Interview: Sumochief

Ashton James Brown interviewed the exciting jazz/hip hop quartet Sumochief and discussed their origins, their thoughts regarding London’s vibrant music scene and how music technology is incorporated into their creative process. The UK hip hop scene has an abundance of talent when it comes to emcees and producers, however live hip hop bands are few and far between. Sumochief are a London based four-piece whose…

HIP HOP FIND: InI – Fakin Jax (Evil Needle Remix)

Two years late but we just found Evil Needle’s remix of InI’s Fakin Jax. Woah. Woah indeed. Maybe this should have been filed under How Did I Miss That but never mind. German-born French producer Evil Needle made a gorgeous remix for InI’s Fakin Jax a couple of years ago and it’s still available as a free download over at Soundcloud. The beat is a…

How Did I Miss That: Robert Glasper – “Dillalude #2”

Dillalude #2.. This was the link I was searching the internet for a few nights ago and stumbled across a few other gems. It’s now time to share the Dillalude experience with you all… This Jazz Icon has taken it upon himself to replay a few Dilla classics live for our enjoyment. Robert Glasper has graced us with a second instalment of his Dillalude series ( find part one…

ONE TO WATCH: Orion

UK producer Orion is our One To Watch today. It’s a small world, isn’t it? While commenting on a Facebook friend’s status from Detroit, one of his friends also commented who happens to go to my university. He invited me to like his Facebook page and now we’re here. Orion (real name Ope Alayande) is a hip hop producer from London with a taste for…

SATURDAY MATINÉE: Reminisce For a Spell With Pete Rock

In this week’s Saturday Matinée, Pete Rock talks about his work with Jay-Z and Kanye and his relationship with J Dilla. “The Chocolate Boy Wonder” Pete Rock is the feature presentation on this week’s Saturday Matinée as he reflects on his collaborations on Kanye and Jay-Z’s Watch The Throne, his crate digging ethos and discussing his admiration for Large Professor, Q-Tip and J Dilla, whom…

12 Days of Early 90’s Hip Hop – Day 10

The antepenultimate Day 10 of 12 Days of Early 90’s Hip Hop and we’ve finally leaped into the future. Well, 1994 anyway… NAS – Illmatic (1994) Produced by DJ Premier, Large Professor, Q-Tip, Pete Rock and others I previously proclaimed that Enter the Wu: 36 Chambers was the greatest Hip Hop album of all time, which is something I wholeheartedly stand by. But I think…

Pete Rock & CL Smooth At The Jazz Cafe – Photos

Here are some photos of Pete Rock and CL Smooth getting their groove on at The Jazz Cafe in October. Unfortunately, none of the team were able to go to the Pete Rock & CL Smooth Mecca and The Soul Brother 20th Anniversary Tour on 29th October but we do have some photos of the evening, courtesy of Steven Howard. If you’ll remember, he was…