Posts Tagged ‘Master Shortie

03
May
10

HOW GOOD IS THIS!!!??? – NUMBER 43 – THE KNOCKS

THE REMIXES – PART 8 – THE KNOCKS

This week The Knocks release, on Heavy Roc Records, their own original work with the single Blackout.  It’s given us a chance to reflect upon their body of work to date and when you check out their numerous remixes we think you’ll agree they deserve to join the lofty ranks on our remix specials. You can judge for yourselves by browsing our previous seven selections, with posts that include remix catalogues by:  Starsmith, The Shoes, The Golden Filter, The Twelves, DiscoTech, Bloc Party and Soulwax.

Today’s New York duo have an incredible ability to tickle commercial pop tunes into a whippy, thumping new blend.  Ben Ruttner (DJ B-Roc) and James Patterson (JPatt) were carved out of the hip hop scene and they bring the same confidence to a broad selection of major artists, twisting their tunes into new batch of beat-heavy cocktails.

They’ve particularly attached themselve to the artists familiar to a lot of us via the Neon Gold stable, with remixes for Marina & The Diamonds, Ellie Goulding and more recently Samuel and Yes Giantess, whose debut albums they’ve been asked to produce.  This all follows their reworking of Jay-Z’s American Gangster, having paired up with DJ Benzi in the studio, renaming it American G-Funk.

We list below a selection of their remixes alongside their new single, Blackout.  All of these tunes have their recognisable stamp, with plenty of fearless groove and smooth gloss.  It’s music designed for the summer sunshine and buzzing outdoor party, aiming directly for your derriere, which we fully expect to be shaking along, whether you like it or not.

PETER BJORN & JOHNIT DON’T MOVE ME (THE KNOCKS REMIX)

WALECHILLIN’ Ft LADY GAGA (THE KNOCKS REMIX)

ELLIE GOULDINGUNDER THE SHEETS (THE KNOCKS REMIX)

ELLIE GOULDINGSTARRY EYED (THE KNOCKS REMIX)

MARINA & THE DIAMONDSI AM NOT A ROBOT (THE KNOCKS REMIX)

MARINA & THE DIAMONDSMOWGLIS ROAD (THE KNOCKS REMIX)

TEMPER TRAPFADER (THE KNOCKS REMIX ft SAMUEL)

PASSION PITSLEEPYHEAD (THE KNOCKS REMIX)

BRITNEY SPEARS3 (THE KNOCKS REMIX CLUB EDIT)

THE KILLERS SPACEMAN (THE KNOCKS REMIX)

JULIACOCAINE (THE KNOCKS REMIX)

MASTER SHORTIEBRINGIN IT BACK ( THE KNOCKS REMIX)

THE JACKSON FIVETHE LOVE YOU SAVE (THE KNOCKS REMIX)

THE KNOCKSBLACKOUT

As much as we’ve tried to cover a large selection here, we know that there’s others out there, so by all means leave descriptions and links for these in our comments section if you know where to find them.  Hope you’ve enjoyed this remix special, as it’s been a little while since the previous edition.  We promise not to make it so long between this and the next one.  We finish by posing you lovely readers the obvious question: who should the next remix special be about?     (MB)

16
May
09

HOW GOOD IS THIS!!!??? – NUMBER 27

THE GREAT ESCAPE – REVIEW – DAY TWO

It’s just impossible to catch each and every band that’s on the lengthy schedule. Sadly, there are plenty of great acts that have times that clash and even working out the logistics of getting between all the venues is a task in itself. Still, yet another mind-numbingly exciting day was had by us all for day two…

1.) WE WERE PROMISED JETPACKS

IMG_2536.jpg We Were Promised Jetpacks picture by odelaybradford

Experience– And so we begin again at The Honey Club for today and immediately the phrase “start as you mean to go on” comes to mind, but frankly it would be nigh on impossible for us to maintain the standards we witnessed with this band’s performance! This Scottish 4-piece blew away any cobwebs gathered by the previous nights partying. My expectations were high having heard the handful of tracks available from them, but they surpassed them with ease. The raw energy that chimes out from their outstanding power-Indie is exceptional. Particularly impressive was the voice of frontman, Adam Thompson , especially on Ships With Holes Will Sink. Stunning.

BEST TRACKSHIPS WITH HOLES WILL SINK (ysi)

2.) TEMPER TRAP

IMG_2599.jpg Temper Trap picture by odelaybradford

Experience– Possibly having travelled the farthest of all the acts on show this weekend, the Melbourne 4-piece were deserving of our attention. Playing straight after the energetic We Were Promised Jetpacks at the same venue, they had a task on their hands, but they burst straight into it. Playing live they had a thunderous beat and a louder sound than expected, particularly from what we’ve previously heard on their Myspace. The trademark sailing, whirlwind of echoing guitars soared high and the confident vocals from frontman Dougy tied up an entertaining set. The clear highlight was their best track to date, Sweet Disposition, as it’s U2-like riffs had us all hypnotized.

BEST TRACKSWEET DISPOSITION (ysi)


3.) CHEW LIPS

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Experience
– Having missed them at The Hope the previous evening our appetite for this Camden 3-piece was even greater. We braved the pouring rain and driving coastal winds to race over to the Audio venue to catch them. We were to witness two examples of true star quality in the bands tonight and frontwoman, Tiggs, was the first of these. Climbing the amps, posing for the cameras and bouncing around the stage, in way not seen since Lovefoxxx, she stole the show. Closing on the excellent tune, Solo, this was a performance that left everyone in the venue with a positive, broad smile on their faces. Contagiously brilliant.

BEST TRACKSOLO (ysi)

4.) MASTER SHORTIE

IMG_2750.jpg Master Shortie picture by odelaybradford

Experience– Lesson number two in star quality was immediately upon us around the corner as this South London MC launched himself onstage. What a talent this fella proved to be. He’s got the image, the energy, bags of confidence and perhaps most importantly true crossover appeal. Indie kids will love the guitars and hooks and singalong chorus’ and fans of Hip Hop will enjoy the rapid-fire lyrical assault that he spits out so well. His energy and enthusiasm was infectious. There was plenty of engaging the audience between songs, showing us a young man truly at ease on stage. He even got warm up act, RIZ MC, back on stage to improvise some lyrics, providing us with a genuinely special touch. Electric.

BEST TRACKDEAD END (ysi)

5.) METRONOMY

IMG_2850.jpg Metronomy picture by odelaybradford

Experience– We’ve never caught the Brighton adoptees live before. There’s always been something that’s got in the way, so it was with relief and marked delight that we finally had a chance to see their famous show tonight. In the weekend’s biggest venue so far, at the Corn Exchange, we witnessed them blast out their inventive pop to a packed house. Following the recent departure of bassist Gabriel Stebbing to the band Your Twenties, we met with with the new bassist and female drummer. The dance moves they’re famous for were absent, so perhaps they need to rehearse some more before they work new ones out. Otherwise, the songs still stood tall and the crowd’s love affair was still very much in evidence.

BEST TRACKA THING FOR ME (ysi)

We watched the second half of Metronomy, alongside Neil from the band Club Smith, who explained how he once supported them way back when they were brand new. It brought into perspective how bands can grow from the tiny beginnings we are witnessing all over town this weekend to the heavy hitters that we saw in Metronomy tonight. On our way home we bumped into Tim, lead singer for the Brighton band Maths Class, who informed us that they’re playing a secret gig at The Hope pub at 1pm Saturday and so we depart from tonight in the knowledge that the next day already guarantees more exciting entertainment.
Mike

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14
Mar
09

THE RECOMMENDER – NUMBER 26

Welcome back ya’ll. I’ve plucked out a handful of vibrant artists for your pallet’s pleasure. Don’t forget there’s always the comments section to leave your opinions. We’ll always check them out and try and respond accordingly. Don’t be shy now…

MASTER SHORTIE
If Hip Hop twists with rapid-fire lyrical shots are your thing then this fella’s gonna be all you could need for 2009. Here at  The Recommender we will freely admit that we’re no experts on the Hip Hop scenes, generally focusing on the Indie and Dance genres, but on occasion Hip Hop throws up something that’s impossible to ignore. This is one of those moments. Packed with classic beats and breaks, the talented wordy assault plays over shiny synths. With lyrics being so key to any rap track it’s vital to have something interesting and fresh. Master Shortie, at just 19 years old, shows an outstanding ability to do just that. He reminds me of the brilliant Kano, with that same London accent and accelerated fast pace. On the odd occasion you can recognize a handful of words that will guarantee to make you smile, just a couple of seconds before your bootie starts to involuntarily move. These great lyrics, his smooth beats, not to mention his dazzlingly bright style and trimmed hairdo, make him a refreshing sound from the Grime scene which has dominated for some time in the UK Hip Hop circles.

Find him here:      Myspace

Hear him here:     MASTER SHORTIE – DEAD END      (ysi)

TOMMY SPARKS
As is to be expected after being thrown around a tour with Bloc Party this fella’s been rightfully getting noticed all over the place. He blasts out tasty, wonky pop music. It’s superb electro riffing melted over some smart lyrics. His album isn’t out until April, but we’re sure to come across more and more in the run up. The tune we’ve listed below for him was pointed out to me by Bisouk on the excellent Trash Menagerie blog many moons ago. The track listed below is a remix completed by the excellent French DJ, Yuksek (see The Recommender 24), and it adds a wicked pitch shift over the vocals. It’s definitely the sort of pounding club floor-filler that if dropped at the right moment in the evening will surely be the lasting memory you recall in the hangover’s haze the following morning. A peak to any good night for sure. The original is also totally awesome though, so Tommy definitely deserves his own Recommender posting.

Find him here: Myspace

Hear him here:     TOMMY SPARKS – I’M A ROPE  (Yuksek Remix)    (ysi)

ANNIE GOLIATH
Thanks for the heads up on this artist must go to the music impresario Spider, from Colossus, (blogged about in The Recommender 13). He turned us in her direction and although we weren’t sure straight away we’ve now grown to love her. If The Recommender is a proverbial weatherman for all your new music needs then you will appreciate we occasionally get it wrong and this is one of those artists that hovers over the delete button, but thankfully she hangs in the mind long enough for us to slide into appreciation. Will she make it to a wider round of applause? That’s a big question here, but let me know in your usual obliging manor. She’s got a sweet soulful voice that’s part Roisin Murphy, part Charlene Spiterri, but instead of a crappy backing band in the name of Texas behind her, she sings over an echo of swirling broken beats and broody robotic delay. It’s mesmerising stuff and it’s definitely got enough melody to hold it’s own in a punch out.

Find her here:      Myspace

Hear her here       ANNIE GOLIATH –  DAMAGED VALENTINE      (ysi)

You couldn’t get a wider selection of sounds on one blog post now could you? It just goes to show that so long as the music is good it will warrant it’s posting on The Recommender. Blogs without a strict quality control button are plentiful around the blogosphere, and although we know that you can’t please all of the people all of the time, we positively try to make sure that you punters get something from every visit.

As a footnote, The Recommnder has been nominated for a UK Bloggie award, so go and vote for us here – http://ukbloggies.info/

Hope to see you back here real soon for lots more lovely punts on the music scene.

Mike

23
Jan
09

THE GIG LIST – NUMBER 20

 

We have a  real clash of cultures on here today as we confidently straddle two totally opposing genres. One is a mystical fantasy and the other is all about colourful bling. I guess you should expect this on a post about gigs in Brighton’s wide spread of tastes and shades. Both are awesome and refreshingly vibrant artists worthy of your well-crunched wages…

BAT FOR LASHES
A magical, dreamlike beauty to behold, this Brighton-based songstress, (also known as Natasha Kahn), just has to be on anybody’s list of necessary experiences. It seems she dips into some sort of hidden fantasy world to pen her songs, returning to us clutching real creative, intricate gems. A clash of sounds and styles, she’s very striking and packed with stylish individuality, so although not quite like anyone else, she would sit comfortably along other strong female soloists from the creations of Tori Amos or the madness of Bjork. Although her heritage is Middle Eastern, this is effectively an adopted homecoming gig, so expect that ‘extra 10%’ to be revealed. Add to all this the fact that her much anticipated second album, Two Suns, is due out in April and follows in the footsteps of her excellent Mercury-nominated debut, Gold & Fur. Get your tickets and get on board for a sneaky peek into the secret world in which only she inhabits.

ACT:                  BAT FOR LASHES
VENUE:             THE CORN EXCHANGE, Brighton
COST:               £13.50
DATE:               Thursday 16th April 2009
WEBSITE:         Last.fm      Myspace

MASTER SHORTIE
In total contrast to the above artist, Master Shortie brings a totally different flavour to our City. So long as the artist is good, no matter what the genre, they will deserve a posting on this blog. Get ready to duck (and weave) as this fella’s rat-a-tat vocals will fire across the floor at Audio. Always such an intimate venue, but not short on quality artists. They usually turn up at this venue just prior to their mushroom-cloud-laying subsequent blow up in the wider music scenes, which this next-gen Hip Hop lyricist  is sure to do through 2009. He’s multi-coloured and as loud in his musical assault as he is in his shirts. A real promising talent from the vibrant music scene south of London taaaan. We’ve already written up his Recommender post which we’ll be listing real soon, so for yet more love and an mp3 of his awesome tunes, be sure to head back here for more of Master Shortie when you’re ready… 

ACT:                 MASTER SHORTIE
VENUE:             AUDIO, Marine Parade, Brighton
COST:               £ tbc
DATE:               Friday 13th March 2009 (part of the Wonky Pop Tour)
WEBSITE:         Myspace

Rumours are bouncing around like Zebedee on a trampoline at the moment regarding the booked up bands due to appear on the outstanding Brighton festival circuit this summer. Be sure that The Recommender will be right on top of it once things firm up, so we’ll let you know for sure.

Respek
Mike




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