The Wire talk all things Drowned City…

So Derek Walmsley over at The Wire wrote an article about Drowned City!! Have a read: CLICK HERE

Welcome to the jungle…

An old documentary from back in the 90′s on Jungle and Pirate Radio….

Jacques Greene

Here at the office, we’ve had Jacques Greene on the spin. The young Montreal-based producer seems to have an ‘old skool’, raw quality to the way he produces his music. Using layered textures of sounds to create a gloomy delirium, and almost weightlessness in his songwriting.

LM008 – ANOTHER GIRL by Jacques Greene

Jacques Greene – The Look (Koreless Remix) by Koreless

Sorted (free DL) by Jacques Greene

Katy B on her beginnings on Rinse FM….

KATY B’s debut album went straight in at No 2 in the charts last week, but her career started on pirate radio. Artists with a background in Pirate Radio seem to be swarming the UK singles and album charts recently. From Wretch32 to Katy B, the UK’s pirate stars seem to be taking over the mainstream.

“I started going out when I was about 17, about the same time I met the guys from Rinse FM,” Katy B says, referring to the pirate radio station-cum-recording stable she’s now signed to. “Dubstep nights, funky house, MCs, whatever. I just love being with my mates, in front of a sick sound system, dancing to my favourite music. With my own music, I wanted to make something people can dance to, but I also love lyrics as well, so it has to be interesting for me as a writer too. I suppose I’m just describing my experiences.”

Before her chart success, Katy had lent her voice to a number of tracks over the four years, most notably with DJ Geeneus’ (of Rinse FM) ‘Good Life’ and Magnetic Man’s ‘Perfect Stranger’.

Katy B & Geeneus – Good Life (Innercity Cover) by Dewse

Geeneus & Katy B – As I by evangeliumbuch

11-katy b-perfect stranger by tiger2801

Boiler Room hosts Braiden live

Braiden – ‘Live From’ – Unknown To The Unknown at Last FM HQ from PLATFORM MAGAZINE on Vimeo.

Here is Braiden down at Boiler Room and spinning some sick tracks.

Braiden – ‘Live From’ – Unknown To The Unknown at Last FM HQ by BOILER ROOM

Katy B talks to Rolling Stone – ‘I didn’t think anything was gonna happen, but that ended up getting on pirate radio and that was really exciting.’

Taken from Rolling Stone, read the full article here

Joining the Scene: Katy B was a fan of dance music for years – “I grew up raving and clubbing,” she says – but it was only when a friend’s brother asked if she wanted to sing on one of his songs that she thought about producing it herself. “I didn’t think anything was gonna happen, but that ended up getting on pirate radio and that was really exciting. I just thought, why don’t I make this music?”

‘It’s a pity radio will never be the same – but its one of those things, cheerio!’ – Ringo Starr on Radio London (1967)

Here is an article dating back to August 15th 1967 about the first known pirate radio stations to face prosecution for broadcasting illegally. Titled ”Three pirate radio stations will walk the plank In Britain’, it reads how some of some of London’s teenagers demonstrated against the move for Radio London (Big 111) to come off air or face prosecution and that this would be the start of the end for pirate radio. Even Beatle, Ringo Starr called in during the final broadcast of Radio London, and said ‘It’s a pity radio will never be the same – but its one of those things, cheerio!’.

At London’s Liverpool Street Station, the teenagers demonstrated wearing black armbands and carrying banners proclaiming ‘Freedom went with Radio London!’ and stormed crush barriers to get to the train carrying the stations record spinners. With smashed windows, beads being snatched away from the neck of a disco jockey and disrupted train timetables; it doesn’t get more exciting than that! Little did they know, that this was only the beginning.

The article reads:


A youtube link to a track off ZDOT’s ‘A New Light’

If you’re in Brighton tonight….

NY – “There were bursts of new energy from pirate radio stations”

How To Make Grime Pay The Rent

Taken from the By Gavin Martin

Rhythm ‘n’ grime princess Ny (aka Nyomi Gray) is already a star on the scene thanks to her two Split Ends mixtapes featuring stars such as Professor Green and Plan B. Home-educated by her single parent mother, Ny left aged 17 to live with former partner and grime godfather Wiley. Now she’s ready to enter the mainstream.

Her new single Be With You – featuring South London rapper Giggs – captures her fierce intelligence and emotional depth.

“Giggs is one of the few people I hadn’t worked with,” says Ny, 22, who hails from London’s Kentish Town. “I wanted to reverse the roles you usually hear of a guy with a girl on the side. So it’s female empowerment, where I’m the girl torn between two guys. Giggs is the bad boy and in the video we have Kirk from The Only Way Is Essex who’s the good boy. I wanted that contrast.”

Performing since she was 12, Ny experienced the grime scene in its birth throes.

“There were bursts of new energy from pirate radio stations,” she says. “I was always listening to what was going on and got involved as much as possible.”

She’s best pals with N-Dubz star Tulisa and recently supported them on the road.

“Every tour is different,” says Ny. “It’s an emotional rollercoaster but the boys are hilarious, you never know what will come out of their mouth next.

But Tulisa feels she’s got an ally now.”

Be With You is out on Monday.

Ny ft Giggs “Be With You” by STOKEDPR