Written by Joe Langham (@JoeLang92)
When it comes to live band backed hip-hop groups America has The Roots and France has Hocus Pocus and pretty soon England could have their very own. The Mouse Outfit are a 9 piece live band hailing from Manchester and have now released their debut album: Escape Music. Their debut album seems somewhat overdue however since The Mouse Outfit have been touring for several years. It was well worth the wait though. Escape Music features Dr Syntax and Sparkz as well as a selection of other highly talented rappers including Lyricalligraphy, Truthos Mufasa and Kosyne to name but a few.
Written By David Bosworth (@boz_worth)
“When Our Flag Falls, Our Nation will rise”…..
With a tagline like this you get a pretty good idea about how this movie will play out and you’re not far out! Antoine Fuqua(Training Day) brings us the flag flying, salute giving, bald eagle on bicep tattooing “Olympus Has Fallen”. The story of what happens when the White House is taken and who in Gods Free Land can take it back? Mike Banning of course! Mike Banning is THE ex secret service agent and bad ass mother fudger who works at the Treasury, of all places. Why? Because of a horrific accident involving President Ben Asher, who demoted Mike and left him to wallow at a desk. Gerard Butler(300) leads an impressive cast including Aaron Eckhart(The Dark Knight) and Morgan Freeman(Shawshank Redemption) in this action fueled and politically dangerous movie.
America sees its monuments fall and its White House alight when all hell steps foot on Washington’s streets. With little time to react the nation can’t fathom the idea that the safest building in the country is under siege! Who is responsible? How will they get it back? Who is in charge when both the President and the Vice President are taken hostage? These are legitimate questions for anything other than the ‘One-Man Army’ action genre. You can’t expect suspense and thrills when King Leonidas is the leading man. When you go in with the knowledge that this is Die Hard at The White House you will enjoy this movie much more.
To expect twists and turns and who-done-its will only leave you with a bad taste in your mouth after this movie. You like explosions, cliche one liners and some foreign dudes getting blown away then this is for you! Just sounds like a synopsis for “Die Hard” right? Yep that’s this, just with better CGI. Oh yeah, by the way, its the North Koreans…
3.5 out of 5
Written by Adam Darbyshire
Yet another highly anticipated movie from the Marvel series hit our screens this week, and as always it did not disappoint. Robert Downey Junior returned to the big screen as the genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist Tony Stark we have all grown to love.
With this instalment there is a lot more comedy value brought to the audience than in the previous films, but not to the point where this takes over or becomes corny. Marvel have also compensated the more serious members of the audience with a lot more action, more in the style of avengers than the Iron Man series, constant battles throughout the film rather than just a big boss at the end.
Written by Joe Langham.
In 2006, Nas proclaimed that hip-hop was dead. In 2013, scores of artists have been coming together for a series of live shows to prove that hip-hop music is still very much alive. These shows are proudly called Hip-Hop Isn’t Dead. On its third night, Hip-Hop Isn’t Dead has already been upgraded to a larger venue, The Garage in Islington. The line-up combined some of the biggest acts from the first two nights such as Genesis Elijah and Black the Ripper and welcomed some new faces from around the UK including Northern duo Leddie and Smoggy.
Written by David Bosworth
Anyone remember Scary Movie 4? Nope. Me neither. What about Scary Movie 3? The one with Leslie Nielsen as the President and there’s the aliens in the field from ‘Signs’? Struggling to place that one as well Okay. You MUST remember Scary Movie 2 then? Come on, the one with the turkey dinner stuffed with ‘penis’ and vagini’s', served with the small hand! You remember now? You’ll remember the original then. The one that spawned all the aforementioned sequels both good and bad.
Scary Movie 5 falls into the latter category of ‘Bad’! In fact it probably falls into its own category of ‘The Good(1 & 2), The Bad(3 & 4) and the Ugly(5)’ which is why this review was needed to warn the masses that the horror spoof genre has died a gruesome death!
Friday 19th April | Mint Club | Leeds
“A combination of Trap Music and Bass music which is set to be the country’s next trend”. Remember the name Strapt, the brainchild of Mike “Sonar Cousin” Davis who is widely regarded as one of the UK’s best music producers. Alongside the Strapt team, we’re ready to launch the first official Strapt night at Mint Club in Leeds on 19th April 2013, which will be the first of many memorable milestones in years to come.
By definition, Trap music is a hybrid of Southern American Hip-Hop, Electro and Dubstep. The popular Bauuer track “Haarlem Shake” is perhaps the most known commercial example, but with strong underground roots, fans of the single can expect to hear a whole lot more come 19th April at Strapt. The pure energy and excitement that Strapt will be offering fans is unrivalled, so don’t miss out on what promises to be an unforgettable night.
Visit the link above for more information on Strapt, Trap Music, and of course the all-important ticket link to avoid disappointment on missing this incredible event.
Written by Joe Langham
Before the Spiderman trilogy, Drag Me to Hell and more recently Oz: The Great and Powerful, Sam Raimi stuck to low budget horror films. He made somewhat of a name for himself in 1981 with the influential, brutal and darkly comical Evil Dead, which has garnered a cult following over the years. Step up Fede Alvarez, the young, currently unknown, director of the 2013 Evil Dead remake.
Written by David Bosworth
Over the past few years companies like Universal and Warner Bros have tried and failed in their attempts at “re-imagining” the classic children s tale. Now, in my eyes you either get Quentin Tarantino in to rip the face off it or you go home. You don’t mess with Disney! They ran that shit! Let’s have a look over them shall we?
Written by Dave Bosworth
I come from a generation that had Mega Drives and Master Systems. That played Alex The Kidd, Sonic and Super Mario Bros. I come from a generation that played the 1st Resident Evil game on my friend Terry’s Playstation and had nightmares about the Doberman’s that killed you if you thought you were slick to leave out the front door. Basically, I’ve grown up with classic games and feel nostalgic about them. “Wreck-it Ralph” pays homage to this era of gaming and gives a tip of its cap to the new gamers that need Hi Def graphics and “1st person shooter”(if you’ve seen the movie you’ll get the reference).
Written by Joe Langham
Fortnightly Norman Bar club night, Subliminal, welcomed its first international act in the form of J57 and Koncept of the Brown Bag All Stars. The pair, promoting Koncept’s upcoming mixtape ‘Malt Disney’ dropped by for a ‘free entry’ show on a leg of their Full Bottle Tour.