In the Rizzle Kicks new Toby Lockerbie-directed video for “Dreamers” they’re pretty convinced they can make it to the moon and back, which we won’t argue with because those guys can pretty much do anything in LIFE.
The duo spew out the lyrics in front of a wall painted with a gigantic, trippy white cat, wearing a monocle. They rap: “I can find that place/ Up in my dreams tonight/ Where you and I/ Don’t have to fight/ Over what is right or wrong/ It’s not you who decides/ Oh this is my life.”
The track is the sixth single from their album Stereo Typical.
Victoria Abraham defines one up and coming artist each week so you can impress your friends with your musical brilliance. This week, she tackles Olly Murs,a reggae pop artist from England, that’s currently opening for One Direction on their North American tour.
Mr. Murs is yet another example of how the British are dominating North American airwaves. His career took off when he finished as the runner-up on the sixth season of The X Factor in 2009. Now he’s working on his third album, which will be released in November 2012.
Origins: Essex, England
Real name: Oliver Stanley Murs
Known for: He is known for a cheeky persona and energetic live shows.
Used in a sentence: “Olly Murs’ Catholic schoolboy appearance makes the reggae and ska influences in his music pleasantly surprising.”
File next to: Will Young, Robbie Williams
Download now: “Heart Skips a Beat” (This version features Chiddy Bang)
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Dragonette – Let It Go
After lead singer Martina Sorbara’s stints with Martin Solveig offering her distinct vocals on “Hello” and “Big in Japan,” Canadian electronic band Dragonette is back with a new single “Let It Go” and an upcoming album with the same name. We know we’ve got a hit on our hands since Laidback Luke has already remixed the track. If you’re a Dragonette fan, you won’t be disappointed.
Mayer Hawthorne ft. Rizzle Kicks – The Walk
Off Mayer Hawthorne’s second studio album How Do You Do, “The Walk” is a mashup of funk /soul and indie pop, and is pretty much about telling a heartbreaker to f**k off. The harsh lyrics combined with smooth vintage trumpets and old school beat makes this song absolutely charming. British hip-hop duo Rizzle Kicks appear on the record lending their sweet English accents as well. One listen and I guarantee you’ll fall in love. Read more…
In andPOP’s new column “Artist of the Week,” Victoria Abraham defines one artist you need to know about so you can impress your friends with your musical brilliance. This week, she tackles Rizzle Kicks, a Brighton duo with swagger to spare.
How many people do you know who’ve been friends since preschool? Well, meet Rizzle Kicks. The swanky British lads that make up this duo have been friends since the age of four. After losing touch, the boys were reunited at the age of 11 when they faced each other head-on in a football match. In fact, the “Kicks” in their name comes from a shared love of football.
Seconds into their tunes, this hip-hop pair from Brighton will have you tapping your foot and putting on all types of swagger. Perhaps they will even have you wishing you had a British accent. After all, everything does sound cooler with a bit of that British flair, mate.
Band mates: Jordan “Rizzle” Stephens and Harley “Sylvester” Alexander-Sule.
Origins: Brighton, Britain
Known for: The barely twenty-something duo are making waves with their old school hip-hop sound.
Used in a sentence: “The Rizzle Kicks are a badass combination of old style hip-hop and rock, with just a touch of pop flavour to sweeten the mix.”
File Next To: De La Soul, Dream Warriors
Why now: They recently released their new video for “Traveller’s Chant,” from their debut album “Stereo Typical.”
At the BRIT School they both attended, Jordan studied media, while Harley studied theatre. That same school also produced artists such as Adele, Leona Lewis and Amy Winehouse.
After finishing college, Harley worked as an assistant drama teacher, while Jordan flipped burgers at the Corals Greyhound Stadium. They eventually formed Rizzle Kicks in 2008.
Their debut album Stereo Typical was released on Oct. 31, 2011 and was certified gold in two months later. Their second single “Down With the Trumpets” and third single, “When I Was a Youngster” both peaked on the UK charts at #8.
Classic tune: Down With the Trumpets