Small Bills: Don’t Play It Straight (Rooftop Performance)

While music fans around the world try to fill the void that has been left by the absence of gigs, there are still a number of artists trying to give us a taste of the live experience. Last November, on a Brooklyn rooftop, Small Bill – aka ELUCID and The Lasso – did just that, with a riveting rendition of their debut album, Don’t Play It Straight. They were joined by fellow album players Kayana, Malachi Mabson and Saxsquatch, and the performance was filmed by Richard Ross. Don’t Play It Straight is out now on Mello Music.

Oddisee: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

As is the standard in the current state of play, NPR have adapted their much-cherished Tiny Desk performances into a homemade version, which allows the artists to perform from the isolation of their own homes, but also allows us to continue enjoying the kick of seeing them perform. The latest to put on a show is Oddisee, who rounded up his band, Good Company, for a typically compelling performance. It’s in stark contrast to Oddisee’s first foray into the Tiny Desk world, which was five years ago, with only a drummer and keys player in tow. The group throw down five songs, which are all lifted from Oddisee’s recent Odd Cure EP.

High Focus Block Party: Competition

Next month Bristol welcomes back High Focus Records for their infamous Summer Block Party. Held in the courtyard of legendary venue, Lakota, for the past few years the event has proven to be a huge success and judging by the summer we are currently experiencing, we could see it reach it new heights this time round. Continue reading “High Focus Block Party: Competition”

Dr Syntax: Interview

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Dr Syntax should be a name known to anyone who has followed UK rap at any point during the last 10 years. Since his early days working with the likes of Foreign Beggars, to his more recent success as front man of The Mouse Outfit and his work with Pete Cannon, Syntax has built up a worthy following of fans. I recently had the chance to chat with him before The Mouse Outfit show in Bristol last month. We spoke about how he came to work with Mouse Outfit, where hip hop could be headed and his future plans with Pete Cannon. Continue reading “Dr Syntax: Interview”