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[LISTEN + FREE DOWNLOAD] DJ TP – Le Scratch DJ Battle @ XOYO 04/03/11 by wearesme

On Friday night SME’s DJ TP was invited to take part in a DJ battle at the launch night of Le Scratch at XOYO. Le Scratch is a fresh monthly event which mixes the hottest Hiphop, Dubstep & Bass influenced music with live art installations from hyped London illustrators & artists.

DJ’s on the night included Roska and Magnetic Man’s artwork as well as the participants in the aforementioned DJ battle. What was already a brilliant night, was topped by our boy TP winning the battle after causing a near riot on the dancefloor with a mashup mix that started with Tempz; it was a NEXT HYPE! And the moment he turned his back to the crowd and proceeded to scratch with his hands behind his back, will go down in XOYO history; unbelievable tekkers!

Due to the feature over running, TP won the battle only playing half of his allocated set time; an achievement in itself! So for those of you who were there and want to hear the rest of the set, and for those who missed out on the night; below you will find the full set for both stream and download. You can thank the man himself on his Twitter page.

Don’t miss the next Le Scratch on 1st April for another brilliant night. SME’s DJ TP will be playing an extended set on the night and there are big headliners which will be give you the heads up on as soon as they are announced.

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www.lescratch.com
www.mixcloud.com/djtp

SME x



[WAY BACK WHEN] Pretty Ricky – Grind With Me by wearesme

“Girlfriend I’ll never go (raw); I rip off panties and I pop off (bras)”

Occasionally, SME like to reminisce about our youth; often it’s harmless pondering  but on occasion, it causes us to revisit some of our teenage stomping grounds (very, very rarely –we swear), where as ‘no-longer-teenagers’, we find ourselves skanking with kids who are reminiscent of munchkins – to tunes that were probably released when they still couldn’t feed themselves.

Anyway, luckily for the entourage, it was on one of these sojourns that we happened upon this absolute stonker.  We weren’t sure how responsible it was of the DJ to play a song with lyrics such as “suckin’ on the nipple; lick the whip cream from the middle” – but then again SME were first listening to this in 2005, when we were legal and chomping on the bit – hearing it back again certainly explains a lot.

Grind With Me was the first single off Pretty Ricky’s debut album Bluestars and went to #7 on the Billboard Hot 100. Have a listen…just don’t start grinding up on inanimate objects.

[2005] Way Back When:

  • Pope John Paul II dies
  • Live 8, a set of 10 simultaneous concerts, takes place throughout the world, in aid of the Make Poverty History campaign
  • Pictures of Prince Harry wearing a Nazi military uniform at a private ‘fancy dress’ party are published in the newspapers

SME x



[WAGWAN] Le Scratch w/Artwork (Magnetic Man), Roska, SME’s DJ TP & more @ XOYO 04/03/11 £8-10 by wearesme

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What? Le Scratch is a fresh monthly event which mixes the hottest Hiphop, Dubstep & Bass influenced music with live art installations from hyped London illustrators & artists. All artwork, posters & shoe customisations made on the night will be given away on the night…

Le Scratch will have a massive music & creative focus with cutting edge performers, bands, artists, live installations & very special high profile guest DJs.

This month sees Artwork of Magnetic Man headline the night, but more importantly SME’s very own DJ TP will be competing in a DJ battle on the night! Expect to hear more of the mash ups, samples and tight mixing that most of you will have already heard from him on our SME Volume 1 & 2 Mixtapes.

The DJ battle is won based on crowd reaction so come and join the entourage to support TP with your gun fingers and loudest zoop zoop at the ready.

Who? Artwork (Magnetic Man), Roska (Rinse FM), DJ Snips, Sarah Young, Emily Rawson, Chima Anya, Jo’Leon Davenue, Mlk N Crl, Queens English, Camouflage Children and SME’s very own Mixtape murker; DJ TP.

When? Friday 04th March 2011

Time? 9:00pm – 03:00 am

Where?XOYO, 32-37 Cowper Street, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 4AP

Tickets? £8 Advance HERE or £10 on the door

www.mixcloud.com/djtp
www.lescratch.com
www.xoyo.co.uk

SME x



[BIASED REVIEW] We Are S.M.E Blog Party Volume 2 18/02/11 by wearesme

After nursing some serious hangovers and using the time bed-ridden to piece together what actually happened on Friday night; we are now able bring you the following review…

There’s a phenomenon known as ‘sophomore slump’ – it’s best described as the collective apprehension that the second outing of something will fail to live up to the first effort. Bands have succumbed to it (‘difficult second album syndrome’) and so have newly promoted football teams who decide to finish in the top half of the table in their first season.

Would the We Are S.M.E Blog Party Volume II fall victim to the dreaded deuce? Would the loyal entourage be demanding compensation even though the party was free? Err, nah! To say the urban soiree popped off would be an understatement (the photo’s on the flip prove we’re not being biased).

Queen SME, DJ Steffie kicked off proceedings at our second home – Villian in London’s Shoreditch – with her usual hype and super-permed ‘fro. She was joined at the turntables by long time friend and collaborator Jason Taylor, the energy they gave off was mad – the two of them seemingly morphing into one filth-playing, skank-inducing DJ. Amongst this all was an impromptu rendition of Drake from SME, the vocal similarities were uncanny and it has to said that if SME ever fall on hard times, at least one member will find work as a Drake tribute act.

Not satisfied with providing the entourage with a skankathon, SME decided to throw a bit of history in the mix by reuniting resident DJ TP with DJ Marek after seven long years. Pretty much every man, woman and child (who let the kid in?) who heard them thought we were making the reunification up. Bringing with them a 3rd CDJ to act as hype-man, they were seamless; picking up where they left off all those years ago. And as if their serious set wasn’t enough, the pair produced our Volume 2 mixtape which went like hot cakes.

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[SME MEETS] Yasmin *EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW* by wearesme


Aged just 21, Yasmin Shahmir posseses incredible talent and is one of Britain’s most promising female artists.

Yasmin was born in Manchester and raised in Glasgow, but it was the city of London which would prove to be the turning point in her life and provide her with the exposure she sought.

Having moved to London at the age of 19 in order to pursue her DJing career, she soon received the recognition she deserved; going on to DJ for the likes of N*E*R*D, Taio Cruz and Eve.

Off the back of her success in DJing, Yasmin decided to pursue a career in singing, and went on to sign a record deal with Levels Entertainment (part of Ministry of Sound). She has since supported Example on his UK tour, featured on the song ‘Runaway’ with East London’s finest MC; Devlin and most recently went on to release her debut single ‘On My Own’ which charted at #39; an impressive achievement for a debut record. Yasmin is also currently working on her debut album with the likes of Jamie XX, Labrinth and Shy FX.

Having seen her tear of the roof dropping endless Hip-Hop bangers during her DJ set at Rock The Belles, we were eager to talk Yasmin and find out if in fact there is anything that this girl can’t do?
Our wish was granted and here’s what we asked the beautiful singer/DJ/model/superwoman. The last one on that list isn’t entirely true; at least as far as we know!

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[REVIEW] Rock The Belles @ East Village with Yasmin and DJ Steffie 28/01/11 by wearesme

On Friday night (28/01/11) SME made our way to our second home East Village (home to our blog parties) for the launch of a cool new night called Rock The Belles. Rock the Belles aims to bring together the hottest female DJs, bands, designers and creatives for a genre-defying monthly celebration of the girls who are making their mark on the music industry.

On the night, 2 of those females making movements in the music industry were the incredible singer Yasmin, who was launching her debut single ‘On My Own’ on the night and SME’s very own Steffie, who was taking part in the all female DJ battle.

The night started off on the best note possible; bumping into A-Trak before his set at XOYO on our way to East Village.

We got to the venue and soon after it was ramo in the main room, with the queue outside making its way down Great Eastern Street. You had to feel for the guys waiting outside in subzero temperatures, but this reflected how big a night was on the cards.

Steffie on the decks - twitter.com/steffiemusic

The Work It Girls warmed everyone up with some old school RnB gems early on in the night. then later on in the evening, the vibe was turned up a notch. Steffie was spinning yet another big set upstairs, going head to head with the other 2 girls and Yasmin was tearing it up with a crazy cool Hip-Hop downstairs, which SME were definitely not expecting. The room erupted as she dropped banger after BANGER.
Good looking, the voice of an angel and a master on the decks…is there anything this girl can’t do!?

Check out some snaps from the evening below. And don’t miss Rock The Belles round 2 featuring Little Boots. Same venue on 25/02/11 and every last Friday of the month onwards.

And you can download Yasmin’s debut single/EP from iTunes HERE.

SME x



[WAGWAN] We Are S.M.E Blog Party – Volume II @ Villain, Great Eastern St, EC2A 3HX – 18/02/11 – FREE by wearesme

‘Wagwan’ – Bastardization of “What’s going on?”

e.g: “Wagwan my brotha” – Courtesy of Urbandictionary.com

That’s right, its on! We Are S.M.E Blog Party – Volume II.

After the success of Volume I and the sheer demand for more, SME have decided to throw you guys another FREE party to show our thanks and appreciation for supporting our blog.

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