Mystro - 2010 Rap Up

Mystro – 2010 Rap Up

Now, Mad Skillz’s Rap Up was becoming somewhat a New Year Institution. And then… well, this year there’s not one*. Mystro’s UK version warmed the cockles of many a Brit last year, and this year he’s back on top form; now he’s the sole Rap Up does that mean he’s the official?!

Diggi manages to squeeze an inordinate amount of info into five minutes

Black Einstein’s jovial production sets the tone for an almanac of the year’s music scene events; Isn’t it funny how much happens in a year? I heard a lot that had me counting months on my fingers. Diggi manages to squeeze an inordinate amount of info into five minutes, heralding everything from Jessie J’s success to Wiley’s substantial workload, Skepta and Diddy’s collaboration and… well, everything else that happened in 2010, really.

For the sake of being right on the pulse, here’s the radio rip – the video will be out next week, as will more information on Mys’s forthcoming Mystrogen LP.

By the way, HAPPY NEW YEAR to one and all. Rest assured business will resume as usual as soon as this holiday passes, with much more reviews, interviews, and guides on the way!

*update – Skillz’s version was up on iTunes on the 2nd Jan. Check it out!

update 2 – you can download the high quality MP3 from Mystro’s site now!

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Black Einstein – Whatever Happened to Major Tom?

Black Einstein’s Whatever Happened To Major Tom? is an eclectic EP, its moniker a nod to David Bowie, whom Black Einstein is inspired by and whose music he borrows samples from for the tracks within it. There is an excellent, and diverse, cast of artists in the features; Mystro, Maseo from De La Soul, Xavier Barnett, and Miss Baby Sol are all included.

There is an excellent, and diverse, cast of artists in the features; Mystro, Maseo from De La Soul, Xavier Barnett, and Miss Baby Sol are all included

Soundscapes range from the vast, cosmic call of Arabia featuring Mystro and Maseo and Common Ground featuring Miss Baby Sol, to the angry, crunchy guitar-led Glass Ceiling in which Mystro takes us on one of his tall tales, with the soulful tones of Xavier Barnett on the latin soul of Fascination and the bumpy funk of It Ain’t Easy providing counter balance.
Every track on this EP is worth a listen, and showcases the versatility of Black Einstein’s production talent.

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