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What Do Londoners Think Of The London 2012 Olympics?In the UK, we’ve been subjected to months of relentless hype surrounding the 2012 Olympics. We’ve been told how the world will descend on London for two glorious weeks to witness our top sporting antagonists going toe to toe in first class, purpose-built facilities.

But how do the people of London feel about all this? We took to Carnaby St to question the locals’ applied wisdom to the Games.

Presented by Jules Hallam. Photography by Kaan Zenginer.


Verse: Elro Blasts Through Manga & JME Collaboration ‘Scrabble’Shot in Soho, London, lyrical Shakespeare and Welsh spit fiend Elro crash-tested our debut grime Verse, with Manga and JME collaboration ‘Scrabble’.

Directed by Jules Hallam.


Interview: Justin Martin Reflects On Debut Album Ghettos & GardensIt was 2005 when Justin Martin co-founded liberal imprint Dirtybird with Claude VonStroke and the hubbub must have kept him occupied. So much so, in fact, the lead time for his (and the label’s) debut LP ‘Ghettos & Gardens’ stretched almost seven years and saw Justin locked up in Hawaii for one of them crafting said maison masterpiece. We welcomed the DJ to London to ask more about the album before a headline fabric set transpired.

Presented by Jules Hallam.


Interview: Tanya Lacey Chats Single ‘Greatness’It would be easy to draw swift comparisons to certain R&B artists, but it’s more true to form to observe Tanya Lacey as cutting her own hedges with original creativity. Born in Bristol, she left college for London and an overbearing industry that eventually acknowledged her star quality. Forward to Summer 2012 and Tanya’s preparing her self-released debut EP, Head Chef, for September with taster track ‘Greatness' already circulating. Much to come and much to talk about.

Presented by Jules Hallam.


Student TV Programme Smash Features Ill ManorsAn example of a 10 minute TV culture show, ‘SMASH’ which aired at The University of Arts London on the 14/06/12 features cast members of the new film Ill Manors directed by Plan B as well as other contemporary projects in London.

Presented by Sarah Lawrence & Jules Hallam.


Feature: Kenworthy Band Give Interview, Play Doors LiveIntroducing Leicestershire’s finest three-piece indie aficionados, Kenworthy. Fronted by pianist / voice person Jack, the trio were classmates in the willowy town of Melton Mowbray when an affinity for Stevie Wonder, Oscar Peterson and Chris Martin coerced them into songwriting themselves.

Roughly a year later and with an intrinsically mature EP, Doors, behind them, the band are in London surrounded by eager industry bigwigs to sample the noise. In between the hustle, we chatted with the band and watched them perform the EP title track before they become the next Coldplay.

Presented by Jules Hallam.

Acoustic: BOY Strum Through Emotive Hit ‘Skin’Swiss / German pop duo BOY, known individually as Valeska Steiner & Sonja Glass, are a hair’s breadth away from becoming Europe’s foremost authority on bittersweet, emotive songwriting. With their fantastic debut LP Mutual Friends in international circulation, the pair stopped by Decca Records' London offices with their guitars to strip back reflective piece 'Skin'.

Directed by Jules Hallam


Interview: BOY Talk Debut Album Mutual Friends (English)Affectionate pop duo BOY, Valeska Steiner and Sonja Glass, swooped through London to shed light on their debut album, Mutual Friends, explore the themes of ‘Drive Darling’ and ‘Little Numbers’ and indulge the British tradition of moaning about weather.

Presented by Jules Hallam.


Verse: Sarah Lillie Performs Star One’s ‘Respect’Introducing Sarah Lillie, responsible for the arresting vocals on Star One’s ‘Respect’ and debutante performer on Squarefaced Vision’s Verse. She makes it look so natural as her lingering glances romanticise the blues-bleached encore, delivering a stunning soul-saturated piece stripped of any unnecessary distraction. Simply beautiful.

Presented by Jules Hallam.


Interview: Fatima Outlines Debut Eglo AlbumExtend a hearty welcome to tracksuited-and-booted singer Fatima. Part of London’s Eglo Records collective, founded by Floating Points and Alex Nut, she’s lent her harmonic swagger to a series of collaborations across the label culminating in her sumptuous debut EP ‘Follow You’ released May 2011. Over a year later, Fatima can finally talk about the big one; her debut album.

Presented by Jules Hallam.

Interview: The Jezabels Chat In London As City Girl ReleasedIt’s rare that the UK’s decadent musical culture embraces ‘fringe’ artists, but stadium fox-trotters the Jezabels can, almost literally, be heard from Australia. It’s hard to place exactly where their appeal stems from. Their sound fits between familiar names without being similar and a hint of charming angst keeps you clicking through their YouTube videos. As they swooped through London for their debut album, Prisoner, tour, you join the band backstage at the Electric Brixton for a friendly debate.

Presented by Jules Hallam for Squarefaced Vision.


Interview: Ben Kweller Visits London, Talks 2012 Album ‘Go Fly A Kite’Ben Kweller’s illustrious career has taken so many weaves it’s practically become a rock n’ roll coups, yet his self-styled axe-work remains as true to American rock as Elvis did to cheeseburgers. As Ben’s fifth solo album, Go Fly A Kite, soars across the globe, he spent a moment with us at the tail end of the subsequent European tour.

Presented by Jules Hallam.