Archive for February, 2012

 (1) Headphones + music to get the creative juices flowing, (2) a box of thick tip roll on kiddie paint, (3) attempt to create self portrait whilst listening to the Burial Untrue album, followed by (4)  some tearing, a few snaps and some Holgart editing…



Album Born To Die  Out Now
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I like this remix of SBTRKT’s Hold On, but there is no way it could ever match the original! [Clink link for original track+review]  

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Even though this track has been out for a while it hasn’t lost appeal. I love the video especially as the main guy in it is super hot, and despite the fact the radio hasn’t stopped playing this track since its release, I have a feeling it will remain a serious club banger for a few more seasons to come!  

Blessed with a soulful voice that combines a Hackney Cockney and Irish twang, with a faux-Jamaican accent, 21-year-old Maverick Sabre is fast coming becoming one of the best male UK solo artists. I first heard Maverick Sabre on BBC2 live from Glastonbury and I was utterly entranced by his unique and distinctive style, so I couldn’t be more pleased that his talents are being recognised. He first come to attention fronting abrasive slabs of dub step by Chase and Status and Professor Green, however appearing to move away from the harder bass, there is little in the way of bleeps and wobbles on his debut album Lonely Are the Brave. This album is authentic, heartfelt and socially conscious.  Switching between genres from bassy trip-hop to reggae, and mid-90s neo soul to orchestral hip-hop, this album certainly showcases his talents and is without a doubt one for the collection. I am always dumbfounded when Sabre’s voice or style is criticised…he is the real deal, a rare and unique musical talent completely distinctive in style, and I am very excited to see what else he pulls out the bag in 2012.  

Newsflash! Maverick is playing in London alongside Miss Dynamite at the Camden Roundhouse on 10th March. Follow link for tickets:
His U.K tour kicks off on 1st March at the O2 Academy, Glasgow.

Lonely Are The Brave  [follow link to HMV page] is out now on Mercury Records.

This is the new track from Madonna’s MDNA album and surprisingly it has already had over 17 million hits on YouTube.  To be frank, I think the track is terrible.  The video is completely cringeworthy, the tone of the track is well past its sell by date, and without the input of M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj it would not have received any rating.  On a positive note it is always fascinating to see how Madonna never actually appears to age; for a woman in her 50’s she is pretty bad ass!

For those that do like the track, the Deluxe version can be pre-ordered from iTunes here:

Situated on a side street close to Old Street Station, XOYO is an 800-capacity live music venue attracting an eclectic crowd. 
An industrial space donning concrete floors and white columns, XOYO has two rooms including an intimate upstairs bar area, and the main basement space with two bars and a stage for  live events.   

We attended the XOYO vs Ingredients club night a few weeks ago and had a brilliant night. The venue and the event attracted two very different crowds; Shoreditch hipsters in the intimate bar, and hard-core bass heads in the basement-this may sound random, but actually made for an even more pleasant evening given we could shift between different crowds and music genres.  

The line up for XOYO vs Ingredients was awesome and included: dBridge + Total Science + Dub Phizix & Skeptical ft Strategy + Jubei. All of the acts went down a storm, but Dub Phizik & Skeptical ft Strategy has to be the highlight of our night [see video below]. Given many of the events end at 3:00am, we recommend XOYO as the perfect starter venue for revellers intending on heading down to Fabric.

There are a range of new bars and venues in and around Shoreditch, but XOYO offers an array of different club nights and attracts an assortment of crowds, which ultimately makes for a venue that should stand the test of time. XOYO plays host to some of the best upcoming and cutting edge artists on the scene with a mixture of live performances and DJs. We would certainly recommend XOYO for a good night out. Entrance fees vary according to the night…we paid £6.oo for the early bird ticket to this event, which we thought was excellent for an East London club and drink prices are typical averaging £3.80 for a bottle of beer with a range of spirits and cocktails on offer.  

There are some excellent nights come up at XOYO that are definitely worth checking out. Plastician, Joker and Stinkhabell will be playing next Friday, followed by Jackmaster, Ben UFO and Oneman next Saturday; next weekend alone demonstrates the calibre of acts that are playing at this club. See the website for full club listings and information: