May 15, 2013

Four Minutes With Farr: Futurboogie

I sat down with Futureboogie label boss Dave Harvey, and Bristolian badman Eats Everything to chat about what direction house music is going in and what we can expect from their stage at Farr Festival 2013…

May 5, 2013


I had a chat with with tribal pop band The Other Tribe, before they kicked off their UK tour at London’s XOYO.

April 29, 2013
ONE TO WATCH: Sinead Harnett


I have a crush. Quite a big one. Now, all serious crushes have a backstory, and I’m going to share this one with you.

I had a radio show at university called ‘In The Grimelight’ which I co-hosted with my best friend. (We were kicked off the air on one occasion - but we’ll save that story for another day.) This best friend I speak of, is both a Pokemon World Champion and a night owl. Innocently lingering on twitter late one night, a tweet from a well-known UK Grime artist called Wiley struck his attention. Wiley wanted a female vocalist. Best friend knew a young lady from school, and quickly linked Wiley to her youtube page.

Enter SINEAD HARNETT. Wiley knows talent when he sees it and featured her on his track ‘Walk Away’ within weeks. Wiley returned BF’s favour by appearing on our radio show - which was just about the most exciting thing that had happened to ‘Raw FM’, and needless to say, I have been following her career ever since.


Back in December, I attended Disclosure’s first live gig at Plan B in Brixton, where they were supported by Jessie Ware, Sam Smith and a fairly nervous but composed Sinead, who jumped on stage to sing ‘Boiling’ with as much confidence and presence as someone 5 years her senior. Her dulcet tones are strong, my-oh-my can she rift, and did I mention that she’s seriously hot?

I bounded up to Sinead, bombarding her with questions with not even a hint of concealment over my ambition to be her personal PR/friend/girlfriend.


Into 2013 and things are looking bright. Sinead features on chart toppers Rudimental’s latest track ‘Baby’ with MNEK, which has summery vibes streaming out from all crevices.

We also have a debut single on the cards, and you would not believe my sheer DELIGHT when I heard it was produced by Bristol underground heavyweight Eats Everything, and Futureboogie’s very own Lukas. Although her background is in soul, ‘Got Me’ sees Sinead delve into the deeper corners of the house music genre and establishes her as one of the most exciting female singer/songwriters the UK has to offer.

Sinead’s album is rumoured for release in 2014…

Stay up to date with Sinead via twitter - @SineadHarnett
And you can catch me begfriending her @1Venetia


March 24, 2013
ON REPEAT: Alix Perez - ‘Annie’s Song’


Alix Perez has just cemented himself as one of the most exciting producers the UK has to offer.

Spreading his Drum and Bass wings out into less heavy electronic territory, ‘Annie’s Song’ is the first official single taken from his upcoming album, and if this is the prelude, sign me up for the pre-order.

Belgium born but London based Alix, may run the risk of disappointing his hard-n-heavy-d-n-b-heads (the ones that spend the majority of their time hanging from the ceiling) but will no doubt gain new fans shaped similarly to James Blake and Jamie Woon disciples.

You can pre-order the single on vinyl, which is out April 14th, HERE.


March 21, 2013
Phonica Fresh

I usually like to keep my record splurges pretty close to my chest, but it’s a Thursday and I’m feeling fruity, so have decided to share 2 out of the 4 purchases. 

First up, it’s Nisse Nilson ‘All The Memories’ EP, which came out about a month ago, but I’ve learnt pretty quickly to cop a Nixwax release whenever I see one. 

I also bought the latest release from South London Ordnance, who’s based in - you guessed it - South London! Complicated names aside, Scuba was right to snap this guy up. Check out his PERECT Boiler Room here, and of course - ‘Revolver’. There is absolutely no denying that this guy is set for big things…

March 13, 2013
FARR add The Martinez Brothers, Andrew Weatherall and Daniel Avery to their line up. No, things can’t get better than this.TICKETS:

FARR add The Martinez Brothers, Andrew Weatherall and Daniel Avery to their line up.

No, things can’t get better than this.


February 21, 2013


As 2012’s most blogged band and nominees for both the BBC Sound of 2013 and BRITs Critics’ Choice Award, expectations for AlunaGeorge’s gig at XOYO were high, and the ticket was a hot one. 

Contrary to popular belief, there are two people in the band: Aluna Francis is the singer and George Reid is the producer. Both are extremely tall. Their sample-heavy electronic pop music has stormed the UK charts of late, with their feature on fellow dynamic duo Disclosure’s track ‘White Noise' recently peaking at no. 2, an achievement that excited brands like Mixmag, and ignited an excited tweet from Skream. 

With George positioned on stage firmly behind keyboards and electronic equipment, Aluna, dressed in midriff-baring sports luxe and giant shades, was left to writhe about with her signature hypnotic hip dance moves during opener ‘Just A Touch’. The pair didn’t really interact with the crowd - who were mostly backpack and beanie clad under 25-year-olds - which resulted in an initial sense of detachment, but a cover of Montell Jordan’s ‘This Is How We Do It' and a rendition of viral track 'You Know You Like It' brought the energy up - and by closer 'Your Drums, Your Love' the night ended on a high.

George is clearly a highly gifted producer, and although Aluna was at times drowned out during the set, her vocals are both intriguing and enticing. Their lack of communication with the audience doesn’t alter the fact that their music is both fresh and funky, and I’m in no doubt that their debut album ‘Body Music’, will be one of this summer’s success stories.  

Here’s their new single ‘Attracting Flies

Like AlunaGeorge? Check out: BONDAX 

February 18, 2013


Nottingham based Indiana is about to take hold of your soul, and you won’t want her to let go any time soon. 

Strong brows are not all Indiana has going for her. The Raider of Arks (like the Spielberg movie - clever huh!) will undoubtedly be hitting the airwaves and charts in no time; a hugely skilled lyricist who possesses a vocal so haunting that it will make your commute past the local graveyard on your way home seem like a kindergarten filled with star-shaped balloons and french fancies. 

If you like Delilah, Jessie Ware and MS MR, this young lady is for you… 

Check out Blind As I Am' and other tracks on her soundcloud, and be sure to catch her at the St Pancras Church on March 14th. 


February 16, 2013


January 19, 2013
ESSENTIAL MIX - George Fitzgerald


Heidi calls him “handsome” but it has become even more clear after a listen to this offering on Pete Tong’s Radio 1 Essential Mix, that Sir George Fitzgerald is not just a pretty face. After graduating from Cambridge (and I’m pretty certain he did a Law degree on top of that), Fitzgerald has decided to put his brains into music production  with EVIDENTLY good reason. What’s more, this is not a super-producer lacking in skills behind the decks. After seeing him at Farr Festival last summer, I can assure you that his DJ sets are of the most seductive kind, certain to send even the most anti-fun punter into a swirling spiral of pure and utter happiness.

Child' was undoubtedly one of the tracks of 2012, but George's talents spread further afield than his own music, check out his work with new Brit blonde talent Py, who streams from a similar vein as Jessie Ware. Have a listen to ‘Lungs' - and try, I DARE YOU, not to fall in love with the haunting vocal which is married so perfectly with the simple but addictive beat.

George’s Essential Mix sees him branded as ‘One To Watch’, but Heidi…Pete… honies! - I’ve been ‘watching’ him for a while. For me, this mix sees him get the recognition he deserves, and secures him as one of the most exciting talents the underground has to offer.

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