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Kate Tempest – Let Them Eat Chaos review

Kate Tempest_press_photo_2016_01_5404x3040For those who have been living without internet access for last three years, here’s a brief update on the state of the planet to put British rapper and spoken word artist Kate Tempest’s second album in context: the Earth is in a dire state. Rising divisions between rich and poor, and intolerance and miscommunication are everywhere. Meanwhile, the rise of big business continues, while the culture of the self quietly keeps the “modern revolution” – helpfully prophesised by voting-sceptic Russell Brand, among others – pacified.

Kate Tempest came to the attention of many in 2013 with her Mercury Prize-nominated debut album, Everybody Down, an effecting concept album that focused on a young couple, their troubled relationship and hard-bitten city living. With her second album, Let Them Eat Chaos, Tempest has built on her experiences to produce a powerful reflection of life in Britain today, from the high-stakes city workers to the down-and-outs living on the breadline.

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Choice Cuts: Danger Doom – The Mouse and the Mask

Lex Records, 2005Danger Doom - The Mouse and the Mask (800x450)Danger Doom’s album is high-wire fun that’d be an offence to anyone who takes themselves too seriously. So you can bet it’d go down well with smiley Liam Gallagher and today’s hardline extremists, right?

A collaboration between enigmatic super-producer, Danger Mouse, and equally reclusive masked rapper, MF Doom, The Mouse and the Mask is a marvel of audacious jams and masterful short stories, spliced with animated skits and more humour than a Hanna-Barbera classic.

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I Speak Machine – The Silence review

Tara Busch, I Speak Machine - Silence live, 02 (944x559)The Silence is not an album to listen to while walking around your house in the dead of night – unless, of course, you enjoy giving yourself a good scare. This moody, instrumental affair comes from LA-based synthesizer enthusiast, Tara Busch, who, along with filmmaker, Maf Lewis, goes by the name of I Speak Machine, and has been produced as an extended soundtrack to their short film of the same name.

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BadBadNotGood & Ghostface Killah – Sour Soul review

Ghostface Killah, BBNG - Sour Soul, press photo 02, (1200x675)An album with a consistent mood can spawn a legion of imitators, all eager to replicate the aural nectar the originator has managed to bottle. We saw it with Massive Attack’s Blue Lines and the xx’s debut. And BadBadNotGood & Ghostface Killah’s Sour Soul could well be next, because the alchemy at work here is mesmerising.

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Music acts to watch in 2014

Any avid gambler will tell you that you can never have too many good tips. And while, in this case, tip-offs about 2014’s likely breakthrough artists come a dime a dozen, here are a selection of bold, up-and-coming artists that deserve your attention.

Sampha press photo 03 (724x408)1. Sampha
The buzz around this 24-year-old south Londoner has reached a new high. Already a runner-up in the BBC’s Sound of 2014 list and many others, new single ‘Too Much’ confirms the excitement is warranted.

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JJ Doom @ Fabric, London

JJ Doom @ Fabric, London (Jun 2013) by Aaron LeeBewilderment and unease rippled through the crowd when the masked figure proclaimed that he would be this evening’s entertainment.

“Y’all here for JJ Doom?” he asked through a suspiciously familiar east coast drawl, a slight panter in his voice from his hurried on-stage arrival.

“They can’t be here tonight. But it’s alright, I’m their replacement: Gone the Hero.”