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BAND OF BROTHERS

South London production duo Disclosure, are one of the most exciting acts to emerge from the UK this year.

‘The Face’ EP is the latest offering from brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence (aged just 20 and 17 respectively) who have already been playlisted by Radio 1, received enthusiastic co-signs from Pitchfork, FACT, Fader and The Guardian, toured the UK and Europe and supported SBTRKT on his UK tour. With its addictive sunshine sound, their latest EP looks set to compound Disclosure’s growing reputation as the UK’s most exciting – and uplifting – new producers.

Having racked up hundreds of thousands of Soundcloud plays with their remixes for Jessie Ware and Emeli Sande, the boys are currently working towards a much-anticipated debut album. And with their debut EP ‘Carnival/I Love That…You Know’ clocking up over 50,000 downloads in over 150 countries to date, Disclosure have proved that their distinctively British style of music has true global appeal. Forget age limitations and lazy categorisations, Disclosure are simply the sound of electronic music – past, present,and future.

Check out the latest track by the Croydon producers - Latch featuring Sam Smith, now available to download on iTunes. A FIT TUNE!

WEBSITE | disclosureofficial.com

TWITTER | @disclosure_uk

FACEBOOK | disclosureuk

SOUNDCLOUD | disclosuremusic

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HIP-HOP ON TRIAL: HIP-HOP DOESN’T ENHANCE SOCIETY, IT DEGRADES IT?

Hip-Hop Image

This June, Intelligence Squared and Google team up for a never-before-seen global debate on hip-hop. 

Is rap an art form that gives the street a voice? Or is it all just money, misogyny and materialism? 

London’s Barbican centre will see hip-hop pioneer and legend KRS-One, celebrated civil rights activist Jesse Jackson, computer scientist and composer Jaron Lanier, and many more stars lock horns in the unique Intelligence Squared/Google+ courtroom debate format. Some of the speakers will be on stage in London, others beamed in from around the world thanks to the Google+ Hangout technology

You can be part of the buzz of the London audience,  and be part of the event beamed across the web to millions. Go down and witness the future of the global mind-clash at the Versus hip-hop debate, live at the Barbican

For more details on the event and tickets visit www.barbican.org.uk.

PUMA CREATIVE FACTORY IN BOXPARK SHOREDITCH

Puma Twenty One

Today will see the launch of the PUMA Creative Factory at the rooftop gallery space in BOXPARK.

BOXPARK is the world’s first pop up mall based in Shoreditch, East London. The Creative Factory is an opportunity for individuals to get involved and create and redesign their own Puma kicks, either the First Rounds and the Baskets.

The gallery itself will have an exhibition the ‘Swatch This: Creative Factory exhibition at Boxpark’ which will be showcasing artwork from new generation talent who have designed their own versions of a Puma Swatch. In addition to this their will be music provided by CM Sounds as well as Canapes and drinks courtesy of Boxpark. For those interested the event will be running from 6.00 – 9.00pm at the Boxpark rooftop gallery space.

Please RSVP: elise@canvas-london.co.uk.

Don’t miss out and come on down today

RIVINGTON STREET FESTIVAL 2012 (MON 4 JUN)

Rivington Street Festival

Today sees the first Rivington Street Festival held in Shoreditch.  The festival will be curated to showcase the creative ‘DNA’ of the area. Rivington Streets hub of bars, clubs, cafes, fashion boutiques and galleries will be opening their doors and offering a day long series of music programming and art exhibitions.

The Festival will consist of an open air, real-time art exhibition, spoken word, a market area of local designers and two outside stages providing an eclectic backdrop of live music. We shall be hosting one of these stages for a bit on the afternoon with Charlie Bones, Mischa Mafia and Shamos providing the vibes. Most importantly this is a free event.

Rivington Street Festivals’ daytime programming will run from 12noon – 9pm; after 9pm the outdoor stages finish and the evening programming takes over within the local venues.

Although a free event, entry donations are welcomed and will help support the charity partner C.A.L.M. The campaign against living miserably (CALM) was set up to reduce the high suicide rate amongst men under 35, currently the biggest killer of young men in the UK.

Come down early as entry is on a first come first served basis.

www.rivingtonstreetfestival.co.uk

@RStreetFest

www.thecalmzone.net

NELLY FURTADO RETURNS

It’s been six years since Nelly Furtado's multi-platinum album Loose, which featured the smash hit single Maneater and collaborations with Justin Timberlake and Chris Martin.

After the career-defining urban pop of her 2006 album Loose, Furtado followed her own path - getting married, establishing her own record label, and recording a Spanish-language album, Mi Plan that missed the UK top 100 altogether.

Mi Plan sold well internationally, allowing the Canadian artist to tour South America for the first time, but she has been absent from the UK charts for five years. So it’s no surprise that The Spirit Indestructible revisits the pop hooks and colossal beats of Maneater - Nelly’s first album since 2009.

Nelly announced the news on Twitter. “The Spirit Indestructible JUNE 19, 2012,” she wrote.

The first single, Big Hoops (Bigger the Better), was produced by Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins, one of the biggest R&B producers in the 1990s. Jerkins worked with many of the bands Furtado name-checks - playing keyboards for Blackstreet and writing hits for Michael Jackson, Aaliyah, Beyonce, TLC and Kanye West. In addition to Jerkins, Nelly has been in the studio with producers including Salaam Remi and Pharrell.

Big Hoops is out on 4 June. The Spirit Indestructible follows on 18 June.

www.nellyfurtado.com

@NellyFurtado


THE FEMALE BUSTA RHYMES: LADY LESHURR

Birmingham MC Melesha O’Garro, aka Lady Leshurr, has seemingly become a permanent fixture of ones-to-watch and up-and-coming talent lists over the past three years. In that period, she has released five mixtapes, an EP and an official single; her star has burned incrementally brighter with each, but progress has been frustratingly slow given her obvious star quality. 

www.ladyleshurr.com

@LadyLeshurr

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MASTER OF MY MAKE-BELIEVE: SANTIGOLD

For the last decade, Santi White has worn many hats in the music industry: talent scout, songwriter for hire, producer. But ever since the release of her debut album four years ago, the singer known as Santigold has enjoyed the spotlight as an artist.

With a release in the UK on April 23rd, there’s one thing that Santigold made clear on her second album, it’s that she has no use for gimmicks. The album is a collection of strong ideas, cherry picked from a wide range of genres, which have been morphed into perfect pop songs. All of which have endured remarkably well during the four years it has taken to receive her follow up, Master of My Make-Believe.

Santigold Album Cover

Importantly it’s nice to see an artist resist compromise. You never doubt that this is the album Santigold wanted to make and it’s her personality that shines brightest amongst the many contributors. Best of all, she doesn’t hide behind elaborate costumes, fake personas or desperate rebellion to deliver her art. Master of My Make-Believe is first and foremost about the songs, which is the way it should always be.

The title of Santigold’s second album wears its embattled production with pride. The artist formerly known as Santogold (but actually named Santi White) was the hip revelation of 2008. 

Standout tracks from the album goes to the single release of "Disparate Youth" and "Big Mouth", the collision of pop and neon polyrhythms like a halfway party-house between MIA and Florence Welch

Oh, we said our dreams will carry us. And if they don’t fly we will run. (Disparate Youth - Santigold)

www.santigold.com

@Santigold

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STREETFEST LONDON (SUN 6 MAY)

Streetfest London 2012

It’s 11 days for Streetfest, the original and only live street art and culture festival, staged in the heart of east London.

Back at Hearn St Carpark on Bank Holiday 6th May the event will showcase an array of creative performers, from singers to skaters, painters to poets, rappers to riders, plus its own street market. These acts will be joining forces to create one gigantic innovative event, with live demonstrations, screenings and shows for 10 hours. An additional warehouse plus a third music stage has been added to the bill this year.

Some of the acts on the day will be:

Devlin, Lady Leshurr, Piff Gang, bSupreme, Stylinquents, DJ Wookie, Rattus Rattus (Urban Nerds), DJ Knickerbocker Corey, DJ Martelo, Work It DJ’s, Jon Burgerman, Cretin Collective, Malarky, Stika, Bridge Stehli, Toasters, Bleach, Hicks, Phillth, Mr Penfold, Elfin, Kids Love Ink, Kingdom, Love’N’Skate, Funkamental, Project G plus many more…

Click here for more details of the festival: www.streetfest.net

BREAKIN’ CONVENTION 2012 (5 - 7 MAY)

Breakin Convention 2012

Sadler’s Wells’ annual three-day celebration of hip hop dance theatre and culture, Breakin’ Convention, is back next weekend for the ninth year running with performances from some of the world’s best poppers, lockers, house dancers, B-boys and B-girls – all for just £20 or £15 standing. 

Hosted and curated by Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Jonzi D, Breakin’ Convention offers dozens of extra events as well as the amazing main stage performances. 

Starting in the afternoon, ticket-holders can watch top graffiti artists painting live in the courtyard before heading inside to get involved with freestyle sessions, graff workshops and MC/beatboxing demos. Resident DJs Tha En4cers will provide the tunes till the main shows start onstage at 7.30pm. 

Headlining on Saturday 5th May are Serial Stepperz (France), the world’s top house dance crew, and ILL-Abilities (International), a break dance company who challenge misconceptions about people with disabilities with their stunning performance, No Limits

On Sunday 6th May, PT3000 featuring Demons of the mind (USA) will perform in the UK for the first time, bringing with them some classic Filmore Flava. Joining them will be will be Pro Phenomen (France), who will blow your mind with their idiosyncratic fusion of street dance styles. 

Monday 7th May's highlights include all female crew Boadicea (UK), a fierce troupe of street dancers who made it to the finals of Sky TV’s Got to Dance. They are joined by current double bboy world champions Vagabond Crew (France) who make a much anticipated return to Breakin’ Convention with their signature piece, Alien. 

Save the date and be sure not to miss out.

TO BOOK YOUR TICKETS NOW, CLICK HERE!

W: www.breakinconvention.com T: @bconvention FB: www.facebook.com/breakinconvention