In an exclusive feature with IGN, we’ve been given some information regarding the new WWE 2K15 game.
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This is the brand new video from Tha Office member P.Solja for his single “Kick Back Chillin”. Released via The Guilty Party YouTube Channel, P.Solja presents some excellent visuals which complement the laid back track. P.Solja has confirmed that “Kick Back Chillin” will be featured on his mixtape “Heist 2″ which will be available later this year, alongside an official “The Guilty Party” mixtape which we also hope to hear in 2014. Look out for plenty of news and music from P.Solja in the forthcoming weeks. However, you can watch P.Solja – Kick Back Chilin on the YouTube player below.
The very popular DJ Jazzy Jeff is back in London on Saturday the 24th October thanks to an ever-present Doctors Orders, who are also giving one lucky an artist a rare opportunity. An upcoming DJ will have the chance to warm up for DJ Jazzy Jeff DJ Mr Thing, DJ MK, Spin Doctor and more, and the winner will be picked by the man himself. Participants must record a Hip-Hop mix between 20-45 minutes long and upload to Mixcloud. Full details can be found on the link above. You can view the official flyer for The Doctors Orders Present – DJ Jazzy Jeff here.
We are honoured to premier the European release of Praverb’s new featured single titled “The Fray”. The song belongs to German singer Devize and Belgian Hip-Hop group Aral and Sauze, and American-based Praverb has debuted the single with HHK to mark the release. Praverb and Devize have been collaborating for several years, and “The Fray” is a follow-up to their 2012 released track “Temporary Home”. You can listen to Devize ft. Praverb, Aral and Sauzé – The Fray on the soundcloud player below.
DOWNLOAD | Big Dusty – Single – Joey Bada$$
This is the official video from Pro Era member Joey Badass for the single “Big Dusty”. The single is the first from Joey Badass’ forthcoming album “B4.da.$$” which will be dropping later in 2014, and has been produced by Kirk Knight. There are no confirmed guest appearances or producers from the upcoming album yet, however we’re expecting to see the Pro Era crew mentioned, and production from the likes of DJ Premier and MF Doom who Joey Badass has worked with previously. Fans can download Joey Badass – Big Dusty from the iTunes link listed above, and you can watch the official video to Joey Badass – Big Dusty on the YouTube player below.
PREVIOUS | Audible Doctor ft Consequence – No Future
As part of an E.P of remixes, the Audible Doctor steps up for his remix of Twenty Squared. The original track (and the remix) is a collaboration between artists Analogic, Evidence, Rakaa and Sean Bogg and Audible Doctor’s remix is featured on a four track EP which is available to download from the iTunes link above. Other remixes come from Analogic, Dirty Art Club and S Raw. You can listen to Audible Doctor – Twenty Squared (Analogic, Evidence, Rakaa and Sean Bogg) Remix on the soundcloud player below.
Very happy to see the return of Rewd Adams to Hip-Hop Kings with his new single “Gone”. I’ve been informed that Gone is taken from Rewd Adams’ forthcoming mixtape which we will hear later in 2014, and is a joint project with DJ MK (Kiss FM, Dizzie Rascal DJ). Look out for plenty of more promotional material ahead of the release of Rewd Adams’ upcoming mixtape. However, you can listen to Rewd Adams – Gone on the soundcloud player below.
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By Joe Langham
Soulmate is the feature length debut from Axelle Carolyn. Presented by Neil Marshall, director of the brilliant cult film ‘Dog Soldiers’, Soulmate tells the story of Audrey who has retreated to a fairly isolated Welsh cottage after suffering a personal tragedy. The cottage has a history and a mysterious locked box room from which strange noises come at night. As Audrey seeks to overcome her own grief, she begins to unlock the mysteries enclosed within the cottage and subsequently unravel the grief that shrouds it. The film stars Anna Walton as Audrey and Tom Wisdom as Douglas.
Soulmate is a slow burning and atmospheric film with rich and interesting characters. It has the feel of various films and genres including the chilling classic ‘The Shining’, ‘The Woman in Black’ and classic Gothic horror with a lacing of romance.
At times some of the performances do not do the script justice and can be fairly bland and matter of fact; however films of this type are not generally renowned for their Oscar worthy acting. Anna Walton as Audrey is rather peaks and troughs, but the stand out performance is Tom Wisdom as Douglas. Douglas is a tortured soul and Wisdom plays him brilliantly with an honest and powerful performance.
However, the story is the focal point in Soulmate. Carolyn’s film is wholly story driven with some rich and interesting characters. They are a welcome change from those in similar films, which generally have about as much character as a puddle.
The film is also visually beautiful and the Brecon setting is lovely to look at. Carolyn manages to capture an eerie stillness in the natural setting. The films atmosphere is heightened even more by both the voyeuristic shots which litter the film and the chilling sound of the violin, a haunting sound at the best of times but even more so in the isolated setting.
It does, however, feel as though there is something missing, like a punch has been pulled, and that is because there is. The BBFC deemed the original opening scene too much for this eerie film and thus have dulled the impact of the film. They say a picture is worth a thousand words and that rings true here as Audrey’s back-story is only mentioned in conversation during the film and does not have the projected impact that it would had the full edit been passed. It’s a bit like starting a book on chapter two, but only because the reader before you thought chapter one was not suitable and decided to tear it out. For your own benefit of course.
Soulmate is by no means an amazing film but neither is it a bad one. Its bad points do not detract from its good points and overall it is an enjoyable watch. It offers a refreshing take on worn out haunted house/supernatural movies and is a welcome change from the other lame and repetitive films in similar veins. Axelle Carolyn, unsurprising considering her previous written work, also shows promising writing and directing prowess and her future projects are something to look forward too.
Included on the DVD are a director’s commentary along with FrightFest interviews with Anna Walton, Axelle Carolyn and Neil Marshall. There are also two short films: The Last Post and The Halloween Kid. The Halloween Kid is a spooky story about a kid called Henry, a bit of an outcast on every day of the year apart from one: Halloween. It has the feel of something from Grizzly Tales for Gruesome Kids. The Last Post is a ghost story about unfulfilled and lingering love, a similar field to the main feature.
Check out the trailer for Soulmate below
PREVIOUS | Imperial and Kinetik – Just Another Day
It’s always a treat to hear new sounds from UK producer Imperial, and this time we have a remix of the classic De La Soul track “Itzsoweezee”. Hip-Hop Kings fans will be aware of Imperial for his work with UK rapper Kinetik, and his previous remixes of “Diamonds from Sierra Leone” by Kanye West and “Linguistics” by Jurassic 5. Imperial also provided the exclusive content for the “25 Facts About Imperial and Kinetik – Pencils Not Pistols” project that was posted towards the end of 2013. You can listen to De La Soul – Itzsoweezee (Imperial Remix) on the soundcloud player below.
Written by Adam Darbyshire
The Hoods are back with yet another explosive album, a perfect second part to their previous album ‘Drinking From The Sun’.
A few of their tracks have a more poppy vibe than their back catalogue but this isn’t something to shy away from, it works perfectly with the feel of the album and personally I think it shows the growth of this hip hop trio as they have moved through almost a decade of music now, with their first studio album ‘Hard Road’ released way back in 2006, that’s not giving any discredit to previous work they have released beforehand.
Half the album has some funky bass beats, which has led the track to build in quite an upbeat manner leaving a good chorus; either from the Hoods voices or from feature artists such as Maverick Sabre, showing the Hoods aren’t just keeping things local this time, travelling all the way across the world to record with the UK artist. You can see the second single release, and one of my favourite tracks, ‘Won’t Let You Down’ in the Youtube player below. In fact I liked this song so much that it was the second dance at my wedding recently and the first one to get everyone involved in, seeing the older generations trying to understand why they are hearing a rapper at a wedding reception, why these rappers sounds Australian, and why they still love the track is still up there in wedding memories for me.
My personal favourite is ‘Cosby Sweater’ which has a great buzz about the track with some quick lines from both Pressure and Suffa and a strong chorus courtesy of Dan Sultan which can keep the general fans loving the track instead of just those that appreciate a good rhyming verse. Another funky beat that’s worth noting is the beat behind ‘Rumble, Young Man Rumble’ which has a mix of speedy vocals to accompany the faintly distorted guitar chords that snap in and out of the record.
Hilltop have also taken this album as an opportunity to send out clear messages to both the fans, and more specific people, for example there is a song called ‘Through The Dark’ which holds a lovely piano melody and a slow paced drum beat, to which Pressure pours his soul in a very moving message to his son who has been in and out of hospital from a very young age. It is a truly perfect piece of music and sets an image very clearly in your head that I imagine everyone who hears it will take a second afterwards to contemplate everything mentioned in the song. It really does convey real life, which is something the Hoods wanted to show in this album in particular.
My favourite sample used on the album would have to be the space invaders sound which can be heard faintly at the end of the song ‘Walking Under Stars’, its gems like this that add to songs and show how the Hoods go the extra mile for the perfect record.
If for whatever reason you aren’t aware of the Hilltop Hoods yet they are definitely worth checking out and fully provide something for everyone, this album would be a good place to start for any new fan and a definite need for any hip hop fan to have in their catalogue.
Also keep your eyes peeled here at HHK for the interview we managed to get with Hilltop when they were in London earlier this year.
This is the second 25 Facts article we’ve posted from High Focus Records, and this time we’ve got some insight into Cracker Jon and 2Late’s collaborative album “You Can Take the Cracker out of Croydon” which fans can download from the iTunes link listed above.
1. 2Late was illin throughout the whole album.
2. Cracker Jon happened to be tripping on the space time continuum when he met 2Late, and they decided to create a funked out experiment.
3. 2Late didn’t know who Cracker Jon was.
4. Refer to the Redman 1995 interview.
5. Cracker Jon spent all his money as per usual.
6. The first track Cracker Jon & 2Late created was under the influence of Woo Woo and Mary Jane.
7. We prefer the skits to the tracks on the album. YO JAKE!!!
8. 2Late Dislikes all his tracks, thus bearing the nickname, 2Hate.
9. we feel fine……
10. Follow the 10 cracker commandments
11. Most of this album was created in the most intense circumstances.
12. Shoutouts to the squad
13. There’s too many facts to mention.
14. CROYDON ALL DAY BITCH
15. 2 Late passed out over 95 times on whiskey in the creation of this album. However, he held his funk master status.
16. Cracker Jon took unknown substances in the recording of this album.
17. Its been 3 years in the making.
18. 2 Late was rockin Air Jordan 11s while freaking the funk.
19. Cracker Jon only reps air max 90s.
20. 2 Lates T Shirt company is going to blow the fak uppppppp.
21. Cracker Jon & 2Late are very hurt by opinions of certain people who dont understand a good time, let alone good music.
22. Cracker Jon doesn’t agree with tight jeans or shirts that don’t cover your arms.
23. Our most favourite track on the album is the answer phone skit at the end of the album.
24. 2 Late designed the album cover after he thought that cracker jon had smoked his J.
25. CRACKER JON FOR PRIME MINISTER.. 2LATE THE FUNK MASTA.. HIGH FOCUS.. PEACE WORLD.