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Artists, Featured, Music | 28 June 2022

UD Selects: June Mixtape

It always starts with the music! Bringing you a pick of the month’s best releases, Jojo Jones and Maria Hanlon present 10 tunes that have hit their decks – and got a reload – in June. Starring Kenzie TTH, MINIKINGZ, Malika, David Mrakpor & Blue Lab Beats, Ego Ella May, Kokoroko, George Riley, Nesta, Knucks, Guiltybeatz, Kyra, Greentea Peng & Ezra Collective…

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Artists, Events, Featured | 14 June 2022

UD LOW DOWN: MURKAGE DAVE @ ROUGH TRADE EAST

Maria Hanlon took a trip to Rough Trade East to watch a live in-store performance from Murkage Dave after the release of his highly-anticipated sophomore album ‘The City Needs A Hero’…

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Artists, Events, Featured | 10 June 2022

UD Low Down: Jeshi @ Oslo

If you suffered from an electricity outage late last week, blame Jeshi. He performed so electrifyingly that it could have collapsed the National Grid, according to Chris Kelly, who gives us the full report from the rappers sold-out live show at Oslo…

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Artists, Featured, Flames Collective, Interviews | 7 June 2022

Introducing… Molly Elizabeth

Maria Hanlon caught up with Molly Elizabeth, after her stunning set at The Great Escape Festival, to talk progression, songwriting, UD, Talent House and the future of music… 

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Artists, Events, Featured, Interviews | 31 May 2022

Introducing… Kwaku Asante

Kwaku Asante is a storyteller, vividly narrating his journey of self-discovery through music that draws inspiration from neo-soul, R&B, and hip hop. Maria Hanlon caught up with Kwaku for a deep dive into the process behind his songwriting…

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Artists, Events, Featured, Music | 30 May 2022

UD Low Down: Knucks @ KOKO

Chris Kelly ventured to the freshly refurbished KOKO, to witness Knucks live for the first time. Not only did she find the stage show firmly on lock, but fans were welcomed to the crypto market in this, an all-new concert experience for 2022…

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Artists, Featured, Interviews, Music | 30 May 2022

UD Selects: Why we’re fans of… YIIGAA

Maria Hanlon on why we should all be listening to the ‘Southside Songstress’, Yiigaa, and her beautiful genre blending music…

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Artists, Featured, Music | 27 May 2022

UD Selects: May Mixtape

It always starts with the music! Bringing you a pick of the month’s best releases, Maria Hanlon and Tiffany Lai present 10 tunes that have hit their decks – and got a reload – in May. Starring Mysie, Mychelle, ENNY, Lizzie Berchie, Kofi Stone, The Mouse Outfit, Koj, Molly Elizabeth, Rina Sawayama, Chance The Rapper, Vic Mensa, Smoko Ono, Kota The Friend, Sudan Archives & Doja Cat…

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Artists, Events, Featured | 26 May 2022

UD Low Down: The Great Escape Part 2

The Great Escape, a four day festival escapade on the Southern coast with over 500 artists performing across 30 venues. Having already reported from the UD stage, in Part 2 of her coverage, Elsa Monteith gives us the low down on the best of the rest…

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Artists, Events, Flames Collective | 19 May 2022

UD Low Down: UD @ The Great Escape Festival

A sunny Saturday on the coast brought a hotly anticipated lineup of up-and-coming artists to The Great Escape festival. Elsa Monteith reports back from her hometown of Brighton…

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Artists, Featured, Music, What's On | 19 May 2022

UD Selects: Why we’re fans of… Kokoroko

Maria Hanlon breaks down our love for Kokoroko, an eight-piece band changing preconceptions of jazz and bringing fresh soundscapes to a festival near you this summer. And we’re here for it…

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Artists, Featured, Music | 28 April 2022

UD Selects: April Mixtape

It always starts with the music! Bringing you a pick of the month’s best releases, our resident writers Maria Hanlon and Jojo Jones present 10 tunes that have hit their decks – and got a reload – in April. Starring Jeshi & Obongjayar, Ibeyi, Leven Kali, Poppy Ajudha, Chronixx, Dreya Mac, Sukaina Yasin, Kieron Boothe, Lan’do, SAULT, Amie Blu & Reuben James…

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Artists, Featured, Flames Collective, Talent House | 20 April 2022

UD Songwriting Camp: Diary

You’ve seen the photos now read all about it! Last week, we opened the doors to Talent House for our UD Songwriting Camp. In the second of our Songwriting blog series, we give you the inside story from Talent House… 

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Artists, Featured, Flames Collective, Talent House | 18 April 2022

UD Songwriting Camp: Gallery

Last week, we opened the doors to Talent House for our UD Songwriting Camp. Over four days, we were graced with special guests – Ella Bonai Gordon, Alana Maria, Digital Mozart, Michelle Escoffery, Stevie B Beatz, Mark Angels, Preye Crooks, Trey Qua & Taneisha Jackson – for a programme of activities to get those all important creative juices flowing.

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Artists, Featured, Interviews | 14 April 2022

Introducing… Blue Lab Beats

Maria Hanlon chatted to the Grammy Award winning jazztronica duo, Blue Lab Beats, about their latest album, Motherland Journey, which artists are on their radar and what their advice for up and coming musicians would be…

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Artists, Events, Featured | 12 April 2022

UD Low Down: Koffee @ EartH Hall

Jojo Jones attended Koffee’s headline show at EartH Hall (Evolutionary Arts Hackney), on the 25th of March 2022, to celebrate the release of the Jamaican artists’ debut album, Gifted. With reggae, Afrobeats, dancehall and pop on the menu, Jojo gives us the low down…

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