I absolutely love having a guest on the show. Meeting and discovering more about an artist I feel musically is a great experience. I suddenly do the transition between being a regular fan who appreciates the music to a vessel between that artist and other fans. It's humbling to meet such talented souls, and to get an understanding of what got them in this position in the first place.
So this week I'm interviewing an artist from the Netherlands who now lives in London. A soul singer & vintage addict by the name of Bo Saris.
He already made quite a name for himself in Holland, doing shows with his band. But he felt it was time for him to step up to another country, hence the move to the UK. Although he's only been here for a few months, he's already made quite an impact on the music scene here with his first single "She's on fire", a Motown inspired tune, with a dope video to accompany it.
He's already been remixed by the likes of Maya Jane Coles and Calibre and has been played on Zane Lowe's show on BBC Radio 1.
There's more to come from Bo Saris though as he has an album in the works. That is why I had to conduct the interview in a recording studio in East London, interrupting the mixing session to ask a few questions.
It was a cool spot, where I also met friendly engineers who offered me cups of teas and whatnot. I also had a quick chat with the main producer behind Bo Saris' upcoming project Q Million. Fresh out of LA, the dude just won a Best RnB album Grammy for mixing Robert Glasper's "Black Radio", and he's preparing to work on Chaka Khan's next album.... Legend!
Backed by an incredible team of writers, composers, musicians, producers and engineers; just coming back from recording the whole project in the finest studios in LA, Bo Saris's project seems very promising. I even got to hear snippets of a track whilst Q Million was mixing.
So to hear more about this dope upcoming artist, Bo Saris, make sure you tune in tomorrow to Le Kensaye Show 12 to 1 PM GMT on Ness Radio, it's truly not to be missed!!
Wednesday, 27 February 2013
The dude doesn't really need any introduction. He's been posted on this blog quite a few times for his amazing mixes. And here goes another one!
Wattfutchureez is doing one of his most soulful, atmospheric and dreamy mixes so far. Featuring a host of amazing artists such as Szjerdene, PortFormat & yours truly ; ) with my Bone Thugs n Harmony remix.
Watt emailed me the link and said he'd happily end his career now and feel satisfied with what he's accomplished, thanks to this mix! lol... But jokes aside, it is a banging mix.
Big up to my Ness Radio colleague, let's push it further and further!!!!
Monday, 25 February 2013
Du hip-hop, de la soul, et de l'aléatoire comme d'hab
Another installment of Le Kensaye Show on Ness Radio. On this particular episode I'm dropping some gems (as per usual) + I have a surprise guest Cage Lu who joins me for a bit of random talk. He just came over for dinner and I hijacked him for a segment of the show.
In terms of music, I play the latest by my Brazilian bro and music associate Fino Du Rap, he goes in on this simplistic beat with dope delivery and flows. Obviously I don't speak Portuguese, so my appreciation factors are limited. I also play tunes from a bunch of brilliant producers, J Dilla, Machinedrum, Shigeto, Taylor Mcferrin, Oh No and yours truly with a couple of new joints.
This is truly one not to be missed. TUNE IN NOW!
Tuesday, 19 February 2013
I can always count on my team for the support!
Here's another mix by Wattfutchureez playing some dope beats from known and unknown producers.
It includes my "Professional Liars" beat and it sits very nice in the mix. I'm greatful for the feature. Ness Radio is the team for real, get ta know!
Monday, 18 February 2013
The usual Hip-Hop, Soul & Randomness + special guest Emeson - with an exclusive Ness Radio performance
Du hip-hop, de la soul, et de l'aléatoire comme d'hab + Invité Emeson - avec une performance exclusive pour Ness Radio
If you missed it in on radio, here is the recording of the show featuring Emeson, a UK soul singer/producer from London town! Skandouz introduced me to this artist via twitter and I ended up playing a track from his latest EP on one of the shows. Then I thought, why not have him on here as a guest!?
He came down to the studio with his good vibes and sense of humour and the interview was a delight to conduct. We get a better understanding of what got him into music, what's his journey been like so far and he also gives us an exclusive freestyle for the show. + I am obviously playing a few tracks I picked from his latest project, my choice always surprising the hell out of Emeson. Ha!
I'm also playing that new Just Blaze & Baauer tune, which in my opinion is a BANGER, even though I could tell it wasn't really Emeson's cup of tea, lol.
Wednesday, 13 February 2013
I've been playing some of it on my show on Ness Radio, but without knowing it was a particularly new genre, just thinking it was the next step to Hip-Hop.
But apparently, a new scene has been developing, EDM (Electronic Dance Music) producers have been incorporating elements from American Hip-Hop from the south and merging it with a sort of techno-ish sound and structure.
The 1st time I heard this sound was from producers TNGHT (Hudson Mohawke & Lunice), but I had no clue I was witnessing the development of a new obsession. It doesn't seem to have fully hit our shores yet, but in the US, people are craving that EDM Trap. New raves are opening up every night, blasting the latest sounds from producers such as Baauer, Hucci etc...
There are a couple of documentaries made about this new phenomenon and bridging the gap between Hip-Hop and EDM, it's quite interesting, check them out:
Although it's not the kind of music I would be blasting in my home whilst sipping on a cup of tea, I can appreciate the effect it may have out in a club. The heavy tuned kicks, snaps and rhythmic snares, mixed with the EDM style buildups is a nice crossover for those mad ravers who are also fans of Hip-Hop.
So for that reason, I decided to do a quick mix of some of the hottest EDM Trap tracks. I call it E.T. (Electronic Trap).
And if you're looking for a dj to spin these kinda tunes at your event then get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, 6 February 2013
The dude is an artist. I can only aspire to mix with the same ease and brilliance. The way he puts together mixes is like storytelling, you can easily get lost in the world of Wattfutchureez.
Enjoy and make sure you tune in to his regular show on saturdays.