With initial support in the form of grime veteran Plastician, “Birmingham’s finest” Emalkay gained the attention of South London based label Boka Records with the warped, future bass drones and epic strings of Gut Feeling. Continuing the success, Testing The Waters EP was released in October 2006 followed by Monsters in June 2007. The revolutionary sound of Mecha, released in the fall of 2007, gained Emalkay support from the likes of Radio 1 DJ Mary Anne Hobbs and breakbeat pioneer FreQ Nasty, as well as many of the leading figures of the current dubstep scene.
Two bands are known as The Straits, one from The Netherlands the other from UK. 1. The Straits is a band from the Netherlands and got together in june 2005 and that was about time! Most of the Straits already knew each other and it was a twist of fate that got them to meet Patrik Muller and Wilko Stroo. The Straits intentions are not to create a new genre in music but to find the perfect popsong and present it to the world! Oasis, The Beatles and The Stone Roses preceded us. The Straits are bound by the chemistry to find a certain energy and a smile in their songs.
Ross Wilson (born Ross Andrew Wilson) November 18, 1947 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) is an Australian singer-songwriter, guitarist and producer who is best known for fronting the groups Daddy Cool and Mondo Rock, and for production of albums by Australian band Skyhooks. He has also performed solo, and as a judge on celebrity singing TV series It Takes Two from 2005. Wilson, was individually inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame in 1989 and again as a member of Daddy Cool in 2006.
Wiley, also known as Eskiboy (real name Richard Kylea Cowie, born 19 January 1979) is an Grime MC and producer from Bow E3, East London. Wiley has created his own musical genre, which he calls "Eski", and which is largely associated with the Grime genre. "Eskimo", from which the genre takes its name, is probably the best known Eski track. Originally performing under the title "Wiley Kat" (adopted from the Thundercats cartoon), he has now shortened his stage name and rarely is referred to as "Wiley Kat".
London lo-fi scuzziness reviving the spirits of <a href="http://www.last.fm/music/Wire" class="bbcode_artist">Wire</a>, <a href="http://www.last.fm/music/Swell+Maps" class="bbcode_artist">Swell Maps</a> and <a href="http://www.last.fm/music/The+Homosexuals" class="bbcode_artist">The Homosexuals</a>. <a href="http://www.myspace.com/hygieneldn" rel="nofollow">www.myspace.com/hygieneldn</a>
micronormous is the alias of Matt Eaton of Birmingham group Pram. In 2005 he presented a live soundtrack to the film The Cabinet Of Dr Caligari under that name. Further live soundtracks have led to the formation of the micronormous live group and a series of recordings and remixes.
Earning his stripes in the UK’s underground live circuit, Fraksha has proven himself to be one of the UK’s finest MC’s. Founding member of UK hip-hop collective, <a href="http://www.last.fm/music/Nine+High" class="bbcode_artist">Nine High</a> and part of Australia’s first grime crew, <a href="http://www.last.fm/music/Smash+Brothers" class="bbcode_artist">Smash Brothers</a>, Fraksha has honed his craft and sold out two mixtapes – a testament to his tenure in the UK scene. Since moving over to Australia in 2006, Fraksha was invited to join Aria Award winning, <a href="http://www.last.fm/music/Bliss+N+Eso" class="bbcode_artist">Bliss N Eso</a>, on their sold out tour, ‘Get Loose’ – certifying his entry into the Aussie Hip-Hop scene.
Professor Green is a rapper from East London, currently signed to Virgin Records, after Mike Skinner's The Beats label closed, and ended a run of his own radio shows on BBC Radio 1. Having fortified his name storming through the hip-hop battle rap circuit, 23 year old East London native Professor Green is set to drop his debut album on Mike Skinner's The Beats label (via Warner's). Growing up on the Northwold estate in Upper Clapton, Green's familial situation saw him being raised by his grandmother while he traded up school attendance for just hanging on the estate, like kids do.