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Spotlight: Dr. Syntax (aka Sinners, Benny Huge, Syntax)
Artist Spotlight

Spotlight: Dr. Syntax (aka Sinners, Benny Huge, Syntax)

I think if I were to describe the archetypal UK hip-hop artist it would be this guy; Dr Syntax. I first heard him on Asylum Speakers, the Foreign Beggars’ debut album which was released in 2003 (it’s incredible, check it out). Four years on Syntax released his first LP, Self …

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Future Classic: Metabeats feat. Dubbledge “EyeSeeYou”
Future Classics
Hip-Hop

Future Classic: Metabeats feat. Dubbledge “EyeSeeYou”

Recently I’ve been listening to a lot of tracks released by Associated Minds, a Cardiff based hip hop record label. I got deeply into UK hip hop about 2 or 3 years ago when I realised that there was more to it than the grimy, mindless rap you’d hear during …

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Future Classic: Jacques Greene “Arrow”
Future Classics
House / Techno

Future Classic: Jacques Greene “Arrow” (Concealer EP)

I just had this recommended to me by a friend. I’ve got some spare time this weekend so I knew I was going to blog about something. Here are a few of the reasons why I chose this track in particular. Firstly, it’s always nice when the drop in a …

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Phaeleh “Afterglo 0.01″
Dj Mixes
UK Garage / Grime / 2step / Dubstep

Mix of the Day: Phaeleh “Afterglo 0.01”

Phaeleh (pronounced ‘fella’) is officially my favourite dubstep artist (yes, we know that the term is in constant mutation and is getting harder to define). He has been since I first heard his Afterglo 0.01 mix about a year ago. It would seem silly to make such a statement based …

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Forgotten Treasure: Lone Catalysts “Due Process”
Forgotten Treasures
Hip-Hop

Forgotten Treasure: Lone Catalysts “Due Process” (2002)

Back in my skater days I used to love watching skateboard videos and listening to the accompanying tracks. I actually got into hip-hop because I heard some Nas instrumentals on a Girl skateboards video called ‘Yeah Right’. These songs used to stick in my head so much that I was …

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Future Classic: Gravious “Spatial Dimensions EP”
Future Classics
House / Techno Techno UK Garage / Grime / 2step / Dubstep

Future Classic: Gravious “Spatial Dimensions EP”

I first came across Gravious when he released the Junction City EP about a year ago. Mixing all the niceties of techno with the accessibility of dubstep is no small feat but this man seems to have managed to pull it off. In doing so he combines a bouncy experimental …

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