Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Untold Songs: Remixes EP1 - Out now for FREE!

Untold Songs: Remixes EP1 
Out now for FREE!

In leading up to the official release on Monday 13th June, Untold Songs: Volume One curated by Belle, we're pleased to be able to present to you today a FREE 3-track EP featuring remixes of tracks by artists who feature on the full compilation courtesy of Jus Like Music Records.
Untold Songs: Remixes EP1 contains remixes from some true electronic heavyweights! Silkie has remixed Kersha Bailey's track 'Good Time', Quest (Deep Medi) has remixed Belle's track 'Open My Eyes', and Jet Letts & 10Sumohave remixed Shuanise's track 'Africa'. And you can download the FREE EP right now via Bandcamp.

Saturday, 4 June 2011

RADIO INTERVIEW:The Jus Like Music Radio Show: Untold Songs Special


Make sure to tune into the Jus Like Music Show on NTS hosted Gav & BUG tonight at 6pm (UK time) for an Untold Songs Special.

With your girl Belle the lady behind the compilation album who will also be joined by some of the artists who feature on the release, including Stac, Sarina Leah and Belinda K Zhawi. 

Listen to promo snips of the Untold Songs Vol1 album due for digital release on Monday 13th June click here

For details of the Untold Songs Vol1 launch party at Rich Mix click 

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Tanya Auclair - Origami EP Release

Our very own Tanya Auclair who is featured on our compilation and will be performing at the showcase. She will be launching her latest EP on Thursday 09 June.

Check the details below and may we add supporting her is supporting us.

Thursday 9th June.
With support from HowAboutBeth A
a DJ set from the mighty Natural Self.
Doors open at 730pm and tickets are just £5.

Here is a little taster of what too expect.

Tanya Auclair - Gabriel (Live) from Tanya Auclair on Vimeo.

FLOetic Lara "For Lovers Of..." album launch

Our very own hostess Miss FLOetic Lara will be launching her album this sunday.

Check the details below and may we add supporting her is supporting us.

FLOetic Lara Live
'For Lovers Of...' The Album Launch Concert!
Special Guests: LeeN, Comfort, Amen Noir, Mandisa, Mikel Ameen.
Host: Kat Francois. DJ 279. Drs 7pm Concert 8-11.30pm AfterParty 11.30-1am

4 £10 Tickets call Malingaa on 07515931074
Facebook link:

Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Colourful Radio Interview

CLICK HERE LISTEN BACK If you missed last nights interview and studio performance with Dom Servini  () on Colourful radio with Belle and Kadija Kamara talking about Belle latest project Untold Songs Vol1. an all female compilation album launch party and release.

Untold Songs Vol1. is released on Monday 13th June (Jus Like Music Records) in conjunction with Amnesty International UK.

For more info on the launch party taking place on Saturday 11th June at Rich Mix click here

Sunday, 29 May 2011

Does Sex Sell or is it her P***y?

For those who don’t know, OG Niki is a 16-year-old rapper/emcees from Birmingham, UK. She has caused a stir regarding a rap song that was released on youtube via the site Grime Blog, back in April that details her sexually explicit escapades.

She opens the track with: “Get fuck from the back singing lalala/I’ve fucked six mans on the camera…” When listening to this and the other rest of the song millions of thoughts rushed through my head. Firstly as a young black woman seeing an even younger black woman talk about her sexuality in such a way regurgitates the jezebel stereotype that labels all black female sexuality. Then I remembered, she is only 16-years-old, she has just finished her GCESEs, she is still a child – she can’t even vote. If, she knew the history of where her narrative places her, would she talk about her body, well her pussy in such a way? But, this is where we as older women come to help support, guide and educate this young about her womanhood. There is no point hatin’ if we are not going to take ownership and responsibility for our young women. What is the point in telling her how “nasty” she is without showing her an alternative?

Trying to understand the psychology of someone you don’t know is very hard, for obvious reasons. I guess I can only speculate why she has chosen to emerge herself into the Grime/Hip-hop scene in such a fashion. But there is a sense of agency and ownership that Niki executes here. She puts out her business before anyone of the guys can and ultimately she is in charge of the information, she eradicates he-said-she-said gossip. She is able to use her sexual exploits as way to gain attention to her music. But the real question here is whether she is gaining the right attention? Admittedly, as a fan of hip-hop music, OG Niki has a great rhythm and flow and could quite easily put a few guys to shame. In her own words, her twitter followers went from 198 to over 4,500 in space of two days when this video was posted on youtube. Not only that, the amount of virals in response to this song have literally assassinated her character. I expected and she did too to get a lot of responses, ranging from her “keeping it real” to being called a “slag,” the latter being the emphasis. Comparing Niki’s treatment to Skepta’s (a Grime emcee), who graced us with a short porno to accompany his song, ‘All Over the House,’ speaks volumes on accountability of sexual relations between men and women. To be fair to Niki, she used her own sexuality and body to gain attention; Skepta used a woman’s to achieve the same means.

There is no doubt, that Niki has capitalised on our obsession with scandal and sex, but does she deserve our attention? Since her internet debut, there has been only one follow up track which she features on, again telling us how great she is at sex. So, has Niki somehow manipulated this generation’s addiction to easy fame through selling female sexuality? Something tells me Niki was and is aware of what gets people talking and by being outrageous as she possibly could she has done just that. But I also sense naivety about what she has engaged herself in, the pragmatics of undertaking the ‘hypersexual female rapper role,’ is a shackle that is impossible to shake. If we look at a contemporary example, Miss Niki Minaj, who offers the braggadocio of, ‘I am just as bad as the boys’ it is not too hard to understand why 16-year-old OG Niki has taken route to get her music heard in this way. The difference is, Niki Minaj has corporate label to promote her music on an international scale, if you are going to sell female sexuality lets globalisaed that sh!t. When we are used to seeing women’s bodies and sexuality being exploited to sell anything as the norm, then why not use your own to promote your artistry? Has Niki taken patriarchy by the balls and said, ‘you are not using my sexuality to sell me, I am!’ Or is she complying with the oppression of women and their bodies?

I do hope whatever she was seeking from posting up that video, she has obtained it- at her own expense. Whether it was 15 minutes of fame, a record deal or just to get “people talking,” I would like to believe that she could look back and reflect on the productivity of her actions. But in the mean time, as women instead of hating on her lets support her through love.

This piece is originally written by myself appearing on my personal blog:

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Sorry Bey - We don't run the world

A few days ago on facebook I was involved a interesting discussion about Miss Beyonce Knonwles's latest video and song, 'Who Run the World,' I was then ask (read: demanded) to leave the thread as my views were not welcomed. You my have guessed by the title and the general tone of this piece, I'm not too impressed with it. But this woman, whom I would like to adopt, hits it on the head. Its only five minutes long for those who like their information bitesize. The worst part is, that blood chorus is annoying catchy!

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