Mikill Pane-Lucky Strike EP

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Brand new work from a longtime OTU favourite, and one whose profile continues to increase with every passing day. That debut album, Blame Miss Barclay, isn’t far away now and to keep the fans going Mikill drops off a free 4-track EP.

Given the diversity and versatility of his previous works, I expect that trend will continue into this release, so expect a range of styles from the uniquely-gifted MC. With his Chairman of the Bored video release on the horizon too, it looks like Mikill is gearing up for a big summer, and you can be a part of that for free below.

Mikill Pane-Lucky Strike EP

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Mikill Pane - Good Feeling [Video]

Mikill Pane returns to our eyes and ears with his new single, Good Feeling.

This utterly addictive track has Mikill telling us the story of a kid moving into his first uni house, which doesn’t quite meet up to image he may have had in his mind. A dodgy house and a dodgy landlord is something all students can definitely relate to! The kid looks to spice things up by hosting a house party, which is tune with the feelings the hook provides.

Smart lyrics and addictive choruses is something that’s become synonymous with Mr. Pane, so watch the vid and purchase the Good Feeling EP from iTunes when it comes out March the 17th.

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Mikill Pane-Dirty Rider


It’s been a short while since we heard from OTU favourite Mikill Pane, and here he drops off the lead single from his upcoming Dirty Rider EP, set to precede his official debut LP release. The latter, Blame Miss Barclay, is set for early 2013, and hence the EP may offer a glimpse into the direction the album may take.

If it’s anything like this single, you can lock down your listening for early 2013. The production combines influences from the drum and bass, classic punk and electro genres together into a style-bending, frenetic production with tons of uptempo charm, most of it delivered via lively guitar plucks and sharp percussion. Mikill’s clever raps are in full flow here, with enjoyable wordplay packed into quick and even quicker deliveries of watertight consistency, alongside a hook that borrows from 2Pac’s Ambitionz as a Ridah and adds a fun twist to it. A very replayable all-rounder that has already gained radio approval, and will hopefully impress many others.

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Mikill Pane-You Guest It EP


The ever clever Mikill Pane is back with an excellently-titled EP, drawing inspiration from the project that launched him to national fame, Ed Sheeran’s Collaborations EP, for a guest-packed effort of his own.

Mikill’s stock has risen considerably over the last 6 months, and that increase in stature is represented by the feature list reading like a who’s who of the UK music scene (and Katie Price, for some reason), as artists from a wide gamut of genres come together to help Mikill produce another reputation-boosting project, with Paloma Faith, Yasmin, Ed Sheeran, P Money and more making appearances. I’ve yet to dive into the music, but being the hugely consistent rapper that he is I’m sure the content will match the co-signs. Free grab courtesy of SB.TV below.

Mikill Pane-You Guest It EP

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Mikill Pane - Kings ft. Yoshee

Mikill Pane recently released his fantastic new EP, The Morris Dancer, and has climbed as high up as #2 in the iTunes hip hop chart thus far – a great achievement from an artist I expect to see big things from this year.

Here’s his new video for Kings, which features on The Morris Dancer, and is a great advertisement for why you should be copping the EP. Mikill successfully fuses good lyrics to a track that will make you move and resonate in your head; assisted by the vocal talents of Yoshee, you’ll find yourself hitting repeat!

Go grab the EP from iTunes now.

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Mikill Pane - I Like U


Man of the moment, Mikill Pane’s new EP, The Morris Dancer , will be released through Invader Music on 13th February . The five-track EP includes a track entitled Cut Back , which features vocals from Ursa Minor’s Little Bear and is currently being used in an Nation wide O2 Academy /Fair Share Music campaign.

Here is one of those tracks from the EP, I Like U. Really into this track, Mikill Pane has a lot of wit which is what makes his songs so easy to listen to. Nice little track for those crushing on someone right now!

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Re:Definition 2011 @ The Hackney Empire - Thursday 7th July


Year after year, RE:DEFINITION successfully aims to tell the tale of an area that lies at the crossroads where old values meet new ideals. Last summer’s presentation was a genre-blurring live concept album which brought together some of the biggest names in urban music, as part of the Create11. This year, Urban Development have teamed up with the Barbican and Create11 to present you with a collective of musicians, emcees, vocalists, actors and dancers on July 7th at The Hackney Empire.

Fusing live performance, multi-media and theatre on a journey that encompasses love, conflict, tradition and aspirations in east London, performers are KANO, GHETTS, TALAY RILEY, ROXXXAN, DONAEO, JAY NORTON, SELAH, SCRUFIZZER, MIKE HOUGH, MPHO, LOVELLE, MIKILL PANE, LADY CHANN and ABEL MILLER. Each artist’s tracks and lyrics will form the story that is RE:Definition.

With visuals coming from music video director and producer JAK FRSH, who’s worked with Wiley and Tinie Tempah amongst others, it’s back over to MATTHEW ‘EXCALIBAH’ XIA to direct the show. Visit www.barbican.org.uk or www.urbandevelopment.co.uk for tickets.

Be smart and support not only UK music, but the depth of creativity and originality on show here. If you’re down in the London area, don’t insult your own intelligence-get involved (no, I’m not making a commission!).

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Do Not Listen To Mikill Pane


Everyone likes breaking rules, and I’m going to give you three good reasons to break the one typed above. If I’m writing a feature exclusively on one artist, you know I mean it too.

It’s no secret that we’re big fans of Mr. Pane’s work here at OTU, and there’s little doubt that he’s one of very few UK rappers that can command a microphone in such a multifarious manner, adapting himself to dubstep-influenced beats just as comfortably as brighter productions, and many more in between.

There lies the focus of this feature: ‘many more in between’. With the release of what’s been referred to as his ‘debut’ single, Summer In The City, many will be unfamiliar with his work outside of the few tracks fed to you here, so head below and see just why I regard him as the most listenable rapper in the UK scene. Reviews and downloads available for his three best tracks with one click of your grubby mouse.

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Mikill Pane-Summer In The City Video

Clever move from a very intelligent MC. Understandably, many of you will be unfamiliar with most of Pane’s work outside of the Ed Sheeran feature and his recent Party Animal remix (though not for long…watch this space!), and those two tracks would probably lead you to believe he’s a somewhat ‘serious’, negatively-inspired rapper. This track quite simply flips that notion on its head with a feelgood, nod-your-head vibe that not only displays Mikill’s adaptability on the mic, but also his versatility in all-round song making.

Backed by a bouncy Jake Gosling production, Pane uses his fantastic storytelling style to poke a little fun at the British weather, as well as some witty observations on the typical reactions to those rare glimpses of sun that we all have. The video is a fun, well-produced watch with a little bit of humour, a nice cameo from Ed Sheeran, all alongside a general vibe of realism and positivity that reflects the audio nicely. Worth a watch, listen and even a sniff if you’re feeling really excited.

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Mikill Pane-Party Animal Remix ft. Empress

With one of the best beards in the game, Mikill Pane gives his Party Animal remix the visual treatment. This is a track about partying/getting on it/getting smashed, whatever you want to call it. Somewhat surprisingly it isn’t about the obvious perks of such activities, but more about how much it changes you and if being in that state is something you really want to portray to people. Just looking at this superb video; is anybody really having a great time?

The dubstep beat on this perfectly supplements the nature of the track, and is one I’ll be bumping for a while.

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OTU Exclusive Interview with Ed Sheeran

From folk to grime, Ed Sheeran’s experienced and performed it all, emerging as one of the most well-rounded artists in the UK scene at a young age.

When a rare and homegrown talent of this quality arises, there’s an air of inevitability that he’s going to be one of the UK’s better artists in the coming years. Hence, for us here at OTU it’s best to get on the bandwagon now, as it’s going to be pretty hard to find room on it very soon: welcome to an Overrating the Underrated exclusive interview with the wonderfully-gifted Ed Sheeran.

Indi caught up with Ed to discuss a range of topics, including his thoughts on the No. 5 Collaborations EP, his upcoming album, and much more in a very in-depth interview. Huge thanks to Ed for being so friendly, and to Gully and Sian for putting this together.

You can read the script of the interview below (including a bonus question not on the video!), and of course the video interview is available up here. If, for whatever reason, you’d prefer to view the video (in 2 parts) on Youtube, you can do that here and here.

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Ed Sheeran-No. 5 Collaborations Project [Review]


I received a press copy of this about a month ago, and it’s a testament to how good the EP is that I’m still listening to it now. The quality of the EP and the incredible hard work Ed Sheeran and his team have put in have paid off, as this has bolted up to #2 in the iTunes download chart! I’m told it even had top spot for a brief time last night too (and when competing with Rihanna, this is no mean feat).

So who is Ed Sheeran? And how did someone whose main influences include the likes of Bob Dylan & Damien Rice come to collaborate with some of grime’s best artists? The 19-year old hails from East Anglia, first picking up his guitar and making songs in 2002. He got his big break appearing on SBTV, exposing Ed’s music to a whole new scene, resulting in contact with the artists who feature on the EP, amongst others (like Example, who enlisted Ed as tour support). Click on below to read our review of this EP.

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