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 Year That Was – Part Two

2013, the year Kate and William validated our very existence as a species by popping out a right royal sprog. The year Robin Thicke proved that it's definitely possible to make people's skin crawl through YouTube. The year pop stars decided that a song under four minutes and a video that wasn’t considered a ‘short [...]

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 [...]