Base Brings The Noise To Bristol
Spanking New Music Week continues with Kano, JME, Unklejam and more
Last night (Thursday, March 22) saw the second instalment of Spanking New Music live in Bristol, and this time it was the turn of the young bucks from the urban scene to show the world what theyve got. Hosting the Base night for us was our very own Trevor Nelson.
First up was Mr DIY himself, JME, a young MC and beatmaker from London. The man who does it all himself showed Bristol how its done, dropping his positive lyrics over fat beats and basslines, with the local crowd lapping up every track.
Next came three young Camden MCs, Dappy, Tulisa and Fazer: AKA N-Dubz. This lot have been spittin rhymes together since the age of 12, and it was clear all the hard work had paid off as they dropped their witty tales of urban love and life for the Bristol massive.
It was plain to see the next act were gonna take it in a different direction when their backing band came onto the stage in sparkling costumes. Unklejam then followed them onto the stage with their own brand of electro, funk-fuelled soul. Comin atcha with influences like Prince and Parliament, the colourful characters had Bristol shaking its collective thang all through their set to the closing track, the excellent Love Ya.
The last person to take to the stage was renowned wordsmith Kano. Hes been away for a while, so it was good to see the young man back and doing what he does best, performing tracks old and new for the good people of Bristol. They were treated to old faves like Nite Nite and Ps & Qs, and new ones like London Town (also the name of his new album) and an interesting collaboration with vocalist Kate Nash to close the show.
Once again the whole show went out live on MTV Overdrive. More details, and soon exclusive downloads, performances and more, can be found @ www.mtv.co.uk/spankingnew.
And dont forget if you missed the action you can watch it all on MTV and Overdrive from Friday, April 27