Rizzle Kicks aren’t your average urban act. Their none too serious take on British hip hop has a light hearted pop appeal that ‘s already caught the attention of Radio 1 and UK rap hero Dizzee Rascal – who Rizzle Kicks are due to support on a tour later in the year.
Rizzle Kicks are made of childhood friends Harley and Rizzle. Their musical relationship was forged at the Brit School – the talent hot-house that taught the likes of Amy Winehouse, Adele and Jessie J. However, Rizzle Kick’s Harley is pretty quick to insist that the school is nothing like Fame.
“The Brit School is actually sick. There’s one strand (of students) studying Musical Theatre – they walk through the corridor and start singing –but no one really likes them!”
So with this in mind, don’t expect to be hearing anything from ‘Annie’ of ‘Oklahoma!’ in Rizzle Kick’s Shazam Playlist.
Crystal Fighters are undoubtedly one of the most conceptually original bands to emerge from British shores in recent years. Their sound mashes erratic electronic sounds with traditional Spanish folk music to create a surprisingly palatable result and, on their latest single ‘At Home’, something that has impressive pop leanings. During a short interview the band’s lead singer Sebastian dropped a few interesting factoids about the group. The fact that the group take their name and chief inspiration by an unfinished book written by one of the band’s grandfather is pretty cool. As is the fact that the Txalaparta, a xylophone type instrument that seems to underpin a lot of the group’s most catchy riffs, was originally made from beams in cider factories.
The group also revealed a love of some seriously eclectic odd-ball music. From Frank Zappa to Spanish proto-punk, below Seb reveals five tracks that are currently getting heavy rotation on the Crystal Fighters’ tour van.