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September 21, 2006

MY ROBOT FRIEND – Swallow (12″ EP)

SwallowSoma SOMA204: 18th September 2006
1. Swallow (Original / D’s Weirdy Vox Dub / D’s We An Army Dub)
“Tri, bi, metro, omni sexual, homo, hetro, yo I’m flexible, horizontal, in a pile, doggy, dragon, lotus style, from beginner to advance, drop your hang-ups, drop your pants, it’s all release and relaxation, with no weird breakfast conversation”
2. Dead
“We said we’d take the world by storm, but before the clouds could even form, we we’re… dead”

‘Swallow’ kicks off like a messed up version of the A-Team theme, but when the vocals come in it turns into the kind of record the Beastie Boys would make if they came out of the closet. The lyrics are sure to bring a big grin to your face.

Musically, Derrick Carter’s two remixes are good, but since they jettison most of the rapping they are inevitably disappointing in comparison to the original. ‘Dead’ is a mix of cutting Strings, deep Bass-Guitar and fizzing electronic sound effects. The lyrics are weirdly wonderful and it sounds totally different to the A-side.

Click here to buy My Robot Friend’s latest album ‘Dial O’ from HMV for only £9.99.

Why Won’t You Call Me Back? mp3
I Know What Women Want mp3
You’re Out Of The Computer (Feat. Bingo Gazingo) mp3
The Fake (John B Remix) mp3
Sex Machine (John B Remix) mp3

Click here to watch the video for ‘Dead’ on YouTube.

My Robot Friend Website / My Robot Friend MySpace Page

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September 21, 2006

AKALA – Wins Best Hip-Hop At The MOBO Awards

Akala Image“Do you ever feel like there’s something missing, stuck in a role, just playin’ your position, even when you scream, it seems no one listens, free as a bird, but it feel like prison”

Hooray! I’ve been listening to allot of Akala this year and I was pleasantly surprised when he got nominated for a MOBO. I sat down to watch the awards ceremony last night with the slim hope that he might win (He was up against big hitters like Busta Rhymes and Kanye West and UK talent like Kano and Sway). But against the odds he won and I cheered at the TV and waved my copy of his album around! He couldn’t keep the smile off his face when he was interviewed backstage. He’s on a totally independent record label called Illastate so it’s got to be a massive boost to get that kind of exposure.

If you don’t have a copy of ‘It’s Not A Rumour’ go get one right away. You can listen to snippets of all the tracks from the album on his site. You NEED tracks like ‘The Edge’ and ‘Bullshit’, which will both be fighting it out for inclusion in my tunes of 2006 list.

Order ‘It’s Not A Rumour’ from Amazon or HMV for only £8.99.

Click here to get an mp3 of ‘Bullshit’ for free, all you need to do is sign up to the mailing list.

Here are links to watch the videos for ‘Roll Wid Us’, ‘Bullshit’, ‘The Edge’ and ‘Shakespeare’ on YouTube.

Akala Website / Akala MySpace Page / MOBO Website