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92% #OutOf100: Sheku Kanneh-Mason and Jeanine de Bique Shine With The “Chineke! Orchestra” in Prom 62

On August 30th, the late night Prom hosted the Henry Wood Promenade Concerts debut of the Chineke! Orchestra, and it was an unequivocal triumph, despite its disappointing time slot! Classical Nigerian-Irish Londoner and double bassist Chinyere Adah “Chi Chi” Nwanoku, OBE, has an eclectic, distinguished career, which goes from strength to strength. As a professor of Historical Double Bass Studies at the Royal Academy of Music and founder-member, her latest triumph comes after the incredible achievement of pulling together not just Britain’s, but Europe’s, first professional (and associated junior) BME-majority classical orchestra. Named the Igbo translation of “God makes/creates“,...

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86% #OUTOF100 J The Exodus ‘Hearts Desire’ EP Review

With commercial music in the UK mainly gravitating towards the grime scene, it’s refreshing to finally hear a UK Hip Hop EP which offers an alternative to the current trends. Heart’s Desire J the Exodus’s new 7 track EP is a solid assembly of tunes and is a welcomed throwback to high quality beats and rhymes especially for Hip Hop aficionados. Those familiar with his previous work will know that the MOBO unsung finalist has always had food for thought in his lyrics. On his new EP Heart’s Desire he continues in this vein exhibiting Socio-Political verses that flow effortlessly overhead nodding...

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85% #OutOf100 Rainy Milo’s EP – I Knew I Had A Heart (Because I Felt It Breaking)

Rainy Milo released her debut mixtape, Limey back in 2012 certifying herself as an accomplished Jazz/R&B singer, she then released her first EP in 2013 entitled, Black and Blonde which was well received. Rainy followed up with the release of her debut album, This Thing Of Ours. The singer who is signed to Virgin EMI records has now blessed us with her latest anticipated EP I Know I Had A Heart (Because I Felt It Breaking) a thought provoking title with equally thought provoking music. Not shying away from her London accent, the singer defines her jazz influence mixed with her...

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90% #OUTOF100 AKS EP – Train of Thought

Following his much regarded debut EP, Modes of Transport: The Bus Stop British Hip Hop artist AKS finally returns with his highly anticipated sophomore release, the second project in his three-part, Modes of Transport series – entitled, Train of Thought. Having recently featured on the J the Exodus EP, Heart’s Desire, it only served to whet the appetite in anticipation for his new material and, Train of Thought fails to disappoint. It boasts production from long-time collaborator DemDrums, newcomer Kefas and AKS himself who effortlessly delivers intoxicating poetry woven together like a visual tapestry, infused with soulful, jazz tinged production throughout. Setting the tone instantly on the opening track, Train...

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74% #OutOf100 – Stormzy – Gang Signs & Prayer

Across all facets of urban folklore there have been many incarnations of “The Chosen One”. Those of us old enough to remember will recall championing the likes of Dizzee Rascal, Kano, and more recently Chipmunk as juggernauts of the Grime scene with prospects of transitioning at a commercially mainstream level. How far each managed to crossover (and at what cost) has been the topic of endless debate since; but whilst we’ve been talking amongst ourselves over the last few years, the mass majority of the Grime scene and beyond have collectively witnessed the ascent of a few new names;...

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