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[VIDEO] Magnetic Man – The Bug (Live in the 1Xtra Live Lounge) by wearesme

Fresh from blowing the roof off at Brixton Academy on Saturday evening for the NME Awards Tour; Skream, Benga and Artwork popped in to see Trevor Nelson in the 1Xtra studios and were kind enough to give a live performance of their song ‘The Bug’, taken from their debut album Magnetic Man.

Below you can see footage of the performance; a fascinating insight, as they piece the song together as if it were a puzzle. Technology these days!

SME x

SME RELOAD: [REVIEW] NME Awards Tour Brixon 20/02/11



[SME MEETS] Ghostpoet *Exclusive Interview* by wearesme

Born Obaro Ejimiwe, and bred in South London; Ghostpoet is a name you will be hearing a great deal more of in 2011.

Living up to his stage name, Obaro is poetic with his words and hypnotic with his flow. It’s difficult to put his music in a genre as it’s filled with diversity; as can be heard on the upcoming album which you can preview here. People would naturally file it under ‘Hip-Hop’, but there is a lot more to Ghostpoet; “I didn’t want to be seen as a rapper” he told us, regarding his choice of stage name.

After completing his degree in Media Production at Coventry University, Obaro moved back to London to further persue his passion for music. His hard work and talent aligned, when he was approached and signed by Giles Peterson’s label; Brownswood.

A brilliant debut single ‘Cash And Carry Me Home’ soon followed. It was released this week and has been championed by the likes of Zane Lowe at Radio 1.

As big fans of his unique and captivating music, SME were chuffed to be offered the opportunity to sit down with Ghostpoet and talk about the success of his single as well as the release of his album ‘Peanut Butter Blues & Meloncholy Jam’ (7th February 2011). Read on to see what Ghostpoet had to say on everything from his love for grime, to touring with Jamie Woon.

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[VIDEO] Plan B & Faith SFX cover Kanye West’s ‘Runaway’ by wearesme
February 5, 2011, 3:25 pm
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Plan B was in Australia recently and on a promo appearance at a national radio station, after plenty of swearing (he really made the most of their laid back approach compared to the PC UK!), he and his right hand man Shy SFX performed a cover of Kanye West’s ‘Runaway’. Real recognise real.
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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:

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[SNAPS] The Nicki Minaj London Lookbook by wearesme

Nicki Minaj has been causing chaos all week in London as she embarks on several PA’s promoting her album ‘Pink Friday’.

Nicki was due to make PA’s at both Oceana in Watford and Runway in the West End, however the later had to close their doors due to safety concerns caused by the sheer volume of people who turned up.

If that wasn’t enough; Nicki was then kicked out of the Dorchester hotel because they could not handle her excitable Barbz, some of which camped outside to get a glimpse of their idol.
She therefore relocated to another Hotel and went on to host a ‘Pink Friday’ party at Studio Valbonne on Friday night.

Nicki is never one to shy away from the papz and loves to cause a stir with her crazy cool outfits, and this week was no exception. Check out her London looks below:

SME x



[New Music] Best Coast – Sunny Adventure by wearesme
January 20, 2011, 2:44 pm
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Best Coast yesterday announced this new song Sunny Adventure through their Twitter (@bestycoasty) saying “we gonna play dis 1 on tourrr xo”.

It’s a right easy listening tune and has certainly got SME wishing the summer times to hurry on up. If you don’t yet own a copy of Best Coast’s debut album Crazy For You then we would suggest that you head on down to your local music shop and pick one up. It’s full of brilliant indie sounds and is a great easy-going album to listen to on a chilled out Thursday afternoon.

SME x



[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’.

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[Video] A-Trak’s Studio by wearesme

A-Trak is a pretty big deal. He co-founded the Fool’s Gold record label. He has collaborated with big brands like Nike, New Era and Kidrobot, as well as being one half of Duck Sauce, alongside Armand Van Helden. All this and he’s not a bad DJ either, having been chosen by Kanye West as his personal tour DJ.

In this video A-Trak personally shows you around his studio and talks about the technologies that he uses to help him create his unique sound. It’s a good insight into how he applies himself to his projects.

The video was made as part of the Scion A/V Music(less) Music Conference.

SME x



[VIDEO] J.Cole Performs ‘Who Dat’ & ‘In The Morning’ for Radio 1Xtra Maida Vale Live Session by wearesme
January 13, 2011, 10:29 pm
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As many of you will know following our review, J.Cole was in London recently supporting Drake on tour and while here he popped into Radio 1Xtra to see Mistajam and blessed him with a live performance in the Maida Vale studio

Watch J.Cole kill it once more with renditions of ‘Who Dat’ and ‘In The Morning’. Our love for J.Cole only grows; we love the character he brings with his bars in this session.

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SME x

SME RELOAD: [REVIEW] DRAKE & J.COLE LIVE @ HMV HAMMERSMITH APOLLO 07/01/11
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[VIDEO] J. Cole brings our Drake at Toronto gig by wearesme
December 4, 2010, 3:18 pm
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J. Cole was performing in Toronto last night and it looks like he knocked on Drake’s door to invite him along. Drake duly accepted and took to the stage with Cole to perform their big tune ‘In The Morning’ taken from J. Cole’s new mixtape ‘Friday Night Lights’.

To those attending Drakes tour here in London in January; tell us your not hyped after watching that! SME can’t wait!

SME x




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