This is something I put together recently while railing at the cult of Mac, the exclusivity of the ecosystem, the software monopolies and the myths that surround the legend of Jobs.
Out on Spotify 02/10.
This Summer has been a mad one, since the arrival of my little one. I’ve been holed up in a 1st floor studio in Hither Green making beats of various flavours. So Check my Soundcloud out to hear all of that. I’ve shared a little taster here of some of the tracks, which are forthcoming on a new label.
Gigwise, big up the Hamswell Festival, Readipop Festival, Slam Jam, Cellar Bar in Oxford and Doune The Rabbit Hole in Scotland for letting me loose on their stages. Wicked gigs on a solo tip and with Mindful Eye, the rap-metal band I’m playing in now. It’s wicked to bring the shows live again and big up the people at Holding Court for booking me for 24th September BattleGroundz . Got some big gigs in the works with Mindful Eye. Also shout outs to my man El Waxo for bringing me in on an international collaboration with some Spanish and Portuguese MCs, shouts to Slippy Skills getting me on a track for his album. Last, but not least, big up Julius Ceaz for putting in work in the studio with me on some Future RnB styles.
On a personal tip, I also did some time (sadly not enough) volunteering in Calais with the Tutopia Foundation, doing some education and relief work with them and a host of good people doing what they can to help in a f@cked up situation. It was a privilege and I recommend anyone that ever has a chance to do so, to help, donate, volunteer.
Writing wise, City of Conspiracy is progressing. For those that never knew (Don’t SLEEP), it’s a deep transmedia piece like this: a choose your own adventure epic in spoken word/rap style, with rap songs embedded from character POV, taking in conspiracy theory, London life and the whole damn planet. It’s been a labour of love and, after a few false starts, it’s coming together. There is definetely going to be a native app element for those into it and some interesting live events on the cards again – mock initiations, crime-scene investigations and weird/wonderful conferences too. What’s more, you can go even deeper and play the characters in the world, communicating with other via sms, phone and email. The walking tours are starting up again too. Big up Conducttr for the software that’s helping to make it happen. If you don’t know, then check it out.
There is also a poetry pamphlet due, coming off the back of the spoken word gigs. So keep locked into the social networks, follow, like and communicate in order to stay in the loop. Wicked things I have seen this summer in no order.
Joanna Cooke, Hector Bizerk (sadly I caught their last gig), EarthBoogie, El Waxo, pHuntus, Jonny Falls Over, Area 52, I Dreamed Seve Ballesteros was Playing Golf Again, Barraka and a whole lot more. Big Up.
East London heads, please get in touch if you have interesting stuff happening as I am now presenting on the Eastcast Radio show on Resonance FM too.
Peace and love,