Plan B delivers a scathing, highly political, super charged protest song with his latest track Ill Manors. The track focuses on the complex issues of last summer’s riots that sparked wide spread unrest. Ill Manors reflects on the raging unease that still surrounds the subject matter, and deals unflinchingly with the psychology of class, social liberalism and the widespread hatred of the new Chav race. Not since the Brit pop era of 1990 has Britain’s twisted class issues been thrusted so clearly into the mainstream.
The rapid fire lyrics scatter from one subject to another falling like bricks on the front line of a police riot line. Most importantly Plan B, real name Ben Drew, neither condones or acknowledges the actions of those involved. Ill Manors makes no justification for what happened and yet it’s edgy unease goes some way to explaining the bigger picture:
“As an artist who’s trying to convey a message I need to get under people’s skin,” he told BBC’s 1Xtra Mistajam. “The song needs to have that visceral energy … just like those horrible pictures we see on cigarette packets that are designed to shock us into being aware of our actions.” (Via The Guardian)
The song might not resonate so well with the chilled out Aussie audiences but I’ve often said that the best music stems from the greatest of societies wrong doings and this latest track from Plan B is a prime example. Check out the clip below to see for yourself:
Listen to Plan B explain the inspiration behind the new ill Manors project with BBC 1Xtra here. Play nicely now.
You have to listen to this track by Lana Del Ray! This smouldering, silky smooth number number reminds me of an opening to a Bond movie from the late sixties. It channels touches of Kate Bush and Shirley Bassey combined with the sex appeal of Honor Blackman and an era gone by. Yet, at the same time this twenty something girl from New York feels completely, uniquely, fresh.
Q Awarded her the ‘one to watch’ trophy a few weeks ago and watch they did. The clip below has over 4 million hits since release on the 1th of October, so I think she’s doing alright. Lana Del Rey has since graced magazine covers and talk show sofa around the globe, making her UK debut on the Jools Holland show. Not a bad place to kick of a career.
There’s an album in the pipeline to be released early next year and a host of tracks on the tube to watch out for. She’s the voice of an angel, she’s smoking hot and she’s going to be huge.
London Five piece Spector are the latest signing at Luv Luv Luv records, home to Florence + the machine and Babeshadow. The band and have recently released their first single, Never Fade Away, and it’s a ripper. Hugely atmospheric sounds belie intimate lyrics akin to early Joy Division, full of hope and joy. Front man Fred Macpherson (@Bloodroyale) has been in embedded in the London scene for some time fronting indie band Les Incompetents circa 2005 and with the help of this ballsy slice of perfect indie pop one expects to see the name go global.
Spector released Never Fade Away on Luv Luv Luv Records this year.
The very first Polyphonic Three kicks off with local hero and friend of the show John Vella.
John is a Sydney born and bred singer/songwriter. Performing on stage with his band, their sound is characterised by depth, lyrical story-telling, and intelligent composition & arrangement. John is a firm believer in the groove and spreads his vibe light the sun spreads its warmth. Key influences can be found in John Mayer and Ryan Adams. Recently supported Thirsty Merc @ the Metro. For details check out his space: johnvellamusic
Next up are Babe Shadow. Floating on a summer’s breeze of good vibration moonshine, NME declared them as ‘an Arcadian beat-combo for our time’ and has featured heavily in press and on their blogs. We think they’re the breakthrough band to watch this year. With good management behind them and a string of high profile support acts including festivals and Florence & the Machine. They make a jubilant and lovelorn guitar-twanging type of pop music, for steamy nights with romancers and dancers.
Check out more on their myspace: babeshadowband
Lastly we had Johnson-Jay who we didn’t know too much about. But it was our first show, and we liked his music so we gave it a whirl. It went well. Let us your thoughts, we’re new and would love some feedback! xxx
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