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Friday 23 December 2011

The D.O.T - Diary Dec 2011

The D.O.T - Diary Dec 2011

Mike Skinner - The D.O.T : The Diary Dec 2011.

It is the final diary entry of 2011 and it is full of good news for 2012.
As before with the November Diary, the script is imaginative, absorbing and interesting.
The narrator is clear and direct, just as I like, whilst Mike Skinner, Robert Harvey and Ted Mayhem assist their roles with perfection.

I predict 2012 will be the year of The D.O.T

I'm actually very interested to know what those giant toasted ants and chunky BBQ worms tasted like?
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Thursday 22 December 2011

Trak-o-the-day : Leo The Lion - Walking In The Air (Live)

Leo The Lion - Walking In The Air (Live)

Leo The Lion's cover of the classic festive song Walking In The Air.
Recorded at Makeshift Studios in London.

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Wednesday 14 December 2011


"Since this was your favourite track on the CD (apart from Cradle Of
). It is only right that you are part of the video. You
are loved and missed by us all. Sleep well Adooni."

Lowkey, real name Kareem Dennis, the London born Rapper, musician and political activist of English and Iraqi decent to an Iraqi mother and an English father, from the age of twelve he began to rap, graduating to the open mic sessions which took place at the Deal Real record shop on Carnaby Street, Central London.
The rest is why Lowkey is as relevent in music as he is today.  

The latest video from the hit album Soundtrack to the Struggle by Lowkey is for the Beatnick and K-Salaam produced title track. The video was filmed in Venezuela, produced by Global Faction and dedicated to Lowkey's supporter and friend who recently passed away, Adnan Al-Radhi who also features on this video version of the track.

Lowkey's latest album 'Soundtrack To The Struggle' is out now

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Produced by Nutty P and Guy Buss

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Tuesday 13 December 2011

Mike Skinner makes music history with live interactive video featuring Ghostpoet & The D.O.T on Rizlab's exclusive The Project 3.

Ever the innovator, the master of fresh idea's, Mike Skinner makes music history with a live interactive video featuring Ghostpoet and The D.O.T on Rizlab's The Project.

Mike Skinner - 'Trouble'

I'm proud to say I took part in the real time multiple choice options, deciding what would happen next in each exciting scene to the three unsuspecting artists in this exclusive to Rizlab The Project 3 video conducted on 30th November, when Mike Skinner and Robert Harvey's new band The D.O.T combined creative forces with highly credible London talent Ghostpoet - whose debut album ‘Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam’ has earned him an enormous amount of respect as well as a Mercury Prize nomination, - to record the worlds first live interactive music video.  

20,122 viewers, 32 possibilities, one live performance and one live take. The end result is delightfully amusing, check out Mike's expressions when a tattooed disco dancer flexes his ample bicep muscles in his face! joined with fast-pace scenes of Cheerleaders, Stonehenge attire, 'Boyband' boys flexing their bare toned torso's and plenty more fun and frolics fired at the threesome as they battle through the creative elements, whilst performing the bodacious new track 'Trouble' which is already proving a favourite around the clubs, well-received by DJ's and fans of both Ghostpoet and The D.O.T. are continously leaving positive feedback to boot.

Ghostpoet + The D.O.T Rizlab for 'Trouble'

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Thursday 8 December 2011

Mr ShaoDow - Ignant

Mr ShaoDow - Ignant

Mr ShaoDow, the independent UK Rapper has just released his latest track Ignant.
At the age of 18, he travelled to China to learn Shaolin Kung Fu, an art that has influenced both his name and his lyrics. He is seen showing off his skill with Nunchaku - the weapons made famous by Martial Arts legend Bruce Lee - in ShaoDow's video for Ignant

Mr ShaoDow's debut single in 2007 titled 'Look out there's a black man coming' gained him a lot of respect, from here, his supporters have continued to grow. He has already supported Akala, Chipmunk, Lethal Bizzle, Klashnekoff and he also featured on the track Get Stronger with Ghetts.
Before the release of his next official single ShaoDow will be putting out a number of tracks and videos for people to enjoy. 'Ignant' is a high energy, fast paced song with an infectiously unique instrumental produced by UK beat maker Kid Kong.
Mr ShaoDow is a good looking lad with a lot to say and he's not affraid to get out there himself and spread the words in which he is passionate about.

Mr ShaoDow is currently travelling the UK selling his CDs and meeting his fans directly. He has now sold over 7,000 copies single handedly.
LikeTheSound is proud to support the man who believes in what he stands for and claimed his influences include God, Life, Nature and People.

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Mike Skinner's Book 'The Story of The Streets' Due out March 2012

Mike Skinner's Book, titled  'The Story of The Streets' is due for release in March 2012
Last month Mike Skinner closed his reign on the music industry as The Streets with a series of emotional and memorable gigs, in which I might add The Streets have never sounded so supreme, most would argue it is a crime to end The Streets at such a peak, but Skinner would tell you otherwise.

Mike Skinner broke the mould over a decade ago when he unleashed his debut album Original Pirate Material, he took The Streets on the road and opened up a whole new live experience for his fans. With such legendary albums as A Grand Don't Come For Free, The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living, Everything Is Borrowed and Computers And Blues to his name, Mike Skinner has always remained true to himself and in-turn, true to his fans, I'm guesssing, this is exactly what his debut book The Story of The Streets is going to provide the reader with.
There is nothing, that I know of, which I am more excited about than the release of the long awaited Story of The Streets
The eighty thousand word memoir that Mike Skinner collaborates on with writer Ben Thompson will be available in 352 pages of book form.

Mike Skinner tweeted today
my book is out in march. going to be at all the literary events
the word 'road' used to refer to anywhere someone rode. 'street' was the name for a road that had been made more permanent"
this forms the basis of my comprehensive study entitled, 'the story of the streets'

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Wednesday 7 December 2011

Exclusive : Arrival N Departure by Nycest Emcee - Track by track

Arrival N Departure is the brand new album by LikeTheSound's favourite North Carolina Hip Hop and Rap artist Nycest Emcee. And what's more, it is produced by K Slack, the producer whose work is so consistently finely tuned, it's hard not to feel excited before you have even opened your ears to what you are about to receive.
I'm long overdue in catching up with Nycest Emcee, so lets waste no more time and find out what's been happening with Arrival N Departure. Track by track ...

I asked Nycest Emcee about the title of the new album? He told me "Well the title of the album (Arrival N Departure) I came up with because it explained my thought process heading into it. This was to be the one album that I was going to do. It was really a thank you to all the people that have supported me in music over the years. I have to give thanks to Kathy Ceglowski (photography), Zahrah Designs, K Slack, and King James II.

Arrival N Departure opens with the excellent  Spread My Wings : "This song kind of summed up the entire album to me. I was coming back to the mic having been disappointed with alot of the stuff I've been hearing lately. K Slack sent me this beat and I immediately called him with this idea. I wanted to blend Hip Hop and my faith together over a beat that was HARD."

Oh Baby : "I must admit, I love the ladies. My friends often tease me about being a "charmer". So I wanted to make a song for the ladies because they deserve it. Once this song was finished many people said this was going to the first single that would make it."

Frenemies (ft K Slack) : "Nuff said."

We Don't Care (ft Rah Digga) : "It's not everyday that you get a chance to work with a legend. This song began to write itself once the okay was given. I can't thank her enough for all the help she gave me to make this song what it is. Love Rah Digga!"

Damage Is Done (ft Alexis Jones) : "This song is so important to me. In society we often make decisions without giving thought to the long term consequences of those decisions. So I wanted to write a song that showed people that you can't always undo what you've done. Alexis Jones did a great job of capturing the emotion on the song with her incredible voice."

That Hip Hop : "You'll never find a more dangerous emcee, if Charles Manson was hosting your ceremony." No Hip Hop album is complete without a track that allows the artist to unleash a furry of punch lines. 2pac is my favourite emcee so the sample just help get me going on this track."

Green Light (ft Rutger Ruckus and Jey Davis) : "The beat was made by my homie Young Deniro. He used to send me beats every week. Once he sent this one I was instantly in love with it. My homie S. Black came up with the hook. For the song itself I wanted to get some emcees that I felt were hungry. So I met Rutger Ruckus at a competition we both were in (which he won). I knew I had to get him on this track. Jey Davis I met at her job. She referred me to her page on I could hear the hunger in her songs and knew she was the one that would complete this song."

I am Nycest : "Ahhhhh, me and my kids favourite song. This song I wrote to give people a better understanding of who I am as a person as well as an artist. The beat was actually made as an inside joke between me and Slack. I had so much fun making this song and I just hope people appreciate as such."

Danger (ft Royce da 5'9 and K Slack) : "Exactly what the title says. This is the hardest song on the entire album. So I linked up with the hardest emcees to make it. Royce Da 5'9" and K Slack got on this track and just killed it. I think the chemistry we have on that song says something about all three of us. Not the type of guys you want looking for you."

Leslie : "Once again Young Deniro on the beat. My wife heard this beat and loved it. So I wrote this as a thank you to her. She is my biggest supporter. None of this is possible with out her."

The Family (ft Alexis Jones) : "Just a fun track dedicated to my family. We may not always see eye to eye but the love is always there. I love them all and wanted them to know it. Once again Alexis Jones put the cherry on top of this good old fashioned apple pie."

Nycest Emcee's Arrival N Departure is Hip Hop at it's greatest, exceeding all the hungry punchlines, honesty and charm you desire, complete with the luxurious production I have grown to trust upon from K Slack.

LikeTheSound will be chasing up Nycest Emcee for some more chat in an exclusive interview where we can get to know the man behind the name and the music.

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Friday 2 December 2011

Sway featuring Lupe Fiasco - Still Speedin' RELOADED

Sway featuring Lupe Fiasco - Still Speedin' RELOADED

Sway moves up another top-notch gear on the remix to his smash Still Speedin' by recruiting Lupe Fiasco.

Derek Safo (aka Sway), the north London rapper has been in the game since the age of 16 and is credited by peers and critics a-like as a trailblazer in the UK urban scene, he also appeared on the classic Harvey Nicks - The Mitchell Brothers ft. The Streets and Sway
and was the main support act for The Streets 2006 tour.

With the very welcome return of Mike Skinner ( The D.O.T ) on Twitter this week, Sway put a nice tweet out to Skinner yesterday saying
@skinnermike Mate you're back!!! Glad to see you on my timeline again. #LivingLegend

Still Speedin’ samples Loleatta Holloway’s ‘Love Sensation’, which was made famous by Black Box who sampled it on their 1989 number 1 ‘Ride On Time’. Sway goes in on the track with his signature lyrical word-play, demonstrating his prowess with some serious punchlines.

Still Speedin' is released on December 4th and you can pre-order on iTunes here :

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