Wednesday, 30 September 2015


Hot off the press & currently trending all over Twitter, the 2015 MOBO awards nominations have been announced. 

Established in 1996, the MOBO's play a hugely important role in celebrating black music & this year's list of nominees is exploding with incredible talent! 

Take a look at our top picks below & click the links to find their gigs coming up soon...

A$AP Rocky – Best International Album

Andreya Triana - Best R&B/Soul Act

 Bugzy Malone – Best Newcomer & Best Grime Act


Fuse ODG – Best African Act

Protoje – Best Reggae Act

Shakka - Best R&B/Soul Act

Sinead Harnett – Best Newcomer

The Internet – Best International Album

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Q&A || Baby Strange

Since emerging with the brilliantly dark ‘Pure Evil in 2013’, Baby Strange have toured with the likes of Palma Violets, Swim Deep and Slaves, as well as playing festival shows at Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Glasgow and Reading & Leeds Festival. The band are set to embark on a nine-date UK tour next month, which will see them play a headline date at Manchester’s Night & Day on 7th October.

How did the band get together and why the name Baby Strange?
We got together because we were bored of the music that was surrounding us at the time, we needed something to feel excited by and starting this band did exactly that. We went for the name because we like how the two words sounded together. Simple as that.

You’ve been busy playing at Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Glasgow and Brighton’s Great Escape Festival. What have been your highlights?
Playing Reading & Leeds last year really sticks in my mind when I think about festivals. Especially Leeds, it was amazing to see the tent that full.

You’re going on a huge UK headline tour in October are you guys excited for this?
We can't wait, we really enjoy touring.

You will be playing at Manchester Night & Day on Wednesday 7th October, do you enjoy playing in the city?
One of my favourites, great for buying clothes and the crowd always seem up for it.

What did you take from touring with bands such as Palma Violets and Swim Deep?
That being good to your support band and your fans is important. No egos, none of that bullshit.

You will be playing with Slaves at O2 Academy Brixton on 17th December, this is going to be huge! How did this come about?
We toured with them a few months ago which was a lot of fun but this show will be something else. It's a venue we've always wanted to play and it's the prefect band to do it with.

What new music should we be looking out for?
Catholic Action, The New Fabian Society, The Lapelles, Laura St Jude and a new band I've just discovered from Birmingham called Frank.

You’re in a really exciting place at the moment, what’s in store for 2016?
Our debut album. We can't wait to get moving with it.

Have you got any messages for your fans?
Keep supporting new bands by going to their gigs and buying their records.

Listen to Baby Strange's Tracks on Tour Spotify Playlist below or follow it HERE.

Tickets for the Manchester date are on sale now and available at

Friday, 25 September 2015


Ahead of Sinead Harnett's performance at London's  XOYO on 14th October, we're giving you the rundown of our favorite tracks so far...

Disclosure - Boiling (Featuring Sinead Harnett)
One of the standout tracks on Disclosure's debut album 'Settle'. Harnett's smooth & soulful vocals lend to the song perfectly.

Rudimental - Baby (Featuring Sinead Harnett & MNEK)
Sinead & MNEK's voices compliment eachother beautifully & the song is sure to get your foot tapping.

Sinead Harnett- She Ain't Me
Harnetts feistiest track yet, pulling in elements of electronic soul & 90s R&B with a UK twist for a forthright, defiant statement to an ex who made the wrong choice! 

Sinead Harnett - Do It Anyway
If you're looking for self-assurance, motivation with a side of sass, this song will do the trick 100%.

'Do It Anyway' is out to buy now! 

Tickets for the XOYO show here:
Buy them for just £7.

Monday, 21 September 2015


Jamie Woon has shared details of his second album, 'Making Time', to be released on PMR Records on 6th November.

Since the 2011 release of his debut, 'Mirrorwriting', Jamie Woon has been highly regarded as one of the UK's most talented singer/song-writers.
This was reinforced with his guest appearance on Disclosure's debut Settle in 2013. Woon's vocals are the perfect compliment to his fellow label-mates smooth & synth-drenched sounds on the track 'January'. 

Along with this news, Jamie also shared a preview of things to come with a flawless performance of 'Messages', live at Konk Studios. 

As well as 'Messages', Jamie has shared two tracks featuring on the album, 'Sharpness' and 'Thunder'. 
You can listen & purchase 'Sharpness' (released in August) now & 'Thunder' was premiered on BBC Radio 6 in the first 5 minutes of Gilles Peterson's show on Saturday 19th September. 

Jamie Woon's second album, 'Making Time' will be released on November 6th November on PMR Records & is available to pre-order here.

Catch Jamie Woon perform at London Scala on November 11th.  

Thursday, 3 September 2015


1)     Gengahr! How you doing lads? The first question, what does ‘Gengahr’ mean?

It’s a pokemon, the best one I might add. I have no idea why we are named after a pokemon.

2)     You’re just about to embark on a UK tour in October, which city are you most looking forward to playing?

Probably Glasgow because King Tut’s is my favourite venue, plus there’s always the best after parties.

3)     It’s been a busy summer for you guys with the release of your debut album ‘A Dream Outside’. Can you tell people a little bit about the sound of your album?

I’d say it’s a mix of genres we are all into, hopefully cohesively into the sound of Gengahr. The washed out sound of the vocals is a big part of bringing everything together. Everyone is into quite synth heavy alternative music but we all suck at keyboards so its my job to bring the different textures of sound to the band while everyone makes an effort to try and recreate hip hop or sampled grooves. I’m probably the biggest fan of 90s guitar music so I cant help but incorporate that into the blend as well.

4)     Which artists influenced you when writing the songs?

Absolutely loads, too many to list. I personally discovered Chromatics just before Genaghr started when my friend played it to me on a long drive home after a rave and I was really into the way the record gets across feelings of anxiety and melancholy without beating you round the head with heavy guitars or pounding drums.

5)     We’re in the age of social media and live streaming, so what made you think to make the album available on vinyl?

I went through a long period of collecting vinyl when I was working a real job, then the band happened and no way can I afford it now. If I really like an album then I want to own it. I like CD’s and cassettes as formats aswell, just to have an object in the analogue world feels so much more real then streaming it from the cloud. Plus I always want to see the artwork on the back and spine of a record. I’m not to fussed about audio quality, I could go on a long nerdy rant but I’ll save you that. I really like spotify and apple music and all those services, I just want to own music I love.

6)     Your hometown is London, but what’s the best show you’ve played outside of the capital?

Maybe Splendor in the Grass in Australia, just because I never thought I’d be so far away from home. I have no memory of the ‘big’ gigs we’ve done, like the O2 arena with Alt J or Glastonbury, just sort of blacked out on stage.

7)     What can we expect from you after your UK tour?

We’ve got a few more festivals outside the UK and then new music as soon as we can get in a studio.

8)     What’s the ultimate goal for you guys as a band?

I have no idea personally. I just always wanted to dupe someone into pressing my music onto a 7” and tour for a solid year. Now I kind of always want to be at the next stage up from where we’re at, I see our friends bands doing so well, playing bigger gigs and festivals and I want to get to that stage, literally

9)     If you could choose to go on tour with one band at the moment, who would it be?

Good question, either one of our friends bands just so we get to hang out with them every night like Wolf Alice or Slaves, cant imagine Slaves crowd loving our soft indie though, I’d hate it if I was waiting for Slaves to play. Otherwise I would love to be supporting Deerhunter just so I get to see them play every night.

10 What song in your set in the most well received with you fans?

Probably ‘She’s A Witch’ or ‘Heroine’. There maybe the most fun to play as well.

John/ Gengahr

What tracks do you listen to on tour? 

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Q&A || The Bohicas

Alright guys, how’s it going? What is a Bohica?
All good thanks. Bohica is an acronym that stands for Bend Over Here It Comes Again.
Describe your debut album ‘The Making Of’ in 3 words.
The making of. 

You’re touring the UK in October, but which city are you 
most looking forward to playing?

Belfast. My parents are both from large families near Derry 
so I've got a fuck load of cousins I wanna hang out with. 
We've never played there either.

What can people expect from your live shows?

Banging tunes played well.

Which gig have you played that has been special to you?

Last year I really enjoyed playing LA Boule Noir in Paris. 
Mind you we did just play to 5000 people in Japan. We've been lucky. Haven't had a stinker in a while.

Are there any bands you’ve seen recently which have
blown you away?

Santigold in Belgium was incredible. I only knew a handful of
her tunes but her whole performance blew me away.

If you could perform one song for the rest of your life, 
what would it be?

4:33 by John Cage

What do you plan on doing after your UK tour in October?

No plans. We're just turning up to whatever's asked of us. 
Hopefully the album will still be engaging with people and we can carry on playing live. I'm always writing so I guess something fresh will rear it's head in the new year.

Where do you see yourself in 3 years time?

Absolutely no idea. I'll be 29, so whatever that means.

What is the best thing about being The Bohicas?

Playing Swarm live and knowing you don't have to wake up at 6:30 to work for some arsehole.

The Bohicas start their UK tour in October, get your tickets HERE.

Thursday, 13 August 2015


Following his sold out show at London's Electric Brixton where he headlined the Ram Jam series with legendary David Rodigan, Protoje is set to return to the UK in October with his Ancient Future tour. Renowned for his high energy live performances with his incredible live band The Indiggnation, they will perform across seven major cities. We had a chat with Protoje to find out more on his new album, UK tour and his top tracks to listen to on the road.

Firstly tell us about your journey into music as you come from a very musical family?
I started to write music because I wanted to express myself. Music was the way I could communicate to people. I used to see my parents on stage and I always wanted to be doing something like that eventually. I felt real comfortable up there.

Your collaboration with Chronixx on the track Who Knows, was a massive hit and one of the biggest reggae songs last year. How did the link-up come about?
When Chronixx was just starting out he reached out and we started to link. We always spoke about doing something together, but in the right timing. When we eventually came together to collaborate, the timing felt right and Who Knows was the song. We thought it could really make an impact for our generation of reggae and give thanks for the response it continues to receive.

What are your views on the cultural movement ‘Reggae Revival’?
I always wanted to be a part of something special with music, a part of a larger whole, and I feel like I'm in good company doing music. It inspires me to work harder and raise the level of music I’m putting out. I really feel good about the number of artists out there that inspire me making Jamaican music.

You’ve announced a UK tour for October 2015 where you will be performing across seven major cities. Are you looking forward to this?
Yes, the UK is always part of my focus. It's very important to me. It is a place I respect highly for music. For my music to resonate there would be great. When we tour in Europe, English is often the second language for many countries. It's interesting to see the difference in response when English is the first language.

Your shows are always full of high energy positive vibes, what can we expect from the tour?
Right now we have been on the road for two-months, so we are in a groove and the whole sound is in a really good place. It's a very authentic sound. We're bringing something fresh, armed with the Ancient Future and some big tunes.

How long have you been playing with your band The Indiggnation?
Five years.

Tell us about your new album Ancient Future, how does this differ from your last two releases?
I really wanted to just write what was on my mind, what I was feeling... More internal thoughts and see how that could inspire people. Sonically, I wanted it to feel like the 80's but still futuristic. This is the first time I've gotten that to really work - where every sound involved was made specifically for the album.

What will you be listening to on tour?
Check out my 'Tracks on Tour' playlist below or click HERE.

Have you got any messages for your fans?
I always want to thank my fans for the support they have been giving me and my music. I really appreciate it. I look forward to playing the music in front of them and hope to see them at an upcoming show!

Protoje brings his Ancient Future tour to the UK in October, tickets are on sale now and available HERE.