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Presenting Rhett Nicholl

August 20th, 2014 by Matt

Rhett Nicholl is a currently unsigned artist from North London. The Lurkers recently produced the visuals for his debut track ‘Borderline’. Filmed in an epic abandoned slate quarry in Snowdonia, alongside the village of Llanberris.

We genuinely believe that Rhett is one of the most talented young singer/songwriters that London has produced in recent years. For management enquiries contact milo@stack-house.com

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Northern Soul: Humble Offerings from the 3rd City

August 20th, 2014 by Timi Two I's

Northern Soul, a fitting title for the subject of this post (if I do say so myself).  Unfortunately for any Northern Soul enthusiasts this post doesn’t refer to, or suggest, any kind of forseable resurgence in the orignial sub culture, and isn’t otherwise related to it in any way i’m afraid, but you know what to do…

What, or rather who, I’m referring to is a young musician from Manchester, and his recent diversion from a predictable new project.

Burgaboy, is an established DJ/Producer on the Bassline scene in the naughty North, and arguably most notorious for the track ‘Fuck Da Police ft Riekz’.  A bun Babylon Bassline belter that brings back a fond memory, for being the track that was tumpin’ through the speakers when our pal Doiminic became the first and only person to be crowd surfed at Boiler Room back in 2011.  A title he still retains I believe.  So if you ever wondered who the guy was, being thrusted into the air by a bunch of drunken louts, at the end of Marcus Nasty’s set, …it was him – and those louts…they were us.  (It was his 22nd birthday).

 ’Out to the sideman gettin’ a selfie with Marcus Nasty. It was clearly a memorable night for you too.’

Boiler Room #40 YOYO Takeover – January, 2011

Anyway, back to the topic, 3 years later, Burgaboy has decided to hang up his headphones, drop out the decks and pick up the mic as his primary tool of expression.  Dulcet tones over his new RnB instrumentals, it is for now; and as a career move that requires real natural talent to succeed, I was, and will  continue to be intrigued.

Now, as you may have noticed, most male RnB acts are either sounding like Drake, like The Weeknd, like Jeremih… or somewhere inbetween.  Unfortunately, Burgaboy is no exception and could be tarred with that brush.  Despite this though, his music still has a refreshing quality.  Maybe its the Mancunian twang in his vocal delivery.  Maybe it’s because it sounds mostly like quintessential RnB and not an attempt at making a generic, contemporary fusion, for the sake of playing it safe.  Maybe it’s the stark realness of ‘Mummy’s Song’ or even just his impressive daring to potentially alienate a hard-earned fan-base.  Most likely though  …its simply because it’s just good music. Good music because its honest music…. and good music because it comes across that Burga Boy is someone who’s priorities lie in making GOOD music, and without it being contrived at all or produced simply to get his money up and make the ‘A List’.  These attributes are seen infrequently among artists today.

The song ‘First Lady’ stands out from the forthcoming mixtape ‘Colin’.  Like all his tracks, they’ve been written, produced and vocalled by himself, but this one is a strong example of his overall level of musicianship.  The hook is unforgettable, the harmony in the composition is flawless and the soul is prevalent. Though its the least impressive lyrically and (for want of a better word) comes across the most “commericialised” of his musical offerings, it still has sufficient depth of soul to make it more than just some any throw-away pop track.

‘Up in the Studio’ is a whole track dedicated to the process and labour that went into ‘Colin’, but the concept crops up several times elsewhere on the tape and so altogether forms a subtext of the sleep and social sacrifices willingly made in the name of transformation and solid product.

‘Gold Mind’ is the most poetic of the available songs.  Far more artistic in its structure, Burgaboy tunes you in with the inclusion of that iconic “All that glitters is not gold” sample (familiar and fond to you, me and most for it’s appearance in Kanye West’s ‘Family Business’), and then after doing his thing, well, for a few minutes, brings Steve Jobs’ out to close the show.  Clever and meaningful sampling is good,  ’bit of Aaliyah for good measure’ is not.  Everything about this track indicates that he has many dimensions as an artist, a respectable level of intellect, but above all else, that he is a person of substance – trying to make a difference.

“When you grow up you tend to get told the world is the way it is and your life is just to live your life inside the world. Try not to bash into the walls too much. Try to have a nice family life, have fun, save a little money.

That’s a very limited life. Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact, and that is – everything around you that you call life, was made up by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use.

The minute that you understand that you can poke life and actually something will, you know if you push in, something will pop out the other side, that you can change it, you can mold it. That’s maybe the most important thing. It’s to shake off this erroneous notion that life is there and you’re just gonna live in it, versus embrace it, change it, improve it, make your mark upon it.

I think that’s very important and however you learn that, once you learn it, you’ll want to change life and make it better, cause it’s kind of messed up, in a lot of ways. Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again…”

- Steve Jobs (‘One Last Thing’ – 2011)

If we’re talking contemporary UK RnB acts, and their recent offerings, Burgaboy deserves the accolades.  Forget about A2 and all them pony cloud rap clan post-production “Singers”.  (‘Shawty Swing My Way’ is not diggin’ in the crates mate).  Real UK RnB is in the form of my dargy Burga Boy here – albeit in its foetal form. The ‘Colin’ mixtape isn’t a ground-breaking mixtape by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s a strong indicator that Burga Boy has the talent to mature into a very good song-writer and all round musician.

Though I referenced Drake earlier, and Burgaboy does borrow from Drake as well as notes of Kendrick, John Legend and others.  He still seems capable of doing things Drake might struggle to do with his voice.  His vocal range is impressive to say the least, and of the standard you should expect from a credible RnB act.  If you weren’t sold on the tracks, the A64 he did for SBTV a month ago will surely remove any remaining doubt in his abilities.

‘Hol’ tight his bredrin on the guitar. Deepa’

How Burgaboy has periodcally dropped tracks off the mixtape on to his soundcloud over the past 5 months, shows a conscious level of tact and restraint.  Each track has a quality that allows them to stand alone and he has delivered them in a way that allows his old Bassline fans to be gently eased into his new sound.  Needless to say, he’s one to watch.  And I personally hope that he abandons his aspirations from ‘Houston’ of being allowed to take the torch for the town, but steps up with a next project worthy of being allowed to take the torch for the Kingdom.

TEAM UK

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Don’t Wait For The Drop: Swindle Megamix

August 18th, 2014 by A.C

Here we present you with actual product, born of the speculative conversions and hair-brained scheming we get down to daily.  Something Timi and I have always noted (since buying Mood-swings VIP for its extended intro) is that Swindle’s intros are better than most artists’ whole songs, but Swindle’s main arrangements are more jarring than Saturday morning road-resurfacing outside your ground-floor flat.

We came round to discussing this again last week, while with Raj, and decided to just act on it; and make a megamix of Swindle intros and other tunes that don’t descend into loud, disarming, racket after forty five seconds.

Not everyone will feel the same way as us on this. The hoards of people who habitually wait for ‘drops’ will probably suffer a rotten bout of the blue-balls, but for all the rest of you; here’s twenty minutes of beautiful music, mixed by our very own DJ O-Dessa.

It’s not a par.

Don’t Wait For The Drop – Swindle Megamix by Bntl on Mixcloud

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LONG LIVE KING JUJU

August 18th, 2014 by A.C

Six weeks have now passed since Julian did, and I think, for all closely involved, they will remain six of our most memorable weeks.

First of course, because losing a close friend in your twenties is as completely unexpected as the mourning is unchartered.  But what will make this period really stand-out in my memory is its effect on the affected.

The woodwork is empty, all the myths and ghosts are back and on-side, feuds have been cancelled, dozens of people have worked tirelessly for days and weeks on end, played their positions, pitched in wherever possible, made untold sacrifices and early mornings after late nights.  Everyone deserves a pat on the back, you’ve all out-done yourselves.  Returning to a genuine sense of unity and automaton has been wildly inspiring and the guilty nostalgia drummed up lately plus the necessity of honouring Julian’s legacy, has really gone a way to crystallising the vision.

This video documents the whole process and rounds off our #ripjulianandoh campaign nicely in time for the closure of this Friday’s funeral.  Now the same passion and belief is being channelled into herding a deviated website and group of individuals back together and back onto the righteous path.

Today we turn another corner with the same confidence, unity and defiance as we did onto Kingsland road behind a black banner.

BNTL IS BACK!

LONG LIVE KING JUJU from BNTL on Vimeo.

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Celebrate Life

August 11th, 2014 by ODESSA

Thanks to everyone who has turned out, lent a hand, raised awareness, spent money and been there for us and with us over the past month or so.  For those who are still after T-shirts, we will get them up online in the next few days, so keep an eye out for that. It’s now the last few days to donate, what you can, to a good cause.  Please give generously, although all donations big and small are deeply appreciated!  The support so far has been fantastic, let’s keep it rolling! DONATE HERE

#ripjulianandoh

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