July 25, 2017
Glad to have UK rapper and songwriter Airklipz host a BlueJay session on Sunday 30th at 8pm! Hailing from South London, the self-proclaimed product of his environment is a conscious type rapper with influences including Nas, Bob Marley and J Cole. Airklipz has a huge backlog of music, but you can check out his latest release ‘Vape Life’ here.
We caught up with Airklipz to find out a bit more about what he’s about and what we can expect from his BlueJay session!
I’m an independent rap artist from South London. I make gritty, hardcore rap music, talking about the state of affairs in my neighbourhood. Even though I would not consider myself “conscious”, I do have a strong social element to my music and I like speaking up for the downtrodden.
Music to me means medicine. It’s the soothing tonic after a long day, it’s the calming pill to get you through that long day, it’s the place I store a lot of my memories. Actually, music is more than that, music is life!
My biggest musical inspirations are Bob Marley and Fela Kuti. The rappers I look up the most are Nas, Styles P, Klashnekoff, Currensy and J. Cole.
I was a massive Bone Thugs and Harmony fan, and knew the lyrics to all their tracks. I was also a hardcore Snoop Dogg fan.
I don’t really drink but I would consider “Currensy – Landed” as a good one to start.
Parties in the park!
Smoking too much!
A lot of fun!!! I’ll be playing loads of great classic rap tunes along with my own tracks and current personal favs. Might even throw in some “non-rap” songs!!!
Check out more of his tracks on Soundcloud.
Tune in to Airklipz playlist on Wednesday 26th July 2017 at 8pm! Download BlueJay here:
July 24, 2017
We are so hyped that Rufio G will host a BlueJay session on Wednesday 26th at 8pm. Previously going by the name of ‘Ghost’ and hailing from a clash music background, Rufio G now hails as a Grime/HipHop MC and has also performed with DJs on DnB, Dubstep, and Electro sets. Check out his debut EP release “Different Breed!” here. We caught up with Rufio G to find out a little bit more about what he’s about and what we can expect from his BlueJay session.
I am both a Grime and Hiphop artist hailing from Luton, UK. I like to mix it up and keep things fresh so I don’t like to be restricted to one genre. I also like to be versatile with styles of lyricism so I don’t just concentrate on flows and hype tracks, I also like to do story telling tracks.
To me, music is life. Music is everywhere and in everything. Music is expression and that freedom to create and to try new things. Music can also bring people together regardless of barriers.
I would have to say artists like Tupac, big pun, Black Twang aka Tony Rotten and Wiley.
Growing up, I was always surround by music and listened to a wide variety, including Motown, Reggae, Indie, Rock, Hiphop and Dance.
My favourite pre-drink tune at the moment would have to be Giggs – “Whippin Excusion”.
Surrounded by good people and good music; location isn’t an issue, as long as the vibe is right.
I’m not sure, probably Clean Bandit their production is just incredible.
A variety of different tracks from my “New Dawn” mixtape and my latest E.P “Different Breed”. Hype grime, real hip hop, hard bars, dirty sub bass and a bag of certified bangers!!
Check out more of his tracks on Soundcloud.
This is not one to be missed! Tune in to Rufio G’s playlist Wednesday 26th July 2017 at 8pm! Download BlueJay here:
July 19, 2017
Just when you thought the UK festival season was drawing to an end, we hit you with a chance to sneak one more into your calendar. Win 2 tickets to House of Common Festival on the 28th August 2017 at Clapham Common, London. Here’s how to get involved…
– Sign up to a BlueJay Account for free!
– Competition opens 19/07/2017
– Competition closes 21/08/2017
– The winner will be announced by social media and email
– Ticket will be posted by first class mail
– Prize includes two free ticket to The House of Common Festival in Clapham Common
House of Common festival is an old school reggae, dancehall music celebration held in Clapham Common. A one-day event on Monday 28th August, where reggae, hip hop artists and DJs come to perform such as De La Soul, Soul II Soul, David Rodigan and many more!
Brought to fruition by one of the UK’s most loved bands, this is guaranteed to be a party like no other!
– Soul II Soul
– Norman Jay
– Dennis Bovell
– SherWood & Pinch
– Craig Charles
– Toddla T
– Hackney Colliery Band
– The Skatalites
– De La Soul
– David Rodigan presenting Ram Jam
– Dawn Pen
– Nadia Ros
– Mungo’s HiFi
– Venum Sound
– Desmon Dekker’s Band The Aces Ft Delroy Williams
Madness – Our House
Soul II Soul – Keep on Movin’
Dawn Penn – You Don’t Love Me
Dawn Penn – No No No
Mungo’s HiFI – Did You Really Know
The Skatalites – Guns of Navarone
Dennis Bovell – Dub Master
De La Soul – Say No Go
De La Soul – Me, Myself and I
Hackney Colliery Band – No Diggity
Nadia Rose – Skwod
Nadia Rose – U Know What
Toddla T – Streets So Warm
Toddla T – Take It Back
Sherwood & Pinch – Precinct of Sound
Madness – It Must Be Love
Excited yet? Stream your festival playlist to your friends to get you in the mood.
July 18, 2017
We’re so hyped to have London based singer songwriter Emil host a BlueJay session on Friday 21st July 2017 at 8pm. Emil shot onto our radar earlier this year with her lusciously, soulful, urban debut single ‘Hero’. The hugely addictive, atmospheric track echoes London’s supremely popular Grime movement courtesy of an appearance from underground royalty P. Money. The Lewisham rapper’s bars perfectly complement Emil’s silky vocals leading the track to instant success. We caught up with Emil to find out more about the woman behind to hit tune, here’s what she had to say.
I’m a young black women from the heart of London, where the country’s in a bit of a state right now. I’m an individual who’s trying to bring back the love, I channel that through my music.
I can’t imagine life without music, Music is life! For me it safeguards our memories. I love the fact I can listen to a song that came out in 2012 and it takes me right back to that period of my life… Nostalgic.
Erm… has to be Little Simz, Jhene Aiko, Jay Z, Drake and J Cole.
Lots of R&B, people like Jagged Edge, Destiny’s Child, 112, Ashanti, TLC… The list goes on and on!
It has to be Skepta – No security! Lol!
My Aunt Lisa’s house in Brighton.
Can of coke and Chinese, lol.
Good vibes, banter and nostalgic tunes.
If you want to get to know Emil a little better, give her a follow on Twitter.
We don’t know about you but good vibes, banter and nostalgic tunes sound like the best way to start out weekend! Get downloading BlueJay and tune in to Emil’s playlist Friday 21st July 2017 at 8pm!
July 10, 2017
We are so excited to interview Nifty Struggle, who will be hosting a BlueJay session on 14th July at 8pm. Born and raised in London, Nifty Struggle now produces high energy Hip Hop & Rap music in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. His debut EP, Trust Ya Struggle, has been a real success and has got us excited for what’s to come for this Northern lad – he is definitely one to watch!
Read on to find out a little bit more about what Nifty Struggle is all about.
Nifty Struggle is all about channelling energy into good music with layers of meaning.
Music is a member of my close family. We’ve always been cool. I love music in that platonic family type of way, don’t get confused though, I would die for music.
I draw inspiration from every aspect of life and music. To name some artists who made me want to be in music:
The list would honestly continue forever and ever, but these are my top four from my top 100 list.
I was into everything at one stage or another, until I realised I could be every version of myself and appreciate everything at the same time. My mum and dad would play music from every genre and every decade. That’s how me and music first met.
Up the Bracket – The Libertines
I don’t leave the studio or my bedroom, and my studio is a converted bedroom. So, my ideal night out might be in the living room if I could take all my equipment downstairs. There really isn’t any point though, can we not stay in tonight?
Cigarette’s, McDonald’s, drinks and more… but I’d rather not mention the rest.
I want to share my passion for music and reach out to more people who have the same interests as me, and promote myself as an artist!
Stay tuned to listen to Nifty Struggle’s live playlist on the 14th July at 8pm by downloading BlueJay! Click below to download!
June 30, 2017
Born and bred in Milton Keynes, The Isle of CC is an artist that’s guaranteed to stay long in the memory. She offers an ambient, compelling sound that mixes neo-soul with atmospheric electronic vibes. Combine this with a warm soulful vocals and distinctive harmonies and you’re on to a winner. Here at BlueJay, we can’t get enough of her and we’ve just got to share our enthusiasm. This is why The Isle of CC is set to host a weekly BlueJay session starting Sunday 9th July 2017. Catch her every Sunday on BlueJay from 6.30pm!
We thought we’d offer a little more insight into what makes The Isle of CC tick. We caught up with her for a short interview on her inspirations, interests and what we can expect from her BlueJay residency.
Music is my healing and cheaper than therapy!
It’s been a huge part of my life growing up my parents went round to different churches singing as a duo, my Father would play the guitar and sing my Mother would sing.
One of my main musical inspirations is Erykah Badu she an amazing artist. In terms of songwriting I tend to draw from personal experience, my surroundings and the experiences of others.
Mainly gospel music and chart music.
Be Faithful – Fatman Scoop
Patterns, Yates or Walkabout or a pub crawl with my friends in Brighton of course.
I love watching old-fashioned musicals with my Mother such as Gypsy, High Society, Calamity Jane to name a few.
I have a obsession with unicorn related anything.
It will be a mixture of my own music and music from other artists. I am quite eclectic from Erykah Badu to Alice in Chains so the playlist will be based on mood. The genres will be a mix of neo-soul, ambient, electronica, rock, grunge, metal etc.
If you’re as excited as we are about hearing The Isle of CC’s music, download the app and tune in every Sunday at 6.30pm.