Feb 2013 15

In the third episode of RBMA’s H∆SHTAG$ web-series the conversation is focused on to cloud rap and the mico-culture surrounding hip hop’s latest lovechild. Featuring Main Attrakionz, Flatbush Zombies, SpaceGhostPurrp, Robb Banks and London’s very own Piff Gang, the episode discusses the sonic and visual aesthetic of this internet-birthed sub-genre, where it comes from and what it all means.

Watch the first two episodes of the series here.

Feb 2013 07

In the second instalment of Red Bull Music Academy’s six-part web series the conversation turns to the highly contentious subject of post-dubstep. Through conversations with pioneering musicians and producers Mount Kimbie, Sepalcure, Deadboy and Bondax the episode looks to unravel the constantly evolving continuum of UK bass / garage / dubstep and it’s many different formations. Aided by commentary from influential tastemakers & platforms like Thristan bPM (Boiler Room), Dave Hayes (Soundcloud) and Andrew Ryce (Resident Advisor) the 12 minute webisode confronts the characteristics, stigmas and context of post-dubstep and the culture around it.

Feb 2013 01

Red Bull Music Academy have launched a new series called H∆SHTAG$ (produced by PinBoardFilm) which looks to explore the influence the internet has had on music and it’s many emerging sub-cultures. Across it’s six episodes (to be released weekly) H∆SHTAG$ looks to discuss different ideas that have been nourished, nurtured and/or birthed by the internet and it’s interconnecting technologies. Featuring exclusive interviews from Flying Lotus, TNGHT, Mount Kimbie, AlunaGeorge, Shlohmo, Charli XCX and many more, the series will also features opinions from predominant journalists, tastemakers and bloggers from across a wide spectrum of digital platforms, print and digital media.

The first episode Don’t Call It #AltR&B features How To Dress Well, producer Jeremy ‘Zodiac‘ Rose (The Weeknd), R&B futurists Rochelle Jordan & KLSH and Grammy nominated singer Miguel. It focuses on the re-emergence of contemporary R&B and whether or not the internet has played a role in it’s current form. Don’t Call It #AltR&B also talks to Alex Macpherson (The Guardian), Melissa Bradshaw (The Quietus) and Erik Kirtley (Indie R&B).

Feb 2012 10

Ifan Dafydd first peaked our interest with his remix of Amy Winehouse’s ‘No Good’ and then again when he reworked Emeli Sande’s ‘Daddy’ single in October ’11. He followed those up with two original songs entitled ‘To Me’ and this, his first official single – ‘Treehouse’. An expansive production, riddled with intricate glitches, soothing chords and thundering basslines – it’s a beauty.

Now Dafydd along with his rising independent label Push & Run present it’s official video exclusively via Dazed & Confused.

‘Treehouse’ is out now.

Produced by PinBoardFilm, directed Yoni Lappin.
Dec 2011 05

Here’s a little promo video (produced by PinBoardFilm) to celebrate the release of the 10″ vinyl edition of Full Crate’s infectious new project Golden Glasses.

If you haven’t already, we strongly recommend you grab yourself a copy – injections of UK influences, combined with Crate’s impeccable craftsmanship makes Golden Glasses one of the most impressive extended players of 2011.

Buy via iTunes / Amazon / Rush Hour (vinyl) / Soundcloud

[Sound design by Full Crate]

Sep 2011 29

Here’s the latest episode in our exclusive ‘Rehearsal Rooms’ series, presented by PinBoardBlog and filmed by our production house PinBoardFilm in collaboration with the world famous Red Bull Studios London.

Shot in Red Bull’s recording studio, these are intimate sessions with some of the most exciting artists and bands we champion.

Some may recall the tectonic shift that began occurring in 2007 and spread to the international ‘alt’ music scene when a new breed of uncategorizable acts emerged from the LA underground (amongst them Flying Lotus, Blu et al).

Fast forward a couple brilliant independent long-players, a couple appetite-wetting EPs and incessant touring/recording later – just when you thought it was all quiet on the western front Miss Jack Davey and Brook D’Leau’s long awaited and perhaps most realised full-length is nearly upon us.

New Designer Drug is set to be released on ILLAV8R in the coming months and to celebrate the New Wave duo flew in from the States to lay down a never-heard-before track, ‘Queen of Wonderland’ – a wild blend of Alternative Rock, Electronica and a myriad of other influences that signal an exciting evolution.

Be frank – few acts in the world today have a sound like J*Davey.

Aug 2011 15

Many of our favourite artists have graced our ‘Rehearsal Room’ over the past 6 months, musicians we both admire and respect. As our exclusive show, produced in association with Red Bull Studios London, continues to grow we decided to create a mini-series within it designed solely to put focus on new talent emerging.

Our ethos has always been to concentrate on good music and an important undercurrent of that is discovering and exposing a new generation of music makers. Thus we have filmed a number of new episodes featuring fresh-faced musicians who you may or may not have heard of previously. They were selected for one reason and that reason is that we feel they are among some of tomorrow’s most promising acts.

In our third ‘introduces’ episode we feature Emeli Sande , the 24 year old Aberdonian who recently signed to Virgin records after a string of successful featured collaborations, including the top two hit with Wiley’s ‘Never Be Your Woman’. Her appearances  as well as her talent, musicality – she plays both the piano and the cello –  incredibly rich textured voice and her songwriting credits have made her one of the most anticipated female singers to come out this year.

Off the back of supporting Alicia Keys during her 10th Anniversary tour date and gearing up for her debut album, Sandé performs with a soaring soulful vocal style, wrapped around atmospheric percussion and deeply layered with rich cello strings.

Naturally a feel good summer track, that possesses a classic power, Emeli Sandé is a pleasure to introduce to you.

Emeli Sandé’s debut single ‘Heaven’ is released on 15th August via Virgin Records and you can download here via iTunes now.

emelisande.com

Jul 2011 25

Many of our favourite artists have graced our ‘Rehearsal Room’ over the past 6 months, musicians we both admire and respect. As our exclusive show, produced in association with Red Bull Studios London, continues to grow we decided to create a mini-series within it designed solely to put focus on new talent emerging.

Our ethos has always been to concentrate on good music and an important undercurrent of that is discovering and exposing a new generation of music makers. Thus we have filmed a number of new episodes featuring fresh-faced musicians who you may or may not have heard of previously. They were selected for one reason and that reason is that we feel they are among some of tomorrow’s most promising acts.

Our first ‘introduces’ episode features Daley, a young R&B-Soul singer hailing from Manchester who recently signed a deal with Universal Music. In 2010 his vocals featured on ‘Doncamatic’ by Gorillaz which came off the animated bands Plastic Beach album, he was also nominated for the BBC’s Sound of 2011 poll.

Daley’s beautifully complex voice effortlessly evokes emotion and his unique brand of ‘slow-jam’ Soul is as passionate as it is encapsulating. And as he readies the release of his much anticipated mixtape Those Who Wait, he performs an exclusive track called “Be” for us live at Red Bull Studios London.

Just watch. And listen.

Jun 2011 02

We continue our ‘London Minutes’ series with Amsterdam native Mar, who was in town this past week. After taking in the sights and smells of lower London, armed with just an acoustic guitar he performed an exclusive interlude for us.

Expect more from PinBoardBlog.com & Mar in the coming months. Yessir.

Apr 2011 07

Here’s the fifth episode in our exclusive ‘Rehearsal Rooms’ series, presented by PinBoardBlog and filmed by our production house PinBoardFilm in collaboration with the world famous Red Bull Studios London.

Shot in Red Bull’s recording studio, these are intimate sessions with some of the most exciting artists and bands we champion.

As one of the exemplars of modern Soul and R&B, ask anyone and they’ll tell you Raphael Saadiq is amongst those most renowned and respected. A figurehead with credentials stretching as far back as we at PinBoard remember in our bibs; whether handed down Toni Tony Tone cassettes, bumping Ummah (Saadiq, Tip & Jay Dee) produced joints, incessantly reloading Lucy Pearl and Instant Vintage during teens, relinquishing virginity to the iconic co-written/produced ‘Untitled’ record for D’Angelo, or most recently as grown-up music professionals over the last three years lending exposure to this gentleman’s revivalist phase . You could say, we’ve always had a special relationship with Ray Ray.

We’re now truly honoured to have Mr. Saadiq armed with a burning, bluesy bass guitar perform his latest work especially for us. A searing gesture to love and responsibility, ‘Good Man’ is of our favourite songs of 2011 so far.

You can also catch him on at Shepherds Bush Empire on the 28th April. New album Stone Rollin’ is out now in the UK and May 10th in the US.

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