Monthly Archives: April 2013

Poejazzi Live Sessions – Bagel Project – Fickle Heart

*temp* Poejazzi Live Sessions - Bagel Project performs Fickle Heart...

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Music – Mathias Aguayo – El Sucu Tucu

Matias-Aguayo Every now and then you hear a song that jumps to the top of your ‘I need to post about that’ list. Battles collaborator – those two words call to my moth-like obsessive persona like flames they were flames on a screen – Mathias Aguayo has released a new single to promote his third album The Visitor, ...

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Aja Monet – Weathering

Aja-Monet-photo-by-Dakota-Harper Poejazzi favourite Aja Monet, a US poet who has created a wealth of beautiful video poems and collaborated with spoken word mainstays such as Saul Williams (Chorus: A Literary Mixtape) is back with yet another gorgeous visual accompaniment to a poem. We love how new video Weathering sets just the right tone between creating an ...

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Salena Godden – Springfield Road

906ebb7ef87a6a932363bb4ae5b03091fd6f728c If you follow the queen of the London’s poetry scene, Salena Godden, you’ll know that she is currently writing her memoir,Springfield Road. If you have not had the pleasure of Godden’s work then this book, no doubt, will be a fine introduction. Godden has said that Springfield Road ‘set[s] out to capture a snapshot of ...

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Listen – Bagel Project New EP – Burgess

1649833305-1 New EP from Bagel Project, meaning more experimentation, more sonic surprises and more awkward amazingness. Our highlight is definitely Rob is an Alcoholic feat Brosexo: a crazy beautiful cross between Portishead and a noir detective film soundtrack. It’s moments like this that make us a little giddy over Bagel Project and what the future holds. ...

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Video of the Week – King Midas Sound – Funny Love

p.txt Whilst everyone else has been talking about King Midas Sound song Aroo we’ve been falling in love with its b-side, Funny Love with it’s beautiful, awkward spaces and silences. Funny Love is a mesmerising song with an equally remarkable video. The video manages to make a song that feels almost uncomfortably personal, cinematic: intimate, surprising, ...

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Scroobius Pip – Xfm Radio Show

scroobiuspip-467x360 Scroobius Pip, Hip Hop/spoken word renaissance man (yeah, we made that up, yeah it’s a thing now, we have tired of legend, we needed a new descriptive term for him) has a new regular show starting on Xfm on April 27 at midnight (huzzah!) The best thing about this news is that Scroobius will be ...

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New Music – Blaue Blume – On New Year’s Eve

563852_512552438790430_487155975_n There’s so much going on in this song On New Year’s Eve by Danish band Blaue Blume! And because of that we can see why This Is Fake DIY found this to be one of the most “outstanding” debuts they’d heard this year. We think it’s because unfortunately we hear less bands and artists that ...

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New Music – Hawk House/A Yellow Man – Tidal Tendencies

a-yellow-man They’re back. A Yellow Man that is. And we’ve been waiting patiently for new music/some gigs/anything from them for far too long so this new Pharcyde reminiscent video is a welcome and beautiful bit of recompense. A Yellow Man return with a new moniker Hawk House and a soon to be released new EP A ...

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New Music – Savages – Shut Up

62603_10151532791494089_4015972_n All female band eschew love songs and cliched heart wringing to talk violence, the masculine view of the feminine and lots of intellectual stuff that is balanced out nicely by their post punk, liberated sound. Sounds good to us. At least on paper. Savages also don’t like people to bring their mobiles into gigs and ...

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Musa Okwonga – A Love Letter to London – Heavyweight

multicultural_blog_bbc YES. This is what a video poem should look and feel like. Enjoy the panoramic views of London as you watch Musa Okwonga compare London to a heavyweight boxer, in its ability to contain so many disparate parts and make them whole and its complex toughness. Musa manages to make relevant, everyday, city concerns into ...

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New Music – Sivu – Bodies

sivu-bodies-580x384 Sivu is back with another stellar bit of leftfield pop produced by Alt-J’s Charlie Andrew with Bodies (First single Better Man Than He ain’t a fluke people just spend some time in his soundcloud to get the full picture). This singer-songwriter and producer combination seems to be somewhat a dream team: combining sounds effortlessly in ...

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New Show – Poejazzi – 90s BPM

f258706c35cc2c6229300b06f1deb12e You may have been wondering what the hell we’ve been talking about on Twitter with this #90sBPM tag, well now we’re allowed to tell you! (phew! Keeping secrets is not our forte) #90sBPM (90s Beat Poetry Mixtape) is a an interactive show we’ll be starting through our festival tour this summer (more dates tba) based on (you guessed it) ...

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Music – The Ruby Kid – Benny And The Crow

image Daniel Randall AKA The Ruby Kid, co-founder of the highly acclaimed and super-up-and-coming poetry/music night Outspoken has released a new single today, Benny and the Crow, off the November 2012 EP Strange, Lively and Commonplace. Produced by Tom O’Brien, with a video from Independent Film Collective Common Sense, Benny and The Crow is an introspective ...

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Kojey Radical – Equivocal

EQUIVOCALARTWORK A new super serene video from Poejazzi favourite Kojey Radical (read our interview with him here) that features the gorgeous vocals of Rahel Yohannes. Equivocal is from Kojey’s latest project Chapter Two that deals with themes ranging from betrayal to drug use and theism and sees him collaborating with a wide array of artists. The concept ...

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The Insomniax – Love She Wants Act IV – Atonement

INSOMNIAX We are veteran fans of the Insomniax and we have the cancelled gigs/confirmed and awesome gigs/interview footage/performance footage to prove it. Hardcore: that’s us. After a exciting 2012 where they released one of our favourite summertime bangers with Friday Comes (featuring the lovely Roses Gabor on chorus and a remix featuring the living legend that is Roots ...

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Video of the Week – Azealia Banks – Young Rupunxel

Azealia-Banks-Yung-Rapunxel_0 We haven’t been loving her lately. She cancelled on Bestival last year and left us sad/angry/having to watch something heinous. We hate her vitriolic spewing on Twitter and in life with everyone from poor ickle Rita Ora to Harlem Shake (irrespective of how irritating we may find both) Young Rapunxel sounded like a hot mess ...

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Poetry – English Frank’s Apology and Anthony Anaxagorou’s There I Was

Tony Mother loves to say, ‘If you are going think of picking the knife, you might as well think of lowering the coffin.’ As we devoted an article to the racist statements of a certain prominent UK rapper known as English Frank, it’s only fair we post up his apology. Below. Last night I was happy ...

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New Music – Benin City – My Love

BENINMLTEXTNPIC_(1) Gorgeous new music from Benin City, the London outfit getting inspiration from all the good left field corners, (just what we like basically) Beautiful transition moments? Check. Vivid lyricism? Check. Dealing deftly with life’s mini explosions? Check. In the lead up to their album release we’re being treated with this free download track and remixes ...

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New Music – Neneh Cherry x Africa Baby Bam – Nina

Well this is spoken word tastic now isn’t it. Check out Nina a new atmospheric 90s-esque track from Neneh Cherry with Afrika Baby Bam (Jungle Brothers) and produced by Four Tet....

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Introducing…Not So Popular

92212-1 (Sign) We love us some Not So Popular: they’re political, they’re smart, they don’t take themselves too seriously but they do take certain issues (eg: feminism, the arts cuts) very seriously and they put on nights like this one on April 19th for free just because they just love seeing people engaged with the arts and happy. ...

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Rachel Rostad – To JK Rowling, from Cho Chang

rachelrostad01 An amazing exploration of racial caricaturing in popular culture. Rachel Rostad takes us from humour to devastation in one deft swoop. A must see....

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Poetry and the Celebrity – The Best Minds of My Generation

381031_10152117569080154_237619022_n I am one of the minority who survived English Literature lessons and came away with a love of poetry. I had never really questioned it – different horses for different courses and all that – but I did love my English teacher, and felt bemused by the communal groan that echoed around the classroom whenever ...

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English Frank: A Rant

IMG_1001 About two months ago, a Youtuber called Nataniel Martin uploaded a vid, presumably taken off a phone, of another packed out Hip-Hop  event in London. Black The Ripper is on stage, promoting his new mixtape Black is Beautiful Vol 2, (really tasty irony to be highlighted in a bit) complaining that the security guard “ain’t ...

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Arts Emergency

image.php The arts have been in a perpetual state of emergency with the current government in power and student/recent graduates find themselves more bereft than ever of opportunities to enter the creative workforce without compromising all their dignity/starving to death/living with their parents forever. These are issues all students/grads are facing but in the creative industry ...

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Poets Can’t Fail

What... For all my wild and wacky ideas sometimes I find it pays to not to overdo things and just deliver. Perhaps six years as a tech journo needing to hit deadlines (regardless of whether the words were flowing) has ironed in me a seam of rationality. Perhaps it’s given me…hmm, methods of producing when I ...

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Going Out – Play All The Things – April 16

563917_637337959626702_2038692544_n Poejazzi favourites To Kill A King, fresh from supporting Bastille on tour, are back with another of their monthly nights: Play All The Things. This time they’ve got well loved spoken word faces such as Rob Auton (Channel 4, Random Acts) and Raymond Antrobus (Chill Pill) and Poejazzi Founder Joshua Idehen hosting as well as Tom ...

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Poetry Politic: The Power of You, Squared

art party   Not So Popular are starting a response to the arts cuts: This Is What Happens When You Cut the Arts. We want to know if this matters to you. This is why it matters to us: You’re standing in the middle of a city centre and a newspaper catches your eye. It’s got another ...

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What To Do When You Rap Something Stupid

I Hit It First Are you an American male rapper who is coming to terms with a massive media backlash over the past few days? Have you found yourself defending accusations of racism and/or misogyny from not only your enemies, but also your peers? Are you confused about what to do next? Do not worry, friend, help is at ...

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Recommended- Onetaste’s Back Home to the Bedford Show on 14th April

OTSundayBedford-2 8 years ago, one of the most influential music and spoken nights in London rolled up its sleeves for the first time. Even if you never heard of Onetaste, you may have heard of acts it has nurtured and supported, like… Jamie Woon Or Polarbear Or Tawiah Or even our very own Inua Ellams Impressive, ...

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Guest Blog – Luke Wright – Getting Out of the Ivory Tower

lukewrightpress2b-LST065630   I remember once having a conversation with Patrick Neate, novelist and founder of the literary nightclub Bookslam, when he was bemoaning all the other shit that went along with being a writer. He said he spent so much time being a “writer” he didn’t get much time to be a writer. I think most ...

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New Music – Bagel Project – Ogun

bagel-project_300_250_80_s_c1 Thanks be to the musical gods for Bagel Project. If your idea of neo-soul doesn’t end with Jill Scott you’ll love, love, love this distorted, strange but soulful track. If it does all end with Jill Scott avert your eyes now (or you could just take a look anyway and get yourself confused and worked ...

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No Artificial Colours feat Alex Mills – Crying Wolf

Alex_Mills The No Artifical Colours production duo aka Lewis Wright and Ryan Ellis have featured up and coming songstress Alex Mills on this contagious old skool house track Crying Wolf. The single is set for release in May 13 and you can see the voice behind the beat live April 9 at Poejazzi alongside Jono McCleery, ...

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Poetry – Mista Gee – Rhyme And Reason on The BBC

8287450893_da38dce766_z   Chill Pill DJ/founder and BBC3 stalwart Mista Gee hosted a radio show last Easter, you may or may not know: on poetry and songwriting. Gee rounds up a crew of famous names to discuss the importance poetry played in their lives, from Rizzle Kicks to Akala to Noel Gallagher. Noel Gallagher reads poetry! Yes! ...

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Music – Mesita – Kingston

b5six One of the highlights of this young 2013 was getting one of our personal favorites Mesita to write us a guestblog (and he wrote a blinder of a piece as well, FYI). We’re pleased to announce he’s unleashed a new free single, Kingston, in preparation of for his fourth self made (he plays all the instruments ...

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The Interview – Jono McCleery

Untitled artwork 2013-04-03 (22.10.07-365) 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. Your sound in 3 words. - Hmmm, ermm, hmpf. How important is collaboration in terms of what you do? ...

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New Music – Nicolaas Van Reenen – Dream, Rabbit

tumblr_m54t8bshr21qd9433o1_500   We have a huge amount of time for Nicolaas Van Reenen: Spoek Mathambo’s bassist/producer makes consistently top drawer dreamy guitar/electronica music. His latest piece, Dream, Rabbit, is a the great way to stare out this extended winter; the soundtrack to the unmade movie in your head. Our heads, anyway. Sell Tickets through Eventbrite Sell Tickets through Eventbrite...

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