Here are a selection of classic artists ripe for sampling. In the last few months, we’ve seen an unlikely takeover of the music industry by Queen. It’s not hard to understand why – the Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody just won actor Rami Malek the Best Actor award at the Oscars. As a result, it seems you can’t open your eyes or ears without seeing…

Zweli is back with an endorsement for A2 and his track, Tell Me Freestyle. Firstly, if you haven’t heard of A2 where have you been? He has received major co-signs from Tinie Tempah, Poet (of poetscorner, Vibbar, Copa90), and Stormzy. He’s even opened for Stormzy on his sell-out tour as well as performances at Wireless and Reading & Leeds. Most recently, he performed alongside the…

Our guest writer Zweli Chibumba gives us the lowdown on London producer Carns Hill and his penchant for sampling. No doubt when you think of Carns Hill you consider SRB Separation Confirmed, The Countdown from 10 or the simple yet iconic Hills Productions soundbite. You might also associate Carns with drill or trap thanks to 67/86/Reekz MB. Or other collaborators such as Blade Brown, Young’s Teflon,…

The Australian hard rock band will be supporting GnR’s later this year. 2016 marked a historic year for Guns N’ Roses when news broke that Slash, Duff McKagan and Dizzy Reed were rejoining the group for a world tour. For the first half of Not in This Lifetime… that took place across North and Latin America, GnR managed to sell over 2 million tickets. When…

North London based emcee Melanin 9 (also known as M9) serves up some visuals for his new single Amulets. After delivering one of the most lyrically impressive albums of 2012: Magna Carta, this new material from Melanin 9 doesn’t disappoint. Produced by The Summit and with scratches provided by DJ Pings, the chilled jazzy soundscape provides an environment that allows M9’s complex multi-syllabic rhymes to…

Guest writer Ashton James Brown (aka Ashtronomic) reviews Jordan James’ Love Waves EP. South London based R&B crooner Jordan James has been making some noise for a while, releasing his début the Cheeky Bastard EP in the spring of 2012. Where as that project was much more of a Hip-Hop focused affair tinged with R&B influences, Love Waves is straight up slick alternative R&B that…

Craig M. Riding has returned to talk about Cash Money and Marvelous’ “Where’s the Party At?”. Sleeping Bag Records has dropped a few classic old school Hip Hop albums in its time but I’d like to point you in the direction of this often over looked little gem. DJ Cash Money is one of the pioneers of turntablism before that phrase was around. Coming up…

Craig M. Riding is back with another guest post, this time talking about an early 90s UK hip hop classic from Manchester. Manchester and its adjoining conurbation was a strange place to be a teenager in 1990, It seemed everyone wanted to be from there. Madchester fever had gripped the nation, and the acid house scene was shoving pills down its throat. The centre of…

Our guest writer is back with an ode to Public Enemy’s Fear of a Black Planet. Words by Craig M. Riding As the Eighties came to an end, a new musical revolution came belatedly into my life, the first digital age. My parents had upgraded their hi-fi set up and I acquired a CD player. I knew this was on the cards as I had been…