Chilean rapper and singer Ana Tijoux initially established herself in the Latin American hip-hop scene as the female MC of undergound group Makiza in the late ’90s. In 2007 she released her solo debut, Kaos, taking Latin rap to a whole new level of artistry. Two years later Ana’s critically-acclaimed sophomore album 1977 was a bold return to her rap roots and a tribute to the “golden age of hip-hop”.
Ana’s latest album, La Bala, was released in 2011 via Nacional Records. It features collaborations with Jorge Drexler, Curumin, Javier Barria, Los de la Aldea (…) and is further proof, if any was needed, that Tijoux knows her stuff! She sings and raps like nobody else out there, bringing power to every single word and shaping them into something bigger than the sum of its parts.
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C2C is a French turntable act helmed by 20Syl, Greem, Atom and Pfel. Active since 1998, the combo is part of an emerging movement called “scratch music” (or turntablism), where each member uses his turntable as an instrument, recreating in turn drums or bass, scratching a riff of guitar or adding some sax…
C2C - F·U·Y·A
After winning the Disco Mix Club championship four times in a row from 2003 to 2006, C2C decided to expand into original music production. What you will hear below is the title track from their five-track EP Down The Road, released last January.
C2C may not be a household name yet but their unique mix of hip hop, jazz and electronica has enough oomph to woo electro music enthusiasts the world over. Check out their tribute to Louis Armstrong, a fully scratched up rendition of “Mack the Knife”.
C2C - Mack The Knife (Tribute To Louis Armstrong)
For more music, info and tour dates (France, Belgium and Switzerland in the next few months), find C2C on MySpace or Facebook. Buy the music on
Hailing from Harlem, Azealia Banks is only 20 but she seems poised to become the buzz artist of 2012. She already has over 50000 followers on Twitter (including Kanye West!) and the video for her breakthrough hit “212” has 7 million views on YouTube!
Classically trained in the Performing Arts, Banks is a truly versatile artist, citing influences ranging from Supergrass to Jay-Z, the Velvet Underground or Destiny’s Child! Personal and uncompromising, her songs showcase the young lyricist’s implacable flow and obvious pop sensibility.
Azealia Banks - 212
Now prepping her debut album, Azealia has relocated to London to work with big-ticket producer Paul Epworth (Adele, Friendly Fires, The Rapture). The album will be called Broke With Expensive Taste and it will be out next September. It will be preceded by the 212 EP, to be released soon on Polydor Records, featuring remixes of “212”, previously released jam “Liquorice” and two new tracks “1991” and “Grand Prix”.
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London beatboxer (and singer!) Faith SFX teams up with rapper Black The Ripper on this unbelievably good rework of Frank Ocean’s 2011 hit “Good Swim”. And in case you were wondering everything you hear was recorded using voice only.
This cover also uses elements from The Firm’s “Affirmative Action” and Dr Dre’s “Still Dre”. Mix it all up and you get a winning combination!
FaithSFX Ft. Black The Ripper - Swim Good
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A sultry voice with razor sharp wit and a stage show to match, Ladi6 is fast becoming one of New Zealand’s leading hip-hop soul artist and her international aura is also growing at a dizzying pace. After the sweeping success of her 2008 debut album Not Is Not Much, released her highly awaited sophomore album in early 2011. As a statement of intent, The Liberation Of… clearly grounds Ladi6 as willing to dive head first without fear into the sea of creativity with her collaborators (fellow Kiwi producer Parks and German hip hop artist Sepalot), without ever forgetting where she comes from.
Ladi6 - Like Water
Recorded mainly in Europe, over the six months Ladi6 spent touring with Parks, The Liberation Of… was certified gold in New Zealand in July 2011 and single “Like Water” spent 22 weeks on the charts and was certified platinum.
For news and tour dates, head over to Ladi6’s official site or MySpace. Buy the album on