What to eat and drink in Amsterdam

I recently wrote about some of my favourite spots to eat and drink around Amsterdam... Check it out here.

The next artist we've enlisted to step up and deliver a guide to their home city is Metalheadz maestro, Lenzman. Hailing from Netherlands' stunningly well planned mecca, Amsterdam, Lenzman's no doubt well-versed of the city's infamous sonic haunts (AMS is home to hotspots like Studio 80, Rush Hour and Redlight Radio) and it's tourist destinations but given that the producer spends the best part of his weekends away from the city and according to the man himself hasn't been able to hit the record stores in a very long time, he decided to instead give us a well detailed selection of what he thinks are the best joints across the city to whet your appetites. - Fabric, London  

The next artist we've enlisted to step up and deliver a guide to their home city is Metalheadz maestro, Lenzman. Hailing from Netherlands' stunningly well planned mecca, Amsterdam, Lenzman's no doubt well-versed of the city's infamous sonic haunts (AMS is home to hotspots like Studio 80, Rush Hour and Redlight Radio) and it's tourist destinations but given that the producer spends the best part of his weekends away from the city and according to the man himself hasn't been able to hit the record stores in a very long time, he decided to instead give us a well detailed selection of what he thinks are the best joints across the city to whet your appetites. - Fabric, London

 

Lenzman Interview: Drum and Bass Counterculture

Check out this interview from during my recent North American tour...

"It turns out that Lenzman is an intellectual. I guess it shouldn’t be a surprise that someone so heavily influenced by soul, jazz, and blues actually has something to say, since the foundation of such genres was built on independent, free-thinkers. Those influential artists have integrated their views and struggles into their music, and just like them, Lenzman has a message — and it’s a profound evolution of his music." - Carolyn Russell

"It turns out that Lenzman is an intellectual. I guess it shouldn’t be a surprise that someone so heavily influenced by soul, jazz, and blues actually has something to say, since the foundation of such genres was built on independent, free-thinkers. Those influential artists have integrated their views and struggles into their music, and just like them, Lenzman has a message — and it’s a profound evolution of his music." - Carolyn Russell

What's this 22tracks I keep seeing...

As you may have gathered I've been a curator at music discovery platform 22tracks for most of 2014. Yet as I'm only getting things rolling on this site / blog I haven't mentioned it before. Make sure you check the site, download the app and all that sort of stuff. Basically I'll be updating a list of 22tracks on a weekly basis (when I can) to bring you my favourite Drum & Bass music.

Guestmix on BBC Radio

Shoutout to DJ Fricion for having me back on last night's Drum & Bass show. Listen back to my guestmix with a bunch of album cuts in it. LINK.

Tracklist:
Forren - One & Only (Metalheadz)
Command Strange - Rock Steady (Lenzman Remix) (Fokuz)
Sub Focus - Close (feat. Mnek) (Ivy Lab Remix) (RAM)
Lenzman - Collapse (Metalheadz)
Lenzman - Empty Promise (Jubei Remix) (Metalheadz)
Submorphics - Burning Love (Lenzman Remix)
Lenzman - Lazy Dub (Metalheadz)
Lenzman - Starz (feat. Kevin King) (Metalheadz)
Lenzman - Move & Focus (feat. Dan Stezo) (Metalheadz)
Lenzman - Always (Metalheadz)
Lenzman - Burner (Metalheadz)
Phil Tangent - Clouded Judgement (Integral)
Lenzman - Just Can't Take (feat. DRS) (Metalheadz)
Chromatic - Found You (Utopia Music)
Lenzman - Through My Eyes (Metalheadz)
Calibre & Marcus Intalex - Runaway (feat. Fox) (Soul:R)
Zero T - Refusal (feat. Steo) (Alix Perez Remix) (Integral)
Lenzman - My Tearz (feat. Steo) (Metalheadz)

Before They Pass Away

Before They Pass Away is a book that has been out for a while, but I'm writing about it now because I was given it as a present recently. It's truly an amazing bundle of photography and - dare I say it - one of the most important pieces of art I've seen in a long time. Photographer Jimmy Nelson documents some of the most remote and unique tribes on earth in their traditional attire. Tribes that are in danger of losing their cultural identity in this increasingly globalised world we live in. I urge you to check this out... before they pass away... LINK.

My top 5 Hip-Hop albums released in 1995

I will try to do some blogging about random shit happening in my world. So how about a list? Here are my top 5 Hip-Hop albums of 1995. For me it was one of the best years and if you haven't checked out any or all of these albums, you really should!

05. Smif-N-Wessun - Dah Shinin'

Smif-N-Wessun "Bucktown"

04. AZ - Doe Or Die

AZ "Sugar Hill" (feat. Miss Jones)

03. Group Home - Livin' Proof

Group Home "Supa Star"

02. Mobb Deep - The Infamous

Mobb Deep "Shook Ones Pt. 2"

01. Raekwon - Only Built 4 Cuban Linx

Raekwon "Ice Cream" (feat. Ghostface Killa, Cappadonna & Method Man)