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Hans Prya: The lowdown

After an impressive turn at the recent star-studded annual Mostly Jazz, Funk and Soul Festival in Birmingham, multi-member genre fusion collective Hans Prya have taken time out of their busy…

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Enter the jazz men

Empirical are the first ever British jazz group to develop the 'Pop-up Jazz Lounge' concept performing 18 sets to almost 3,000 new fans just last year.

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The 61st BFI London Film Festival

So this year’s London Film Festival (LFF) took place in and around Central London, with selected venues such as the Rich Mix in Shoreditch and Hackney Picturehouse.

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Where for art thou, Antonio

All the way from South Florida, the pioneering forefather of a new genre called “Funk Trap”, Antonio Ramsey, makes his debut in Black Sheep Magazine.

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Alex Harris: Mancunian USA

His name is Alex and he's from Manchester…, not that one, but the one located in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Revival pressure at The Lounge, Manchester, on Saturday 25th November There's a good reason why Manchester's The Lounge has earned a reputation as one of the city's liveliest party spots with one of the most diverse musical programmes. Rather than being run by corporate investors in suits who are clueless when it comes to music, this venue is owned and operated by a group of DJs. The Brown Suga collective, headed by Eddie Down, had already been putting on successful nights in the North West… Continue>

Where the dress-style of choice for rappers used to be loose-fitting jeans, T-shirts and hoodies - and the baggier the better - by the early 2000s, artists such as Drake, Kanye West, Andre 3000 and Pharrell Williams had made it their trademark to rock the ‘metrosexual’ look, consisting of tight-fitting clothing, heavy on the pink. Not long afterwards came the trendy talk of artists being ‘gender-fluid,’ ‘gender-neutral’ or ‘non-binary.’ Continue>
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The 61st BFI London Film Festival
Various cinemas in London, 4th - 15th October 2017

The 61st BFI London Film Festival So this year’s London Film Festival (LFF) took place in and around Central London, with selected venues such as the Rich Mix in Shoreditch and Hackney Picturehouse - not to mention the bespoke Embankment Cinema - being used to fan out the festival from the circular mile of Leicester Square.… Continue>

We Don't Play (Freshco & Miz, 1990)
By Andrew Kay

Back in the truly "Golden Era" of hip-hop, around 1990,  (people remember it, few lived through it) MC Frescho and DJ Miz were destined for big things. Frescho had just won the MC battle for World Supremacy, when mic skills actually meant something. Soon after, he and DJ Miz got a deal with Tommy Boy records, for a single and an album down the line.… Continue>

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