Monthly Archives: March 2013

Guest Blog – Harry Baker – The Poetry of the Primes

harrybaker_1308520691_79 I was good at science at school, and did all science-y maths-y A-levels so kind of got pressured into believing that I wanted to study Medicine at University. Seeing as it was going to be quite an intense course leading to quite an intense job, I took a year out between school and uni to ...

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New Music – Wretch 32 feat Shakka – Blackout

Wretch-32-ft-Shakka-Blackout-470x230   Here is a new video via Poejazzi favourite Shakka featuring on the latest Wretch 32 track. Blackout has a tribal-esque dance beat so infectious it rivals Tine Tempah’s Pass Out in the compulsion to repeat endlessly stakes. If there’s any justice in the world of music Blackout will be the genome to spark the ...

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Video of the Week – Laura Mvula – That’s Alright

Laura-Mvula-new-video1 Infectious melody. Check. Provocative and unforgettable lyrics: “I will never be what you want and that’s alright, cos my skin ain’t light and my body ain’t tight”. Check! Avant-garde styling. Check. Amazing concept w/ a strange in a good way mix of time periods. Check. Oh and sick dancing. CHECK! If you’re not sold on ...

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10 Reasons People Hate Poetry

I Hate poetry I recently stumbled across a post on a website by a poet who has decided to walk away from poetry. It’s a lengthy post, and one which you can read (later, perhaps?) here, but it got me thinking about those who don’t and have never held love for poetry. I’ve met some people who are ...

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I Won’t Be Bowing Down, Beyonce. But Thank You For Asking.

I Won't Be Bowing Down, Beyonce. But Thank You For Asking Did I miss the part where everyone did something to piss off Beyonce? When she leaked her track on Sunday 17 March, “Bow Down / I Been On” (a song merge that I think may actually be Nicki Minaj playing Super Mario Brothers on Game Boy, and having a stroke), I’m sure there was little ...

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Guest Blog – Eliza Shaddad – On Lyrics

Eliza_Shaddad_Press_Photo   I’ve always been a lyrics girl.  I get obsessed.  Some of my favourites, that aren’t so well known perhaps: Tori Amos : [Silent All These Years] Excuse me but can I be you for a while?  My dog won’t bite if you sit real still, I’ve got the anti-Christ in the kitchen yellin’ at ...

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Poejazzi Trailer – April 9th

_P0.1   Jono McCleery. Bagel Project. Kareem Brown. Alex Mills. Cecilia Knapp. 7.30 pm – 11.30 pm Tickets £3 until Sat March 23 £5 online £7 on the door Surya, 156 Pentonville Road, N1 9JL Jono McCleery – Ninja Tunes signee Jono is a legend/musical urban myth: so perfect on record as well as live that ...

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Poem – James Massiah – Byrne, Baby, Burn

tumblr_mifl8kmzCP1qj5cmzo1_500 James Massiah is one of the few London spoken word artists who’s consistency -visually and in terms of his work/workrate – is nothing short of admirable. With a steadily building network of like minded creatives (he’s recently hooked up with budding minimalist producer Conrad Kira) and a stream of engaging short films/poems on Youtube, we ...

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Guest Blog – Sean Mahoney – Beyonce’s Crafty Ode to Southern Hip Hop

161418663_beyonce_sg Beyonce has released the most controversial song of the week and everyone is going cray cray. I’m not going into what the word ‘Bitch’ can mean and who can and can’t say it as Bridget Minamore has done that pretty perfectly on her blog already- other than that an artist should always feel free to ...

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Meg Mac- Known Better

meg-mac   Them keys; they sound like Baptist keys. That ‘aaaah aaah aaah!’ sounds like a charging, determined choir, rousing the congregation into frenzy mode. That chorus/refrain has brimstone and retribution in its basket: Meg Mac’s Should Known Better sounds like the kind of Sunday service you only see on TV but you really want to go to. Florence ...

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The ‘B’ Word

Beyonce Hey, Poejazzi readers. Guess what? Well… wait for it… Beyoncé has released a new song. It’s called Bow Down. Did you hear me? Beyoncé has released a New Song. BEYONCÉ HAS RELEASED A NEW SONG! …firstly let me be honest, I’ve never been the biggest Beyoncé fan. I’m not jealous, nor a ‘hater’ (because, contrary ...

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Music – To Kill A King – Funeral

to-kill-a-king_1 Oh, To Kill A King! You just had to pay homage to 80′s comedy Weekend At Bernie’s, didn’t you? And would it really be TKAK without that League of Gentlemen surreal-ness: a funeral gone awry, children with painted faces? yeah, why not? The song itself is a assured follow up to their last single ‘Cold ...

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Music – Incisive – Closer

incisive We don’t post enough hip hop on poejazzi.com. There is not enough interesting hip hop to post on Poejazzi.com. Poejazzi.com is lazy and can’t be bothered to go looking for enough decent hip hop to post on Poejazzi.com all the time, and even when it finds something that forces the briefest twitch on its deathly ...

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Guest Blog – Mixy – The Middle Ground Of Acceptance

Mixypractitionersmall Yo! It’s your boy Mixy/Hi, my name’s Michael I’ve only really been involved in the UK spoken word scene since around 2009 but I’m very fond of it. As anything would over years the variety of performers has grown into quite a brilliant contrast of artists. I won’t list as it may sound insulting to ...

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Video of the Week – Soweto Kinch – The Legend of Mike Smith

soweto Here at Poejazzi HQ we’ve been listening to an unusual amount of new and exciting brass-flavored projects, from Melt Yourself Down’s psychedelic, squealing brilliance to Hello Skinny’s near perfect soundtrack to the rainy morning after. Could this be the biggest year for brass since Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black? If it is, it makes perfect sense that ...

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Bagel Project – Geoffrey’s Lullaby

Screen_Shot_2013-03-15_at_12.59.38 Here’s a teaser for the latest video from the artist we like to think of as the lovechild of Meshell Ndegeocello and James Blake (what a night that musta been) What is this creepy goodness that has found its way into our newsfeed you may ask? Don’t be too distracted by the cut and paste aesthetics and ...

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New Music – Jono McCleery – Fire in My Hands/Painted Blue

jono Charlotte – “Jono McCleery makes some of the most beautiful, soul swooning music in the world. That is all. Ok, that’s not all, these stunning, atmospheric tracks are a product of a collaboration with Royce Wood Junior (producer of half the tracks on Jamie Woon’s debut album) It’s like the spirit of Jeff Buckley hooked ...

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Animal Collective/The Creator’s Project – Live Videos

Animal-Collective-002 Why can’t every show look like thiiissss? (we whine) To read more about how these visuals came about go here. Sell Tickets through Eventbrite Sell Tickets through Eventbrite...

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Going Out – History & Herstory – Two Sides – March 17

Music-Words-2-page-001-21-598x300 To celebrate Women’s History Month, Booked and It’s all Happening music zine are exploring both sides of the gender experience through narratives, singing, spoken word and music at The Book Club on Sunday 17th March. The first event sold out so get your skates on. Line up: “Featuring dynamic spoken word from the man described ...

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Poejazzi Presents Jono McCleery, Bagel Project, Kareem Brown, Alex Mills, Cecilia Anne Knapp.

jonopost We're so excited about April's Poejazzi! As there'll be no regular Poejazzi in May and then we'll be off on our summer festival tour, we thought we'd treat you to a 5th special guest act instead of our usual 4 artist line up. Buy early to avoid disappointment! £3 Early Bird tickets are available from ...

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Music – Sarah Williams White – Close to the Equator

Sarah+Williams Oh  what’s this? Sarah Williams White? A brand new single you say? Oh that sounds delish! Yes, interesting collage of old footage, yes; very 90′s alternative pop, yes. Oh what’s that now? She’s performing tomorrow at Poejazzi? For a fiver online? Madness! Utter madness! Utter trout-as-a-gas-mask madness. This good at that cheap, must be a ...

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New Music – Scrimshire – Convergent

scrimshire Straight up: If you have not, at the very least, listened to Scrimshire’s last album, The Hollow, then your life is the high priest of Dull & Unfulfilled: WahWah45s’ co-head made a accomplished bridge between Cinematic Orchestra and Oi La Voi’s finest works; ethnic rhythms side by side with gentle, moody orchestration. Please, don’t be Debbi/Danny Dull-Clocks, ...

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Poem – Raymond Antrobus – Conversations With Grandma

Raymond Antrobus Yes, this came out this weekend, on International Women’s day. Yes, we are late. But here we are and Raymond’s ‘conversations with’ poems are intimate, touching little pieces; the highlight of his pamphlet ’The Shapes and Disfigurements of Raymond Antrobus,’ published by Burning Eye. Alex Patten’s guitar work sets a lazy afternoon mood perfectly; you almost feel ...

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Poem – Hollie McNish – A Poem About Flo Rida’s Blow My Whistle

Hollie1 No one should ever say poets do not experiment with form: Hollie McNish has enlisted the help of help of Flo Rida (sort of) in a well articulated deconstruction on the warped sexual imagery often found in mainstream  hip hop. The innovation is that you, the audience: 1. Play Flo Rida’s video, ‘Blow My Whistle’ and Hollie’s ...

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Guest Blog – Chris Hicks – Getting Better At Being Yourself.

294171_10150769072460573_1561789_n In secondary school art class we had to sketch a portrait of a boy from our year. He was on a chair on a platform in the middle of the room, holding an old cello as if he was playing. The cello had no strings. The boy couldn’t play anyway. It made no difference to ...

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Jasmine Mans – Tupac’s Back

0401-jasmine-mans_aw We are loving Jasmine Mans‘ new track, Tupac’s Back from mixtape Black Boy Gold. With releases like this it’s easy to understand how Jasmine recently was named one of  Glamour ‘s Top Ten College Women. The track deals with how a generation of men since Tupac’s death are in his clothes but lacking all of his ...

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International Women’s Day, Are You Celebrating?

International Women's Day, Are You Celebrating? Last March, no sooner than I had typed the words “Happy Interna…” the world’s greatest loser hit reply. “Stop Tweeting and get back to the ironing board!” he helpfully suggested. His timeline was perhaps a little predictable, searching for any woman who had mentioned the day. To all, he responded from a catalogue of witty ...

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The ‘Chat Standard’

Headache Poetry is a therapeutic, reflective, insightful and occasionally brave medium to read, write, speak and hear. And the hearing is important. I realised this during a particularly active period in getting to poetry gigs and – for some reason – when I decided to take part in a slam. The experience of others’ views and ...

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New Music – Anna Lena & The Orchids

420142_590 Anna Lena & The Orchids have already received plaudits from media outlets such as Wonderland magazine in a relatively short space of time and rightly so. We’ve been casting our shrewd musical third eye over this one woman band for a quite a few months now. As a frontwoman there will be inevitable comparisons with one ...

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The Interview – Ben Galley

Untitled artwork 2013-03-07 (12.33.08-515) The Interview – We take a look at the creative people behind the art, brands and projects that Poejaazi loves and thinks you will too. Get an insight into the arts’ future stars and its influencers. What you do in three words. Write. Publish. Dream.  Three key things people need to do/understand to make self ...

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Poejazzi – March 12th £5 Tickets Available

P0 Less than a week to go before March’s Poejazzi, £5 tickets are available now but are going fast, we sold out last month so if eclectic nights out are your bag get your tickets asap to avoid any disappointment at the door. Sell Tickets Online through Eventbrite Online Ticketing for Poejazzi: Sarah Williams White, Tshaka ...

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Going Out – Scratch Double Bill: Simon Mole/John Berkavitch

5707191200_2a7ae47c22_z Pay what you can and come and see poetry heavyweights Simon Mole and John Berkavitch test out their latest works No More Worries and Shame March 15. Both shows sound like super exciting prospects, Shame is told through “a combination of spoken-word, hip-hop/contemporary dance, illustration, animation” and features original music by Jamie Woon (!) and Royce ...

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New Music – Chrome Sparks

tumblr_mf4txn73tx1r6xivl Chrome Sparks released new EP Sparks yesterday, we’ve fallen in love with his gentle touch production wise. Sparks is defined by its layering of pulsating xylophone-esque beats, a diffusing effect by airy bell sounds and a yearning R&B voice: all  combining to create a unique sound and an EP that is elegant and majestic, flowing unconsciously from ...

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New Music – Onoe Caponoe – House Ov Funk/Flower Power

956518 “Judging by his appearance, Onoe, though British, is the bastard step-child of Sun Ra, George Clinton, Flavor Flav and TC Islam. Judging by the sound of his tracks, and the stunning free-dl album ‘Central Control’, it looks like LSD is starting to float round hip-hop’s bloodstream again for the first time since the mighty New ...

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I’ll Huff, and I’ll Puff, But I’m Only a Fox

I'll Huff, and I'll Puff, But I'm Only a Fox Don’t trust foxes. Since foxes have been washing up illegally on our shores, they have been responsible for the widespread of social decay. Foxes have been taking our jobs and sleeping with our women. Broken Britain has witnessed an increase in knife and gun violence, with Metropolitan police targeting fox on fox crime. Last week ...

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Guest Blog – Chima Anya – The Emcee

335916845_640 Emceeing is my favourite aspect of hip hop culture. It possesses the technical wizardry of turntablism minus the alienating obsessional nerd like behaviour that often goes hand in hand. It is capable of moving both the physical and the mental, in a way that is not restricted by the mundane laws of the body as ...

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