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Ransom FA Drops Table Visuals

October 8, 2020

SCOTTISH RAPPER & TV STAR, RANSOM FA WILL LAUNCH NEW BBC 3 RAP SHOW ALONGSIDE RELEASE OF NEW SINGLE TRACK – ‘TABLE’

When regarding the Scottish Rap scene, Ransom FA is currently the biggest name coming out of the north of the British Isles and has subsequently grown to be one of the most stand out rappers in the current sound sphere

Having shared the stage with many of the biggest UK Rappers, such as Skepta, Mist and M Huncho,, he is also titled as the first Scottish rapper to ever grace an Eskimo Dance line up, has amassed hundreds of thousands of streams across key platforms such as Risky Roadz, 1Xtra and GRM Daily, plus he also featured as one of the stars on the first BBC Three and BBC 1, multi-award nominated series ‘The Rap Game’, hosted by DJ Target, Krept and Konan. Thrusting the Scottish Rap scene into the limelight, Ransom involuntarily, but proudly, made the music industry to take Scottish Rap seriously and in his new track, the Aberdeen representative lays down his cards on the ‘Table’ to detail his tumultuous journey.

‘Table’ is a story about reflection and relief, perfectly retold with genuine heartfelt lyricism and Ransom’s Scottish accent grabbing on to the bars to pour further resonance into the soul of the record. Lyrically retracing troubled times from his past, challenges he faced and overcame, plus the questioning over loyalties of those within his circle, the emotive instrumental, produced by Lord Akira, is a perfect convoy for the message of this track. As said by Ransom FA himself: “Since linking up with Lord Akira, I was finally able to make the music that energizes my imagination. Were on the rise so felt only right to create an anthem to suit the occasion”

 The mellow piano chords and vintage vocal-sample chops set a solid foundation, whilst the faint synth hum adds a subtle brightness to the beat. The drum pattern is kept simple with minimal flares of percussion, including high hat variations and clap rolls, allowing Ransom’s unique and defining voice to be highlighted and the lyrics to create the main rhythm of the record. From the catchy chorus to the canny verses, the whole track comes together to provide a constant flow and upbeat directive.

Whilst Ransom FA has been instrumental in making the Scottish Rap scene flourish, he continues to claim achievements throughout his career in numerous directions. Alongside being a talented music artist, Ransom is also becoming well-versed in TV and philanthropy. He recently presented a documentary on Goal FM, known as the ‘Vice of Football’, and is set to be returning to tv screens to host his very own show alongside Scunthorpe based rapper F.O.S. on BBC 3 – ‘The Rap Trip’ where the duo will be travelling the UK to discover and explore the burgeoning Rap communities emerging across Great Britain. Closer to home Ransom has also ensured his local community  don’t face the restrictions that a lack of musical infrastructure gave him and he has opened ‘Ransom HQ’ in his hometown – a studio space that offers affordable services as well as a variety of workshops for the next generation of artists.

Becoming a regular at taking the screens and speakers by storm, there’ll be no hiding from Ransom FA as he steps up to the ‘Table’.

Stay up to date with RANSOM FA by following his socials for news about upcoming releases & more.

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Dub of London: Baseline of a City

September 29, 2020

A new exhibition celebrating dub reggae and it’s influence in London. This is a free exhibition (w/ general admission ticket) running from the 2nd October 2020 – 31 January 2021 at the Museum Of London.

Exploring the musical influence of Dub, alongside community, fashion and spirituality, Dub London examines how dub is a varied vein that runs through an entire community.

Some of the hardware used by Channel One sound system at Notting Hill carnival, 2019.
Photograph: © Eddie Otchere /Museum of London
Notting Hill carnival sound system, 1989. Photograph ©Adrian Boot/Urbanimage
Setting up Channel One sound system at Notting Hill carnival, 2019.
Photograph: © Eddie Otchere/Museum of London
A bank of speakers in All Saints Road, Notting Hill, during the carnival, August 1994.
Photograph: © Peter Marshall/Museum of London
Coxsone International sound system, early 1980s. © Jean Bernard Sohiez/Urbanimage

“The story of Dub culture in London is a fascinating one and one that hasn’t been told this widely in a museum setting before. Through getting out into the places and speaking to the people who have been instrumental in the Dub scene, we’ve been able to hear stories of how London was central for the emergence of Dub in the UK. ”

Cedar Lewisohn, Curator

#DubMusic #SoundSystemCulture #LondonSoundSysytems #DubReggae

Channel U Returns To TV In November

September 29, 2020

The iconic Channel U returns to TV screens this November. The music channel started broadcasting back in 2003, and quickly became the home of Grime for a generation. Providing the visuals for some of the most formative tracks that have defined the Grime scene.

Channel U’s return launch will premiere ‘Against All Odds’ – A film documenting the rise of Grime in the UK. The flick, which is directed and produced by Nicky ‘Slimting’ Walker @NickySlimting and Femi Oyeniran @femioyeniran—will feature several of the genre’s pioneers, such as D Double E, Ghetts, Jammer and more. The soundtrack, in conjunction with Motown Records UK, will feature the aforementioned MCs, plus Novelist, Capo Lee, Bruza, Tempz and more.

Against All Odds Film Trailer

For us as kids, Channel U was the greatest TV channel on Earth, so for us to be able to bring it back is important. It was the first broadcast platform for every MC, and for us as kids, it was the first time we saw these stars on screen.

 Femi Oyeniran told BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat.

Channel U will return to it’s home channel 385 on the 13th November 2020. We are looking forward to it’s return, this could not be a more perfect time with UK urban music going from strength to strength at the moment.

#ChannelU #GrimeTV #GrimePioneer #UKMusicscenen #UKMusic

Omar Mansoor LFW Spring/Summer ’21 “Kintsugi”

September 25, 2020

Omar Mansoor inaugurated his 16th presence in the London Fashion week with his collection, ‘Kintsugi.’ Kintsugi is the Japanese art of putting broken pottery pieces back together with gold. The overarching meaning of this age-old practise is similar to the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi, which can be defined as accepting and rejoicing in one’s supposed ‘flaws’ and ‘imperfections.’

Designer: Omar Mansoor. Picture by Colin Chau/Fashion London

This collection revolves around sophisticated shades of ivory and white, which represent a spiritual coming into one’s own through self-acceptance and self-awareness, which in turn speaks of the onset of new chapters in one’s life. 

A firm believer of sustainability in fashion, Mansoor has used ‘deadstock fabrics’ (discarded fabrics which usually end up as landfill, hence polluting the planet), including recycled fibres for his Kintsugi collection. For the designer, fashion can be fun, glamorous and eco-friendly at the same time. Mansoor hopes that through his work, he is able to play his part in spreading awareness about the environment, and at the same time, encouraging the fashion world to adopt a circular model rather than a linear one. 

This gorgeous capsule collection primarily consists of two-piece looks which highlight multi-functionality. Tailored trousers to puffed sleeves tops that can be mixed and matched to create a certain outfit from day to evening wear.

This year, Mansoor’s collection was presented physically and digitally at Hard Rock Hotel London and online.

Foot wear by: Lucy Choi London | @lucychoilondon

Photos: Colin Chau | @colinchau

For further press queries, please email:

Info@omarmansoor.com

Instagram: @omar.mansoor

Kay Young Just Giving Thanks

September 23, 2020

British artist Kay Young delivers a song that we can all relate to. Despite everything that goes on in the journey of life, Kay still gives thanks. Telling her story in her poetic ‘Floetry’ style rap, over this soulful track. Another great one to add to the playlist.

Check out Kay Young on Instagram @kayyoungmusic

Agudo Dance Company Are Back!

September 18, 2020

We are back in action! 

After an inspiring and intensive creative residency at the iconic Fairfield Halls Croydon, we are proud to share the production trailer for Carmen. A huge thank you to our 8 incredible dancers, the creative team, partners, and Croydon Council who enabled this residency to take place safely.

Tour booking is now open for August-November 2021.

For UK tour booking enquiries contact:
Sarah Trist Dance Management Agency
sarah@stdma.com

For international tour booking, general enquiries, and workshops please contact:
Claire Cunningham, Executive Producer, Agudo Dance Company
clairepooka@gmail.com

Warm wishes from
Jose & Claire

Carmen is co-commissioned by 
Fairfield Halls, Croydon CEZ, Croydon Council, Lakeside Arts, DanceEast
Supported by 
Arts Council England, University of East London, The Place, The Yoga Edge
Originally commissioned by ŻfinMalta National Dance Company
Filming and editing
Nick Atkins

Cellar Door’s Mark Sarfo-Kantanka and Farouk Deen appear in The Leaders Council podcast alongside Lord Blunkett

September 16, 2020

The Leaders Council of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is currently in the process of talking to leadership figures from across the nation in an attempt to understand this universal trait and what it means in Britain and Northern Ireland today.

Our guys, Mark Sarfo-Kantanka and Farouk Deen were invited onto an episode of the podcast, which also included an interview with Lord Blunkett. Host Scott Challinor asked guests a series of questions about leadership and the role it has played in their careers to date.

Scott Challinor commented, “Hosting a show like this, where you speak to genuine leaders who have been there and done it, either on a national stage or within a crucial industry sector, is an absolute honour”.

Mark Sarfo-Kantanka said, “We are delighted to be involved in this podcast and contribute to the subject matter of leadership. Also highlighting the effects of Covid-19 we hope will stimulate further action from the UK Government”

Lord Blunkett, chairman of The Leaders Council of Great Britain and Northern Ireland said, “I think the most informative element of each episode is the first part, where Scott Challinor is able to sit down with someone who really gets how their industry works and knows how to make their organisation tick. Someone who’s there day in day out working hard and inspiring others. That’s what leadership is all about”.

The complete podcast is available to listen to on YouTube here: 

 or alternatively on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/episode/1XwYfgH3n6lw1wiRl9LBOe?si=KWvXBcu2QZWwRsQOFTGcaQ

Milli Major Drops Soundtrack To Major Paper

September 11, 2020

MILLI MAJOR BRINGS THE UK SCENE TOGETHER ON THE RELEASE OF THE FULLSOUNDTRACK FROM HIS SHORT FILM ‘MAJOR PAPER’

Following the release last month of his critically acclaimed debut film ‘Major Paper’ that has been featured with the likes of Complex, Trench and the Voice Newspaper, Milli Major releases the full 5 track soundtrack.

Following on from teaser singles ‘Driller’s’ featuring Nines, Paper Pabs and Bossman Birdie, this was then followed with the high ocatane release ‘Madness’ ft Deepee, Tion Wayne and Big Narstie. Independently curated in its entirety, the ‘Major Paper’ film and soundtrack features an all-star cast or talent from the rich pool of UK’s Rap scene and its borders. The film itself features Paper Pabs, Lippy Lickshot, So Large and Tempa T whilst the exclusive, self-curated music, which is pivotal to the gripping plot of the 12-minute short, sees some of the scenes biggest names including Paper Pabs, Bossman Birdie, Nines, Flirta D, Deepee, Tion Wayne, Big Narstie, Armz Korleone, Tempa T, Scrufizzer and Bushkin add each of their own spins to create a culturally iconic piece for the UK rap scene.

With fantastic support from national radio and various tastemakers, the UK’s thriving black music scene is placing its full weight behind the ground-breaking move from Milli Major. Centred on the harsh realties of crime and gang culture from London’s inner-city streets, both the storyline and the music are centred on reality and experience that is identifiable to many and fascinating to others

 ‘Major Paper’ as described by Wonderland is a ‘ground-breaking new project’ and it’s clear that it’s been a painstaking process to identify the exact people, producers, sounds and styles to make this project work. Tapping in on a broad range of influences and A&R’ing some pleasingly surprising collaborations, the soundtrack features Instagram sensation and fitness instructor Armz Korleone alongside Tempa T for ‘Pre-Workous Season’ before taking on a garage vibe in track 5 ‘Mr Lover’ featuring Scrufizzer and Bushkin. The experienced producer roster also hits hard with the likes of Heavy Trackerz, Coco, OH91 and Jack Junior stepping in to bring their musical magic.

From drill to grime, Milli Major has created a blockbuster soundtrack with an all-star line-up and energy that is exceptionally representative of the UK scene right now, as well as bridging the gap to the film world.

Talking to international Rap DJ Charlie Sloth, Milli Major says “I depict my reality, all of this is a part of me, you never know what you will get when you see my name on a track, I have many sounds, I might make a drill tune today and then make a grime tune tomorrow. My sound is a hidden treasure.”

STREAM/DOWNLOAD/WATCH: MILLI MAJOR – MAJOR PAPER

Stay up to date with MILLI MAJOR by following his socials for news about upcoming releases & more.
MILLI MAJOR // INSTAGRAM

#ukdrill #majorpaper #millimajor #soundtrack #ukdrillscene #ukdrillmusic #ukurbanscene #ukrappers #ukmusicscene

Grime Pioneer Striver Returns With New Project

September 11, 2020

‘ANTHEM’ AND PREVIOUSLY UNHEARD RECORDINGS OF FLIRTA D & SCRUFIZZER ARE EXCLUSIVELY RELEASED AS PRODUCER STRIVER DROPS ‘RECOVERED DRIVE 1’.

CLASSIC GRIME INSTRUMENTALS AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY AND PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED MATERIAL FEATURING FLIRTA D AND SCRUFIZZER ARE NOW AVAILABLE TO THE WORLD.

With a slew of grime heritage to his name, including one of the genres most iconic instrumentals, producer and engineer Striver, celebrates his legacy with the release of ‘Recovered Drive 1’. A selection of his decade-old archive into the present day, Recovered Drive 1 is Striver’s 8-track, 2020 project, presenting classic Grime instrumentals, new beats and guest features from Flirta D, Gully Ranjah, Vener Remah and Scrufizzer.

Beginning his musical career as a DJ at the age of 14, Striver was born of the pirate radio era, having been inspired by tuning in to So Solid Sundays on Delight FM in 1999. Music production and a doggedly determined DIY attitude to establishing a music career, soon landed Striver with a residency on pirate radio station Elite FM and his initiation into South London collective Nu Brand Flexxx. With an in-house producer now on board that could capture the young, energetic and raw talent of the crews MC’s Sas Killa, Boya, Tinie Tempah and Peigh, a perfect match was made.

Striver’s first release was “Dreaming” feat. Chanel, Sas Killa, Mr Wong (2005) and dominated seminal TV station Channel U before filtering into nationwide radio station BBC 1xtra. 2006 saw the release of grime classic “Gash by da Hour” also produced by Striver, which launched onto TV screens and went straight to no.1 spot for 13 weeks on Channel U, hitting BBC 1xtra, Choice FM (now Capital Xtra), BBC Radio 1 and UK underground stations like RINSE FM as well as CD compilations over the including UK Grime vol.1 and Pure Grime.

Following the success of Gash by da Hour, Striver created the 2007 remake of Maxwell D’s “Serious” while Nu Brand Flexxx recruited MCs Meter, Hoodlem, Infa red, Blacks, TK and Brags. The growing collective then released “Anthem”, which entered the Channel U charts at no.1 and remained there for 10 weeks.

Executively producing Nu Brand Flexxx’s debut album “Rangoose Vol.1” in 2008, Striver lead the recording and mixing of the project. His production skill has also been used to work alongside artists including Wiley, Tinchy Stryder, Nasty Crew, Roll Deep, Crazy Titch, Big Narstie, Flirta D, Carns Hill, Jae5, Randy Valentine, Mr.Wong, Maxwell D, P Money & Blacks. On the live circuit he has performed his music in London, Amsterdam and Ayia Napa, and also counts Lovebox, Luton Carnival, Anti-Racist Festival, Victoria Park Festival, Lewisham Peoples Day, Choice FM @ Emirates stadium and the O2 arena for football star Kanu amongst some of his live shows.

In 2020, Striver is back on the buttons and in the studio. Working closely with younger cousin Jae5 it is clear to see that visionary sounds in exciting genres are at the fingertips of this family from generation to generation. Making a marked return by releasing Recovered Drive 1, Striver explains: “Recovered Drive 1 is a mixture of some of my most classic instrumentals along with new instrumentals that capture the essence of grime”

I lost most of my hard drive with archived music a while ago and recently recovered the entire drive, which was a wake up call – it was the energy I needed to put music out again as well as creatively tap into my production zone. 

– Striver

One of my motivations to creative music is to spark someone to pick up a mic and write about their life experiences but also boost, brag and embrace the all-round hype energy that grime brings. More than anything, Recovered Drive 1 is to let people know that Striver is back!”

Presenting classic Grime instrumentals that have never before been available, new beats and guest features from Flirta D, Gully, Vener, Ranjah and Scrufizzer, Recovered Drive 1 also invites Creative Director Almass Badat to collaboratively curate the 8-track project and visualise the artwork, which is a contemporary take rooted in where it all began – Striver’s South London 2007 studio.

Tracklist:

  1. SLY SHUTTLE
  2. OUT MY WINDOW
  3. LEVELLER
  4. SERGEANT 
  5. DIFFERENT AIMS
  6. SHO SHO
  7. CLAPMAN UP ft Gully Ranjah, Vener Remah, Flirta D
  8. BAD Ft Scruffizer

Check out RECOVERED DRIVE 1 out now across all DSP’s.

STREAM/PURCHASE: STRIVER – RECOVERED DRIVE 1

Stay up to date with STRIVER by following his socials for news about upcoming releases & more.

WEBSITE / INSTAGRAM / TWITTER

#music #grimemusic #ukmusic #musicproducer #grimepioneer #urbanmusic #grime #ukgrimescene #ukmusicscene

HOW TO HOST YOUR CREATIVE WORKSHOP ONLINE

September 7, 2020

Calling all creatives!!! Are you a creative who’s ever wanted to teach your skills or have lost an income from IRL workshops due to COVID 19? Then there is something that will be perfect for you. On the 9/9/2020 there is an online workshop that will teach you how to host a creative workshop online, taking you through everything from hosting a workshop to marketing. The event will be hosted by Swakara Antwell-Bennett @swakara_shares, founder of the art market place Better Shared and a creative business consultant.

Things you will learn at this workshop

  • How to choose your topic
  • 3 creative workshop styles
  • A step-by-step guide to setting up
  • Pricing techniques
  • How to market your workshop

When will this be taking place?

Wednesday 9th Sept 2020

(UK) BST: 7pm | EST: 2pm

On Zoom (you’ll receive the link up to 24 hours before)

You can get your tickets for this event here. This will be a great workshop for artist, designers, photographers and makers who want to host a creative workshop online. You don’t want to miss this workshop.

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