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It feels good to be back.

(Prod. by Cynikal)

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Making Beats

A couple days ago I decided to stream my first live beatmaking session where I was playing around with a couple ideas. Hopefully you’ll get a little insight into how I work. You can watch it back here:

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/14440916

I was with my boy Forte, dropping him to the nearest station (Oxford Circus) when I saw a flood of protestors swarming the streets of Central London. We went to go and check it out, after all, we were there. The vibe was crazy, total anarchy. It was like Disney Land, but for adults. I’ve never seen anything like this before, and therefore part of me was kind of scared, but despite my initial impressions, the first thing that sprang to mind was the word “opportunity”.

It had to be done, I already knew what track, how I’d do it, and why I’d do it. So after calling up a few videographers I knew (they replied saying they couldn’t make it down in time), I ran back to my flat down the road, grabbed my Canon Ixus 100 (for those of you who don’t know, this is commercially available camera, but with HD video) and got Forte (generally known as a keyboardist/music producer) to film it. I trusted him, he’s been consulting me for years so he knows about my vision and attention to detail. In part, it was probably a better solution to getting a videographer, Forte captured the raw emotion of the aftermath of the riots – the chaos, confusion and stark contrast to what the general perception of London is.

We captured history, a moment in time that can never be recreated and laid a bed of music which is both very personal to me, yet strikes a connection with the scenes surrounding. For you non-Hip Hop fans, the beat is by the infamous Just Blaze, produced for Jay Electronica. Check them both out.

I remember when I first heard the original song, I was playing a gig at the opening night of my family’s new bar/restaurant – Kuku’s Nest. It’s one of those songs that hits you – the melodic line was infectious and the groove was nuts. Every other part of it was well constructed too. A few weeks on, my mate Unreal crafts a remix of the tune with his collaborator, Operator. Didn’t even know the acapella was available at this point, but I was looking to buy the single in any case; the single had the acapella on it (cop it from iTunes!).

So anyway, here is MY version of what I already thought was a great song. This will be my last bit of production work for a little while as I’ll be focussing on my solo projects, so I hope you enjoy, and if you do you can download it for free from HERE

Guys, I’m playing at this event as a producer! Will be making a beat live in 15 minutes. There’s some great artists on the bill. I don’t really need to rep it much, just watch this video and after you recover from the brilliance it radiates, you will jot down the date in your diary. See you there!

 

 

 

Alright, so here’s a clipping of my first official magazine feature in The Cut Magazine. If you zoom in enough, you can actually read the article! Also, I must say, it’s an honour to be alongside the talented artist/producer that is Labrinth. His single “Let The Sun Shine” is out soon, go and support that!

The Cut Magazine-next to Labrinth

Get your free copy from Size in London. 40,000 going about! Shout out to Marvin Jay and Amber Gilbert.

The Cut Magazine – september

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