Gearing up for Ill Manors release, Plan B continues down the road of his unique and authentic story telling. With the fourth track lifted from the album, this time he combines his sharp, penetrating rhymes alongside enlisting Labrinth’s vocals.
Plan B will be celebrating the release of his album come July 23rd with a gig and exclusive party, which you will also be able to stream live worldwide via the LoveLive Youtube channel.
No, I know that’s not a picture of Misha B, but I may have to drop this in honour of upcoming producer Mnek who’s exceptionally twisted Pop production here steals the show. I couldn’t resist. Jumping between 90s House stabs and Bashment, this is the kind of Labrinth’esque deftness that’s gone on to create breakthroughs in the last couple of years. With remixer here as also producer of the original version, he’s given it an an edge the original lacked – and when Mnek’s time truly comes, he’s going to be doing very large things in British mainstream.
The BBC’s Hackney Weekend was by all accounts a roaring success this weekend. Set in the heart of Hackney, the 2-day event saw performances from superstars Jay-Z & Kanye West (The Throne), Nas, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Plan B, Labrinth, Jessie Ware, Azealia Banks, Jessie J, Michael Kiwanuka, Santigold and loads more.
Watch some of the highlight performances from the festival up top and after the jump and check our tumblr for some snaps of our adventures from Saturday.
It’s the month London has been waiting for. No not the Olympics. No not the Queen’s Jubliee either. It’s the month when The all powerful The Weeknd decides to grace our city’s presence with his first solo show. It’s going to be a biggy.
That aside, there are festivals warming us up for the summer months, A$AP Rocky and his mob is back, plus The Internet will also be headlining at our homies Deviation 53rd night. Check out @PinBoardLive to win free tickets to the show too. We also see out the month with Ms Badu doing what she does best at the Hammersmith Apollo.
We brought you a special episode of Rehearsal Rooms last month featuring Syco signed singer/songwriter/producer Labrinth, who exclusively performed his new single ‘Express Yourself’. Now it’s time to get a look at the songs official video – which has just been released. Peep up top…
Having penned one of the biggest British Pop songs of the last 10 years for Tinie Tempah, achieved chart success as a solo artist with huge singles ‘Let the Sunshine’, ‘Earthquake’ and ‘Last Time’ and worked with a growing list of artists including Ms Dynamite, Yasmin, Professor Green and most recently U.S superstar Usher – Labrinth is en route to securing his position in the history books.
Signed to Simon Cowel’s SYCO label, Monday saw the release of Labrinth’s debut album Electronic Earth; To celebrate, the gifted multi-instrumentalist, artist and producer performs a new single for Rehearsal Rooms. Filmed at the famed Red Bull Studios in London, peep Lab and his band – decked in their best – working a high energy rendition of Charles Wright’s classic ‘Express Yourself’.
A U.S heavy line-up has been announced for this years Wireless Festival which will take place in Hyde Park on July 6th, 7th & 8th.
The concerts will undoubtedly have it’s fair share of UK acts too, but as of yet organisers have seemingly focused heavily on big export names. As Drake & Rihanna headline (7th & 8th respectively), others like A$AP Rocky, Nicki Minaj, J.Cole & UK stars Jessie J and Labrinth along with presumably tons more will also take to the stage. A headline act for the first date (6th) is yet to be unveiled.
Labrinth’s new video for ‘Earthquake’ featuring Tinie Tempah is a high octane, big budget affair…
It’s safe to say this young man ushered in a new dawn for the British Pop-music scene (or if you’re into tidy tags/mainstream colloquialisms – #TeamUK). He produced the biggest hit of 2010 in the form of Tinie’s ‘Pass Out’ (the rewards for which are still being reaped) and really upped the ante for what this country can create on a mainstream level (something that wasn’t America, but wasn’t Channel U either).
A talented producer, a good songwriter and a star in the making – Lab is genuinely one of the few ‘Urban-Pop’ acts I have time for (hence the post). He brings a certain quality to the scene which I am not seeing from most of contemporaries – this video is a brilliant example of that. It reaches for something higher, it aims for something more and for that I have to give him my respect. Is ‘Earthquake’ the best song I’ve ever heard – probably not, but it is a good Pop record and I can see a lot of people liking it – but above all else – it’s ambitious, creative and pushes the boundaries of what this country has come to expect from it’s young ‘Urban’ artists.