Monthly Archives: May 2013

New Music – Hibou – Sunder

hibou-500x332 What is this new wave amazingness worthy of the Drive soundtrack you may ask? Well, it’s Hibou; he may have a small, punchy moniker but his reportoire musically is pretty vast. His debut single Glow/Hollow (which you can read our views on here) combined electronic edginess with a Beach House vibe that we as Beach House ...

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A Poet’s Guide To Self-Publishing: Part 2 – Collecting Content

aberystwyth06 This is the second part in a series with the aim to self-publish a poetry e-book within a month. To read how the idea (and the time-frame) came about, check out the first part in the series, here. – Just over a week into the realisation that I’ll soon have a collection I can call ...

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Going Out – Point Blank Poets – June 1st

01_point_blank_poets   As part of the London Literature Festival at the Southbank Centre which is crammed with interesting programming such as music based on Pablo Neruda’s poetry and discussions on fame, communities and the graphic novel, The Point Blank Poets (that includes Dean Atta, Hollie Mcnish, Deanna Rodger and Poejazzi bloggers Chimene Suleyman and Bridget Minamore ) ...

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Kojey Radical – Scratch

SCRATCHCOVER1-1   Here is another beautifully filmed narrative from poet/mixed media artist Kojey Radical. Scratch is the third instalment of his Chapter Two project, and this one deals with complex love and features the collaborative work of CMPH (director) Pegah Gashtasbi (assistant director), CONFZ (sound), Umps Machaka (styling) and ALVES london (wardrobe). All of these collaborative elements come ...

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Going Out – Mindbaby – May 25th

Brainchild-Festival   One of the best newer festivals, Brainchild, is holding an all day fundraiser at The Amersham Arms on May 25th from 2pm – 2am. By the looks of the line up Mindbaby is going to be a taster of just how amazing the festival itself should be. Expect music from Benin City, Haraket, Ben Hauke ...

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New Music – Bipolar Sunshine – Rivers

Bipolar-Sunshine-Rivers   We’ve been fans of Bipolar Sunshine‘s half sung/spoken word delivery and his way of melding elements in unexpected ways and still retaining some serious catchiness ever since we heard Fire (it features a choir…we will never even pretend to resist a choir inclusion) Bipolar Sunshine gives all little blogs hope that there is interesting ...

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Review – Sally Jenkinson – Sweat-borne Secrets

sweat-borne-front-final1-1   Sally Jenkinson’s debut collection opens with a declaration of failure, “Look I was going to say, / look what I’ve brought for you” - grazed knees and squished fruit. ‘Offering’ sets the tone for the following onslaught of reality. However, failure is not the tone Sally sets, but a “squashed show of splattered blackberries”, ...

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New Music – Prince Nifty – Nifty Volumes i and ii

373041967-1 (2)   The best music out there right now is on Bandcamp. Either that or I have a wicked network of friends with marvelous ears (yes, we are bragging, and what) only just now Spoek Mathambo’s guitarist and absolute genius/model in his own right Nicolaas Van Reenen tweeted about an artist who he claimed ‘needed support.’ ...

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A Poet’s Guide To Self-Publishing: Foreword

Publish So you want to self-publish your poetry? Do it. You were expecting more? Me too. I thought there might be a bit more information required to actually make whole a collection of the thoughts which occupy many notebooks, folders, document files and boxes in my mum’s loft. The reality though is that there is no ...

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Mount Kimbie – You Took Your Time (ft King Krule)

krule-1 Can a song be stark and slinky at the same time? You Took Your Time makes a good case for it with Mount Kimbie’s expert playing with spaces and King Krule’s tone moving from achingly casual to growls. This collaboration manages to be seductive, intense and a little scary all at the same time. We ...

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New Music – Bagel Project – Shakara

*temp* Shakara Origins: Nigerian Meaning: Showing off This video brought a very big smile to our faces today. That is all. Oh and it sounds dope too, but that’s a given from the one woman production and vocals beast that is Bagel Project. Watch our live session with her below and download Shakara here and her ...

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New Music – Bravestation – IV

bravestation There’s a lot of overly slick attempts at Alt R&B floating around the blogosphere at the moment, to the extent where as hardcore R&B experts or just people who really miss Aaliyah and such you would be right in your complaint that a lot of people are just lazily pastiching the motifs of R&B but ...

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Introducing…Aja Monet

tumblr_mesnyphTSP1qf0b0xo1_500 You may have recently been introduced to US poet Aja Monet through Inua Ellam’s R.A.P Party at The Southbank Centre (a Women of the World Festival event) but Aja Monet is a poet we, and many other spoken word obsessives in the UK, have loved from afar for a good while. Whether she is making ...

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Sivu – Bodies (Cloud Boat Remix)

tumblr_inline_mlfx5hNVQ01qz4rgp Sunday Times “Breaking Act” Sivu gets dark with this fantastic Cloud Boat remix of another pensive yet catchy Charlie Andrew produced (Alt-J) track from this rapidly ascending artist....

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New Poetry – Yrsa Daley-Ward – Mental Health

tumblr_mlzfpuS0U51qdknbyo1_1280-2 We’ve considered writing a ‘Do’s and Don’ts for sending work off to poetry magazines for consideration’ post, if only to better inform the very ambitious but ultimately clueless-at-social-media folk out there to continue to enrage us before they’ve even got a look-in  (Don’t ask a magazine on twitter you don’t already follow! Don’t spam mention ...

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Aja Monet

tumblr_mesnyphTSP1qf0b0xo1_500-1 Harry Belafonte once called Aja Monet “The true definition of an artist”. Her craft is an in depth reflection of emotional wisdom, skill and activism. Currently she is the youngest individual to ever win the legendary Nuyorican Poet’s Café Grand Slam title. She independently published her first book of poetry, The Black Unicorn Sings (Penmanship ...

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New Music – To Kill A King – Funeral (Tyde Remix)

img.php For Poejazzi To Kill A King‘s track Funeral rivals our favourite anthem position with one of their previous game changing singles, Howl. Funeral has a lot of heart, a lot of stomping, fist pumping, emotional capacity and its remix takes this passion to a logical conclusion where you can dance all that emotion out. Tyde ...

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New Music – Bravestation – All We Have Is Us/Somewhere We Belong

90-1 Two brilliant slices of new wave R&B from Bravestation (both free downloads) in preparation for the release of new album IV. We love how this outfit combine the pop breeziness of Peter Gabriel with seriously rhythmic grooves. The album IV is available from May 14th and by the sounds of these two leftfield pop gems ...

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New Music – Swamimillion – Sours EP

SwamiMillion-Sours First, Disclaimers: Swamimillion are better known as by their other name LV. Who I did an album with called Routes. So there. Swamimillion (Wil Horrocks and Simon Williams)  is their new, highly intriguing side-project in hip hop/electronica experimentation. As I’ve heard, their live gigs are less of the rehearse-the-songs-and-bang-em-out and more full-on jam sessions, heavily ...

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New Music – Kevin Mark Trail – Hope Star

Kevin-Mark-Trail-Hope-Star-album-cover   Hey! Remember The Streets? Even better, you remember The Streets when they were at  their peak? I’m talking about Original Pirate Material. Whatever you may think about the subsequent albums, The Streets’ debut is a genuine classic, a cultural turning point. UK Hip Hop’s/UK Spoken Word’s High Point in the big soup we know ...

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Video of the Week – Flying Lotus – Wildcat

Wildcat-608x332 Sublime new video from Flying Lotus and director of Until The Quiet Comes (that also incidentally made our Video of the Weekpreviously) The last time Kahlil Joseph and Flying Lotus collaborated they won a Sundance award and this video is just as deserving of critical/visual geekery acclaim as it hones in on a section of ...

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