Plan B - 'Deepest Shame'

Plan B - 'Deepest Shame'

'The Ken Loach of pop’ is such a bizarre thing to aspire to, I feel like Plan B is due a pass on everything, ever, just for trying. But that would be uncharacteristically generous of us, especially when ‘Deepest Shame’ sounds like him...

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Plan B

Plan B

He might have the Number One album in the country, but Plan B wants you to remember there’s more to him than ‘Ill Manors’. After beatboxer Faith SFX whips up the crowd packed into the 100 Club with his one-man takes on The Prodigy and Jay-Z,...

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Plan B - 'iLL Manors'

Plan B - 'iLL Manors'

Not since the golden years of Stock, Aitken and Waterman have we lived through a time when pop music has served such a shallow functional role – from ‘I Gotta Feeling’ pop that’s made to uplift, to ‘Someone Like You’ pop that’s made...

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Plan B - 'Lost My Way'

Plan B - 'Lost My Way'

It begins with a soul-infused vocal. Then comes a pitch-shifted voice, some discordant pianos, a bitter rap about “mum and dad” who “never made much of themselves” and an ominous growl that sounds prime to drop at any point. It should be...

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Plan B - 'Ill Manors'

Plan B - 'Ill Manors'

So just as advertised, after the airwave-pummelling soulboy phase comes the return to hip-hop. And grimey, back-alley, do-it-your-fucking-self hip-hop at that. The million square-shaped customers Ben Drew picked up with ‘…Strickland…’ are...

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Live Review: Benicassim

Live Review: Benicassim

The first thing we discover about Benicàssim is that it’s really not about the music. We don’t mean that in a negative way (this year’s line-up is pretty formidable), nor to insinuate that it’s somehow all about beer sales and corporate...

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Live review: Plan B, O2 Academy Brixton, London

Live review: Plan B, O2 Academy Brixton, London

Friday, October 8 "That’s him!” “No it isn’t.” “That IS HIM!” “I’m telling you, it ISN’T!” “IT IS!”. This is the conversation many members of this crowd are having through the 15-minute set by beatboxer Faith SFX...

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Live review: Plan B

Live review: Plan B

By now you’re probably aware of the 'he’s got soul, he used to be a suburban solider’ pitch. Yep, Plan B , who, charmingly, used to “talk morbid just to make you feel awkward”, has replaced his uncompromising STDs’n’violence...

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Plan B: Mama

Plan B: Mama

You’ve got to admire Plan B’s balls. While NME’s too scared to even watch his videos at home just in case mum finds out and stops our pocket money, the London emcee uses his brilliant new record to out his ma’s boyfriend as a crackhead!...

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Plan B: Who Needs Actions When You Got Words

Plan B: Who Needs Actions When You Got Words

At a glance, east London’s Plan B is a gimmick: a hoodie-wearing, perma-scowling, Asbo-in-waiting, with a mouth fouler than Towers Of London’s week-old Y-fronts. He’s also a rapper who joins himself on acoustic guitar and references...

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