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.
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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
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.
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Check out the brand new trailer from EA Sports for the upcoming Fifa 2015 game. The trailer specifically focuses on new player faces and stadiums, along with tailored chants. A range of Premier League players speak regarding the EPL being the best league in the world. You can watch the new official Fifa 2015 Trailer below.
News reached us today that over 40 DC and Marvel movies will be released in the next 6 years. With the recent news of Batman v Superman being pushed forward, this list of movies will continue to excite fans and give us even more to look forward to. Names such as Wolverine and Spiderman appear later in the 2017. However, the full list can be viewed below.
May 1, 2015 – The Avengers: Age of Ultron
June 19, 2015 – Fantastic Four
July 17, 2015 – Ant-Man
March 25, 2016 – Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice
May 6, 2016 – Captain America 3
May 27, 2016 – X-Men: Apocalypse
July 8, 2016 – Doctor Strange (Unannounced)
August 5, 2016 – Unannounced DC Movie
November 11, 2016 – Sinister Six
2017 – Venom Carnage
2017 – Unannounced Female Character Spider-Man Movie
March 3, 2017 – Wolverine 3 (Untitled)
May 5, 2017 – Unannounced Marvel Movie
June 23, 2017 – Unannounced DC Movie
July 28, 2017 – Guardians of the Galaxy 2
July 14, 2017 – Fantastic Four 2
November 3, 2017 – Unannounced Marvel Movie
November 17, 2017 – Unannounced DC Film
2018 – The Amazing Spider-Man 3
March 23, 2018 – Unannounced DC Movie
May 4, 2018 – Unannounced Marvel Movie
July 6, 2018 – Unannounced Marvel Movie
July 13, 2018 – Unannounced X-Men Movie
July 27, 2018 – Unannounced DC Movie
November 2, 2018 – Unannounced Marvel Movie
April 5th, 2019 – Unannounced DC Movie
May 3, 2019 – Unannounced Marvel Movie
June 14th, 2019 – Unannounced DC Movie
April 3rd, 2020 – Unannounced DC Movie
June 19th, 2020 – Unannounced DC Movie
In an exclusive feature with IGN, we’ve been given some information regarding the new WWE 2K15 game. There’s the inevitable 30 Years of Wrestlemania campaign mode which is a very introspective story than recent editions. 2K haven’t announced which rivalries will be featured but we’re sure to see appearances from the likes of The Undertaker, Stone Cold, Shawn Michaels, The Rock and many more. MyCareer will give fans the ability to have your own character go through various historical events which will emulate the NBA 2K14 career mode. Look out for plenty of more updates from WWE 2K15 in the very near future.
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Here is the latest Hip-Hop Kings exclusive, this time with Invy Da Truth and his recently released debut album “V.I.C.E”. Invy Da Truth gives us 25 facts about the album that you won’t see anywhere else.
1. V.I.C.E is an acronym for Vast Intoxicating Chemicals Everyday
2. Oldest song is from 2011.
3. Is the second album title selection
4. Has one featured verse (Jamall Bufford)
5. Is executive produced by Chanes
6. Featured 7 Michigan based producers
7. None of the album was made sober
8. I did all my own hooks
9. Five senses was recorded in Arizona produced by Chanes (MI)
10. Big Dawg was record in Michigan produced by Jmatt (AZ).
11. 12 steps used to be 2 songs
12. Drinking alone video has no stunt drinking. All real
13. Big dawg video was shot on the south side of Chicago
14. The producer of Corner Store and lifestyle shot the video for highlight reel
15. Chanes produced a little less than 50 percent of the album
16. Control verses are true stories
17. Binge watching “eastbound and down” with Chanes influenced Kenny Powers
18. The artwork was inspired from the bathroom stall at St. Andrews hall in Detroit
19. Invy’s favorite VICE is lust.
20. Leon speakers sponsored the album
21. First listening of album was done in the sound test room at leon speakers
22. The album is dedicated to my unborn twins
23. I never met 2 producers on the album (Jmatt and Stephan Black 123)
24. The album was recorded with the same mic as Voltron
25. It is a must download!
Arguably one of the most prolific and groundbreaking groups in Hip-Hop history, N.W.A, are being honoured with a brand new movie titled N.W.A – Straight Outta Compton. The title references their debut album released in 1988, and the full cast for the movie has now been revealed. Ice Cube will be played by his son O’Shea Jackson Jr. Dr. Dre will be played by Corey Hawkins and the late Easy-E will be played by Jason Mitchell. The movie will be produced by Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and Easy-E’s widow Tomica Woods-Wright alongside Matt Alvarez. The movie is directed by F. Gary Gray (who worked with Ice Cube on Friday). Look out for more promotion as we lead up to the release date of the N.W.A Movie – Straight Outta Compton.
The release of Tical O: The Prequel is one that doesn’t sit very well within Method Man’s discography. He’s the first to admit it, quoted “On the third LP, it was suggested to bring in Harve Pierre and P Diddy. Who am I to argue? Puff knows how to sell some records. But that wasn’t the direction to go in, and I know that now.” The statement is probably a relief to most Wu-Tang and Method Man fans who clearly agree with his retrospective views.
In 2004 we saw Tical O: The Prequel hit shelves which ultimately reached number two on the Billboard 200 chart and reached a certified “Gold” status for it’s sales. Nobody faults Method Man for the release but the bitter disappointment was shared, as fans were expecting a better, more polished “Tical 2000: Judgement Day” which boasted an incredible 28 tracks (including skits) and had production mostly by RZA and Wu-Tang Clan members. That rule was only broken for Prince Paul, Havoc (Mobb Deep) and Erick Sermon so nobody complained about that decision either.
Two years later we quickly had a new album titled 4:21: The Day After, which went back to basics (production from RZA, Havoc, Erick Sermon and Scott Storch among others) and guest appearances from Fat Joe, Styles P, Redman and other Wu-Tang affiliates. For true fans you’ll remember the bonus U.K track “O.D”, but although the album didn’t reach the same commercial success (number 8 on the Billboard 200), it was a much preferred album for Method Man fans.
We’re more likely to see Method Man in a movie or a guest feature in 2014, but rumours of an upcoming album (Crystal Meth) this year continue to surface, and of course his work on the one-copy Wu-Tang Clan album “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin” give fans continual hope of more excellent music from one of the most lyrically and technically astute MC’s in our generation. Look out for Method Man and Redman performing in Croatia at the 2014 Fresh Island Festival in July.