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Reviews

Sumthin' Like This 

Artist COOL MILLION
Label Sedsoul
Sheep Score
By Charles Waring | 08 June 2015
Published in: Album Reviews
The masters of retro boogie-funk are back with this, their fourth long player, which follows in the wake of their last offering, 2012's excellent numerically-titled 'III.' Like that album, the beats are crisp, the grooves addictive and, as with all Cool Million productions, the vocals are sublimely soulful. This time… Continue>

Everything 050

Artist 050 Boyz
Label 050 Entertainment
By Andrew Kay | 26 May 2015
Published in: Album Reviews
New Jersey might not have the cache of New York’s history when it comes to hip-hop history, but Naughty by Nature’s Treach doesn’t have to defend his contribution; it’s spoken for itself over the last twenty-five years. Continue>

J Cole

Venue Store Vega, Copenhagen, Denmark
Date 6th May 2015
By Eric Maganga | 19 May 2015
Published in: Live Reviews
For the fourth time since 2011, Jermaine brought Cole World to Copenhagen. Performing at the Store Vega venue for the third time, this was an opportunity to get intimately acquainted with the man and his latest release, '2014 Forest Hills Drive', given that he just happened to perform the entire… Continue>

Southport Weekender 52

Venue Butlins, Minehead
Date 8-10 May 2015
By Andrew Kay | 11 May 2015
Published in: Live Reviews
This was only my second time at the legendary Southport Weekender, the last being in 2011, and to dub it just an ‘experience’ doesn’t really do it justice.  It’s a movement that’s been around since 1987, and has been an undeniable stalwart of the UK black music calendar. Continue>

Look Closer

Artist SAUN & STARR
Label Daptone
Sheep Score
By Charles Waring | 07 May 2015
Published in: Album Reviews
Old school soul revivalism doesn't get much better than this, a stunning debut album by gospel-reared New York soul singers Saundra Williams and Starr Duncan-Lowe. Both began singing ecclesiastical music in their local church in the Big Apple's South Bronx area and later performed in a wedding band alongside one… Continue>

Love Story

Artist Yelawolf
Label Interscope
By Eric Maganga | 04 May 2015
Published in: Album Reviews
Alabama spitter Yelawolf’s last release was the uneven ‘Radioactive’ that showed glimpses of hit making potential. But is he is just another novelty, gimmicky type of musician, more famous for his race, or does he have an actual career ahead of him? Continue>

Flying Lotus, Jay Electronica & Shabazz Palaces

Venue Brixton Academy, London
Date 1st May 2015
By Andrew Kay | 02 May 2015
Published in: Live Reviews
Before tonight, I hadn’t been back to the Brixton Academy in over 20 years, the last being Ice Cube, who gave an excellent show. I noticed how the area had becomes so gentrified with skinny jean twerps (hipsters), who, incidentally, made up most of the audience at Flying Lotus this… Continue>

PRhyme: Royce Da 5'9 and DJ Premier

Venue Islington Assembly Hall, London
Date 20th April 2015
By Andrew Kay | 21 April 2015
Published in: Live Reviews
I have to confess: I wasn’t impressed with PRhyme’s album when I first heard it, or the second or third time. It took the release of the instrumental album for me to really appreciate it- the intricate, almost cinematic orchestration of hip-hop beats, layered, playfully, skilfully, over one another and… Continue>

Marley Marl & Craig G

Venue Trapeze, London
Date 3rd April 2015
By Andrew Kay | 04 April 2015
Published in: Live Reviews
Well, there’s little that needs to be said about Marley Marl. A pioneering rap music producer who formed the Juice Crew with some talented, up and coming (at the time, 1987/88) rappers.  Cats like Biz Markie, Big Daddy Kane, Masta Ace, Tragedy and Kool G Rap all owe much of… Continue>

Jarrod Lawson At The BBC’ 

Artist JARROD LAWSON
Label Dome
Sheep Score
By Charles Waring | 02 April 2015
Published in: Album Reviews
About to undertake a full tour of the UK (which begins in Gateshead on 10th April and ends in Minehead on 9th May) the much-hyped new white hope of blue-eyed soul, Jarrod Lawson, follows up his acclaimed self-titled debut album from 2014 with this four-track mini-album which has just been… Continue>
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