Interview: SKITTLES

SKITTLES – Q&A   Skittles, how do. Give us a brief rundown of your journey so far…   Long.   Dot2Dot’s been receiving support on Mary Anne Hobbs’ XFM show – do you think this is the next step to global recognition? What comes next?   Yeah, it’s definitely a great platform to reach that international audience so many artists here lack, so can only be a step in the right direction.  …

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Reached: SKITTLES // Poor, With £100 Trainers Album Launch / Deaf Institute 5MAR12

Estate Recordings Fam Assemble! So I got there early to meet Mouse Outfit lead rapper / In The Loop host Bedos, naturally expecting it to be round the block. All we found was Fox and Bricks chillin’ outside, so there was nothing else to do but hit Abdul’s for a quick chicken burger. On a side note, don’t buy Bedos dinner – he orders drinks that are not included in the meal deal and cost 50p more. ‘Like’ his…

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Skittles Bumba EP out now – video ft Salford John & DRS

Grab the Bumba EP, on Estate Recordings, over at Skittles’ Bandcamp. This one is produced by Chimpo, the others by Skittles. You can also check The Pre on the latest Groovement podcast. If you never grabbed the album Poor With £100 Trainers, where you been? The Bumba EP launch party is FEB 11. https://skittles.bandcamp.com/ https://twitter.com/skittlesuk https://www.facebook.com/pages/Skittl… https://estaterecordings.bandcamp.com/…

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Preview: SKITTLES // Typ-i-cal-y

…  Badman tune. A re-up of SKITTLES’ new work, this time with video. Pre order the single, out on DRS’ Estate Recordings, here. Tip-i-cal-ly (sampler of single and remixes) by skittles     Spread the word: Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)…

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Preview: SKITTLES // Dot2Dot

  It’s another banger from Mancunian rapper Skittles, which you may have heard being supported on Mary Anne Hobbs’ XFM show recently. Dot2Dot is out November 7th with remixes from Zed Bias, Dub Phizix and Joe Kalius. Check the video below. Look out for Skittles performing with his 8 piece band at a venue near you soon – he’ll be in the listings on the right. Catch him solo this coming Friday at Will Not Be…

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Video // Skittles: In For Me

  One of Manchester’s strongest artists, Skittles released his second album Poor With £100 Trainers on Estate Recordings last year. Standby Studios’ Scott Hallows has directed this new, narrative driven video for In For Me to complement the release of a remix EP of the track, featuring Metrodome, Need For Mirrors and Jubei. Buy the remix EP here.   Spread the word: Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Click to…

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Preview: Skittles releases ‘In For Me’ remixes from Metrodome, Jubei and Need For Mirrors

Manchester’s finest SKITTLES releases a remix EP for In For Me, from the album Poor With £100 Trainers. Refixes come from Ape Cult’s Metrodome (on the digi only!), Metalheadz’ Jubei and Need For Mirrors. Preview them here.   Buy vinyl/MP3/FLAC over at the Estate Recordings shop – release is 23 August 2013. Spread the word: Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new…

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Preview: SKITTLES // Poor, With £100 Trainers

Manchester release date: 5.3.12 Worldwide release date: 12.3.12 Label: Estate Recordings The long awaited long player from the ginger lyrical ninja hits the shops next Monday. It’s a swish digipack with lyrics and everythin’!!! “THE NEXT TO BLOW” (Mixmag jan2012) “METHODICAL, DARKLY TOPICAL & FUNNY WITH PINPOINT RYTHMIC PRESISION” (Kmag oct2011) “SKITTLES IS AMAZING” (Mary Anne Hobbs jan2012)…

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Video / Skittles: The Danger

…The THINKTONK produced new single. Pre-order the album Poor On Purpose on Bandcamp. Spread the word: Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)…

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Out Now // Skittles returns with Problematic

…One of Manchester’s freshest is back… his second release on his own Propatop label, instrumentation by Bricks and Ben Price. Spread the word: Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)…

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Manchester hip hop in focus: ELLIS MEADE {VOODOO BLACK} GROOVEMENT INTERVIEW

Ellis at In The LoopPhoto: Agent J Manchester is standing at the forefront of a hip hop and beats revolution at the minute. The Mouse Outfit have disturbed the underground with their brand of funky hip hop, while the Room 2 imprint (download debut label release Kydroponics Vol 2 here) looks set to be a prolific representation of the Manc underground over the coming years – more on that below. Stalwarts of the Manchester hip hop community…

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Reach: GZA x Manchester All Stars // Will Not Be Televised 27JAN12

MANCHESTER GZA (20 minute performance) + Skittles (full live band) / D’Lyfa Reilly / more + In The Loop & Headgone Hosted by TNC Facebook event Advance tickets are available from the 11th… £7 // RESTRICTED TO JUST 300 PHYSICAL: GAFFS FALLOWFIELD / DR HERMAN’S CITY CENTRE ONLINE: SKIDDLE.COM /// ANTWERPMANSION.COM Skulking round the back of the Curry Mile with its hood up is the Antwerp Mansion, a hidden jewel of a…

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Download / LEVELZ: Reach For The Sky

The Manchester collective show off their introspective side with new single Reach For The Sky and a video filmed on their recent trip to India for VH1’s Supersonic festival. Download the track on Bandcamp, listen on Spotify. Produced by Metrodome, Bricks and Skittles, RFTS features Ben Price on bass and Fox, Skittles, Chunky, T-Man and Truthos Mufasa on the mic. Spread the word: Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Click to…

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Download // LEVELZ debut mixtape LVL 11

The long, long awaited first collection of LEVELZ tracks debuted this week, a many-styled and multi-headed yet consistently high quality statement of intent. This is Manchester, with direction. DOWNLOAD LEVELZ is: Black Josh, Chimpo, Chunky, Fox, Skittles, Sparkz, T Man, Truthos Mufasa. Productions from Biome, Metrodome, Bricks, Chimpo, Sparkz, Skittles, Jonny Dub, Rich Reason, Dub Phizix with features from Werkha Spread the word: Click to…

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Manchester gestalt LEVELZ release first single – LVL07

  Chimpo’s entrance is ridiculous. Get tickets for their first birthday here. Download forthcoming In order of bars: T MAN SPARKZ SKITTLES FOX TRUTHOS MUFASA CHIMPO CHUNKY BLACK JOSH   Beat by Biome. Additional production by Metrodome, Skittles, Rich Reason and Zed Bias. Spread the word: Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new…

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Reach: WILL NOT BE TELEVISED // Manchester

Trof, Fallowfield, Manchester The hip hop flame continues to burn bright in Manchester with the emergence of a new weekly event, incorporating many styles along the way. Here follows their announcement:   WILL NOT BE TELEVISED EVERY FRIDAY 10PM-230/3AM TROF FALLOWFIELD WILL NOT BE TELEVISED ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Revolutionary polemic with a digital aesthetic. WILL NOT BE TELEVISED arrives at Trof to provide weekly dispatches from…

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LEVELZ on Toddla T / 1Xtra / Radio 1

There’s summit been happening in Manchester for a few years now… well, there’s thing been happening there for years I suppose. Shout out Shaun Ryder. Shout out the Gallaghers. And of course… shout out my boy DRS.   But there is a movement up there at the moment, musically, that seems so organic and so natural. Like everything coming out of that city, outta this mob I’m gonna talk about in a minute, seem so…

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Podcast: RAWFLARE // 15APR12

Download: RawFlare Groovement 15apr12 iTunes Mixlcoud (stream below) Rawflare is a 27 year old music producer and sound designer currently based in North London but with strong links to the Manchester music scene. He has made production contributions to both Skittles albums including the latest Estate Recordings release ‘Poor with £100 Trainers’, and worked closely with BAFTA nominated video production company Blind Aura Pictures…

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Video / LEVELZ: Front Face

You can’t get much more solid confirmation of Mixmag’s assertation that Manchester is the beating heart of new music than than the new single from LEVELZ. It gets melancholically and sci-fictionally beautiful around 3:30 with Black Josh’s verse! Is that you, Metrodome? Download the single from Bandcamp for pay-what-you-want, follow them on Spotify.   MCs (in order) Skittles (Hook) T-Man Truthos Mufasa Chunky Chimpo Black…

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The Eyes (Chimpo x Fox) – Harder

Out now on Estate Recordings – buy digitally and ask for the 45 in all good record shops! A. The Eyes – Harder B. The Eyes ft Strategy – Come Again It’s been a few months since we heard from Estate Recordings. Now that the hype around Skittles’ debut album has settled, it’s time for the crew to move on to the next one. This new video is from The Eyes (Fox & Chimpo) and is a straight up, summertime reggae…

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