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[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.


[LISTEN] The Streets – Computers and Blues (Full Album) by wearesme

And so, this album marks the end of an era. The end of Mike Skinner’s creation that we grew up listening to. The end of ‘The Streets’.

It started almost a decade ago, when, in the year of the second millennium (note: the world has yet to end), Mike Skinner released ‘Has It Come To This’ under the name The Streets. It was a breakthrough track charting immediately in the Top 20.

Mike went on to release the ground-breaking and now legendary album ‘Original Pirate Material’, which originally charted at #12 but incredibly surpassed this position 2 years later when re-charting at #10, following the release of his second album ‘A Grand Don’t Come For Free’.

The album was nominated for the Mercury Prize and was everyone’s favourite to win, but it lost out to Ms. Dynamite.

A Grand Don’t Come For Free, another classic, is a concept album about a short period in a fictitious characters life. This included the priceless story of said character somehow losing £1000 down the back of a T.V set! The album initially charted at #2 but went on to claim that elusive #1 spot.

‘Dry Your Eyes Mate’ was the stand out track on the album, reaching 1st spot in the chart; Skinner’s only number 1 single to date.

The next album was ‘The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living’ which debuted at number one on the album chart. It saw a change in style from Skinner with him moving away from stories about working class Britain and instead focusing on the ups and downs of the fame that he had acquired. Despite the success of the album, it was a change that wasn’t received with widespread approval.

The penultimate album of Mike’s 5 album record deal was the somewhat overlooked ‘Everything Is Borrowed’ which achieved quiet success charting at #7, but for reasons unknown, it never really made an impact.

And this, the 5th record, will be the last. Computers and Blues has been in production for over 2 years after it was announced back in 2008 will be released on February 7th 2011. Mike said the album will be “one more banger” and will be “dancing music to drink tea to”.

Here’s your chance to listen to the album in full before its release on Monday, and have your say on whether it does The Streets’ legacy justice and if it is in fact “dancing music to drink tea to”.

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SME RELOAD: [FREE DOWNLOAD] The Streets – Cyberspace and Reds (Mixtape)
SME RELOAD: [VIDEO] The Streets – Cramming For The Exam

[NEW MUSIC] Tyga feat. Pharell, Game & Snoop Dogg – Raw by wearesme

Repping for the Young in Young Money, 21 year old Tyga calls on some of the Hip-Hop heavyweights for his first single ‘Raw’ taken from the upcoming debut album ‘Careless World’.

Produced by The Neptunes and featuring Pharrell, Snoop Dogg, and Game; it was never likely to dissapoint.



[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:


[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

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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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