Friday, 5 February 2016

@silvertongueson (Interview)

Interview with Silvertongue from his home in Australia.


Tracks Played:

Silvertongue - Full Plate feat. Odette Mercy (prod. Nu Vintage)

Silvertongue - Precipitation feat. Empty (prod. Pete Cannon)

Background Beats Provided by Sik Sense:

Feb 16 - Soundcloud Goodies (Jazz Spastiks, Bunty Beats, Bare Jokez, Gasp & Max Scyther)

Y'all know what it is: Jonny and Scuba review new tracks released over the past month. If you want to bring a track to our attention, pop it over to and we'll be sure to include it here/on the podcast. We try to cover as many new tracks as possible but there's inevitably some we miss.

Scuba: Dope beatmaker outfit here so gotta show support for those guys. Jazz Spastiks  concentrate more on the boom bap side of things. This is a nice track with top notch sounds and Sleep Sinatra definitely suits the beat.

Jonny: I tend to forget about the Jazz Spastiks, which is annoying because I really dig their stuff. This is a really dope throwback beat - reminds me of Damu the Fudgemunk or somebody like that. It's great production: the way it dips in and out, how they chop up that melody and throwing in some vocal samples. Oh, and that ride cymbal, dayam!

Sleep Sinatra is nice with it and flows well, but he doesn't really capture my attention too much.

Scuba: Bunty makes stomping Boom Bap beats always with heavy aggression. Chox Mak for some reason doesn't stick out much in this track, A lot of lazy writing and real easy bars here.

Jonny: I quite liked Chox, actually. He has a Nas-esque delivery and some nice flows - leaves me nodding along anyway. As for Bunty, this beat is really raw and live sounding but I don't think it fits Chox' style. From a Scottish perspective, I'd prefer to hear someone like Louie go to town on this.

Scuba: The beat is an absolute stomper. Jokez has the aggression in his voice needed to kick this off, but the simple rhymes and off-beat stumbles mess up his flow at times. Rb has a nice flow but suffers with not really saying a lot. As for Ransom, again I feel the same way. A nice heavy beat with lyrics that are somewhat wasted.

Jonny: God, that opening piano is cheesy (not that I don't like cheesy), but then the track kicks into gear a bit. Jokez has got a typically grimey London flow, but RB isn't clean with the syllabics (ironic since he talks about 'riding the rhythm').

I dig Ransom's style but he doesn't get to show it off much here. I swear his features tend to be quite short.

Scuba: Atmospheric and tonal beat here. Gasp is, as ever, a really accomplished storyteller.  The vocals are drowned out at points by those noisy spin-backs, but that doesn't take away from the vibes too much. 

Jonny: It's an A$AP Rocky beat, Scuba, although I can't remember the producer. To be honest, I much prefer Gasp's take on it. The way he starts off relaxed and builds up with his flow works really well too. Gasp's more poignant material is usually for his best and this track's no different. I'm not a big fan of the semi-hook he brings at around two minutes in, but this is mostly very impressive. His writing has improved yet again and I love hearing that passion in his delivery again.

Scuba: I was only introduced to Max Scyther a few weeks ago. This track is cool; I would urge listeners to check the video though. The visuals really help it hit home. There's a bit of an American twang in his voice, but that may clear out eventually when he starts to find his own voice.

Jonny: Yeah, this has a great video shot by Omar (Red Tree). I don't know the dude's background so I'll not judge him on his accent too much. Even though his writing can be sloppy, Max follows the beat well and has a couple of grabbing lines. He just needs to cut down on the filler a little. 

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

@Jay_Mcfr (@MCF_Records) (Interview)

Today we have in the studio, Music Comes First Records label-head Jay Mcleary.

We chat about the evolving of the label aswell as the mistakes and triumphs on the way to be being one of Scotland's top labels.

Tracks played are:

Madhat Mcgore Ft King Response & Klashnekoff - My Friend's Say (Produced By Show N Prove)

Ghost - Could You Maybe

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Monday, 11 January 2016

Jan 16 - Soundcloud Goodies (Nu Masons, Ill Az, Ciaran Mac, Hype & Spee 69)

The SSU team return with their thoughts on new tracks, predominantly posted on Souncloud. In 2016, this will, like our podcasts, be a monthly feature.

Jonny: Sounds like an intro track on an album. Speaking of which, the introductory monologue goes on for too long. Instrumentally, I like the clash of styles - dark, heavy boom bap infused with reggae vocal refrains. The verses are passable enough - some great flows (you'd expect nothing less from Physiks in particular). Given it's a 7 minute posse-style cut with features, I don't think there's enough here that's lyrically grabbing. Consequently, it's a bit of a slog. 

Scuba: I completely agree. Nothing really that grabs my attention to keep me listening on this one. Extremely long intro, seguing into Physiks signature style (which I can listen to for days), but it seems like not much really happens to maintain that level. Liked the beat though. 

Jonny: I featured ill Az in one of my "singles round-ups" for The National last month, mainly because I think he's beginning to really develop a signature style. This new track shows off what he's already got: strong delivery, a clean flow and bags of energy. His next steps need to be producing longer tracks with clear cut themes.

Scuba: Under appreciated rapper and I love his vocal work. This is energetic and nicely written, and tightly stayswithin the confines of the drum patterns. Magic. I agree that a bit of conceptual work could be a nice way to attract some attention and keep people tuned in to what he's doing.

Jonny: I fully expect to Ciaran Mac to reach a bigger audience this year by one way or another. He's dropping bars all over the place on this one, developing the train-of-thought style of writing that he explored on 'Multicoloured'. I do hope he continues to make witty, more off-the-wall style stuff as well. But yeah, Ciaran is the man.

Scuba: Gotta love the man. Been working at his craft for a good few years now and doesn't bother with the arguing and tomfoolery some others seem to thrive on - he just gets his head down. Nice package put together here. 

Jonny: Lots of personality here. I like the title's play on an old phrase - it's good to see that the Aberdonian scene is developing confidence in its distinct identity. You can really hear that in Hype's accent as well - he has a really bizarre inflection that works surprisingly well. The rhymes are a bit sloppy at points - that's my only real criticism. 

Scuba: I think there needs to be some work on his timing. It could just be a writing issue, but you should be able to catch them during the recording process. So no excuses. Pretty nice on the most part though. 

Jonny: Verses 2 by Spee and Bigg Taj was one of my favourite projects from last year and their launch at Sleazy's one of my favourite shows. I'm so used to hearing Spee rap over oriental samples, so it's strange to hear a track like this. Even though it's more personal in nature, he brings the same level in energy and precision. Personally, I'm not a big fan of the hook on this but everything else had my head nodding. 

Scuba: Long time vet Big Spee is one of the very few people I actually enjoy for including sung vocals. You can tell he's been at this for a while now, his flow is on point and he rarely puts a foot wrong. Dope.

Friday, 8 January 2016

SSU Music Podcast (January 2016)

New podcast hosted by Scuba & Johnny.


Big Shamu - Fin Ft. Kid Robotik & Nity Gritz
Ciaran Mac - Let Em Be - produced by Steg G
Deeko - Never Too Far
Mog - Blood & Hate
ONE OZ - Ain't Done Yet. Ft. Dubious Content Prod. DJIsGOD
Orry Caren - Sample Point
Silvertongue - Introduction (prod. Clay)