It does sound like something that involves a lot of arm flailing, but in actual fact Clockenflap is Hong Kong's biggest and best music festival.
What is it?
Hong Kong's music scene isn't exactly world famous, but Clockenflap has been doing a solid job of putting it on the map for the past eight years and 2015 is no different. With the biggest artists to date and record breaking sales it's definitely growing on the international calendar as one to watch. It takes place between Friday the 27th and Sunday the 29th of November in the West Kowloon Cultural District.
Why it's great?
Other than the fact that you've got that movie scene skyline as a backdrop you mean? Okay then. Well, first of all shows in Hong Kong are polite, like organised circle pit polite. Second, it's not too big yet. Granted the site of Worthy Farm is as big as all of Hong Kong it was never going to be quite that big, but if Hong Kongers are good at anything then it's utilising space and not an inch is wasted here with art installations, stages and plenty more packed in. Third, there's no camping and as if that wasn't enough there's no mud either! Hell, it's probably at least a balmy 24 degrees outside. Did we mention you couldn't camp even if you really, really were looking forward to spending three days in piss wet through stinky tent with a snorer?
Continue reading: A Guide To Clockenflap 2015
It's been a decade now or more since UK hip-hop looked at itself in the mirror and saw the reflection of a movement no longer second fiddle to its American counterpart. There've been some highs and lows during that period of course, but in DJ Yoda - Duncan Beiny to his mum - we have one of the people to thank for it negotiating all the associated rites of passage. First coming to prominence in the 90s, his scratch heavy, off the cuff approach has earned him almost as many accolades as friends on the road to becoming one of the country's foremost "decknicians". Sorry.
Where his last outing as an artist - 2012's 'Chop Suey' - was collaborator heavy in the traditional sense of a project in the genre, 'Breakfast of Champions' is something different again. Put together at the suggestion of people from cult Manchester venue Band On The Wall, this time Beiny has assembled an eleven piece collective, selected through a process he described recently as "An X-Factor style whittling down". The end result he claims was a "Frankenstein-like band" which, after just a week of rehearsals, was playing live at the venue to a sold out audience.
What they've made is a clutch of tracks which, in format anyway, resemble the multifarious cut ups for which their leader has been known. Opener 'And To The World' sets the tone, Ibiza style swept back funk and soul with a notable lyrical conscience. One of the recurring themes here and in most decent British work in this field is the possession of a positive outlook, a welcome antidote to some of the gloom and a nod to the movement's roots in free expression. These virtues are all within the fabric of 'Breakfast of Champions', but the sting is that none of its ten chapters sounds vaguely like the last. Take 'Pebble Beach' for instance, an homage to classic doo-wop and rock n' roll, or 2468's break heavy, banjo-pickin', erm, soulful loops.
Continue reading: DJ Yoda - Breakfast Of Champions Album Review
Standon Calling's tenth anniversary celebrated with a stellar line-up.
Hertfordshire's most eventful music festival Standon Calling is set to return for its 10th anniversary, and a host of new line-up additions are announced as the event draws nearer; including UK festival favourites The Horrors. Though that's not all you can look forward to.
Joining the likes of already announced headliners Little Dragon, The Dandy Warhols and Basement Jaxx are indie five-piece The Horrors, whose last album 'Luminous' (released in 2014) reached number 6 in the UK albums chart, as well as Dingwalls DJs Gilles Peterson and Patrick Forge, electro duo Bondax and Scottish synthpop trio Prides.