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 [...]

The Year That Was – Part One

As another year draws to a close we're resurrecting our 'The Year That Was' blog segment to allow us to cast a nostalgic eye over the previous twelve months. If you are struggling to view this blog, we have both audio and brail versions available that have been provided for us by a very reliable [...]

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 [...]

Houdini Dax Live at Sŵn

We're still refusing to let go of Sŵn here at OnTheBeat and so to maintain the vivid nature of you Sŵn-based dreams here is James Ayles and his thoughts on the Houdini Dax gig from Saturday.  Amongst a host of innovations such as the excellent Sŵn Radio and a redesigned mobile app designed to make [...]

Sweet Baboo Live at Sŵn.

Don't let go of Sŵn just yet, we still have opinions to throw in your face... On a more humble note, we'd be awful grateful around here if you'd spare a few minutes to read James Ayles' thoughts on Sweet Baboo's set at the Moon Club for this years Sŵn Festival. Come on, we asked [...]

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 – The Debrief: Thursday

It's finally here, Sŵn Festival 2013 is in full swing and so far we are loving it. We're gonna be trying to keep you up to date with what's been going on, who we've been to see and anything else we think might interest you. So here it is, Sŵn Festival - Thursday, the debrief. We started [...]

Sŵn Festival 2013: Friday’s Band

Band of the Day - Temples It's been a joyful ride. One month and eight days. Seventeen Band of the Day blogs. Seventeen bands on the Sŵn Festival line up that really captured our imagination and tantalised us with their incredible music. The best thing about it is that we have barely scratched the surface. If [...]

SŴN FESTIVAL 2013: Wednesday’s Band

Band of the Day - Nadine Shah Here we are staring at the penultimate Sŵn Band of the Day with the festival Sŵn to start (can you believe that's the first time we've used that pun?). Be assured there will be no tears or sentiment as we prepare to stop building Sŵn up and start preparing to enjoy it, however today's [...]