I recently got the chance to speak with >aRRO about what he's working on at the moment. Check out this exclusive update on the material he's working on whilst you're sitting there on your ass reading this. Check out the About Time release too:
"New material is currently being recorded, and going really well. I've had a lot of interest from people already. I'm looking forward to getting it out there ASAP. It's gonna be BIG trust me! It should hopefully be out on promo in the next couple of months. I'm working on about 8 tracks, but not sure how many will come out…might be an album, might be an EP with some cool extra media such as videos etc on the CD version. It's going to be executively produced by Fly-J!
As you'd expect it sounds damn fresh, and will be totally unique, sounding nothing like anyone else in the UK. I'm trying to really incorporate my personality and what I'm all about on this next release. It has my rhymes, me singing, playing guitar, playing bass on some of the tracks….really trying to show what I have got that I don't hear from anywhere else. It has some female vocals too. The last release (About Time EP) was purposely done in a crazy, and varied style just to stand out from the pack and make people remember my name. The next release is not so much like that. It's deeper, shows more experience, and lyrically its head and shoulders above anything I've done. I'm hoping to use amazing press I got from the last record as a platform for this one. I've got a definite name for the release too, but I'm keeping that under lock and key 'cos its so dope! This will be the defining moment of >aRRO…..no doubt. Keep checking www.arromatic.com
Blade this week announces the results of the public vote to the remix competition held at his website www.blade691.com The winner will get to work with blade on a forthcoming project. The hardest working is said to be busy in the studio working on new material. Check his site for tour dates. There's one with Skinnyman coming up this month.
Roots Manuva tour dates:
23/02/05 – The Sage, Gateshead
24/02/05 – Met University, Leeds
25/02/05 – Academy 2, Manchester
26/02/05 – Academy, Birmingham
27/02/05 – The Arches, Glasgow
1/03/05 – Junction, Cambridge
2/03/05 – Academy, Bristol
3/03/05 – Concorde 2, Brighton
4/03/05 – Brixton Academy, London
Fat Club were in touch this week to tell me to pass on the info that: "the new Fat Club album is being mixed down this week… featuring Dead Residents, Optimus Prime, Rola & Eastborn…. The next Pass The Mic comp is on Friday February 18th @ Fiddlers, Willway Street, Bristol, featuring live sets from The Cohorts, Wez Cooze & Mykes + Wonky Wax Guests, Sober & Dribbla, the MC comp is open, heads who want to enter can e-mail email@example.com
DJ Format returns with new single '3 Feet Deep' which comes out on the 28th of March. The release is taken from the forthcoming album 'If You Can't Join 'Em'... Beat 'Em' coming out on Genuine/Pias Recordings. The CD release will feature the track as well as its instrumental and 'You hear that?' whilst the 12" will be the track, its instrumental and acapella, alongside 'You Hear That?'. MC Abdominal is handling the vocals, alongside the arrival of fellow Canadian MC D-Sisive. The track, written by all three dudes, was performed exclusively at last years Reading and Leads Festival. Format serves up a tight and punchy funk loop whilst the two lyricists drop witty verses along the lines of "leaving you three feet deep like a dead midget, flowing in the river like a widget in a Guiness". There'll be a video for the release, directed by west coast American Keith Schofield.
The album, 'If You Can't Join 'Em'...Beat 'Em' is released in April. It features twelve tracks including the new single, 'Seperated At Birth' featuring Abdominal and D-sisive and 'The Place' featuring Jurassic 5's Charli 2na and Akhil. A special edition CD will contain all the great videos from the previous album, alongside the single's visual treatment. Full track listings below:
2.3 Feet Deep
4.Another One Of Those Songs
5.The Turning Point
7.Seperated At Birth
12.2, 3.. Scrape (Remix)
In support of the single, Format and his Canadian homies will be playing the live dates: Nice N Sleezys @ Glasgow on the 6th, The Roadhouse @ Manchester on the seventh and Borderline @ London on the 8th.
A limited edition 12" of the album track 'Rap Machine' is currently available, but it's limited to only 500 copies so be quick.
Rodney P's next release is the single "The Nice Up" which features the son of Bob Marley, Kymani Marley. It hits the shops in March and is out on Lowlife Records.
Danger Mouse is working away at his new release 'DangerDoom' which is a collaboration with MF Doom. It's out later this year on Lex and is said to be awesome.
DJ Skully is back with the release 'Bring It Back' out in mid to late February on Dat Sound and SORECS. Check out this exciting track listing featuring dope artists from these shores and abroad. www.djskully.com is launching soon.
1.DJ SKULLY - INTRO
2.YUNGUN + JEHST - BRING IT BACK
3.MIC DEVIOUS - SPECIAL
4.KOOL G RAP FT. SAIGON – DIRTY BIZ
5.JO JO PELLEGRINO - EVERYWHERE I GO
6.LOWKEY & DJ SNIPS - SPECIAL
7.CAPONE – FREESTYLE
8.DIABOLIC – SPECIAL
9.PITCH BLACK FT. STYLES P – NICE
10.DOC BROWN - SURVIVAL
11.PHIL HARMONIC - MY FLOW
12.WORDSMITH – ONE TING
13.LIGHTHEADED – ILLUMINATE
14.BOULEVARD CONNECTION - CLAIMIN RESPECT PART 2
15.ALI VEGAS - TURN MY MIC UP
16.JAE MILLZ - FREESTYLE
17.GURU – SPECIAL
18.STYLAH – SPECIAL
19.STATIK SELEKTA FT. NAS,CAPONE + SCRAM - WISEGUYS
20.RAS KASS - CATCH ME IF YOU CAN
21.HAVOC FT. STARRBLAZZ - LET'S GET IT ON
22.SWAY – GO HOME
23.REEF THE LOST CAUZE - BRING IT BACK PART 2
24.AKON – SKIT
25.RAKIM – AFTER YOU DIE