Author Archives: Matt Tarr

About Matt Tarr

With grime and hip hop being major influences on him growing up in South East London, Matt's passion is urban music but over the years he has gathered a hugely diverse taste, ranging from Wiley to The Smiths by way of Machine Head, that has made him a very open minded individual.

KONGOS LIVE @ Tram & Social, Tooting 16.06.14

Rating: Brothers Dylan, Daniel, Jesse and Johnny Kongos make up this alternative rock outfit, who lit up the US with their single ‘Come With Me Now’, and in the process became the fastest debut artist ever to hit the top…

Gigslutz Interview: Coops

Following the release of his brand new mixtape ‘Lost Souls’, Matt Tarr caught up with Coops to discuss the new release, supporting Nas at the O2 and the impact of US Hip Hop on the UK scene. MT: The first…

Pitched Up LIVE @ Birthdays, Dalston 5.6.14

It has been a whole two months since the last Pitched Up event in the basement of Birthdays in Dalston. With event organisers 1Xtra’s DJ Target and grime legend Danny Weed having additional time to arrange a blockbuster line up…

ALBUM REVIEW: Smoove and Turrell ‘Broken Toys’

Following a two year gap since their last release, northern funk duo Smoove and Turrell return with their third album, ‘Broken Toys’. Having supported disco legends Nile Rogers & Chic and Motown hit-makers Martha and the Vandellas since 2012’s ‘Eccentric…

Gigslutz Interview: Lady Lykez

With her new single ‘Psycho’ set to be released on Monday, Matt Tarr caught up with Lady Lykez to discuss the track, what influences her music and the difficulties with being an independent artist in the UK. MT: What was…

Barrence Whitfield LIVE @ Borderline, London 17.05.14

Being described as ‘a full-throttle soul screamer in the spirit of Little Richard, Wilson Pickett and Solomon Burke’ is something that most musicians would inevitably fail to live up to; that is, unless you are Barrence Whitfield. On a sweltering…

ALBUM REVIEW: Hollie Cook – ‘Twice’  

Following her critically acclaimed 2011 eponymous debut, Hollie Cook returns with the ethereal and toe-tappingly catchy ‘Twice’, which is due for release on Monday 12th May 2014. Album opener ‘Ari Up’ is a bright and bouncy tribute to the late…

Shakka LIVE @ Barfly, Camden 28.4.14

Following a fantastic year that has seen the Notting Hill alternative R&B singer-songwriter feature on huge tracks with both Wretch 32 and Show N Prove, it was time for Shakka to step into the limelight and make a name for…