Having a party? Need some sick rap beats to get the ladies shaking dat ass and the guys dabbing the shit out of everything? Check out some of the best vegan rap, hip-hop and grime cuts to make any event lit af!
Grey - Vegan Thanksgiving (Official Music Video) - YouTube
Grey – Vegan Thanksgiving
You all know this one. Grey’s viral freestyle went so crazy we ended up with a full music video and full length banger!
I'M A VEGAN (Rap Video) by DISL Automatic (Prod. by VeCity) - YouTube
Disl – I’m A Vegan
Disl goes in hard with a flow so powerful even the most hardest steak eater will be munching down on a falafel wrap by the end of it. Pass the chilli sauce bro!
KRS-One - Beef - YouTube
KRS One – Beef
If you don’t know this classic where have you been? Rap legend and Vegan Gains’ outro classic laying down the facts!
On a cold and rainy Wednesday April evening in Hackney, there’s a buzz in the air because an exciting new band are performing their first ever UK gig at Hangar, London Fields.
This isn’t just any new band, though. This is Simple Creatures, made up of none other than Blink 182’s Mark Hoppus and All Time Low’s Alex Gaskarth. Used to selling out huge venues across the world with their ‘main’ bands, this intimate venue is a stark contrast for the side project’s live debut.
“Like being at a friend’s (extremely awesome) house party”
The underground rave-like warehouse actually feels fitting for a band who, in their own words, create 80’s influenced ‘Pop Trash’ with songs full addictive electronic melodies. Simple Creatures’ unique sound is a far cry from the heavily guitar-led pop punk we usually expect from the pair, yet from the moment Mark and Alex appear it looks and sounds like the most natural progression in the world.
The venue’s tiny stage is barely elevated above the crowd and with rogue balloons floating throughout the venue (handed out by Mark before the set), it feels more like being at a friend’s (extremely awesome) house party. They could have easily moved to a larger venue, but this ‘back to basics’ approach created a really cool atmosphere and let the songs do all the talking.
Their debut EP ‘Strange Love’ was released less than a week before this show and yet the crowd sing the lyrics back loud and clear as if they were already classics. Kicking off the set was their energetic first single ‘Drug’, followed by the equally as lively ‘Adrenaline’. Both sound even more fun than they do on record, with buzzing guitars, memorable choruses (seriously, we still can’t get their tunes out of our heads) and a large dose of electronic beats. Alex explained that the third member of the band is a laptop and at times it stopped working, but this simply added to the show’s raw charm.
“An unforgettable night”
The set was only around 40 minutes long (Mark joked about how he “finally found the perfect set length”) but they still found time to perform an epic cover of Depeche Mode’s ‘Personal Jesus’, as well as treat our ears to some tunes from their upcoming second EP, which is ready to be released. The new(er) songs ‘NVM’ and ‘One Little Lie’ sound equally as exciting, slotting in seamlessly with the rest of the set. In such a small space, it’s easy to see the special relationship Mark and Alex have – cracking jokes and hurling insults at each other between songs but also a clear mutual respect for what each other’s talents.
In a recent interview with Rock Sound Mark admitted that they weren’t sure whether people would come to their shows because they’d only released a handful of songs. But of course they did and boy did they enjoy themselves. This was truly an unforgettable night and we’re certain we aren’t the only ones who left feeling excited about what the future holds for Simple Creatures.
The smiley, white bucket wearing DJ Marshmello has been making huge waves over the last few years, building his Mellogang army and generally bringing a thick blob of sticky joy to the EDM scene.
Starting his Mello journey back in March of 2015, he dropped the track Wavez on Soundcloud. A few track releases later, we have Skrillex reposting ‘Find Me’ to his mass of fans, Mello starts getting bookings at events such as Hard Day Of The Dead and Miami Music Week and shit starts to get real.
Then, with the release of his debut album Joytime in early 2016, Marsh saw his climb to the top continue unabated topping out at fifth on the electronic/dance charts!
Since then, Marshmello has gone on to become not only hugely successful, but his work in 2018 alone has been prolific enough to earn him the number five spot on the list of highest paid DJs that year, with earnings reaching upwards of $23 million. Boom! Mello is in the money!
Marshmello ft. Bastille - Happier (Official Music Video) - YouTube
Now fresh off the release of Joytime II, and a collaboration with Bastille, and more recently Chvrches, Marshmello looks to be setting himself up as one of the most influential and important EDM artists of this generation.
But is this happy-go-lucky star all he seems, or is there a darker side to Marshmello and his Mellogang cult? Mello is indeed an EDM god, but he is a kind and caring one, or an egomaniac ready to bring a reign of terror to the masses?
Check out this recently uncovered backstage footage and make your own mind up!
When it comes to getting in shape, it’s all in the music. The vast majority of us listen to some kind of music while we work out and the benefits of doing so are well-documented. Listening to music improves your concentration, increases your motivation, and helps you work out for longer than if you were doing so in dead silence. One of the best genres for getting ripped is naturally, rock music, so here are the top rock work out songs you need to add to your playlist right now.
Imagine Dragons - Radioactive - YouTube
Imagine Dragons – Radioactive
This is the ideal track to get your workout started, but that heavy chorus also makes a perfect backing track for weightlifting, with the time of the snare drum beat actually being spot on, as any experienced weightlifter will tell you.
AC/DC - You Shook Me All Night Long (Official Video) - YouTube
AC/DC – You Shook Me All Night Long
What is it that makes rock music so perfect for working out? When looking at songs that changed the world, Lottoland points out that rock music, in particular, has the power to both energize and relieve stress – a perfect combination for intense workouts. AC/DC’s all-time greatest song You Shook Me All Night Long delivers both of these in spades.
Queen - Don't Stop Me Now (Official Video) - YouTube
Queen – Don’t Stop Me Now
There are several killer Queen songs that make the cut here, including Fat Bottom Girls, Bohemian Rhapsody, and We Will Rock You. However, their lightning-quick and upbeat track Don’t Stop Me Now is guaranteed to make a supersonic man out of you at the gym.
The Who - Baba O'riley - YouTube
The Who – Baba O’ Riley
As soon as the first amped-up, electrifying notes of what might just be The Who’s most iconic track start playing, you know it’s time to get moving. Babe O Reilly is more than just motivating – it’s genuinely inspiring. This one is ideal for anyone hoping to break their record on the treadmill.
Sum 41 - Fatlip (Official Music Video) - YouTube
Sum 41 – Fatlip
Angry, energetic, and in-your-face. Fatlip is a tune that constantly eggs you on and tells you to forget about the naysayers. If you’re into boxing, Bokwa, or any other similarly-paced workout activity, this is the track that will push you to limits you didn’t know you had.
Beck - Loser - YouTube
Beck – Loser
The steady climbing tempo of Beck’s angst-ridden debut single is great for those who are warming up or trying to move up a level on the dumbbells. The energy of the song builds up to such a point that when that chorus finally drops, you’ll feel pretty unstoppable.
The White Stripes - 'Seven Nation Army' - YouTube
The White Stripes – Seven Nation Army
There is no workout activity that this song doesn’t fit with perfectly. Try it out for yourself. Crossfit? Swimming? Jogging? Slacklining? All of them sync up perfectly with Seven Nation Army’s raw, angry, and self-assured track.
Foster The People - Pumped up Kicks - YouTube
Foster the People – Pumped Up Kicks
If it’s a winding down song you’re looking for, then Foster the People can always deliver. The gradually drifting pace of Pumped Up Kicks is perfectly timed for any post-workout stretching or meditating, whilst also being a beautiful and endlessly enjoyable track.
So there you have it. These are without a doubt the best songs that should always accompany any workout. However, if you find yourself in need of more, Spotify’s rock workout playlists are pretty flawless.
Oh my god, how good does Slam Dunk Festival look this year?! All Time Low headlining, NOFX bringing an entire stage of punk rock legends with them, Neck Deep, New Found Glory, Less Than Jake…the list just goes on and on!
But there is certainly more than the big names on the bill to get excited about. Here’s a pick of some of those smaller names on the poster to add to your ‘Must Watch’ lists. You won’t regret it!
Slam Dunk takes place on May 25th (North) and May 26th (South)
Lights - New Fears [Official Music Video] - YouTube
Canadian electro-pop queen Lights is making her first appearance at Slam Dunk and is certainly one not to miss. For those MySpace kids reading, you will probably remember Lights from her hits February Air and Ice back in the day. Lights has come along way since her emo days though and her new maturer sound is pure audio luxury.
Absolutely Some Regrets - YouTube
An absolute veteran of the UK ska-punk scene, Chas Palmer-Williams is the former vocalist of the legendary Lightyear who dominated the UK underground scene in the mid 00’s. Now rocking out with his acoustic with a more stripped back vibe, Chas still brings the lyrical genius we all came to love in Lightyear to his new project with plenty of British cultural references and humour to crack a smile on anyone’s face. Lovely stuff!
Hellogoodbye - Here (In Your Arms) - YouTube
Another blast from Myspace past! What former emo kid doesn’t remember singing their lungs out to this back in the day. If you are looking for an awesome dose of nostalgia with early 2000 synth’s, then Hellogoodbye are a must!
If you fancy a dose of ska/reggae goodness then Californias ‘Mad Caddies’ are sure to get the dance floor skanking their butts off. They also hands-down have one of the best horn sections in the genre so you are in for a real treat. Pick it up!
The Bombpops - CA in July (Official Music Video) - YouTube
If you fancy some awesome female fronted punk-rock then The Bombpops have got you well and truly covered. Time to get that circle-pit whirling and pretend like we’re all in the California sun. Bring on the skate-punk revival!
This week, Reading & Leeds Festival announced 50 more acts heading to this year’s legendary August Bank Holiday event. Of course we’re still excited by the eclectic headliners; Foo Fighters, The 1975, Postmalone and Twenty One Pilots, but there are plenty more acts lower down the list (you know, in the smaller font) that are worth your time too. They may even be headlining one day and you can feel really smug that you saw them first on a smaller stage. Who doesn’t love doing that?!
Check out six brilliant acts you may have missed on this year’s line-up poster below.
Hayley Kiyoko is an American singer songwriter who has already enjoyed huge success in the US and is quickly making waves over here too. She has been described by VICE as “exactly what we need from a pop star in 2018” and we certainly agree. Above all else, she makes fantastic pop records. Proof is in the instantly addictive track ‘What I Need’ featuring Kehlani above. Her fantastic debut album Expectations is out now.
Becky Hill - Sunrise In The East - YouTube
Becky Hill is probably the biggest success to ever come out of The Voice UK, so much so that most people forget she ever appeared on it. She has made a name for herself thanks to her distinctive vocals on some huge hits from the past few years, including ‘Gecko (Overdrive)’ with Oliver Heldens and Wilkinson’s ‘Afterglow’. Even after all this success it feels like we haven’t even heard the best from her yet, with her debut album still to be released. No doubt a future superstar and a must watch.
Peace - From Under Liquid Glass (Official Video) - YouTube
Peace are certainly not an unknown band, having gained a loyal and passionate fan base since their debut album release in 2013, however they still feel more under the radar than they should be. The indie-rock quartet are old hands at putting on mesmerising live shows, having supported the likes of The Libertines and enjoying headline tours of their own. Whether you’re a longtime fan or have never heard of them, their set will not disappoint.
The Japanese House - Cool Blue - YouTube
The Japanese House
The Japanese House is London singer/songwriter Amber Bain’s dream pop / electronica solo project. Having supported The 1975 in the past, her popularity is quickly rising and it’s easy to see why. As you can hear in ‘Cool Blue’ above, her beautiful lyrics and nostalgic sounds offer a really exciting and unique listen. Her anticipated debut album is set for release next month, giving you plenty of time to learn the words in time for her Reading & Leeds festival set.
If you think you’ve heard the name Not3s before, it’s because you almost definitely have. Nominated for BBC Sound of 2018 and responsible for viral hit ‘Addison Lee’, he has certainly made a name for himself as an exciting new UK artist. With so much success already under his belt at the mere age of 20, Not3s’ set is one to catch this year while you can.
Ten Tonnes - Better Than Me I Official Video - YouTube
If you’re a fan of catchy indie pop, then Ten Tonnes may just be your new favourite artist. Ethan Barnett has already gained support from the likes of Huw Stephens and Phil Taggart for his breezy melodies that make you want to sing along. Fans of The Hunna and Circa Waves will most likely love this guy too, so we urge you to check him out if you can. Ten Tonnes’ debut album will be out in April, so check out his single ‘Better Than Me’ above.
As if this exciting bunch wasn’t enough, there are still many more acts to be announced across the Reading & Leeds weekend. We can’t wait to see who else is joining the party!
Lineups have now been released for the upcoming series of OFFSónar. With Innervisions taking the lead as the most highly anticipated party of the calendar!
After announcing their move from their regular allotted slot in June to July, OFFSónar have now dropped the first names for the hottest weekend surrounding Sonar Festival. Set in the beautiful backdrop of Poble Espanyol Barcelona, between 18th – 21st July for the biggest party week in Europe this year.
Innervisions, who last year took over all three spaces of Poble Espanyol for the first time, return with an unrivalled lineup for house and techno fans. Helmed with a back-to-back set from label heads Dixon and Âme. With a very rare back-to-back live set from Âme’s Frank Wiedemann and KiNK. Also joining the ranks are some of the most respected electronic music artists; Gerd Janson, Marcel Dettmann and Barcelona’s own John Talabot.
Having stolen the show with her set last year, Avalon Emerson returns for 2019, bringing her impeccable track selection and party-starting energy to the dance floor. Smashing through the rankings at astronomical speed, the critically adored DJ HAAi will make her OFFSónar debut, with Courtesy, Or:la, Terr and Trikk also announced.
OFFSónar in Barcelona. Source: Promo
There are few DJ’s who can set the final fireworks quite like Carl Cox. A true pioneer in electronic music who has helped shape the clubbing landscape of today. His set at the OFFSónar Closing Party will demonstrate why he’s held in such high esteem. Bringing his wealth of musical knowledge from countless residencies and the world’s biggest clubs straight to Poble Espanyol’s doorstep. This will surely be the most talked about party of the week!
Joining him on the day will be an equally impressive roster of leading figures within the dance community. Such as icon of minimal techno, Dubfire who is renowned for his ever-evolving sound and adventurous sets. While Lil’ Louis – The Founding Father Of House Music, will transport party-goers on an unforgettable house music odyssey. To cap things off, the experimental sounds of Nastia and Brina Knauss will ensure a breathtaking end to OFFSónar 2019.
With the remaining lineups for label showcases Circo Loco, Drumcode and Detroit Love still to be announced, OFFSónar 2019 is set to be the biggest dance party in Europe this summer.
Tickets are now available for all dates across Poble Espanyol and can be purchased through THEIR WEBSITE
Jackson Stell, better known as Big Wild, has quickly become one of the most exciting new sounds within the dance/electronic music scene.
You may be aware of his hugely successful, Spotify Global Viral Chart topping single ‘Aftergold’ featuring Tove Stryke, which he followed with debut EP ‘Invincibe’ in February 2017.
Fast forward to 2019 and Big Wild is finally releasing his highly-anticipated debut album Superdream this week. The album is his most personal work to date, not only because it features his own writing and singing, but because it is a product of his journey battling with and recovering from thyroid cancer. As soon as you hit play, you can hear and feel his full spectrum of emotions through every track, offering a whole variety of sounds and an inspiring listen.
“Jackson’s real-life emotions are laid bare through every carefully thought out sound.”
Jackon’s unique, atmospheric sound was first inspired by a trip to Big Sur, California where he was influenced by the state’s wide-open spaces and natural beauty. Opening track and latest single ‘City of Sound’ is a perfect example of this, which would sound at home on a summer road trip down Route 66. Its upbeat, 70’s vibes are brought right up to date thanks to his unique vocals and a big guitar-led chorus.
‘Maker’, ‘Joypunks’ and ‘Heaven’ make up the rest of the album’s singles, boasting psychedelic beats and wildly interesting sounds, with mixed, powerful vocals sometimes reminiscent of Tame Impala.
Big Wild - City of Sound - YouTube
Strong vocals are a consistent theme throughout the record. Collaborations include the distinctive Rationale on ‘6s to 9s’ and iDA Hawk on ‘Alley-Oop’. The former is especially memorable – a stand-out combination of Rationale’s soulful, dreamlike influence teamed with Big Wild’s uplifting dance beats.
The record’s closing song ‘Awaken’ is stunningly emotive, saving the best until last. Choir-like vocals are teamed with a spine-tingling tune which builds and builds, with deliberate distortion and mixing to ignite the senses. The final notes on an album should always leave you wanting more and this certainly does.
From start to finish, Jackson’s real-life emotions are laid bare through every carefully thought out sound. It creates a record that flows seamlessly from one track to another, providing an overwhelming sentimental feeling. Poignant lyrics in ‘No Words’ state “we’ve got a lot to see but we don’t need words’. This perfectly reflects how Big Wild’s exceptional and emotive melodies do the talking. Superdream is an album that really makes you feel something. A debut triumph and a must listen.
Big Wild – Superdream is available from 1st February 2019.