05 Fuck Em Mixtape – Lil B (extremely rare and based review)

Welcome to 05, the second track on this mixtape, contains the line "I'm the Grinch that stole Christmas". Unlike his other claims that he is, for example, Miley Cyrus, Bill Clinton or Ellen Degeneres, you feel that there's actually some truth to Lil B's identification with the Grinch. In dropping a mammoth 101 track mixtape late [...]

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The (Barclaycard) Mercury Prize 2013 – Blake, Disclosure and Hopkins

We seem to do a lot of 'run downs' here at OnTheBeat. Obviously this is due to a near unquenchable desire to keep people updated on what's going on in the music world and not because we know we can get more legs out of separating things into different, more specific blogs. Honest. Anyway, these [...]

The (Barclaycard) Mercury Prize 2013 – Mvula, Marling and Rudimental

Three more albums under scrutiny today and it's 66.6(66666666)% Laura, now that's awfully close to being the Devil's number and I don't believe in coincidence, I smell a conspiracy! But wait, what? 666 isn't really the Devil's number? It's a number made up by the movie industry because the number derived from religious sources wasn't [...]

The (Barclaycard) Mercury Prize 2013 – Bowie, Bugg and Savages

Round two of the quick-fire Mercury should-it-win quiz is here, get your critical caps on and prepare to discern like you've never discerned before. If you've not got a previous discerning record to beat then browse thesaurus.com until you're fully satisfied with the synonym that suits you best. David Bowie - The Next Day This year's [...]

Sŵn Festival 2013 – The Debrief: Friday

Day two of Sŵn Festival 2013, for us not quite as intense or exciting as day one, but still a great day/night of fantastic music. Here's the second of four daily blogs about our Sŵn experiences, it's The Debrief. Our day started perhaps a little earlier than most people's, we met up with the guys at Quench Magazine on [...]

Sŵn Festival 2013: Monday’s Band

Band of the Day - Lanterns on the Lake The first thing that drew me to Lanterns on the Lake when I first stumbled upon them, shortly after the release of their debut album, was the beautiful mysticism of their name. Before a chord had even been struck they had already inspired imagery in my [...]

Sŵn Festival 2013: Monday’s Band

Band of the Day - Nanook of the North: To confirm and avoid confusion, the Sŵn blogs will be released on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday, last Tuesday's publication was a one off and would normally be a Monday release, so basically last Tuesday was a Monday. Once again, Monday not Tuesday and Tuesday is Monday, [...]