comes to the fore on two of the standout tracks, ‘Streets so Warm’ and ‘Fly’, where the vocal talents of Wayne Marshall and Ms Dynamite are fully realized. Elsewhere lead single ‘Take It Back’ hankers back to the pop-rave hits from the ’90s and ‘Lovely Girl’, ‘Body Good’ and ‘How Beautiful It Would Be’ continue the cheery summery vibes. Even when longstanding collaborator Roots Manuva lends his vocal talent to the title track, the upbeat is preferred to gruffness. 

The biggest leap Toddla T has made is his ability to craft tunes with a foot in both camps, no longer is he solely concerned with battering the ears off you. This newly found eclecticism jumps between styles and tempos and is bound by a sense of fun and a willingness to embrace it. Watch Me Dance is a fun album reminding us of the summer we never had.

 Toddla T – Watch Me Dance feat. Roots Manuva

Toddla T – Fly (Feat. Miss Dynamite) via wrgmag

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Video: Ghostpoet – Liiines

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Ghostpoet has unveiled a brand new video for the third single taken from his stunning Mercury nominated debut, Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam.

‘Liiines’ sees the UK MC’s now signature hazy slurred delivery come to life on one of his more uplifting and inspirational numbers. It is a great track and video from one of the finest albums of 2011.

Don’t forget to mark your diary, Ghostpoet plays Whelan’s, Dublin on September 26th. Tickets €12.45 excl. charges.

Video: Toddla T – Watch Me Dance ft. Roots Manuva

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As you may already know, ‘Watch Me Dance’ is the title track from Toddla T‘s forthcoming album which is out in August on Ninja Tune.

The track features the vocal prowess of Roots Manuva and is full of dancefloor grooves, funky basslines and electronic strut. Anyway, following unleashing ‘Watch Me Dance‘ on the public a few weeks back, T has just unveiled a brand spanking new video for the single.

Toddla T is probably the most featured artist on this blog, I promise no more until the release of his new album in August.

Video: Africa Hitech – Out In The Streets

Africa Hitech, the duo of Mark Pritchard and Steve Spacek, released their debut album, 93 Million Miles back in May on Warp Records.

The duo have just released Mark Simpson directed robot-strewn video for lead track ‘Out in the Streets’. It’s an absolute monster of a track, indebted to roots reggae, dubstep, juke, electronica and dancehall.

93 Million Miles is out now.

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Africa Hitech – Out in the Streets via cakeface

Download: Toddla T – Red Bull Mixtape Volume 1

Toddla T has been busy readying the release of his second album Watch Me Dance, out in August, his first for Ninja Tune.

He found time to hide out in the Red Bull Studios for two weeks creating a tune-a-day with a selection of UK wide artists for his exclusive Red Bull mixtape. Crafted from scratch over 2 weeks with 9 special guests from all over the UK, it’s presented in a mixtape style but is in fact 9 exclusive Toddla T collaborations.

It’s a great mixtape which at just under 30 minutes has all the usual Toddla T ingredients; big bass beats, dancefloor grooves, funky basslines, electro/dance hall riddims with a touch of soul and of course, serious feel good vibes!

The tracklisting is after the jump along with a thumping remix of his latest tune ‘Watch Me Dance’ (w/ Roots Manuva) from SebastiAn which has been doing the rounds of late.

Download: Toddla T – Red Bull Mixtape Vol. 1

Download: Toddla T – Watch Me Dance (SebastiAn Remix)

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Free Music: Strummerville – ‘Songs For The Summer’

The Joe Strummer New Music Foundation, Strummerville, has teamed up with Brothers Cider to release a one-off free compilation, Songs For The Summer.

Strummerville is a not for profit organization was set up in memory of the late great Joe Strummer. It plays an important role in supporting and endorsing musical projects and upcoming bands in the UK and elsewhere. Latest project, Songs For The Summer is an eclectic mix of new music from some of the bands that Strummerville is supporting – 11 tracks by 11 different bands, all unique and diverse. There really is something for everyone here .

There are some rather stunning inclusions, long time favourites The Vagabonds don’t disappoint with highly charged rip-roaring punk rock goodness of ‘John Mellor’. Meanwhile The Welcome Committee drop the breezy and uplifting ‘Rich Kids’, La Rebla Fam the skank fuelled and grimey ‘A British Morning’ and Dark Moon, the dark and wistful ‘Blackbird’.

You can sample my personal picks below and Songs For The Summer is available to download for FREE from here.

 Download: Dark Moon – Blackbird

Download: The Welcome Committee – Rich Kids

Download: The Vagabonds – John Mellor

Download: La Rebla Fam – A British Morning