Inner City Dwellers – Rap Metal for Disaffected Britian

Inner City Dwellers
Inner City Dwellers

London based Inner City Dwellers are a new voice socially-disaffected Britain.  Their music fuses rap, punk & nu-metal with their mix of abrasive, metallic guitar riffs and articulate, ‘estate-culture’ rapping.

With the emphasis for their first EP and album being on their ‘broken Britain’ stance, they are readily able to connect with the younger generation of music consumers; their music is pushing anti-establishment messages in the way that Rage Against The Machine, Discharge & The Sex Pistols have done before them.

Frontman Patrick Williams is perhaps best known in the drum n bass scene as MC Rage.  Having toured internationally for ten years as tour MC Rage for the likes of Goldie and Pendulum, Patrick Williams has most recently been the resident live and DJ MC for Chase & Status.  He cites influences from Gallows, Rage Against The Machine and The Clash to Plan B, Mos Def, Steel Pulse and Lowkey.

Musically, Inner City Dwellers offer up a combination of solid metal riffs, stadium-rock hooks and dreamy soundscapes.  Sam, Chris, Jake and Stephan are all graduates of the Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) in Guildford and they combine perfectly to create a sound that is tight, solid and full of energy.

Following a hugely successful appearance at Manchester’s In The City festival, the band landed the support slot on Roni Size’s sold-out UK tour.  A trip to Europe to play at the Nokia and T-Mobile-sponsored SPRINGeight festival in Austria alongside The Streets was followed by another to Poland for an appearance at the Boogie Brain festival.  ICD continue to sell out venues like the Underworld (Camden), the Boileroom (Guildford) and the Peel (Kingston) and show clear potential, building upon their fanbase as they grow.

A brand new EP will be released in Spring 2010 and will feature guest appearances from Plan B.  At the same time, the band will shortly be introducing their own club night in London.  Run in conjunction with their management company, “LONDON RIOT” will be a weekly night aimed at students and young people.  As well as giving the band an opportunity to play and ‘rehearse live’, there will be guest DJs and special guest performances.

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Inner City Dwellers aim to use this to further increase industry and consumer awareness of their music.  The first night is scheduled for Tuesday 18th May.

Inner City Dwellers deliver a fresh and original style of rap metal that will excite all rock and urban music fans.  The positive and socially-aware lyrical content further heightens the band’s current relevance, charm and appeal.

Inner City Dwellers are certainly one to look out for in 2010

For more information visit www.innercitydwellersuk.com

Hadouken! – Mic Check video & single out now

hadouken! - mic check
hadouken! - mic check

Mic Check is the second single to be taken from Hadouken!’s current album For The Masses and is being played just about everywhere right now.

For some reason it only makes Radio 1’s ‘B’ list, but still managed ‘Record of the Week’ on the Fearne Cotton show and was Zane Lowe’s  ‘Hottest Record in the World.’

Elsewhere the video is playlisted on all the favourite channels, such as MTV, NME and Kerrang!

Hadouken!’s headline dates in every major UK town and city have proven once again that they’re one of 2010’s most potent live forces, with an energy and exuberance on stage that has drawn comparisons to the Prodigy and Pendulum. Farther afield, the band debuted in the US in February, and will be returning to play Coachella later in the spring. A European tour kicks off shortly.

‘For The Masses’ was recorded with gilded Dutch electronic producers Noisia and is available on Hadouken!’s own Surface Noise Recordings. In contrast to the art-school show ponies and electro-pop crooners that make up UK music’s current establishment, Hadouken! go in loud, hard, and fast.

‘For The Masses’ captures their raw, visceral sound, and lands somewhere between the Prodigy’s ‘Fat Of The Land’ and Pendulum’s ‘In Silico’.

Check out the new video here and now!

Hadouken! – Mic Check

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gnYeQx5-0t8

For more information visit the Hadouken! MySpace page.

Stay Too Long the excellent single & video from Plan B

plan b aka ben drew
plan b aka ben drew

The excellent new single form Plan B, aka as Londoner Ben Drew, will be released on January 11th 2010 and has already featured as Record Of The Week for Radio One’s Zane Lowe and is currently Fearne Cotton‘s Record Of The Week on the same radio station.

Coming on the back of the 26 year olds fantastic top ten hit with Chase & StatusEnd Credits, and his appearance in the acclaimed British thriller Harry Brown, Drew is about to take the music industry by storm.

Stay Too Long is a ferocious collision of retro soul, funk, rock and rap, that surprisingly works on every level, erupting into a massive cacophony of wonderful noise.

Produced by Paul Epworth, the studio genius behind Florence and the Machine, The Big Pink and Friendly Fires the single serves as a spectacular taster of what to expect from Plan B’s monster new album The Defamation of Strickland Banks.

To further add weight to its sheer monstrous potential, Stay Too Long has been put through the mill by bass troublers Pendulum – their first remix in three years – resulting in one of the biggest sounding tracks you’re likely to encounter for some time.

Plan B – Stay Too Long

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wauIGhax9xg

Check out the incredible Pendulum remix here.

Stay Too Long by Plan B is released on January 11th 2010 on 679/Atlantic Records as a CD, 12″ or digital download.

For more information visit the Plan B MySpace page.

Hadouken! new video, single and UK tour dates

Hadouken! will release the first single from their much anticipated forthcoming album on January 18th 2010, the track Turn The Lights Out indicates a harder direction for the band and is the perfect taster for the new album, which is also scheduled for release in January.

Recorded alongside the album tracks with producers of the moment Noisia at their Groningen studios, the track melds a dark string section worthy of the Wu Tang at their finest to a low slung pure evil bassline and is a call to arms for clubbers, partyers and giggers the length and breadth of the UK.

Hadouken!’s return has already begun with their M.A.D track picking up huge coverage across Youtube, the official video featuring a rampaging Mouse on the town shooting straight to the top of the viewed charts on site and registering near on half a million views to date.

With uber vlogger Shane Dawson taking the track for his Halloween special and adding millions more to that total, Hadouken’s return to prominence, and their position at the forefront of using the web to engage with their fans, continues apace.

Hadouken – Turn The Lights Out

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4zUaEf5UN4

Prior to the release, the band take to the road for an extensive UK tour through November and December. With a well deserved reputation for incendiary shows and a tour list that will see them visit towns and cities across the country, these shows will be an early chance for their devoted fanbase to hear the new tracks and for newcomers to  get a first taste of Hadouken! live.

Haouken! Live dates:

November
Tuesday  17th Stoke, The Sugarmill

Thursday 19th Leicester, The Queens Hall

Friday      20th Poole, Chords

Saturday 21st Reading, Oakford Social Club

Sunday   22nd  Colchester, Arts Centre

Monday   23rd   Wolverhampton, Wulfrun Hall

Wednes    25th  Plymouth, White Rabbit

Thursday 26th Southampton, Joiners Arms

Saturday 28th   Jersey Live

Monday   30th   Milton Keynes, Crawford Arms

December
Tuesday         1st  Northampton, Roadmenders

Wednesday 2nd  Derby, The Royal

Friday           4th Hitchin, Remix

Saturday      5th  Dublin, Tripod

Sunday         6th Lancaster, Library

For more information visit the Hadouken! MySpace page.

Roots Manuva – Slime and Reason – album review

Rodney Smith aka Roots Manuva, the father of the UK rap scene returns with his fourth album on Big Dada records.

When Roots Manuva released his second album “Run Come Save Me” in 2001, featuring the cult hit single “Witness (1 Hope)”, which gained him a Mercury Music Prize nomination, he achieved a taste of the success so elusive to UK rappers.

UK hip-hop has always struggled next to the mainstream American market, but Roots Manuva’s fourth album proves that the lack of limelight has not harmed this British rapper’s health.

“Slime and Reason” stays away from the grime dominated UK rap scene (Dizzee Rascal, Wiley, Sway), preferring instead to incorporate elements of reggae and dub with some spot-hitting bass and ironic wordplay and rhymes.

Best of all, the album is diverse, with songs like “It’s Me Oh Lord” featuring impassioned lyrics, preceded by the much more ironic “Again and Again” or the outright funny “Buff Nuff”.

It may not be exactly a progression from his previous album, but this is refreshing and mature rap for a thirsty and immature scene.