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[LISTEN] Kanye West Cypher with Lupe Fiasco, Mos Def and Robert Glasper @ Blue Note, NYC by wearesme


“And all this illuminati talk / Like my first hit single wasn’t Jesus walks”

Last night, Jazz pianist Robert Glasper and his band The Robert Glasper Experiment performed with Lupe Fiasco at the Blue Note Jazz Cafe in New York. As it was the last of 4 shows, Lupe brought with him a few friends in the form of Kanye West and Mos Def.

All this talent under one room prompted a 30 minute Cypher, in which 3 of Hip-Hop’s finest lyricists took to the mic spitting bars both old and new. Kanye, as ever, was the talking point; addressing some of the controversy that has plagued his career of late.

You can listen to his Cypher below and download the full 30 minute session, should that not leave you satisfied.

SME x

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[NEW MUSIC] Wretch 32 feat. Alex Mills – Unorthodox by wearesme
February 10, 2011, 5:30 pm
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Here’s a beautiful new track from Wretch 32. Yes; we just used the words beautiful and Wretch in the same sentence. This really is a well written and produced tune, and it’s full of soul.

“Something soulful…. Grown…. Sexy…. I love music…. I love this record… hope you do to. My album’s coming soon… Wretch 32”

Wretch summed it up perfectly when announcing the release of this track via his YouTube account yesterday. We can’t wait to hear this live tomorrow at the Jazz Cafe where Wretch is performing for HMV’s Next Big Thing.

Enjoy.

SME x



[VIDEO] Jessie J Freestyle @ Camden Barfly Gig by wearesme
February 9, 2011, 1:33 pm
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Jessie J is a genuine character. Funny, talented and very endearing; her shows are an experience you wont forget quickly.

She had us in stitches at the Scala gig in January and it looks like she was up to her usual mischief again this week when celebrating her #1 single Price Tag. Watch her cracking jokes and giving an impromptu freestyle (and at times incredible vocals) during her HMV Next Big Thing gig at Barfly, Camden on Sunday evening.

Jessie; SME love you.

SME x

SME RELOAD: [FRESH VIDEO] Jessie J ft. B.O.B. – Price Tag
SME RELOAD: [SNAPS] Jessie J – Who You Are (Album Artwork & Tracklist)
SME RELOAD: [GIG REVIEW] Jessie J @ Scala, Kings Cross 17/01/11



[VIDEO] The Streets – Cramming For The Exam by wearesme

Earlier today Mike Skinner released a video through his Twitter page entitled Cramming For The Exam.

In just over 3 minutes it documents Mike’s recent trip to Copenhagen and how he prepared for what was the first The Streets gig in over a year.
Not only does it offer a cool insight into his preparation for the gig; Mike is shown walking around town listening to his iPod, but it is also brilliantly shot. Check it out below.

SME x



[SME MEETS] Freddie Cowan from The Vaccines *Exclusive Interview* by wearesme

If you haven’t heard about The Vaccines, you must reside under a rock. Coming third in the recently announced BBC Sound Of 2011 Poll, with their single ‘Post Break Up Sex’ released this week and a debut album on the way; The Vaccines are the band on everyone’s lips right now. An incredible achievement from a band who only formed officially in June 2010. Their rise to fame has been a rapid one to say the least.

The London based band was initially formed by Justin Young (vocals) and Freddie Cowan (guitar) with a third member who soon left. They were soon joined by Árni Hjörvar (bass) and Pete Robertson (drums) and named themselves The Vaccines in June 2010.

They released their demo “If You Wanna” in the Summer of 2010 and were immediately championed by Zane Lowe, who awarded it his ‘Hottest Record In The World’ on 18 August 2010.

After playing their first gig in Leicester they embarked on their first UK tour. Their popularity continued to rise and they sold out their first London show, having to turn away 200+ people at the door after reaching capacity at The Flowerpot in October 2010. The likes of Alex Kapranos, Marcus Mumford, and members of White Lies and The Maccabees were all in the audience.

The band then released their debut single “Wreckin’ Bar (Ra Ra Ra)” (only one minute and 24 seconds long) on 29 November 2010 which reached number 157 in the UK Singles Chart.

After securing a contract with Columbia Records, they were signed to play on the 2011 NME Awards Tour, joining the likes of Magnetic Man, Crystal Castles and Everything Everything.

The band released their second single “Post Break-Up Sex” this week which was sat at #19 in the mid week chart.

When presented with the opportunity to speak to Freddie Cowan from the band, naturally we jumped at the chance. We couldn’t wait to hear what he had to say about the bands incredible rise from obscurity and everything that has come with their newfound popularity.

Fresh from a week long trip to America where the band caused a massive stir selling out venues in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Toronto, we spoke to a jet lagged Freddie and here’s what he had to say:

CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW



[SNAPS] Jessie J reveals ‘Who You Are’ Album Artwork & Tracklist by wearesme
January 24, 2011, 7:28 pm
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There aren’t enough words in the world to describe our love (or lust) for Jessie J right now. After she blew us away at her Scala show last week, we’re counting the days until the release of her debut album.

Moments ago she revealed the title and artwork of her album which you can see above. ‘Who You Are’ will be released on March 28th 2011. Diary noted.

Tracklist
1. Price Tag Feat. B.o.B
2. Nobody’s Perfect
3. Abracadabra
4. Big White Room
5. Casualty Of Love
6. Rainbow
7. Who’s Laughing Now
8. Do It Like A Dude
9. Mamma Knows Best
10. LOVE
11. Stand Up
12. I Need This
13. Who You Are

If you weren’t lucky enough to attend the show at Scala, don’t miss our review and video footage HERE.

SME x

SME RELOAD: [REVIEW] JESSIE J @ SCALA 17/01/11



[GIG REVIEW+VIDEO] Jessie J Live @ Scala, Kings Cross 17/01/11 by wearesme

Last night, SME and the entourage had the pleasure of seeing Jessie J’s live show at Scala in Kings Cross and with it, celebrate her Number 2 single in this weeks chart.

Getting straight to the point; Jessie was incredible. Her amazing voice filled the intimate venue, while her charisma and cheeky personality had the crowd in stitches and hanging on her every word.

So often artist (cough*Drake*cough) pad out their sets and only succeed in boring all of those in attendance. However, with Jessie we were not only treated to a vocal masterclass, but at times a stand-up comedy set. The girl is hilarious! And the best part is that it’s all completely genuine because she was born to perform.

She opened the set with Mama Knows Best and followed with Stand Up, Nobody’s Perfect, L.O.V.E and Who’s Laughing Now.

The highlight of the night however, was Jessie’s performance of Big White Room; the first track she ever wrote.
She announced that while recording her album, the perfection for which she aims has thus far eluded her on every recording of this song which means so much to her. “It’s just never felt right” she said.
So, we were treated to something very special. The beautiful performance which was about to follow, would be the final recording of the song and will feature on her album.

At her request, the crowd were silent and she gave a flawless rendition which drew goosebumps all around. Watch the performance below:

This was followed by a special appearance from our favourite Essex boy Devlin who took to the stage to perform their new single ‘Price Tag’.

CLICK HERE FOR THE REST OF THE REVIEW & MORE FOOTAGE




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