Saturday, 31 December 2011

DJ Q - 2011 Mega Mega Mix

DJ Q's 2011 Mega Mix contain more than 80 UK Garage, UK Funky, Bassline and Grime tunes  from the past year.

FREE DOWNLOAD: DJ Q - 2011 Mega Mega Mix

Signif - Vandal (HD Video)

"Vandal" is taken from Signif's Embracing Rejection album which you can download for free by clicking here.

Video directed by Darren Cole.

Caro Emerald - Close To Me (Acoustic) (HD Video)

This song is only available in the Netherlands, which is a shame because it's quite good.

Buy "Close To Me": iTunes UK | iTunes USiTunes NDL

Kano - 2012 Was A Good Year

Kano borrowed Drake's "Lord Knows" beat for the latest leak form his new mixtape Jack Bauer 2.4, which is released tomorrow.

Vince Staples - Shyne Coldchain Vol. 1 (Mixtape)

If you're not familiar with Vince Staples then all you need to know is that he's from the Earl Sweatshirt school of rhyme. So if you're looking for real Hip Hop then look no further.

Friday, 30 December 2011

Mixtapes of The Year 2011

The line between mixtape and free album is a thin one. It is now harder than ever to distinguish between the two with artists creating whole projects made up of original material and releasing them for free. It used to be easier when mixtapes were made up of freestyles or cover versions of popular songs and accompanied by one or two original songs. For that reason I’ve combined the two lists (Best Mixtape 2011 and Best Free Album 2011). Click the album titles to have a listen or download the album/ mixtape.

ASAP Rocky – LiveLoveA$ap

Scrufizzer - Look What It's Done

Scrufizzer borrowed Drake's "Look What You've Done" for a quick freestyle..

Smokey Robotic - Candy Wolf (HD Video)

Something to pass out the new year to..

Video directed by Eric Cruz.

Buy "Candy Wolf": iTunes UK | iTunes US

Thursday, 29 December 2011

EP's of The Year 2011

EP’s seem to have increased in popularity with artists in the last year or so. The majority that are released are free and many were released this year. But it seems like many were crafted without care or were just made up of left overs from previous projects. Fear not as I’ve taken the care to list EP’s that will not end up wasting away occupying valuable space on your mp3 player/ hard drive. Click on the album title to hear a preview of the EP & enjoy.

Wintercoats - Forest of Lovers (Southern Shores Remix)

In keeping with the annual tradition at Cascine Records, one of the label's artists has remixing another. This year Southern Shores have reworked Wintercoats' "Forest of Lovers" and the result is quite splendid.

SBTRKT - Ride To Freedom

"Ride To Freedom" is the B side to SBTRK's new single "Hold On".

Rusko – Remix Collection (2006-2010)

Wow! Includes Rusko's remixes of Prodigy's "Take me to the Hospital", Kid Cudi's "Day N Night",
Mr Hudson's "White Lies" and Little Boots' "Remedy" and more.

The complete track listing is as follows:

Cat Power - King Rides By (HD Video)

All proceeds from the sale of "King Rides By" benefit The Festival of Children and The Ali Forney House. Head to to buy the song and show your support.

No Lay - Drugs (HD Video)


Buy "Drugs": iTunes UK | iTunes US

Wait What - Take Care Of You (Drake vs Gil Scott Heron and Jamie XX)

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Music Videos of The Year 2011

A good song doesn’t make a good video and the reverse can also be true, but a good video helps. Here’s our pick of best music videos from 2011 (click the song title to watch the video) & let us know if you think we missed any gems in the comments section below:
Beyonce - Run The World Bombay Bicycle Club - Leave It By Ryan Hope Cee Lo - Bodies By Mikael Colombu Coldplay - Paradise By Mat Whitecross DJ Shadow ft Little Dragon - Scale It Back By Ewan Jones Morris & Casey Raymond Jay-Z & Kanye West - Otis By Spike Jonze

Tawiah - Run (Yes Sir Idol Remix)

Yes Sir Idol did a nice job with his remix of Tawiah's "Run"..

Terri Walker - He Love's Me

"He Love's Me" was produced by Donaeo, will be released in January 2012 along with the Artful Garage Remix.

Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Nadia Oh - Fqn Amazing

Been a while since we heard from Nadia so it was only right she gave you something new before the year ended. Wishing you a Fqn Amazing' new year, courtesy of Nadia Oh!

Lady Gaga - Stuck On Fuckin' You

Said Gaga:
"I wrote it in Minnesota after the Monster Ball on the tour bus. We recorded it in one shot. Fernando on guitar, Paul on Drum Machine. I wrote, sang it, and freestyled the last minute + a half of the song."

The Weeknd & Michael Jackson - Dirty Diana (A JAYBeatz Mashup)

Jay Beatz brought The Weeknd's cover of Michael Jackson's "Dirty Diana" full 360, by adding MJ to this remix.

Songs of The Year 2011

I tried to stick to one criteria which was no more than one song could be included by any artist excluding remixes by other artists. Click the song title to hear each song and enjoy. Let us know what your favourite song(s) were of the year too in the comments section below. Adele - Rolling In The Deep (Jamie Xx Remix)

Project Alfie Mixtape

Includes "Dead Presidents" and "I'm Still", if they're anything to go by then this should be good!

FREE DOWNLOAD: Project Alfie Mixtape | Alt Link

B.o.B ft. Andre 3000 - Play The Guitar

Taken from B.o.B's forthcoming album Strange Clouds..

Rick Ross ft Meek Mill - No Church In The Wild (Freestyle)

Rick Ross and Meek Mill borrow Jay-Z & Kanye West's "No Church In The Wild" beat for some new Maybach Music.

Rizzle Kicks - Left Over Presents EP

"We've uploaded a little EP called Left Over Presents for Boxing Day. Four songs unheard songs from us to you" - Rizzle Kicks.

UPDATE: Just spotted a Rizzle Kicks cover of The Weekend's "Wicked Games" on the EP!

Monday, 26 December 2011

OG'Z - Oh Geezus It's Christmas AGAIN! (Mixtape)

Some festive Grime from OG'z..

Live Performances of The Year 2011

For my first attempt at this listing malarkey, I’m addressing the performances of the year. These were the performances that stole the show at the gig or television programme that the artist(s) appeared at/on.

Adele @ Brits 2011

This was amazing and so simple. Just Adele, a mic, a pianist & piano. You can feel all of the emotion in the song and it felt quite intimate. One of the best songs from 2011 performed beautifully in what was easily one of the performances of the year.

Beyonce @ Billboard awards 2011

Tinchy Stryder - A Test (HD Video)

"A Test" is taken from Tinchy Stryder's new Wish List EP, which you can download by clicking here.

Video directed by Morgan Keyz.

Jessie J - Domino (HD Video)

Radio is gonna love this.

Video directed by Ray Kay.

Funkystepz - The Refix EP

Some new UK Funky courtesy of Funkystepz..

FREE DOWNLOAD: Funkystepz - The Refix EP

Frank Ocean - 4 Tears

"I just listened to this a few times for myself. Figured maybe some else needed to hear it. it’s called ‘4 tears’" - Frank Ocean.

Fabolous – There Is No Competition 3: Death Comes In 3s (Mixtape)

Featured artists include Meek Mill, Jadakiss, Styles P & Trey Songz.

Tanya Lacey - Born to Fly (HD Video)

A brilliant and original video.

Buy "Born to Fly": iTunes UK | iTunes US

Roll Deep - SB.TV F64 (HD Video)

Scratchy, Manga, Flow Dan & Breeze drop an F64 for SB.TV.

Sunday, 25 December 2011

Dot Rotten - Where You Been

Dot went in on this beat...#SongOfTheDay.

Ghetts - Story Of The Pauper (HD Video)

Taken from Ghetts' new Momentum mixtape which you can download by clicking here.

Tinie Tempah - The Motto Freestyle (HD Video)

Tinie borrows "The Motto" from Drake & Weezy for a quick fresstyle.