Urban Music Awards 2011: And The Nominees Are...


An award show nominated and voted for by music fans first hosted in 2003, the 9th annual Urban Music Awards (UMAs) will take place this year on September 14 sponsored by Corona Extra [venue TBA].

North London lyricist Wretch 32 stands strong with six nominations across the categories for Artist Of The Year, Best Single, Best Music Video, Best Collaboration [for "Unorthodox"] Best Hip Hop Act and Best Male Artist, followed by Chipmunk with five, whilst Example is up for four awards in addition to the three he shares with Wretch for their aforementioned collaboration.

Devlin, Dappy, Tinie Tempah, Professor Green and Nicki Minaj also get a look in on the emcee front, whereas on the soulful/R&B side of things Beverley Knight, Adele, Emeli Sande, Aloe Blacc, Chris Brown, Kelly Rowland, Trey Songz, Joss Stone, Dionne Bromfield, Ed Sheeran and Maverick Sabre are all in the mix along with Loick Essien and Yasmin, with Jessie J scoring four nominations and Katy B up for Best Female Artist, Artist Of The Year and Best Album for her On A Mission debut.

The UMA’s 2011 will be syndicated for broadcast in over seven countries across Europe, followed by the launch of the UMA 2011 compilation album featuring a mix of talent from Europe. Open to "music fans who have nominated for all the categories," registered voting is currently live until September 10 at www.urbanmusicawards.net.

See below for the full list of nominees.
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Katy B covers Maverick Sabre's "Let Me Go" for Radio 1 Live Lounge [Video]


South London based singer Katy B passed by BBC Radio 1's live lounge on Tuesday (16th August) with DJ Fearne Cotton in the legendary Maida Vale studios and performed her singles "Witches Brew" and "Broken Record". She also covered Hackney born, Ireland bred Maverick Sabre's "Let Me Go" delivering her flawless performance accompanied by a live band.

Watch Katy's new video for the single "Witches Brew" here and Maverick Sabre's original of "Let Me Go" is available to purchase on iTunes.


Katy B - "Witches Brew" | Official Music Video


Katy B delivers the latest video from her Mercury Music Prize nominated debut solo studio album On A Mission.
The 22 year old Peckham, South London singer/songwriter brings us a dream/nightmare like visual for "Witches Brew" which is the sixth single from her critically acclaimed debut album. Watch the video below.

Loving the visuals for the track, I might have to go put that album on again for the 2018976th time. What do you guys think?

Katy B's On A Mission LP is out now. Read our review here.


Corinne Bailey Rae on selecting Mercury Prize 2011 nominees & recording her new album | SoulCulture.TV


Adele, Tinie Tempah, Katy B, James Blake, Ghostpoet, Metronomy, PJ Harvey, King Creosote & Jon Hopkins, Elbow, Anna Calvi, Everything Everything and Gwilym Simcock go head to head for the ultimate nod of best British album of the year at the Barclaycard Mercury Prize Awards 2011.

After watching the nominations announced by Lauren Laverne to an attentive media crowd at The Hospital Club in Covent Garden, London, SoulCulture.tv caught up with previous year nominee [for The Sea], Brit, MOBO and Q Awards winner and a member of this year's judging panel Corinne Bailey Rae to get her views on the awards, nominees and some insight into the selection process.
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Katy B - On A Mission | Album Review



Despite being hailed by the mainstream press as the “princess of Dubstep” when she first entered the charts nearly a year ago, Kathleen “Katy B” Brien’s subsequent rise to prominence suggests an artist inclined towards longevity far greater than the average fresh-faced dance music vocalist. A BRIT School graduate with a Popular Music degree from Goldsmiths, the singer-songwriter featured on DJ NG’s “Tell Me”, an underground Funky House smash, back in 2008 and was part of vibrant Brixton-based Hip Hop band The Illersapiens.

Her debut single, “Katy On A Mission,” released independently by label Rinse, took radio and clubs by storm and hit #5 in the UK charts, gaining the nation’s attention in the process. She followed this outstanding achievement by signing a major label deal with Colombia, releasing two more solo singles, both vastly different from her debut, and featuring on Magnetic Man’s Top 20 hit “Perfect Stranger.” Her consistent excellence and constant presence in the charts meant that Brien’s debut album, On A Mission, was one of the most hotly anticipated of 2011.
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Katy B performs at Sony showcase in Paris (Video)

Rinse FM songstress Katy B performed in Paris last night as part of a showcase organised by her record label Sony. What's so nice about Katy is that she's commercially successful, makes genuinely great songs and can actually sing - in 2011, artists like her are as rare as a Lauryn Hill comeback that doesn't end in pregnancy.

Katy's debut album On A Mission is one of the best releases of the year so far and, having had the pleasure of seeing perform her recently, I can confirm that  her live show more than matches up. Her band are one of the tightest around and the way that they interpret her club-friendly electronic sound (*spoiler alert* her touring band includes a brass section!) is amazing. Check out her Paris performance below.

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Ms Dynamite - "Neva Soft" | New Music

Ms Dynamite follows up her return to the Top 40 last year as a featured artist alongside DJ Zinc on "Wile Out" and Katy B on top five hit "Lights On", with this Labrinth-produced banger. "Neva Soft" is Dynamite's first release as a solo artist since 2006, and serves as a shop window for both the singing that made her famous and the revered MC'ing that we all loved in the first place.

She's mounting a fully-fledged comeback at a time when the UK's wealth of young and energetic female emcees are genuinely giving the men a run for their money, perhaps for the first time ever. All of the young women making noise today owe a debt to Dynamite and the trail she blazed nearly 10 years ago - it'll be interesting to see how she fares competing with the hunger and lyrical dexterity of artists like Lady Leshurr, Mz Bratt and No Lay.

Ms Dynamite - Neva Soft (prod. by Labrinth)


Katy B - "Easy Please Me" (Prod. by Magnetic Man) | Official Video


British Dubstep Queen,Katy B has released the visuals to for forthcoming single "Easy Please Go," taken from her UK Top 5 debut album On A Mission. Produced by Magnetic Man, the single is due for release on June 6th and will be accompanied by remixes from from Claude VonStroke, Caspa and Royal T.

Purchase Katy B's - On A Mission: iTunes UK / Amazon US

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Katy B - "Broken Record" | New Video

"Broken Record" - the official third single from Katy B's debut album On A Mission gets it's visual treatment. The single will be released on March 27 and will be accompanied by remixes from Zinc, DJ Fresh, Jacques Green and Todd Edwards. Watch the video below

Pre-Order: Katy B - "Broken Record" (iTunes)


Ego Thieves – POP! Dub 6 [Mixed By Jenai] | Free Mixtape


Dropped at the top of the year, the good folks over at Ego Thieves have released the sixth installment of their famed Dubfluencial series, POP! Dub 6.

Mixed by the mighty Jenai this set, which combines "the commercial appeal of pop music marriaged with the harsh lfo frequencies of Dubstep", features exclusives and remixes from some of dubstep's most respected artists such as Borgore and Mojo as well remixes from both Breakage (Clare Maguire "Aint Nobody") and Skream (P Money "Left The Room" - listen below) not mention also showcasing the talents of new comers Habstrack and Flith Colins. Read more


Katy B's debut album 'On A Mission' set for March 14th release


Fresh on the heels of her catchy top 10 singles "Katy On A Mission" and "Lights On" [featuring Ms. Dynamite], London BRIT school graduate and dubstep influenced singer-songwriter Katy B’s debut album, titled On a Mission, is officially set for release via Rinse on March 14th. 

On A Mission is now available for pre-order at Amazon, Play.com and HMV.

Check out the dates for Katy B's upcoming headline UK tour below. Read more


Katy B ft Ms. Dynamite- "Lights On" | Official Video


Check out the official video for "Lights On" which is the next single from the amazingly talented Katy B who has teamed up with Ms. Dynamite on this Geeneus produced cut that will be released on December 13th.

After the jump take a peek at a special performance of "Lights On" at this year's Notting Hill carnival and Katy B breaking down what carnival means to her...Read more


Magnetic Man ft. Katy B - "Perfect Stranger" Live At BBC Maida Vale (Video)

Having taken the UK charts by storm with her Benga-produced debut single "Katy On A Mission", BRIT School alumni Katy B also lends her vocals to the second single from dubstep 'supergroup' Magnetic Man's debut album.

Comprised of Skream, Benga and Artwork, the group recently swung by the BBC's Maida Vale studios with a string section in tow for a serious live session [look at the focus on their faces!]. Watch their performance of "Perfect Stranger" featuring Katy B below, with footage of other songs including "I Need Air" on the way...

The debut Magnetic Man album is due for release October 11th via Columbia Records - pre-order available at magneticman.net.


Magnetic Man ft Katy B - "Perfect Stranger" | Official Video

I'm pretty much loving everything Katy B lends her vocal to. Producer/DJs Skream, Benga and Artwork (Magnetic Man) are on the buttons for the mellow dubstep beat on "Perfect Stranger". The single is accompanied by dope visuals which tell the story of rebellion from the system on a hot day.