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Tayo covering Sinden on Kiss.

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

When the globe-trotting DJ Sinden is away from London, PrettyFresh’s Tayo steps up as his deputy to cover his radio show on Kiss100.
Here’s the show he did a couple of weeks ago (don’t worry it’s still oh so fresh).
If you enjoy it, make sure you tune in the next two Sunday night / Monday mornings between 1am and 2am, as he’s back in the hot-seat.
Here’s the tracklist:

Joe Goddard – Gabriel (Seiji Remix) – Grecco Roman
2 Inch Punch – All Up In Your Mix – Pmr
B Bravo Ft Zackey Force – Kiss ‘N’ Tell – Ernest Endevours
Four Tet – Locked – Fabric
Goth Trad Ft Max Romeo – Babylon Fall – Deep Medi Musik
L-Vis 1990 – Feel The Void – Island
Dawn Gold & Rosy Cross – White Sun – Mad Decent
Les Demerle – A Day In The Life – Unknown
OC – Times Up – Wild Pitch
Jernade Miah – Riot (El-B Remix) – Dpr
T Williams – Break Broke – Local Action
Starkey – Rayguns – Ninja Tunes
Damu – Be Free – Keysounds Recordings
Moodyman – Shade Of Jae – Kjd

Tayo on Kiss (Sinden show) 9/10/11 by Tayo3000 on Mixcloud

Interview with Rob Da Bank about Sonic Cinema.

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Ahead of next week’s PrettyFresh & BFI collaboration, called Sonic Cinema, we caught up with the Sunday Best curator and Radio One impresario. Recovering from ” The best Bestival in years” in his words, Rob is excited to be on the Southbank for our inaugural event.

On the original idea to re-score King Kong.

” I was looking at ways of making my radio show more interesting and audio/visual for the internet. The idea was to come up with a soundtrack for an imaginary show. The BBC liked the idea and wanted to do something for BBC4. They sent me a list of films and I chose King Kong. I remember watching it as a kid and thought why not…”

On the choice of tracks

“There’s some Pixies in there, a bit of Bruce Springsteen..A bit of dubstep, a bit of electronica. The soundtrack hasn’t stayed exactly the same each time. It keeps it interesting for me. ”

On why it’s a different experience.

I like the fact it’s a different discipline – I like sweaty clubs and festivals of course, but it’s more demanding, stressful and rewarding. You have to think more: people are watching the screen so I have to make sure of small things – like not putting a happy track on if someone is dying or whatever…”

On playing to the crowd.

It’s a bit ‘seat of the pants’ you could say – I’d say ‘free flowing’. Just like a DJ set really. It’s not that I’ve just pressed a button on a hard-drive. The disclaimer is, don’t expect military precision!

On doing it at the home of cinema.

I’ve done it twice now – in Manchester and recently in Jersey – both brilliant, alternative events. Bringing it to the BFI Southbank is a bit “Oh dear – better make it work then…”.  It’s a privilege to be doing it here – I’m feeling a bit dwarfed by the surroundings but luckily I’m standing alongside King Kong to help me out…”

There was loads more, but that’s your lot for now… come to the event where there will be a Q&A between Tayo and Rob before and after the screening, as well as a chance for questions from the audience. We will also be playing music in the Benugo Bar & Kitchen afterwards til 1am.

Tickets are still available from the BFI Southbank site – See you next week…

Is this the best episode of The Weakest Link ever? Yes. Yes it is.

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Rappers on The Weakest Link. YES.
Words will never express how happy finding this has made certain members of our office.
Just hearing Anne Robinson say “Nate Dogg” had this writer and Jack exchanging Hi Fives.
Reverend Run, Xzibit, B-Real, Young MC, DJ Quik, Da Brat, amongst others star.

Shazam and Lil Wayne get interactive.

Monday, September 5th, 2011

The music app Shazam have teamed up with Vevo to create the first Shazam-for-TV music video. Lil Wayne’s “How To Love” video is the first example in music of Shazam-for-TV, where you not only identify the audio as per usual, but are also exposed to an interactive menu, and a chance a VIP trip to meet Lil Wayne, interact with the Facebook and Twitter accounts for Lil Wayne and his fans, and of course buy the single.

Mashable reported earlier this year how Shazam had linked up with brands like Paramount to get a new Linkin Park (bleurgh) single by ” Shazam-ing” the Transformers 3 trailer. We’re looking forward to seeing where this will end up…

The only thing Shazam haven’t got right, according to Jack in the office, is the song, He’s still upset hearing Lil Wayne sing. It’s not quite the thug life young Jack aspires to…

Adidas Do-Over

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Having never been to Brooklyn, the Do-Over Street Party that happened there on Sunday was every bit the cultural masterpiece you’d imagine it to be. No wait, hold on, although you would assume that’s where we were, we were in fact in Shoreditch, London, UK.

The party, hosted at Rivington Place was up there with some of my favourite parties ever. The plan was, being a Sunday, to head down, have a beer or two, leave and head home for a nice steady Sunday. The reality was that I arrived at 3pm, realised this was a monster and stood partying at the side of the decks until about 10. I didn’t go to the bar, I didn’t go to the toilet, I didn’t eat (from the awesome BBQ), my legs went numb, my ears went deaf and my neck is STILL aching from 7 hours of continuous head bopping. That was an effort at demonstrating how awesome every single track was for 7 straight hours.

There were sets from Joy Orbison, Stretch Armstrong, Gaslamp Killer (some crazy-ass, big-haired guy from LA who played some of the biggest most awesome beats I never heard) and Aloe Blacc who was singing and getting in amongst it with the crowd.

The event was supposedly sponsored by Adidas however I’m sceptical as to how accurate that information was because I never saw a single bit of Adidas branding or heard any mentions. There certainly were no free drinks. Either way the addition of a big-name sponsor drew in a cool crowd consisting of about 400,000 babes, Shoreditch scenesters by the dozen and a crowd so big outside the gate that the riot police dropped by to check everything was in order.

If you EVER hear of one of these events going on near you somewhere else, do whatever it takes to get through the gate. Call everyone you know who might be able to get you in. Bribe people. Make up names. Helicopter yourself in. Sell kidneys.

Or you can just queue for half an hour.

Fake Blood digs those crates again.

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Fake Blood – “USED” Vol.3 by Fake Blood

Y’all heard the spiel last time. In case you didn’t? Listen up.

Fake Blood might make electro and techno now, but boy that’s not all there is to him. Theo Keating is a beat digger extraordinaire and is doing a series of mixes resurrecting the samples you know and love from classic hip hop records.

Volume 3 of the series can be downloaded from here. And no there isn’t a tracklist. That’s not how it works. Enjoy!

Sonic Cinema launches – Rob Da Bank to re-score King Kong

Friday, August 12th, 2011

PrettyFresh and the BFI Southbank are pleased to announce the launch of an exclusive new event. Sonic Cinema will regularly explore and celebrate music and the moving image, presenting feature films, documentaries and live performances. It will be a chance to investigate the music in films, and films about music; always ending with an “After-Show” party in the Benugo bar and kitchen

On Friday October 7th we’re very excited to have old friend, festival impresario and radio legend Rob Da Bank for our inaugural show. Ernest B Shoedsack’s silent classic, King Kong has been re-imagined with music from the likes of Sigur Ros, Flaming Lips, Radiohead, Lee Scratch Perry, Black Sabbath, Portishead, Harry Connick Junior, Bon Iver, and Laurie Anderson, amongst others. Rob will play live in the theatre at the BFI over the film. Afterwards Rob will chat with co-curator Tayo Popoola about his choices, before we de-camp to the Benugo bar & kitchen for music from Tayo and friends.

We managed to catch up with Rob who said:

‘I’ve performed my alternative soundtrack to King Kong once for BBC3, and once live in front of an audience…I cant wait to try it again as it’s totally live and quite scary..a bit like the film.
I actually chose the 1933 original of King Kong as it’s one of the few films the BBC owns, so no-one had a problem with me fooling about with the soundtrack. I’m a music man through and through, and love film too, but never expected that I’d be doing something like this at the BFI Southbank.. I’m already feeling the pressure but in my head thats a good thing… hope to see you down there”

Tickets can be purchased for this event from the BFI website here.

Stay tunes for more exciting collaborations between us here at PrettyFresh and the BFI Southbank.

Cooking Vinyl annouce grime signing Roll Deep

Friday, August 12th, 2011

London-based independent label Cooking Vinyl has announced its newest signing – UK grime collective Roll Deep. The group, complete with new vocalist Tania Foster, will be releasing a new album on the label next year following the hype around last year’s ‘Winner Stays On’.

Even better for fans of the original line-up, Target (now  DJ ON BBC’S 1Xtra) will be joining core members J2K, Brazen, Breeze, Manga, Scratchy, FlowDan and Karnage to work on the new material to comprise their 5th album.  The team at Cooking Vinyl, along with the group’s manager Simon Harrison are pretty excited about what they’ve produced so far, and we would hope so too with a list of renowned pop and grime producers lined up to work on various tracks including Agent X, The White N3rd, Pete Martin and Partrick Jordan.

Look out for live dates throughout the autumn and read some more about it here cookingvinyl.com/news/cooking-vinyl-sign-roll-deep.





Fake Blood digs in the crates.

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Before Fake Blood was Fake Blood (stay with us) he was DJ Touche from The Wiseguys (“Ooh La La” and all that)

He was also (still is) a brilliant hip hop DJ and funk fanatic. Once you’re a beat digger you’re always a beat digger right?

On a snowboarding holiday in 2010, we stayed up with Fake Blood til what seemed like the early hours  (not very late  -there was snow to ride the next day) listening rapt, while he talked knowingly about old records and the genesis of our fave hip-hop records. That break from OC “Time’s Up”? yup – it’s from Les DeMerle’s “A Day in the Life”. And so on. We talked at the time of him one day putting a mix together of all these tunes. And now he’s walked the walk. Not once, but FIVE TIMES.

Below is USED – Volume 1 – the first of five mixes of absolute joy. Don’t ask for a tracklist – it’s not the way. Just marvel to the music and raise an eyebrow as you recognise the samples.. or don’t.

We’ll post up Volume Two on Monday.

Fake Blood presents USED Vol.1 by Prettyfresh

Jack White collaborates with Rapper Black Milk

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011


Former White Stripes man Jack White has collaborated with one of our favourite underground artists for his Third Man label.

Black Milk has recorded five underrated (which always means ‘sold poorly’ doesn’t it?) albums, but will surely create some well deserved hype after hooking up in Nashville with one of the most recognisable rockers around.

Check the tune here. A live album is reputed to follow. EXCITE.