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Thursday 29 March 2012

Ikes - The Prologue - @ikesonthereal

Listen to this new tune from Ikes - The Prologue - @ikesonthereal 
IKES gives us the visuals to the latest thoughts on his mind in the 'The Prologue'.
The Prologue', which uses Rick Ross' 'Mafia Music 2' as a backing track, depicts the highs and lows that IKES experienced as a teen in order to make money to see a brighter day.
The video is shot and directed by Olan Colitto of Cardy Films, who has just joined IKES' lifestyle imprint, Port Mayfair, as the Head of Visual Creative.

Port Mayfair will be focusing on areas other than music, such as film and fashion, in the near future.
IKES will be releasing his next single, 'The Game's Back', featuring J Warner, in May, which is featured on his latest project 'The Intermission: Last Call'.

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Wednesday 28 March 2012

Books: The Story Of The Streets by Mike Skinner - Out now!

Books: The Story Of The Streets by Mike Skinner

The long awaited memoirs of Mike Skinner is out today. After carefully removing the Amazon packaging I was thrilled by the quality of the book. The dustcover is pure white with the famous The Streets clipper lighter blazoned across the front between the title The Story Of The Streets - the title alone sets a wave of excitement and if you are a hardcore Streets fan you are already guessing knowledgeably of the tales that are bound to be hiding within these pages.

The inside leaf of the jacket has an early black and white photo of Mike Skinner, looking very young, wide-eyed and unintentionally innocent - remarkably much as he still looks today!

The dustcover feels peachy - you want to keep stroking it as you chat about the subject matter in hand. Beneath the the dustcover is the hardback, revealing a black and white photograph by Rod Doyle covering from front to back of Mike Skinner crowd surfing amongst a sea of adoring arms and helping hands reaching out to touch, pull and push.

'This book is going to try and get as close as possible to the full story of what informed the noise of "The Streets". Obviously that's something I should be fairly well-qualified to know about, and I'm going to be as honest as the publisher's lawyers will allow.' ...

The adjoining first two pages are bright red. The pages feel lovely! good quality with a smooth grain in an off-white that I find easy on the eyes.

Unsure-at-first weather to include any photographs in his book, it was Mike Skinner's wife Claire, who persuaded him to do so and completed his buyers pleasure with a collection of treasurable photo's from his childhood to the present day. Given that they say  "One Picture is Worth Ten Thousand Words" you'll understand how essential it was to share these moments from the rise and rise of Mike Skinner to The Story of The Streets.

Today, Mike Skinner wrote on his blog "ladies and gents please meet Mr Ben Thompson. the nick cage of the self written story book. the ghost rider. without him this thing would be shit and full of chapters about microphones. aswell as long passages of hate filled sputum on losing pairs of glasses down the back of a TV. hope you enjoy our work"

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This is not a review of the book, that will be done when I have read it in full, this is mearely a teaser and with that I must add, Mr Skinner's wife is one of the most beautiful brides I have ever seen!

Thank you to all involved for a book that really feels worth owning in your hands and the facsinating photo collection with detailed descriptions with each picture. Now I'm going to sit back and begin reading my beloved edition of Mike Skinner's The Story Of The Streets.

Available at all good book stores now - including at - The Story Of The Streets

Bantam Books (Transworld Publishers a division of the Random House Group)

ISBN: 9780593068076

Wednesday 21 March 2012

Mike Skinner airs his 6 Music playlist - Sunday 25th March - BBC Radio 6 Music.

Mike Skinner - BBC 6 Music


Mike Skinner AKA The Streets is the next artist to share his 6 Music playlist which will include tracks from Benny Banks, Lady Leshurr, Man Like Me, Mord Fustang, Dillon Francis and J Jean amongst others.                                                                                      

Mike Skinner's highly anticipated memoirs titled The Story of The Streets is due for release on 29th March via Bantam Press.

Available at all good book stores in Paperback, Hardback and Kindle Edition Pre-order now on Amazon

Follow Mike Skinner :  On Twitter @skinnermike

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Saturday 17 March 2012

Reviews: Everything To Me (feat. Calzo Houdini) Shep 3rd

Everything To Me is the brand new single by upcoming Rap, Hip Hop and RnB Artist Shep 3rd (feat. Calzo Houdini) Released on Wed 14th March on Dimerock Records.

Typical of Shep 3rd, Everything To Me has relateable lyrical content that demands the listeners attention, he writes about life experiences and uses words that help bring vision to his story.

At the age of 16, Shep 3rd released his first mixtape No Holds Barred, he went onto airing his tunes on Youtube straight from the streets and it caused people to prick up their ears, no one more so than Callum James Greens.

Shep 3rd is more than your average kid spittin bars, he is talented and he is not afraid to put the work in before he expects to reap. At this stage, we know he is ready to leave those days of recording on half broken microphones in dingy bedrooms, he's delivering the goods, the only thing he is lacking is a producer, what a waste it would be to kill the elements that stand out most in Shep 3rd by sticking him in with a producer who is not prepared to cross the boundaries, go that extra mile to bring the best out in the artists style, good job then that it happened to be Calzo Houdini and Larissa Dahlbeck for the job.

Everything To Me is a top quality song, the lyrics are written and delivered to reveal the emotional side of Shep 3rd's character raising the bar along with the expertise of Callum James Greens and Larissa Dahlbeck from the Calzo Houdini studio production team .
I hope they will continue to work together, the mix is quite perfect, superbly tuned and warmly wrapped in the finest blend of sounds that make you want more.

Why should I buy it? Because it's a bloody good song! A lot of work went into the making of Everything To Me, anything that has been created with care deserves to be rewarded with your support, so what better reason could you need?

Show your support for new music:

Buy Everything To Me (feat. Calzo Houdini) by Shep 3rd on iTunes.

Also available on Amazon, and all good digital retail stores.

Follow Shep 3rd - @sheptheartist on Twitter

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Monday 12 March 2012

NEWS: Mike Skinner - The Story Of The Streets - Book Signing

The award winning London bar The Social, the pride of Portland Street, run by Heavenly Recordings & The Breakfast Group are delighted to be hosting an exciting event.

Transworld Publishers and The Social invite you to join in the celebration of the launch of Mike Skinner's long-awaited new book The Story of the Streets.

Mike will be signing copies of his book and be accompanied by guest DJ’s on the 27th March.
Doors: 7pm, free entry all night.

Earlier today, Mike Skinner said on his blog, that he will spend most of this week reading from his book. Filming some videos of readings aswell as the audio book where it’s him reading the words right into our earbuds, yes! I LikeTheSound of this!

If you would like to get your Story of The Streets signed by Mike Skinner, get yourself down to the bar that is famous for launching over a million hugely successful hangovers.

Date : 27th March

Venue : The Social
5 Little Portland St
London W1W 7JD
0207 636 4992

Saturday 3 March 2012

Mike Skinner : DJ Set - Berlin 02.03.12

Intro have been celebrating its 20th anniversary, between November and February they focused on numerous intimate concerts. In the first weekend of March, they are celebrating the magazine’s birthday with two spectacular indoor festivals in Berlin and Cologne.

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Last night saw Mike Skinner's DJ Set in Berlin - others billed included Max├»mo Park, M83, Thees Uhlmann, Mouse On Mars, Simian Mobile Disco, Little Boots and Matias Aguayo.
Mike Skinner blogged this morning "
have never DJ’d 2 nights in a row before. it’s like eating loads of crackers. diplo does it but he’s testament to the fact that sanity is just madness put to good use" on

I was very pleased to get so many favourite tunes in one set, Strong Skunk, Single Barrel, Has It Come To This, Bada Bing, Blinded By The Lights, the set is drenched with heavy beats, sour house,  and sounds like a lot of thought went into the planning and you don't feel like you have to worry about the DJ, the flow is exciting and sexy. Well done Mike Skinner for a much enjoyed and very lively DJ set. I can't wait for the next one ... some Bee Gees by any chance please?

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Trak-o-the-day: Perry Mystique - Buildin' Bridges

Although new to LikeThe Sound, Perry Mystique is already a household name as a producer and a rapper in his native Holland, he is renowned for his acclaimed producing talent as well as his boisterous lyrics and unique mixture of sounds. Perry has proved himself with massive success internationally as an artist with production credits and features on huge hit records in Holland and Asia, and already regarded as one of Europe’s finest Hip Hop producers and has also signed a deal as an artist via his production label Space Trak with Mercury/ Universal Records in the UK in 2011.

Buildin' Bridges is out now.

Perry Mystique - Buildin' Bridges

LikeTheSound also recommends: Perry Mystique- Amnesia (Official Net Video)-**Taken From The Buildin' Bridges EP- OUT Feb 2nd 2012 

Follow Perry Mystique on Twitter @PerryMystique


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