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BOTW Playlist: LAW

We’ve spent a lot of time this week talking about how ascendant Edinburgh songwriter Lauren Holt, aka LAW, has been revitalising pop, soul and hip-hop by deconstructing all three genres and reforming them into strange – and wonderful – new shapes. Her knack for doing so is hardly something

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Breaking News: Wiley Actually Turned up to Something

This might have something to do with not having to perform in a muddy field and instead, spend the day in a BBC 1XTra studio. Either way, Wiley arrived and a documentary was made.

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Album review: Naughty Boy – Hotel Cabana

2013 has been an impressive year for UK based producer, Shahid Khan, aka Naughty Boy. Not content with having the UK’s biggest selling track by a British artist in ‘La La La’, he has now dropped his highly anticipated debut album, Hotel Cabana. When we interviewed him

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Track Premiere: J2K – ‘Fresh’

On the title track from his forthcoming Fresh EP, Roll Deep mainstay J2K moves out of the shadow of some of his more notorious peers – Wiley, Skepta, Flow Dan et al – to prove himself more than up to the challenge of going solo.

Forged from …

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Introducing: Jin Jin

The UK music scene hasn’t seen many new female pop acts recently, but Jin Jin is here to change all that. With her new single ‘Fire Me Up’, she adds some grime pedigree to the generic formula for some of todays female artists.

Originally from Manchester, Jin Jin fell into …

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The most definitive moments in grime

To mark the release of Jammer’s upcoming album Living The Dream, we asked the grime artist (Boy Better Know, Lord of the Mics) what have been the most definitive moments of the genre he helped pioneer:

When P Diddy wanted to do a grime tune.

For iconic figures coming in

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Rascals Takeover Week: Moodboard

When we asked incendiary grime four-piece Rascals to put together a moodboard as part of their PlanetNotion takeover this week, the response we got was certainly an interesting one. The Notion 063-featured group happily supplied us with a series of images depicting their interests, but rather than explain –

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News: Lovebox Lineup Announced

The eleventh annual Lovebox festival, presented by Mama and Company, is underway 19th-21st July this year. The full lineup has just been announced, with headliners Plan B, Goldfrapp, and Azealia Banks. A host of shows will grace multiple stages across the forty acres of London’s Victoria …

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News: Crep Protect to the rescue!

This is the talk of the street at the moment (ok perhaps it’s not the most exciting street but just wait til you see what this product can do). Gone are the days of your shoes being ruined by puddles, mud, sticky club floors and ketchup (apparently!). Intrigued? Read on.…

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Tips for 2013 Advent #16: Rascals

Majors are constantly signing up their share in the talented UK grime scene; as well as Amplify Dot, EMI have adopted Bow’s own Rascals. Shizz, Tempz, Merkz, and Kay Willz are clearly quite into the letter ‘z’, and despite still being in their late teens they started this whole …

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