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London Wireless Festival 2010 – Jay Z, Wale, Lily Allen, D12

Greetings strangers! First off- sorry for not having written for a while now. Things have picked up at work and I’ve been busy moving flat- but that’s neither here nor there.

This weekend London’s Hyde Park welcomed some seriously big acts across 3.5 stages and over three days. The first day had a decidedly “pop” emphasis with Pink headlining with what was said to be a catastrophic set of lip-syncing. With any luck the Temper Trap at least made those in attendance not feel completely ripped off. The second day featured a blend of hip-hop and electronic/dance music with sets from New Young Pony Club, DJ Shadow, Missy, Snoop, LCD Soundsystem and some of Crockstar’s personal favorite mash-up bangers: 2manyDJs.

As finances were tight, the Crockstar crew decided to roll out for the third day only and Jay-Z alone would have made the sticker shock subside.

Jay Z Closes Wireless 2010

Image via: Barclaycard Wireless Festival

Although we missed out on some of the pre-event favourites (Chiddy Bang and J. Cole) due to a bit of a ticket mishap we were treated to a raucous welcome from no less than  Wale (and may have even got daps from the D.C. native). Wale performed a set of relatively lesser-hyped anthems and dropped some extremely fresh new tracks including a new take on Sam Sparro’s Black & Gold (henny for my… champagne for my HOs) which worked the crowd into a frenzy. He also dropped some new lyrics onto Justice’s D.A.N.C.E. and finished the set strong by trying to perform in the middle of the raucous audience

Wale at the Wireless Festival 2010

Other bangers included in the set: Pretty Girls, 90210, Chillin and one of the tightest freestyle’s you’ll ever hear.

Overall verdict: Wale didn’t dissappoint, got involved with the crowd, missing some of the heat off the mixtapes, but plenty of mainstream hits.

 

Wireless Festival 2010

After Wale we headed over to check out the Nicole Farhi x UGGs fashion show over by the bandstand. We were able to catch snippets of just about all of the other acts but were most impressed with the show so stuck around there for a minute.

Nicole Farhi x Uggs

After the show we devoted our full attention to Slash, Friendly Fires and Lily Allen. They were all moderately impressive but it didn’t really seem appropriate for these acts to take to the main stage at a largely hip hop show. Slash and a convincing Axl Rose impersonator took to the stage and seemed surprised as the teenagers walked away from the stage clearly not recognizing this legend of rock (except for a few who may have played as him in rock band). We weren’t surprised to see folks a little underwhelmed with the performance as Slash really didn’t belong on the bill. Needless to say, we are happy to report that your man can still absolutely shred and was playing boisterous solos behind his back to favourites from his golden years with Guns ‘n’ Roses to the remaining fan’s delight.

Slash Wireless Festival

Lily Allen and Friendly Fires were largely unimpressive. Despite throwing some serious moves on the dance floor the lead singer from the Friendly Fires came across as a bit of whingy little thing after public airing his displeasure that Slash had cut into his set with all of his “noodling”.

Lily stuck to her strengths and warmed up the crowd adequately for the main act. She drew attention to her boyfriend, played to her fanbase (read: young women) and thankfully also drew attention to what was clearly the ugliest trend of yesterday: idiotic and immature young men throwing bottles (at least partially full) into the crowd whilst young ladies got taken into first aid by the tens noses bloodied, unconscious or sobbing. It was really quite a despicable site and Allen was too right to draw attention to it.

Jay-Z London Wireless

Finally, after a long and dusty day filled with allergies and projectiles the (not-so) Young Hova himself took to the stage and performed one of the most impressive gigs we have ever witnessed. Jay-Z busted out all the favourites old and new and talked about London being his second home before a sing-along version of “Empire State of Mind.” Every song you can possibly imagine whether it be from middle school dances, The Black Album, collabos with Linkin Park or bangers off the Blueprint 3 he played either in total or in part and the fans ate up every minute of it.

Jay-Z and J. Cole

Jay performed almost every song with assitance from another hip hop legend (Memphis Bleek) and received support from Mr. Hudson on “Young Forever” and from J. Cole on “A Star is Born”.

Jay-Z was humble both towards other legends of hip hop both dead and alive as well as towards the fans. As time began running thin he unleashed samples of all of the favourites deciding to continue based upon the crowds reactions to the songs. This mash-up included “Bonnie and Clyde,” “Girls, Girls, Girls” and other hits from the past.

Songs included in the set:

99 Problems, Dirt off Your Shoulder, Hard Knock Life, On to the Next One, Empire State of Mind, Young Forever, A Star is Born, Jockin’ Jay-Z,  D.O.A., Public Service Announcement, Izzo (H.O.V.A.), Thank You, Big Pimpin, Jigga What, Show me What You Got, Can I Get A…, and ended with everyone’s favourite version of Encore (with the LP beats) and lord only knows what else.

 If ever there was a set to get tens of thousands of people to their feet (including Beyonce, Madonna, Kate Moss, Gwyneth Paltrow, Amy Winehouse, Jenson Button & Lewish Hamilton) with their diamonds in the sky, this was undoubtedly the one.

Final verdict: Top of the charts.

RATATAT LP4 Album Review and Streaming Preview

So, we here at Crockstar are proud supporters of Brooklyn electro-rock duo Ratatat, so much so that we may have dropped an unreasonable sum of money to see them perform again on a side-stage for a hip hop gig featuring Kanye West, Q-Tip, Kid Cudi and a number of other heavy hitters. As much as we’re embarassed to admit it, there is a solid chance we left shortly after the Ratatat gig despite the small fortune the gig cost.

Ratatat LP4 Album

With that confession out of the way, let’s push forward. Today we finally got our hands on the much anticipated (though only recently announced) LP4. The new album is scheduled to drop on June 8 and though a few of the tracks were leaked online by music bloggers last week, the band’s label was incredibly speedy at having the tracks taken down from youtube and a number of other music blog sites extremely quickly. Some even posting the requests from XL Recordings, the bands label. Despite the fact that the label has been keeping a tight leash on the record, our trust friends at National Public Radio (NPR) have streamed the entire album as part of their “first listen program”, so a big thanks to them!

Mike Stround and Evan Mast (better known as  E*Vax) have released this album by cleaning up some left overs from LP3. Though, thankfully, the album doesn’t sound like tracks that were left off from LP3. There are clearly reminders of LP3 on a number of tracks (particularly “We Can’t be Stopped” and “Bob Gandhi”) of the quieter, almost hypnotizing sound so well established on LP4’s predecessor.

However, and we are incredibly thankful for this divergence from the harps and heavy tribal drumbeats,  some songs like “Sunblocks” and “Alps” have some of the loud electro-riffs that bring back fond memories of Classics (2006) and Ratatat (1999) that remind us just how talented this young duo are and how hard they can rip on guitar solos.

Verdict: 7/10

Favorite Tracks: “Alps” “Bare Feast” and “Grape Juice City”

Unfortunately, the whole album must be listened to at NPR (i.e. cannot be embedded) but give a listen and let us know what you think!

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Major Lazer and La Roux – LAZERPROOF [New Mixtape]

Lazerproof La Roux and Major Lazer

How very convenient that on a night where I’m going to check out Major Lazer here in Shoreditch, Diplo and Switch have teamed up with La Roux (another of my favorite artists) to create a free mixtape. La Roux joins the likes of MIA and Santigold in joining forces with Diplo and the Mad Decent crew on a remix album.La Roux saw all sorts of success with her breakthrough album “Bulletproof” here in the UK, which was definitely one of the best pop albums released last year. Now she gets the twisted treatment of Diplo and the added dancehall lunacy of  Switch. Plus, the name for the mixtape makes too much sense to be bad.

 Lazerproof Iron Man

 Grab your copy of the new mixtape here. Get it now while it’s free (and easy to find for a legal download).*A word of warning- there are widespread reports of the link taking ages before it is sent to your account. Be patient as this will surely be worth the wait… and it’s free!UPDATE: If you really cannot wait you can get LAZERPROOF here, though I encourage you to provide your details and wait it out as they ARE giving away lovely music for free :)

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Nike Viral Campaign – Kicks and Music


So we all know that we here at Crockstar fall on the Nike side of the kicks debate. We are always open to other ideas and ocassionally will give shouts to the others, but this video (despite it’s disclaimer) is as good a reason to love the brand… even if they aren’t anywhere near squeaky clean in their supply-chain and production methods.

Please note the disclaimer: Neither Nike Free’s, nor any other Nike shoe (AT PRESENT) come preoloaded with the ability to make sweet remixes. WATCH THIS SPACE!

Special thanks to Erica for this find.

Coachella By Night – Forest Woodward


As a nice little follow up video from Forest’s daytime coverage we give you another nice little multimedia presentation of his up close and personal view into all things Coachella. And again… we find ourselves wishing we were him.

Forest Woodward Coachella 2010 Coverage


Sometimes you are truly envious of people. I was having a conversation with someone the other day about how much of a shame it was that a friend of ours spends so much time trying to get a job as a barrister (lawyer) and ultimately 5 years down the road they will hate their job just like the vast majority of other people.

However, every now and again, you meet someone who truly does have it made.

My buddy Forest Woodward is just that person. Forest makes a living as a photographer for iStock. He recently traveled to South America to help shoot a documentary on surfing and attends music festivals all over the world.

The above video is a sample of his multimedia from his coverage of Coachella this past year. He gets an up-close-and-personal look at some of the biggest names in music and gets paid for it. In addition to having a ball, his photos are top-notch and he deserves every bit of it. So, today in a shameless plug of a friend, just wanted to share with y’all a look into the madness that is Forest’s life.

Donnis – Gone (Music Video Premier)


Welp, I had to share this with everyone. It looks like Donnis has finally got his premier on MTV with one of my favorite tracks heard on my pick for mixtape of the year for 2009. The video was just released and is already being featured on Highsnobiety so for those of you that haven’t heeded our advice and grabbed the mixtape please let us know what you think of this track and of Donnis more broadly!

Nedry “Swan Ocean” Music Video


The heavily anticipated music video to London based breakout artist Nedry has finally been released. The video was made by London based graphic artist Leonie Wharton and is the first Nedry music video since the recent release of their first album (Condors) on a major label.

Enjoy the video and check out the rest of Nedry’s catalogue if you like what you hear!

New Pance Party EP – Kim Jong Thrill – Out Today

Just wanted to pass along a quick note! Crockstar’s favorite electro group who we interviewed a couple of weeks ago has released their highly anticipated EP named after a certain eccentric North Korean leader, “Kim Jong Thrill”.

Pance Party’s Kim Jong Thrill is now available on Beatport so hop over there, give it a listen, and support the up-and-coming act! Or, if you listen to the nutty trio behind the new album, buy it because it is “the best way for you to support North Korean liberation.”

I’m not convinced this album will free the North Korean people from their ronery reader (blame Team America, not me), but it certainly get yo’ ass shakin. Enjoy it, share the love, and rip some major house parties this weekend to San Fran’s finest.

Tribute Video to 45 King


Ignore the Swedish dub, but enjoy one of the kings of beatmaking. An original gangster for sure, 45 king is responsible for some of the most recognizable beats in hip hop history (including Stan for Eminem and Hard Knock Life for Jay-Z).

Oh yeah… and he bought the Annie record with which he made one of the greatest / most well known beats of all time at a Salvation Army for 25 cents. This man has an ear.

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