ELIXIR 8! Mc Hughs Cellar, Belfast - Friday 16th Nov

Eixir 8! Friday 16th November.

Firstly thanks to everyone who made it to Elixir #7, which featured another batch of stellar performances alongside a tightly contested open mic comp to win a slot at Elixir #8! Photoset by Roskobiwan is live now on our facebook page:
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For the 8th instalment of Elixir (and also the last of 2018) we are taking over at one of Belfast's most famous pubs and it's oldest building, McHugh's Bar and Restaurant, located at 29-31 Queen's Square, Belfast, BT1 3FG
http://www.mchughsbar.com

We have a heavy lineup for this one closing off 2018 in our usual style!



♫ ♪ Sebi C
A truly unique talent in the current sea of Irish MCs, Sebi C is in a class of his own. The lowkey individual & the voice behind classic duo Flying Buttresses with Naïve Ted who’s 2012 project The Orson Wells EP would be in the argument of many for the island's best hip-hop releases returned to the rhyming this year with the release of All Uselessness with Jimmy Penguin.

♫ ♪ Jimmy Penguin
Jimmy is one of the co-founders of Galway's Community Skratch collective. One of Ireland's foremost electronic musicians and skratch DJs, this original gangster has been cutting and innovating for many years. Running Alkalinear Recordings, Jimmy meshes many different styles including IDM, Electro, HipHop, Scratch Music and Techno. His unrelentless passion for making music and promoting scratch music in Ireland has marked him out as a unique and extremely driven talent.

 

♫ ♪ Danny Diatribe w/ DJ Cutterz & Ryan Mason
Danny Diatribe is Irish rapper Danny Lynch from Derry City in the North of Ireland, based in Manchester UK. Danny joins us on the night fresh of the release of his new album Tales From the Down & Outs. The project is a conceptual journey exploring the lives of down on their luck characters and the struggles they face. The album’s producer, DJ Cutterz, will be joining Danny for his set along with live drummer Ryan Mason.

♫ ♪ Leo Miyagee
Belfast based & London raised, Leo was the winner of a tightly contested open mic session last time out, no doubt earning his spot on the lineup for the night. In October of last year Leo Miyagee released his EP ‘Trust God, Love Yours, Do Bits In Life’ via Dublin based District recordings which was followed up with an August release of his new album Bluebird.

♫ ♪ Skeet
Belfast MC & producer Skeet is a face that may be familiar to past Elixir attendees for a strong showing alongside Durty Devz in the past. It’s a pleasure to have him on our lineup just in time to coincide with the release of his forthcoming debut album Chapter One.

We are blessed to have Irish scene veteran ERA2 from Derry popping up with a special appearance to be on host duties for the night, our always craic filled open mic will be going down & debuting DJ Boatsie is joining Militant Vinylist to kick the night off right.

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For the 8th installment of Elixir (and also the last of 2018) we are taking over at one of Belfast's most famous pubs and it's oldest building, McHugh's Bar and Restaurant, located at 29-31 Queen's Square, Belfast, BT1 3FG
http://www.mchughsbar.com

 


A Northern Soul - Documentary

A NORTHERN SOUL - DOCUMENTARY

The 5th Element NI team enjoyed a highly inspirational team night out recently at Queen’s Film Theatre. On 8th October as part of their 50th anniversary celebrations, the QFT were showing ‘A Northern Soul’, a documentary following Steve Arnott as he struggles to balance the pressures of working life, debt and his dreams of getting mobile music workshop The Beats Bus off the ground.

Set in Hull against the backdrop of UK City of Culture in 2017, director Sean McAllister (A Syrian Love Story) returns to the city to act as curator for the festival’s opening ceremony where he meets Steve.

Over the course of the film, the positive impact Steve and his efforts have on young people, in terms of confidence, attitudes and behaviour is plain to see. Without giving too much away, viewers can expect to experience a range of emotions throughout, on what is a very emphatic capturing of working-class life.

Steve’s passion to inject positivity in his community and to improve the lives of the young people through hip-hop culture is exactly the type of thing we as 5th Element NI are trying to deliver in Belfast and beyond. Seeing Steve overcome all kinds of adversity was truly motivating for us and seeing the impact these kind of projects can deliver was very encouraging and more than justifies our existence and goals.

After the credits rolled, both Steve & Sean were on hand for an informative Q&A session and even better, our team got the chance to catch up with Steve and have a chat, share our plans with him and talk about Belfast’s hip-hop scene.

We all definitely walked away feeling like we had made a new friend, and an important role model for what we are trying to achieve. Hopefully, this will not be the last we see of Steve in Belfast.

 


Artist Spotlight: Jack Bashful

Curated by David 'Dsgrace' Gilmore

After appearing from seemingly nowhere with a couple of strong open mic showings and teaser tunes in the latter half of 2017, Jack Bashful has now unleashed his debut EP, Fictional Clientele, into the Irish hip-hop melting pot and proving his worth as a newcomer that can hang with the island’s best of them.

While previously whetting appetites in the run-up to release with his own take on Skepta’s Still and a video for one of the EPs tracks, ‘Bears, Beets & Battlestar’, Jack really lets his effortless style shine through in his recent SkankFM Booth Sessions footage where he glides through 3 tracks back to back, passion overflowing though never breaking a sweat. Elite level performance really is nothing to this guy.

https://www.facebook.com/1647488362157631/videos/2009461692626961/

Video courtesy of SkankFM

The 21-year-old Lurgan prodigy (a surprising hotbed for emerging Irish talent with fellow local L.O.R.D also delivering an excellent debut release as recently as February) weaves words intricately and displays a lyrical maturity beyond his years. Such is his flair for language it is perhaps not that surprising that Jack studies French & Spanish at University in Coleraine. This time spent on the North Coast saw a connection which would lead to having DBMCs chief in engineering Danny Droppit on recording duties for parts of his new project.

https://www.facebook.com/jackbashful/videos/147934302565883/

 


After steadily gaining momentum over the last 12 months, Jack recently delivered his debut release, Fictional Clientele, in March this year. At first glance, titles such as ‘Cleansing of the Palate’ and ‘Bears, Beets and Battlestar’ have you already clued in that the idea of regular hip-hop stereotypes will be left at the door for this one.  Jack debuts over a mostly dreamy, lo-fi soundscape, painted by producers IAMIAN and Cbakl.

From the opening on Launch, rolling slowly over his syllables he marks the start of his journey stating “never been here before, I can’t say that I’m back”. Garnering a round of applause from the audience Jack proceeds to kick things up a few gears on the second verse, really beginning to take flight with a momentum that will build over the following songs.

Conflicted, the projects longest track is aptly titled as it is a theme that constantly follows Jack throughout his writing. He beautifully defines himself as an artist here early on in his lyrical travels declaring;

“I fought the heroes and Sympathise with villains,

And I f**k with being hated (why?) cus it symbolises difference.”

Painting himself as “a loner who doesn’t know who I’m supposed to be” Jack flips to the other side of the coin, banishing his self-doubts for a more bold, swagger-filled style on the follow-up;

“It’s too easy, I’m just showing off,

They targeting the throne now their holding off,

…Said I’d make an impression I wasn’t f**kin wrong.”

Lyrically on point throughout, whether taking inspiration from his day to day life or more far-fetched scenarios, Jack may however have been a bit off the mark in New Devil stating “odds of being liked are low”. While in line with themes of his own self-doubt, the up and comer is likely to find himself surprised with the reception this effort receives.

By the time the EP’s closer Sticky Toffee rolls around, despite opening up with Jack’s fears of being “imperfect” and general performance anxiety, the artist we hear now has grown and he knows it -“confidence was weak but now its metal plated”. This could well be the standout song, marked with excellent, powerful delivery, he means every word.

Fictional Clientele closing with the hazy instrumental fading out over an extended period is a fitting end to what has come before it, allowing time to reflect on Jack Bashful’s debut while leaving us wishing for more of the same from the man in the future.

Jack Bashful’s debut is a release of growth and a journey that you feel you have joined him on along a 7 song time-lapse as he progresses to the standard of artist he finds himself now. You will feel a deeper understanding and connection to him than you would expect in such a timeframe.

Most songs are on the shorter side of things, and will leave you as a listener eager for more and no doubt speculating what Jack is capable of delivering over a full-length project now he has found his “rut to revel in”.

Check out Jack Bashful's latest project: Fictional Clientele.