I’m sure most of you, or at least all the hip-hop fans, out there know all about Stones Throw. It’s the indie hip-hop label started and run by Peanut Butter Wolf. But how much do you know bout the Wolf’s origins and how Stones Throw started? Maybe you know it all, or maybe you’re not aware that back in the early 90s Peanut Butter Wolf was hanging around with Wildchild and also a young fella by the name of Charizma. Peanut Butter … [read more]
Your Woman was the one-hit-wonder in 1997 for pop outfit White Town. I remember hearing the track on the radio and thinking “I like this!”, but alas, it was one of those situations where I continually failed to grab the name of the artist and the track’s name. But eventually I did get those precious nuggets of info, and 13-year-old me strolled into the record shop to buy the CD single. The track went to number one in the UK … [read more]
Today I want to tell you about Nitin Sawhney, and it's such a colourful story to tell. Nitin Sawhney; born and raised in Rochester, Kent. Studied law at Liverpool University. Created popular sitcom Goodness Gracious Me. Then joined the James Taylor Quartet and later worked with Talvin Singh, before finally launching himself as a solo artist. All of this by 1993. So there's Nitin's roots for you in an extremely condensed fashion! Now about his music…
Nitin Sawhney is a pioneer of the Asian … [read more]
Time for another showcase of an artist I've listed to tonnes, according to last.fm. Today it is Badly Drawn Boy – last.fm states that I've listened to him 477 times since 8th February 2005. But what can I tell you bout this English singer/songwriter? I can tell you this…
Badly Drawn Boy is the alter-ego of Damon Gough, a 36 year old singer/songwriter from Manchester. Essentially his music is indie rock, and somewhere along the line I became to really like it. I'm a … [read more]
Previously I have showcased artists that are (or have been) in my top ten most played artists, as recorded by last.fm, those were; The Herbaliser and Roots Manuva. Well, today I present to you The Cinematic Orchestra. Since February 2005 I have listened to them over 300 times on my laptop – so I'd say they're definitely worth a paragpraph or two.
The Cinematic Orchestra are made up of six members; Jason Swinscoe, Patrick Carpenter, Tom Chant, Luke Flowers, John Ellis, and … [read more]
Following on from my feature on The Herbaliser the other week, I thought I'd use today's entry to discuss another artist that has long remained high on my last.fm charts; Roots Manuva. Mr Manuva is currently my third most listened to artist since Feb 2005, amassing a huge 495 plays. Most people know him, but just how well? And what of the people that have never heard of him? I'll try and shed a bit of light…
Roots Manuva is Rodney Smith, a … [read more]
So, this blog is already one week old! Thanks to everyone that has read the entries, and even greater thanks to those people that have left me comments, you guys really are fuelling this thing.
Today I decided I'd feature the group that have remained at the top of my last.fm charts for a long time now; The Herbaliser. Since 8th February 2005 I've, apparently, listened to The Herbaliser 654 times – so they must be pretty good, right? Right!
Ollie Teeba and … [read more]