OLD SKOOL SOUTH SHIELDS HIP HOP, STEVE COOKE, EASTER EGGS + THE JEDI PURGE

For those of you who’ve been thinking that I haven’t been writing as regularly as I usually do, that’s because I’ve been busy doing shit that doesn’t concern you.  I’ve been a bit lax on the writing front.  So in this blog, I’m gonna do a review and a music recommendation.  I’m also going to start doing a Song of the Week.  After that, if I can be arsed, I might get round to telling you what kinda shite I’ve been doing lately.  At some point I’ll also display some of the photos from my latest live music event, The Egg, from Easter weekend.

REVIEW

Dialect – Dialect

Dialect’s self titled debut album, originally released in 2007, was re-released last weekend (I think…) on Killamari Records.  This album was my first taste of not only North East Hip Hop, but UK Hip Hop as a whole, so I think it deserves a mention.  Originally brought out in 2007, this album contains some remarkable tracks, some timeless North East Hip Hop classics in my opinion.

Dialect is a fitting introduction to North East Hip Hop for those who have never tried it yet.  For me this album doesn’t grow old.  My favourite track on the album, ‘Sick in the Head’ brings back memories of the Green Festival at Leazes Park in 2007, where Dialect performed on the main stage.  Check out the video of them performing ‘Sick in the Head’ on the following link and listen out for Chattabox’s shout out to me at the very end.  ‘Sick in the Head’ is a dark and twisted song, the chorus is extremely catchy and the local accents prominent.

Dialect – Sick in the Head 

One of the other stand-out tracks from this album, at least in my opinion, is ‘Back to School’, a track with some incredibly potent lyrics.  Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t the strongest example of North East Hip Hop these days but this album is five years old.  There are some cracking tracks with cool beats and some intelligent lyrics, but referring to South Shields as a ghetto doesn’t really wash with me.  I spent some time living in Shields during my ten year nomad period and two of the plushest pads I dwelled in during that time were in Shields.  However, this album does have nostalgic appeal for those who heard it first time round and will appeal to UK Hip Hop fans who may have not heard it; the re-release was a smart move.  The lads of Dialect were a lot younger when this album was originally released and have gone on to other things.  Chattabox is now based in Bristol and in Three Kings HighRick Fury is now a regular at SubLevel2 and his latest solo album ‘Fist of Fury’ was released in February also on Killamari Records.

Dialect – Dialect

Genre

Hip Hop

Release

(online) Sunday 15th April 2012 (original release 2007)

http://killamari.bandcamp.com/album/dialect

Track List

1 – Intro

2 – Laygate to Vegas

3 – I’m Gonna

4 – Orchestrate (ft. Glass Onion)

5 – Aye Aye

6 – Sick in the Head

7 – Give It Up

8 – Autumn (skit)

9 – Everytime

10 – Back to School

11 – Serious

12 – Question (skit)

13 – Take It Back

14 – Got To Do Something

15 – Aim High (skit)

16 – Let Ya Self Go

17 – A Life in the Day Of (ft. Beth Whilmhirst)

SUBLEVEL2

As I mentioned just before, Rick Fury is a regular performer at SubLevel2 events.  The next SubLevel2 event is this weekend, Saturday 28th April.

SubLevel2 & Milk The Cow present: The Warehouse Party is to be held at Dynamix Skate Park in Gateshead, running from 7.30pm until 3am, and tickets can be bought for £5 on this link;

http://www.wegottickets.com/event/162802

It will cost more on the door so make sure you order your tickets before Saturday.

The Warehouse Party will feature performances from some of my previous musical recommendations, such as; Baron Von Alias, MistaBreeze & Eliza Lawson and Brotha Priah, as well as Rick Fury and Rex Regis among others.  L87, who is playing at my next event Order 66, will also be one of the DJs performing a set on the night.  Check out the Warehouse Party’s Facebook event for more details.

Warehouse Party Facebook Event 

The SubLevel2 crew have also been increasing their online presence and have recently sorted out a website.  Check that out and also like their Facebook page and get following them on Twitter so that you can be constantly kept in the loop.

http://sublevel2.co.uk/

SubLevel2 on Facebook 

SubLevel2 on Twitter (@SubLevel2) 

ORDER 66

My next live music event is Order 66, held at The Telegraph on Orchard Street, behind Newcastle’s Central Station, on Friday 4th May.  I only realised the Star Wars connection to the date after I’d named the event, May the 4th be with you…?  Yup, it was purely by chance.  Unless it was my nerdy subconscious playing it’s part.

Doors for Order 66 will open at 7.30pm, with the first act on at 8pm, and the night will run until 2am.  Seven local artists will perform over the course of the night and entry is charged at a paltry £4 on the door.  Check out the Facebook event for Order 66 on this next link, confirm you’re coming and invite your friends and/or known associates.

http://www.facebook.com/events/218606574907062/

The artists performing at Order 66 are;

Peculiar Disco Moves

http://www.facebook.com/peculiardiscomoves

Honey Chrome

http://www.honeychrome.co.uk/

Emergency Door Release

http://www.facebook.com/EmergencyDoorRelease

Cerebral Scars

http://www.youtube.com/user/CSworkz

Clint

http://www.facebook.com/official.clint

Double D

http://www.facebook.com/DoubleDMusic

and L87 (of SubLevel2)

http://soundcloud.com/l87

I have worked with Honey Chrome, Emergency Door Release and L87 in the past and would highly recommend them to other promoters.  This will be the first time I have worked with the rest of the artists involved and I am really looking forward to doing so.  As always, I have carefully selected the artists involved and each of them really appeal to my varied musical tastes.

So Order 66 is not to be missed!

THE EGG

My last event, The Egg, was held on Saturday 7th April at The Telegraph.

The Egg was my most successful event to date and also fell on Easter weekend, the weekend after my birthday.  I have the photos uploaded to my Facebook profile and most of the videos are uploaded onto my YouTube channel.

The Egg (photos) 

My YouTube Channel 

There’s also been an independent review of The Egg, written by Joel Damien Haggerty.

http://whenthebeatcomesin.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/baron-von-alias-and-mr.html

It’s another positive review however it does seem a bit half-arsed.  He doesn’t even get the names of the bands he mentions in the review right.  Parastatic are referred to as “Paradelcia”, where he’s getting that from God only knows.  He also refers to Ginger Snap & The Style Pile as “Ginger Jo and the Style Pile”.  He even gets the date wrong, stating Saturday was the 8th of April.  But a review is a review, it is positive and my hard work isn’t going unnoticed.  Although the two reviews I have had so far (my two most recent events) have been of a far inferior quality to the reviews I have written in the past.  I should be getting fukkin paid!

Baiqian Jiang

Red Shoes Dance – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Uqutt_aJm0

Baiqian Jiang on Soundcloud 

Artisam

Ascension & No Matter How Much – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QegI3k3NTUo

Artisam on Facebook 

Parastatic

Like a Fraud – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsKVcTH1SxE

Parastatic on Facebook 

Ginger Snap & The Style Pile

Comfort in the Truth – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZeAWf98hS4

Ginger Snap & The Style Pile on Facebook 

Baron Von Alias, MistaBreeze & Eliza Lawson

Impact – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zgcuLIWPWc

Baron on Facebook 

Breeze on Facebook 

Eliza on Facebook 

Brotha Priah

Happy Birthday Mallaz – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3sgdLfQnu0

Brotha Priah on YouTube 

Greenline DJ

The Egg – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=De2esrO2DRA

Greenline DJ on Facebook 

Photography and videos by Photo Dave of David Johnston Photography.

Right so that’s a review, plugged two events, recapped The Egg with photographs and videos, plus that half-arsed review.  What’s next?

RECOMMENDATION

I have got a few music recommendations to write up but I’m getting pretty bored of writing with this one now so I’m gonna stick to just the one recommendation for now.  This artist came to my attention after he contacted me looking for gigs in Newcastle.  As soon as I heard his work I offered him a slot at one of my Telegraph gigs.  His music is fukkin fantastic and he seems like a very interesting character.

Steve Cooke

Since Stockton on Tees-based solo artist Steve Cooke contact me and sent me the link to ‘Scorpion Farm’ I have been totally addicted to his music.  His sound is unique and refreshing and has made an impact on me equal to that made by Peculiar Disco Moves.

Steve Cooke’s funky, new wave, electronic protest music is something of a revelation.  The lyrical content of his songs is nothing short of genius at times and the composition of his music incredible.  He creates an excellent punky vibe within his music and delivers his vocals with impressive attitude.

One of my favourite Steve Cooke tracks is ‘You Blister My Paint’.  I just can’t get enough of it.  It has a wonderful Acid Jazz feel to it and I love the percussion noises in the back ground.  The words to ‘You Blister My Paint’ are adapted from a poem by David Bateman and the chorus is brilliantly infectious.

As if his music wasn’t unique enough, Steve Cooke adds even more individuality to his act with the use of a keytar.  I’m not even sure if I’ve seen one of those in real life!

I’m really looking forward to Steve playing for me in June and hope to catch him playing at some point before that.  Check him out on Facebook, Twitter, Soundcloud and YouTube to keep bang up to date with Steve Cooke and what he’s doing.  He’s already well known on the Teesside music scene and I expect him to make himself a presence up in Newcastle in the not so distant future.

Steve Cooke on Facebook 

Steve Cooke on Twitter (@steve_cooke) 

Steve Cooke on Soundcloud 

Steve Cooke on YouTube 

SONG OF THE WEEK

As I said at the start, I’m gonna be doing a Song of the Week.  This can be any song I feel like and will usually be the song I have listened to most within the last week.  I’ll also try to do this on a Monday in future.  But this week I’m gonna go for this;

Gorillaz – Stylo 

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