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Skepta, Charli XCX, and Belle & Sebastian lead names for Pitchfork Paris 2019

Pitchfork Paris
The line-up for Pitchfork Paris 2019 has been announced, with the likes of Skepta, Charli XCX, and Belle & Sebastian leading the first raft of names. Chromatics, Mura Masa, and Hamza will also appear at the top of the billing for the ninth edition of the festival, which will take place at Le Grande Halle de la Villette between...

Sophie Ellis-Bextor wants to perform Skepta song she’s sampled on with him

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Sophie Ellis-Bextor has responded to Skepta sampling her hit single ‘Murder On The Dancefloor’ on his new album, ‘Ignorance Is Bliss’. The sample appears on the track ‘Love Me Not’, with the track ending on a snippet of Ellis-Bextor singing the chorus. After the grime MC spoke about the sample in a new interview, the pop star shared her...

Skepta – ‘Ignorance Is Bliss’ review

‘Konnichiwa’ seems like a very long time ago. Since Skepta more than deservedly took the Mercury Prize for his fourth album in 2016, the Tottenham rapper has maintained a relatively low-profile, appearing on the odd featured track, with mixed results. ‘England Lost’, a collaboration with Mick Jagger, was genuinely harrowing, an anti-Brexit rap-rock crossover on which Mick griped about...

Listen to Skepta’s ‘Greaze Mode’, the second single from his upcoming new album

Skepta has released 'Greaze Mode', the second single to be taken from his upcoming new album, 'Ignorance Is Bliss' - listen to the new track below. Coming hot on the heels of 'Bullet From A Gun', the album's first single, which was released yesterday (May 9), 'Greaze Mode' features Nafe Smallz. "I'm an asthmatic, weed fanatic/ When I get high I leave the...

Skepta debuts new song ‘Bullet From A Gun’

Skepta has debuted 'Bullet From A Gun', the first track to be taken from his anticipated fourth album. The new offering comes straight from the upcoming 'Ignorance Is Bliss', and sees the Grime icon getting personal on one of his most contemplative efforts to date. "Like a bullet from a gun, it burns," Skepta raps on the track. "When you realise...

Skepta announces new album ‘Ignorance Is Bliss’

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Skepta has announced his new album 'Ignorance Is Bliss' – see its artwork and further details below. Read More: The Wiley-Dizzee-Skepta beef triangle explained The North London Grime artist released his Mercury Prize-winning fourth LP, ‘Konnichiwa’, back in 2016. In a five-star review, NME described the collection as "a landmark in British street music, a record good enough to take on...

MPs warn that “continued discrimination” is threatening grime music

Grime artists face "continued discrimination" that could impact the future of the genre, MPs have warned. A new report from the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Committee claims to have "uncovered evidence of persisting prejudice against urban music and grime artists.” Despite acts such as Stormzy, Wiley and Skepta catapulting the genre to the mainstream, other less established grime acts...

Skepta and Desiigner lead new additions to EXIT Festival 2019

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Skepta and Desiigner are the leading names to be added to the growing line-up for this year's EXIT Festival. The Serbian festival, which is held the grounds of the Petrovaradin Fortress in Novi Sad, will take place later this year from July 4-7. The Cure have already been named as one of the headliners of the four-day festival, and the bill...

The Wiley-Dizzee-Skepta beef triangle explained

Wiley and Dizzee Rascal’s falling out goes back so far, and is so infamous by this point, that it’s easy to lose track of where it all began. With Skepta recently getting caught up in the entire thing, he’s a handy recap on this three-way beef. Wiley and Dizzee’s early friendship The feud has been described as a UK grime version...

Octavian collaborates with Skepta in new song ‘Bet’

‘Bet’ is a song that oozes confidence. Over a whining four-note melody and simple trap beat, you hear – pretty explicitly – how the French-British rapper took your girl. Octavian’s rapping is effortless too. He is not afraid to take pauses. There's no rush - he has already stolen your girl, anyway. The bass-heavy track rolls out the same beat and...