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Reviews

A Very Maysa Christmas

Artist MAYSA
Label Shanachie
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By Charles Waring | 04 December 2014
Published in: Album Reviews
Endorsed on the album cover my the great Stevie Wonder no less - she used to be his backing vocalist - gorgeous-voiced Maysa Leak conjures her distinctive brand of smooth soul magic on a new collection of Yuletide songs. Helmed by her long-time producer, Chris 'Big Dog' Davis, it contains,… Continue>

It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back - Deluxe Edition

Artist Public Enemy
Label Def Jam
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By Andrew Kay | 02 December 2014
Published in: Album Reviews
I remember buying ‘Nation of Millions’ in a mall in Florida in August 1988, a world away from the “Armageddon been in effect” that Professor Griff hollers at the opening of the album, a merging of live and recorded intro.  Even then, you were listening to something special, especially resonating… Continue>

Portia Monique

Artist PORTIA MONIQUE
Label Reel People
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By Charles Waring | 14 November 2014
Published in: Album Reviews
This honey-voiced chanteuse - who was born in Hawaii and lived in Houston, Texas, for several years before settling in Seattle - boasts a CV that includes sessions with R&B producers Rodney Jerkins, Midi Mafia and Kyle West. This, her digital-only debut album, finds her teaming up with Reel People's… Continue>

Halloween Allnighter at Aura

Venue Aura, Manchester
Date 1st November 2014
By Mark Devlin | 05 November 2014
Published in: Live Reviews
Though you might think otherwise upon visiting certain swanky 'celeb' venues, an upmarket clubbing experience in a premium venue doesn't have to mean a compromise in music quality. It's a maxim that's borne out by the team behind the cool and classy Aura Bar and Lounge in Central Manchester. Black… Continue>

Scattered Thoughts Of A Poet

Artist Buggs Tha Rocker
Label Monopoli Management Group
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By Andrew Kay | 05 November 2014
Published in: Album Reviews
Buggs Tha Rocka has been quietly paying his rap dues, honing his craft and politicking with the likes of Talib Kweli, opening him, amongst others, on their sell-out tours across North America. Continue>

Capone-N-Noreaga

Venue The Jazz Cafe, London
Date 20th Oct 2014
By Izu Chukwudinma | 24 October 2014
Published in: Live Reviews
Hearing that Capone 'N' Noreaga would be performing 'The War Report in its entirety, at London's Jazz Café was a treat to say the least for hip hop heads. No real surprise, as this has become a bit of a trend for the golden era artists. Continue>

Rise Sleeping Beauty

Artist LENNY WILLIAMS
Label BBR
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By Charles Waring | 24 October 2014
Published in: Album Reviews
Sweet-voiced Lenny Williams was the best singer and front man that Tower Of Power ever had - he graced some of their biggest tunes, including 'What Is Hip' and 'So Very Hard To Go' - though his tenure with the horn-heavy Frisco aggregation was a short one. He joined them… Continue>

Ibeyi

Venue The Courtyard Theatre
Date 23rd Oct 2014
By Joanna Chaundy | 24 October 2014
Published in: Live Reviews
Words cannot describe how mesmerizing Ibeyi are to watch live.Ibeyi are a French/Cuban musical duo consisting of twin sisters, Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Diaz. Continue>

DJ Quik

Venue Echoplex, Echo Park, Los Angeles
Date 14th October 2014
By Andrew Kay | 16 October 2014
Published in: Live Reviews
After visiting Quentin Tarantino’s cinema, the New Beverly, to see Bruce Lee in a atmospheric showing of “The Big Boss.” I headed over to Echo Park to see DJ Quik in a concert dubbed as an album release party, for his new offering “The Midnight Life.” Continue>

This Is Illmatic

Venue AMC Cinema, Burbank, Los Angeles
Date 7th October 2014
By Andrew Kay | 13 October 2014
Published in: Live Reviews
If lightning only ever struck once for rapper Nas, it was the kind that changed him from Queensbridge project native to someone propelled to superstardom off the back of verses on “Live at the BBQ” and “Back to the Grill”, creating an out and out classic in “Illmatic.” Continue>
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