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Becky Hill has been a busy pop star of late, impressing crowds at her sold out headline show at London's Scala and championing the airwaves with her new single 'Rude Love'.

The video follows Becky as she belts out the lyrics "you don't show me no love anymore" through an abandoned building, relying on dark colours and smart lighting for a stand-out sultry video.

Produced by MNEK and Dmitri Tikovoi, the track is heavily championed by BBC Radio 1Xtra, Annie Mac, MistaJam and more. There's certainly no stopping this firehouse singer and with  several live performances later this year - we can't wait to see what she'll do next!

Watch the video for 'Rude Love' below:

Words: Corrie Parris

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Wilkinson fans were in for a treat last week, celebrating the release of his hit single "Flatline" ft. Wretch 32, the drum and base singer ended his UK tour, with a smash performance at the 02 Forum, Kentish Town.

Hundreds of sweaty ravers packed inside the venue, ages ranging from 14 to 40  to see the man in action. With strobe, flashing lights and smoke explosions (typical of a sick Wilkinson gig) each and every person inside the building sang lyrics back to the producer/DJ for 1 straight hour.

Smash single "Afterglow" caused a riot within the crowd, with a serge of screams once the baseline dropped. Though released back in 2013, "Afterglow" still remains a dance-floor banger, with the entire place moshing to the hit single.

If Wilkinson's energy wasn't enough for fans, he treated the crowd to a special performance of new single "Flatline" with Wretch 32 who ran out onto the stage for an incredible live rendition.

One complaint Mr Wilkinson, we wanted more .. one hour of your tunes isn't long enough!

Check out the Las Vegas-filmed visual for "Flatline" ft Wretch 32 below:

Words: Corrie Parris

 

We're loving the latest Nico Vega track - 'I Believe' (Get Over Yourself), which is reminiscent of Feist and perhaps some of the earlier Regina Spektor.

The song is taken from the band’s upcoming album 'Lead To Light', which will drop June 10th 2014 on Five Seven Music. The album was co-written by Dan Reynolds of Grammy Award Winners Imagine Dragons.

The band are performing at The Garage, Islington, London tonight - 7th of May! So get yourself down there!
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bathazarBelgium's coolest export, Balthazar are in town next week for a special show at Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen on Feb 27

With the 2012 release of ‘Rats’, Balthazar made some impressive friends on UK shores. Artrocker suggested the album should be ‘their big break into Britain’, whilst Q declared that they had created an album ‘to delight lovers of the dark and intense’. The band played 123 European shows across 2013, including two sold out special nights in London and a huge jaunt across the continent with labelmates Editors, clips from which can be seen in the video for ‘Leipzig’ HERE

In the course of all that travelling the band found time to create a new track, ‘Leipzig’, which will land in March and serve as a taster for their forthcoming album, currently in production. ‘Leipzig’ saw mixer Ben Hillier (Blur, Elbow) at the controls, his first time working with the band. Fans of ‘Rats’ will notice their usual ability to pack a melodic punch whilst keeping it cool whilst the whole song bounces along with a spontaneity that has much to do with how it was written and recorded, as Jinte explains: “The track was written during our latest euro tour, in Leipzig, recorded on the bus, quickly and to the point,” Jinte Deprez explains .  “After only making full albums, making a single song was a whole different experience. Let it be an interlude between Rats and the next album. Here's to 2014!”

L E I P Z I G - The New Single, 17th March

London Show 27th Feb @ Hoxton Plaza

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Enter Shikari Review

It's always a pleasure, right before the headliner goes on, to see a queue for a gig snaking round a venue like a big boozy millipede and Monday's Converse hosted, semi-private Enter Shikari show was a fine example of this. Hoards of juiced up super-fans gathered right up to the last minute, desperate to get a glimpse of their favourite genre defying noise bandits, Enter Shikari, in a venue no bigger than my garden...and I don't live in Surrey.

The 350 capacity 100 Club is one of London's best established venues with a heritage spanning decades of generally shouty music. Here's Adam Buxton's dad with some words about Punk which are probably relevant to this or something.

Enter Shikari are the archetypal bloody hard working band. Having single handedly sold out the Astoria in 2006, despite being unsigned, (I'm on the gig DVD...) the band have since played all over the world, appeared at basically all the major festivals and landed their own imprint with Warners in order to release music the way they want to; a DIY ethic without compromise or corporate interference.

I've seen this band play huge main stage slots and at their own shows they normally play to 3000+ audiences. This was going to be intimate, sweaty and above all, probably quite violent.

After we were treated to a countdown mix by band-brother DJ PDex, the band took to the stage to a a raucous reception. With the venue bursting at the seems and brown sweat-infused ceiling juice dripping over everyone, they stormed into a blistering set drawing from all three of their albums, beginning with "System....." and segue track "...Meltdown"  from most recent album "A Flash Flood of Colour" which, I must add, was produced by Dan Miller, the guitarist from the best fucking band in the world!

About four songs in, during "Hello Tyrannosaurus.."  singer Rou Reynolds darted about the crowd in a frenetic and borderline terrifying manner, climbing up the back wall and yelling the lyrics whilst surrounded by a bubble of adulation. It was cool as hell and almost channeled the spirit of Sid Vicious, although it's probably worth mentioning that at the 100 Club, Mr. Vicious did blind a fan by throwing a glass at her. We're not quite at that level thank goodness. Moving on.

The majority of the set was at a constant "up to 11" level of extreme energy, this band really know how to carry an audience. The only time when things calmed down was for a festival-anthem-iPhones-in- the-air track which, in my poorly written Blackberry finger notes, "sounds a bit like Greenday's time of your life but with drums". Ever the professional.

The first song I ever heard of theirs and clearly a fan favourite, "Return to Energizer" sparked what could have been my favourite part of the whole evening, a good old fashioned mosh pit!

At last, finally, a mosh-pit at a show! Ok so I've mostly been hanging about at industry centric A&R circle-jerk buzz gigs where the audience would be much more at home in a lunchtime meeting at the Starbucks in High Street Ken than at any rock festival, but that's beside the point. (I'm looking at you mr head nodding Blackberry toting dick-head at the Chvrches show, you know who you are!)

The fact is, it seems that London has rather lost her mojo when it comes to testosterone-fueled ass kicking. Thank you Enter Shikari!

This track, along with Mothership and encore/not really an encore track "Ok, Time For Plan B" absolutely proved that this band are seriously impressive, tight as a nun's do dah, and even if you hate post-hardcore/rave-metal or whatever the hell music they are, you should go see them....if you don't mind maybe dying.

Here's the setlist...

'System...

...Meltdown'

'Sssnakepit'

'Gandhi Mate, Gandhi'

'Hello Tyrannosaurus, Meet Tyrannicide'

'Destabilise'

'Return To Energiser'

'Gap In The Fence'

'Quelle Surprise'

'Arguing With Thermometers'

'Mothership'

'OK, Time For Plan B'

'Zzzonked'

Image: NME

Words : Charlie Allen