Posts Tagged ‘Rap’

Recently I discovered a certain site called Urban Outfitters. Laugh as you might at my tragic hitherto ignorance, Urban Outfitters it transpires is musically more hip than a rhythmic pelvis.

On first impressions, UO appears nothing more than your run of the mill clothes shop. However, rummage deeper in the Urban Outfitters wardrobe and you will find a Narnia of eclectic music features. Included in this haven are downloadable LSTN playlists, 5 free songs from Music Mondays and, the ultimate ear-pleaser, UO Radio. 

Below is my highlight of LSTN 16

Devin

You’re Mine has underlying tones of, well, The Undertones as it goes.

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TheLeicester act, now officially a quintet, opened with Days Are Forgotten and finished by dishing up a feathery serving ofVelociraptor!.

Also performing on Later with Jools last night was rapper Jermaine Scott AKA Wretch 32. Wretch hit fame for his Example of Unorthodox ways and his equally controversial comments made during the July riots. “Wish I was there” Scott tweeted, referring to the Tottenham riots, staged in protest to the police shooting of Mark Duggan. Most would agree that Scott’s statement was Wretchedly mistimed/miscalculated. Little did he know the events that night would spark nationwide looting and infernos.

Here Wretch releases a different kind of verbal volley in the form of Don’t Go, the number single featuring  Josh Kumra. It’s not bad either; a bit wet, a bit camp but not a bit bad. Pajama Club also caught the eye with their groovy effort Tell Me What You Want.

Watch Jools, series 39 episode 2 here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b015fjym/Later_Live…_with_Jools_Holland_Series_39_Episode_2/

A kilt-clad Tinie Tempah stole the plaudits at a rainy yet fabulous T in the Park 2011. On what looked a windswept day, Tinie endeared himself to the Scottish faithful by donning the nation’s most famous garment mid-set. Running through successive hits taken off his number 1 debut Disc-Overy, Tinie and his entourage detoured from Wonderman to Written in the Stars via the crowd-thrilling Miami to Ibiza. Calls of “where’s the moshpit” and repeated instructions to “bounce” engaged the audience, inspiring waves of jumping jacks. Most looked ironically spent by the time curtain closer Pass Out arrived. Tempah’s stage presence is energetic and firmly in the same mould as fellow London rapper Mr Rascal. Top marks.

Of the headliners, Foo Fighters take the honours for a sterling performance of pure rock and roll. The Foos – completing a hat-trick of T appearances – were in fine form, arriving on stage early to the delight of the Scottish folk. I want to know what Reggie Yates smelled on Dave Grohl’s breath backstage. Whatever it was, the much-loved frontman dominated the stage with his head-bashing antics reminiscent of a headless chicken.

Elsewhere, Friendly Fires Hawaiian Air banished thoughts of the weather while Chase & Status successfully doubled up from Glastonbury in King Tut’s. White Lies gloomy brand of guitar rock also excited despite ghostly lead singer Harry McVeigh’s adamance on disguising all emotion.

The only lowlights of the weekend for me were Gerard Way’s painfully whiny vocals during MCR’s outing and The Saturdays tragic cover of Aloe Blacc’s I Need a Dollar. Try perfecting your own songs first ladies. Did anyone else think Liam Gallagher’s hat and anorak combo likened him evermore to a scarecrow?

T in the Park continues to be my personal pick of the festivals broadcasted by the BBC. What’s yours?