Thom Previews the ‘coolest’ of 2009 and the mp3 machine

By on Wednesday, 31st December 2008 at 8:48 am

Right so whilst this isn’t strictly limited to music I thought that lookin forward to the highlights of the coming year would prove enough to make us wet waiting for the new year to arrive and force some to reconsider their suicide plans.. 2009 looks to be another great year in terms of all things cultural..


After a host of mixtapes, features on countless remixes as well as a few brilliant singles (including the latest ‘Beast’), this London MC is set to do big things in 2009 with the release of his debut album. His recent appearance on the remix of ‘Take Me Back’ (Tinchy Stryder ft. Taio Cruz), goes down a treat – shining on a track which also features the likes of Sway (who also had an immense verse) is hard enough but Chipmunk’s young age gives him an edge. He’s perhaps the first younger to generate so much hype with the number of quality mixtapes he’s dropped, giving him a UK-Papoose stye reputation. Fresh Out The Oven, Whatever The Weather (Vol. 1 & 2), League Of My Own and Guess Who? have all dropped while he’s still in his teens (currently eighteen). Add a MOBO for best newcomer earlier this year to the list of remarkable achievements from this North London youngster and then you’ll realise the reason for the hype ahead of ‘I Am Chipmunk’ – his debut album due out soon. Watch out in 2009, the grime throne may be in the distance but in terms of youngers Chipmunk is safely on top of the game.

Guess Who? is available to download for free courtesy of Alwayz Recording at this link.

Nick Thomas At John Smedley

Music much? Not really, so why’s it here? Maybe it’s because I’m hoping that I’ll get a free cardi in the post, or more likely because this young designer is sending shockwaves through the fashion scene after picking up first prize at Graduate Fashion Week bagging himself 20k and a job at John Smedley (the legendary cardigan creators) after a successful placement. He’s a top designer and gives an injection of youth in to his designs. His designs are currently being produced and you can expect big things in the future. Get your colour preferance ready and keep your ASOS Man page open in 2009.


The soundtrack of this movie with Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix and Nat King Cole is causing enough heat with artists lining up to record their covers for the release. The film itself is adapted from a genius limited comic series released – well let’s just say a while ago.  The rights for this movie have been floating about since 1986 and March ’09 sees the long wait come to an end. One of the most eagerly anticipated movies of the year might be a jinx for some, but with David Hayter on screenpla and direction the likelihood of dissapointment is minimised.

No doubt hardcore comic fans will be split on opinion again, but after the success (and movie of 2008) that was Batman: The Dark Knight, the commercialisation of comic books in to movies is complete. Also, look out for Wolverine:  Origins, also out in ’09.


After Paul Beatty’s ‘Slumberland,’ Kurt Vonnegut’s ‘Armageddon In Retrospect’ and Chuck Palahniuk’s ‘Snuff’ it’s fair to say that there’s been a fair bit of literature to get through this year. Don’t ask me why books will be better in 2009, or which ones to look out for, cause I don’t know.

Downloads – The MP# Machine

No back to the music, and here I’ve complied some of my favourite MP3s over the year, be it covers in the live lounge (of which there are many) or mash-ups and remixes, they’re all here. (Note that this is off the top of my head, so I might have forgotten a LOAD.. happy downloading..)

Download links have now expired, apologies.

That’s all for now, thanks for reading and happy downloading..

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