Drake’s OVO Sound releases the Top Boy soundtrack

Coinciding with the return of popular series Top Boy, OVO Sound has released a soundtrack of 17 tracks from some of the UK’s most significant artists including Dave, Little Simz, AJ Tracey, Headie One, Ghetts, Fredo, in addition to OVO-signed artists Baka Not Nice, Popcaan and Drake himself.

With ten brand new episodes of Season 3 premiering on Netflix today, the Hackney-based crime drama revives following Drake’s interest in the series, with the world’s best-known rapper as its executive producer.

“At first it was kind of, just for me, I was like – I need this back. But then I realised how much it meant to so many people,” Drake told Netflix at the premiere.

The series of Top Boy also sees Dave and Little Simz showcasing their acting skills.

The news comes after Wiley criticised Drake openly on social media, saying the Canadian rapper was holding up the release of his album.

1. Nafe Smallz – Riding On E
2. Fredo – Freddy
3. Headie One – Hard To Believe
4. Baka Not Nice – My Town feat. Giggs
5. M Huncho – One Summer
6. Youngs Teflon – Overseer
7. Dave – Professor X
8. SL – 100 Thoughts
9. Popcaan – Billions feat. Quada
10. AJ Tracey – Elastic
11. Ghetts – Listen
12. Avelino – Belly Of The Beast
13. Little Simz – Venom
14. Teeway – Feeling It
15. Nafe Smallz – 8 Missed Calls
16. Dave – God’s Eye
17. Drake – Behind Barz [Bonus]

Stream ‘Top Boy – A Selection of Music Inspired by the Series’ now:

Watch Top Boy here.

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Max Richter is performing ‘Sleep’ to fans in beds at the Great Wall of China

Max Richter is performing his eight-hour ‘Sleep’ piece at the Great Wall of China at Beijing Music Festival to an audience in beds. 

More than 300 fans will be nested under the moonlight and immersed in the lullaby until the break of the day (10pm – 6am) at the historic site known as Water Pass of the Great Wall.

“Performing SLEEP at such an iconic location is a very special opportunity at BMF”, Richter says. “This concert is a huge undertaking – physically, mentally and logistically – but we can’t wait to do it. It is sure to be a night to remember.”

The concept of performing an eight-hour concert is taken from Richter’s well-received album ‘Sleep’ released in 2015 on Deutsche Grammophon. Having the composition refined under the supervision of acclaimed American neuroscientist David Eagleman, Richter describes the work as his “personal lullaby for a frenetic world.”

After a variety of world-class venues including the Sydney Opera House, Grand Park in Los Angeles, Kraftwerk Berlin and the Philharmonie de Paris, the masterpiece will finally makes its Asian premiere, as well as Richter’s debut in China.

The concert will be performed on piano, alongside a string quintet from the American Contemporary Music Ensemble and soprano Grace Davidson.

With over 20 shows including operas, symphony concerts, recitals, chamber music and much more being featured, Beijing Music Festival this year marks the 22nd anniversary of the international event. It runs from 4th to 28th October 2019 in the capital of the Middle Kingdom.

For tickets to SLEEP in China, see more info here.


Wiley says Drake tried to sign Skepta “for peanuts” and more on Twitter

Wiley has taken to Twitter with a number of complaints about the music industry, specifically firing barbs at Drake.

The Godfather of grime supposedly has another album on the way with a number of guest features and according to Wiley, Drake is holding up the release due to Popcaan being signed to OVO.

The record is being delayed as well due to Nicki Minaj being pregnant, he’s said.

“Get that BBK tattoo out of here as well you pagan,” he wrote to Drake, as well as: “Suck ya mum don’t come back to England”.

Wiley previous called Drake a “bumbahole” after Drake labelled him “goofy”. 

The grime pioneer was on Rinse last night – listen back to the set here.

Update (13/09/19): Wiley paid a visit to 1Xtra and, interviewed by Dotty, expanded on his tweets in full Wiley mode. Listen back here.

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Chilly Gonzales discusses “trolling” his audience and more in his Telekom Electronic Beats podcast

Telekom Electronic Beats has offered another edition of its renowned podcast, following an audience with Richie Hawtin. This time round, Grammy-winning pianist and fellow Canadian Chilly Gonzales is in the hot seat.

Titled ‘Between entertainment and provocation’, host Gesine Kühne delves deep into Gonzales’s formative years as well as his ‘Gonzervatory’ project, a residential music performance workshop for contest winners.

The Cologne-based piano mastermind discusses learning the piano aged three and practicing for several hours a day in his early teenage years, making a conscious decision to hide away in his basement away from other kids his age.

When the conversation turns to politics, Gonzales speaks about the reasoning behind him not being overtly political and outspoken in interviews or on social media, but argues that he does explore politics in a more low-key way.

“Politics are everywhere, in every choice you make,” he says, explaining his own decisions like keeping his ticket prices lower in order to make them available for people from all walks of life.

Gonzales also mentions the concept of “trolling” his audience, which he does by exaggerating his bad qualities on stage, like his “sense of entitlement to my success,” as well as the dual roles of being an artist and entertainer.

The podcast also touches on how the nature of how streaming is changing the way we listen to music. Gonzales discusses how to exist as an artist in this era and how to react to changing technological developments, citing Kanye’s real-time alterations of ‘The Life of Pablo’ as an example of this.

Listen to the exchange in its entirety below.

Check out the podcast here.

Club 2 Club 2019 locks slowthai, Holly Herndon, Skee Mask and more

Italy’s Club 2 Club festival has unveiled a mammoth line-up, booking a host of forward-thinking electronic and avant-pop acts for its 19th edition.

Chromatics, Flume, James Blake, The Comet Is Coming and slowthai have all been announced as headliners for the festival widely regarded as one of Italy’s best musical events.

While in addition, the event’s new announcements are Battles, Helado Negro, Visible Cloaks’ Spencer D who join a host of other globally-renowned acts like Black Midi, Kelsey Lu and Let’s Eat Grandma.

The electronic quotient for the festival is particularly strong, boasting bleeding-edge artists like Floating Points, Slikback, Holly Herndon and Skee Mask.

Visual artist Weirdcore – responsible for working with the likes of Aphex Twin, M.I.A, Charli XCX and Skrillex – has worked on the festival, and you can watch the teaser visual he’s made for the occasion here.

The five-day event takes place in some of the most unique locations in Turin, Northern Italy, between October 30th and November 3rd 2019.

Find out more information and purchase tickets to Club 2 Club here.

Terror Danjah is critically ill in a coma

Over the weekend, reports came in that grime producer Terror Danjah, real name Rodney Pryce, was in a coma.

DJ Sticky has posted the following update from Pryce’s family, stating there is no information about his current state and asking for privacy at this moment in time.

Terror Danjah has been an innovative voice within grime since the early ’00s, before establishing his own Hardrive label and coming to release a series of albums via Hyperdub and Planet Mu.

His sixth album, ‘Invasion‘, is set for release on September 13th via Tru Thoughts.

Well-wishes have poured in from the likes of Plastician, Hudson Mohawke, Logan Sama and many more.

“We’ll smoke them out later”: Terror Danjah interviewed

No ID is putting on an all-South Asian stage at Lost Village

Party series No ID is teaming up with Dishoom for a takeover at this month’s Lost Village festival.

No ID is a new event series set up to spotlight artists and DJs from the South Asian diaspora, founded by More Time Records boss Ahadadream.

He, along with Naina, are No ID’s residents, and they’ll be spinning alongside the likes of Manara, Nabihah Iqbal, Bake, Anu, Aisha Mirza and Noudle.

More information can be found here.

Listen to Manara’s new ‘Ultimate Spice Mix’ charity compilation.

DJ Bone is throwing a ‘Homeless Homies’ fundraiser at ADE

DJ Bone is throwing a 10-hour techno rave in aid of his own Homeless Homies charity project at this year’s ADE.

Taking place at Amsterdam’s Shelter on October 18th, the party invites Ben Sims, Deetron, KiNK and Peggy Gou among others to spin.

All proceeds are going to homeless shelters in the city as well as DJ Bone’s own Homeless Homies Foundation, started by him and his wife Ahnne.

While carrying out a residency in downtown Detroit, DJ Bone began helping the homeless there, asking what they needed individually rather than giving them spare change.

Ahnne proposed starting the foundation together, which works to address the needs of those experiencing homelessness.

“I’ve known many of these artists for years, even decades but Ahnne did all the hard work. I’m extremely thankful for her and her vision and to have such generous and caring friends,” says DJ Bone.

Tickets can be found here.

ISM calls on government to cover musicians’ costs in event of no-deal Brexit

The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) has demanded that the government cover any additional costs musicians will incur when travelling to the EU27/EEA in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

The association has predicted that artists travelling to the EU27 with an instrument would have to pay an increase of up to £1,000 per year.

They would be required to purchase carnets – temporary international customs documents which cost around £500-700, depending on the value of the goods.

Additional predicted costs are private medical insurance, musical instrument certificates, international driving permits and visas.

Deborah Annetts, Chief Executive of the Incorporated Society of Musicians, said: “As we know from our professional musician members, the majority of musicians do not have the capacity to absorb additional costs in the event of a no-deal Brexit, such as visa fees.

“These costs would be impossible for most freelance musicians, who earn on average around £20,000 per year. They would simply be unable to allocate up to 5% of their earnings to additional costs in the event of a no-deal Brexit.”

The music industry is worth £4.5 billion to the UK economy, and the IMS states that a no-deal scenario would hit freelance, touring musicians the hardest.

The ISM’s Brexit report can be found here.

Here’s what happened at Jme’s ‘Grime MC’ event at Boxpark Croydon over the weekend

Over the weekend (3rd and 4th August), Jme took over Boxpark Croydon, selling merchandise, taking pictures and chatting with fans, as well as delivering sets with guest MCs.

The pop-up provided Jme with an opportunity to get closer to his audience. Merky Ace, P Money, Blay Vision, Lay-Z, Vital and Jammin all made appearances alongside Jme, with DJ Maximum holding it down on the decks.

Seeing Jme armed with a card machine behind the counter, dealing with customers for the afternoon, pretty much summed his ethos up. He’s authentic, with neither pretentiousness nor reservation, and a genuine presentation of himself to the fans that turn up to watch, listen and interact.

Merch-wise, the focus was an art book for Jme’s ‘Grime MC’ videos, showcasing everything from storyboards and sketches to stills, promo shots and lyrics. The staple Boy Better Know t-shirts were on offer too, as were a fresh run of ‘NANG’ shirts, taking the name from one of the tracks on ‘Grime MC’.

The Boy Better Know co-founder had put on a series of cinema screenings for his forthcoming ‘Grime MC’ album earlier this year, and this was one of a string of events building up to the record’s release.

Having more recently performed a number of unadvertised ‘Grime MC’ sets across London, it seems that the follow-up to 2015’s ‘Integrity>’ is edging closer and closer.

Whether the coming Wembley pop-up this weekend (10th and 11th August) will have anything different to offer remains to be seen…

Watch a stream of MCs shelling from the Boxpark Croydon event:

Oval Space has eradicated all single-use plastic from its venues

Oval Space and The Pickle Factory have introduced ‘Oval Green’, a new initiative to rid its venues of all single-use plastic from July 31st 2019.

The East London spaces have replaced all plastic water bottles with Life Water, a BPA free and locally-sourced can that is fully recyclable. While plastic cups are being replaced with containers made from fully-compostable PLA corn-starch, which goes into food waste.

The venues have also pledged to write to their suppliers, such as their beverage wholesalers, to encourage them to end using single-use plastic packaging.

“The figures around plastic are terrifying,” Oval Space says. “Consumers in the UK alone use around 13 billion plastic drinks bottles a year. In a year where our government has declared a global climate emergency, festivals the size of Glastonbury have banned the sale of single-use plastic bottles, we felt compelled to re-address our own carbon footprint.”

Find more information about the initiative here.

Read: Soundtracking the Emergency: Is There Space For Climate Change in Dance Music?

Burial and The Bug unite again for a ‘Flame 2’ EP

Following up last year’s ‘Fog/Shrine’ debut under the moniker ‘Flame 1’, Burial and The Bug have joined up again for ‘Flame 2’.

Veteran producers Will Bevan (Burial) and Kevin Martin (The Bug) have dropped two tracks via Martin’s Pressure label, ‘Dive’ and ‘Rain’.

Where ‘Dive’ delves into the sounds of UK drill, shredding them up, the flip finds darker, dancehall-inflected sonics from the pair.

Listen to previews of both tracks – and purchase on vinyl or digital – here.

Related: The 10 Best Reggae Labels, according to the Bug.