First Watch: Ria Ritchie ‘Something About You’

The lady that was discovered by Plan B shows a lot of promise with this new track.

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Mercury Music Prize 2012 nominations announced

The UK’s most prestigious album award, the Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize, just concluded it’s nominations ceremony. I’m not a massive fan of the prize, as it often seems a bit too snotty for my liking. That’s my opinion. Anyway, nominations this year are:

My money goes on Jessie Ware for what it’s worth. Who are you rooting for?

First Watch: Riz MC (ft. Aruba Red and Plan B) ‘All Of You’

Riz MC makes sonically innovative and lyrically sharp music. Championed by BBC Radio 1 (through the ‘Introducing’ stage at Glastonbury, the Electric Proms  and a Maida Vale session, as well as heavy radio play), he has toured his groundbreaking interactive live-show around the UK and internationally. Check out here.

Flashback: Plan B and Example (London 2006)

I saw Plan B at London’s Mean Fiddler in July 2006, with Example supporting. The place was packed but at the time neither of these guys were well known- Plan B didn’t release his multi-platinum selling ‘The Defamation of Strickland Banks’ and Example didn’t release ‘Won’t Go Quietly’ til 2010.

At the time, both were promoting their debut records, which sounded completely different to the stuff that made them big in the end, but which I preferred. I know they look like foetuses in these pics – I had a camera which looked amazing but sadly did anything other than take decent pics. But anyway, a couple more pics on my Flickr if you want.

New Music: Skrein

Skrein has been around for a little while in the UK hip hop/ MC scene. His track ‘Reach’ for the Adulthood film is class, and reminds me a lot of Plan B’s first album. Check out here.