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Another absolute beauty from the lady of the moment: Azealia Banks.

“Nice Music For Tired Ears”

Kalabi  has been making and producing music for the past twenty years. In the early days, Kalabi [Si Oliver] was playing bass and writing songs for rock, grunge and funk bands. However, for the past decade he has been producing chill out / trip hop  tracks under the name of Kalabi, with releases all over the world with a number of labels. Strongly influenced by Bill Laswell and Jah Wobble (the Radioaxiom album), and Ronnie and Clyde (the In Glorious Black and Blue album) the core concept of his work is “nice music for tired ears”. As if by musical fate, Kalabi sent through some tracks this week when the ears were in need of some seriously serene bassy sonority, and I found myself completely engrossed in his work. With a range of albums including, “The Bubble or the Spirit”, “The Wheel” and “Tone Poems”, Kalabi’s style and composition reflects and matches that of the work of many popular well-known electronic and chill out artists, which are hit with readers and myself.  Kalabi is sending over tracks from a number of his albums, and his work will now be posted as a regular chill out feature on the blog. His work certainly deserved some recognition and should be a big hit with the trip hop fans! Keep and eye out for next weeks collaboration track with UK Hip Hop producer Remulak entitled “Hypnosis”, which features singer songwriter Guy Osborn.

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After missing his gigs at countless festivals this year, Maverick Sabre shall evade me no more. The last on my list of must see artists [except from the mighty Michel Buble], I have just purchased tickets to see Maverick Sabre at 02 Academy Brixton, and I am extremely excited. Adding to what is set to be an incredible evening of musical talent, Ms Dynamite, Daley, and Rudimental are also supporting. Review pending…

Tickets are still available: http://www.o2academybrixton.co.uk/event/40263/maverick-sabre-tickets 

This year the mighty Lovebox Festival celebrated a decade of love! After days of torrential rain and what was set to be a rather damp and dull day for Bangthebox on Friday; the heavens remained closed, the rain mac firmly packed away, and despite some hefty mud swamps, the day was glorious and the festival as expected was excellent. 

Arriving just after 2:30 to hoards of  early birds at the festival gates; it took a while to get past security and there wasn’t a great deal happening at this time around the festival. If you head there next year, give the festival a few hours to warm up. When it does all kick off, there is a lot to see and do at Lovebox. Given we arrived so early, we didn’t expect to leave having only seen a few acts. But after several ciders, much roaming, and several clashes with the main acts this was the case. We did however see Ms Dynamite, Magnetic Man, Roska and Stamina…3 minutes of SubFocus and 10 minutes of Plastician… Not bad really. Ms Dynamite was pure class, and Katy B made a surprise appearance, joining Skream, Artwork and Benga on stage to perform ‘Perfect Stranger’ which was a highlight of the day! At 2:40 in the ‘I Need Air’ video England score-great moment! For £30 this was a top-notch day festival, and one I would recommend to all lovers of good music!

Car ArtRoska - Rinse

Ms Dynamite - Rinse