Aberdeen rapper M2 ready to drop new track 'Local Shop'

Masked Aberdeen rapper M2 is ready to ring bells with the upcoming release of his second single, Local Shop, scheduled to drop this Friday, 9 June.

Local Shop showcases M2's unique approach, combining his distinct flow with hard-hitting lyrics that leave a lasting impact. Drawing comparisons to Abra Cadabra from OFB and displaying similarities to the late rapper Pop Smoke, M2 exhibits an undeniable talent for delivering compelling verses.

Speaking about the release, M2 was typically understated and hinted that even better releases are in the pipeline. He said, "Local Shop was written a long time ago, but I've just decided to release it now so that my fans can enjoy it while I cook up some more fire stuff."

That perfect complement

Accompanying the release is a music video shot and directed by Gary Melvo, with assistance from Matty Lusher from Between The Lines Prod. The collaboration promises a visually captivating experience that perfectly complements M2's musical style.

Filmed in Aberdeen, the video captures the raw and gritty essence that defines M2's music. With its urban backdrop and captivating visuals, the video perfectly complements the energy and authenticity of the track.

M2's future looks bright

M2 burst onto the scene with his impressive debut single, "Bambino," leaving listeners eager for more. As a rising star in the Scottish drill scene, he's gaining recognition for his talent and unique style. With a growing fanbase, M2's future looks bright, and his upcoming releases are highly anticipated.

As M2 continues to make a name for himself, fans can expect big announcements and exciting developments throughout the year. So keep an eye on this emerging talent as he solidifies his place in the Scottish music scene and beyond.

Nuart's inspiring addition: Stencibility celebrates Estonian street-art

Aberdeen street-art fans are in for a treat as the vibrant and thought-provoking Stencibility exhibition heads to The Print Room. This exciting showcase features talented Estonian street artists from the renowned Stencibility street art festival in Tartu. The city has been named the European Capital of Culture for 2024. This exhibition promises to captivate audiences with its unique blend of creativity and social commentary.

Titled Hello Mister Police Officer, the exhibition takes a humorous approach to explore the experiences of street artists who work illegally on the streets. Including their inevitable encounters with law enforcement. Through their artwork, the four participating artists—KAIRO, Stina Leek, GUTFACE, and Edward von Lõngus—shed light on the motivations, agendas, and challenges that street artists face in Tartu and beyond.

Public spaces should be accessible to everyone

From June 7 to 17 you can visit The Print Room at 252 Union Street to immerse yourself in this special exhibition. The collaboration between Nuart Aberdeen and Peacock and The Worm brings this unique art experience to the heart of Aberdeen.

The Stencibility Festival, known for its celebration of street art, advocates for the idea that public spaces should be accessible to everyone. Rather than viewing street art as a nuisance, it promotes the notion that these artistic interventions can enhance and enliven public spaces. Organisers hope to inspire conversations about the role of street art in urban environments. And furthermore, encourage a deeper appreciation for the art form.

Stina Leek | All images supplied by Stencibility

Transform the city's walls

In addition to the exhibition, the Estonian artists will create one-of-a-kind art pieces on the surrounding streets during their 11-day visit. This exciting initiative will further enliven the cityscape, providing a dynamic and interactive experience for locals and visitors alike.

The Stencibility exhibition adds to the momentum of the highly anticipated Nuart Aberdeen festival. Running from June 8 to 11, Nuart Aberdeen brings together world-class artists to transform the city's walls into captivating works of art. The inclusion of the Stencibility exhibition adds another layer of artistic expression to this exciting event. It creates a comprehensive celebration of street art in all its forms.

Gutface | All images supplied by Stencibility

Inspiring model for Aberdeen's aspirations as a cultural city

According to David McCracken, the arts business manager of Peacock and the Worm, Stencibility's visit and Tartu's designation as the European Capital of Culture have the potential to serve as an inspiring model for Aberdeen's aspirations as a cultural city. Festivals like Nuart Aberdeen play a significant role in driving these ambitions forward.

“Aberdeen as a city is aspirational and it has everything in place. Fundamentally it’s about civic pride at the heart of it. With a collective effort and love Aberdeen could, if wanted, revisit the possibility of being a city of culture."

Hello Mister Police Officer at The Print Room promises to be a visually stimulating and thought-provoking experience. It will invite visitors to delve into the world of street art and contemplate its significance within our urban landscapes. Don't miss this opportunity to engage with the creative spirit of Tartu, the street art capital of Estonia, right here in Aberdeen.

Gutface | All images supplied by Stencibility

Hours lead Tzusan and Shogun on Scottish tour

Hours, the Aberdeen Hip-hop platform known for championing music from the North East and beyond, has just revealed news that'll excite Scottish hip-hop enthusiasts. Acclaimed artists Tzusan and Shogun are embarking on a highly-anticipated nationwide tour across Scotland this summer, showcasing their incredible talent to audiences country-wide. They'll play Captain Tom's in Aberdeen on 24 June.

Shogun, a platinum-selling Scottish rapper, has already made a name for himself in the music industry. His impressive skills were showcased on BBC Three's The Rap Game. This further solidified his status as a rising star in the hip-hop scene.

Unique styles and captivating lyricism

Joining Shogun is Tzusan, a contemporary MC/Producer whose solo release in 2022, titled "WSPSNSYRP," garnered international acclaim. He even secured a nomination for Best Hip-hop at the Scottish Alternative Music Awards (SAMA).

The tour is dedicated to promoting their highly-anticipated collaborative album, "Lead Wetsuit Schematics." This album promises to be a compelling blend of individual talents, highlighting their unique styles and captivating lyricism.

"Lead Wetsuit Schematics" boasts an impressive lineup of guest artists, including the renowned Grime artist Manga Saint Hilare. Additionally, Sonnyjim, a collaborator of the legendary MF DOOM and Jay Electronica, also contributes to the album. A real boost for this musical collaboration.

Vagrant Real Estate | co-founder of HOURS | Photo by Chris Sansbury / POST

A dynamic and thriving music scene

The tour will see Tzusan and Shogun performing in several key cities across Scotland, including Aberdeen. Audiences can look forward to the electrifying energy of these two talented artists.

For those eager to be a part of this remarkable journey, tickets for the shows are now available for purchase through Eventbrite. This is an excellent opportunity for Scottish hip-hop fans to immerse themselves in the dynamic and thriving music scene, supporting these exceptional artists as they embark on their Scottish tour.

With Tzusan and Shogun joining forces and taking their music on the road, the Scottish hip-hop scene is poised for an unforgettable summer.


Straight Outta Mannofield: Aberdeen music scene supports young people

POST readers know that Aberdeen has a rich music scene. But now it's coming together to support a local community group. Mannofield Explorer Scouts, an Aberdeen Scout group, has taken the initiative to create a compilation album titled "Straight Outta Mannofield."

The project aims to raise vital funds to provide unforgettable experiences for the youth while showcasing the incredible talent of local musicians. Set to be released on 30th June, the album features 20 renowned artists from Aberdeen and the northeast, including The Xcerts, Cold Years, and The Little Kicks.

Best Girl Athlete

Exclusive, previously unreleased tracks

The compilation album, available for pre-order on http://mannofieldesu.bandcamp.com, encompasses a range of genres, from indie and rock to alternative, jazz, blues, and folk. It showcases established acts that have toured the world and emerging artists, offering listeners a snapshot of our remarkable music scene.

"Straight Outta Mannofield" promises a great musical experience, with exclusive, previously unreleased tracks by artists such as The Xcerts, Best Girl Athlete, The Lorelei, CS Buchan, and Wendell Borton. This compilation is a celebration of local talent and a testament to the dedication and generosity of the artists who have donated their songs to the project. Their support demonstrates the power of community and the impact that can be achieved when people work together.

The Xcerts | Photo credit Zak Pinchin

Incredible opportunities for young people

The brainchild of Mannofield Explorer Scouts' leader, Eoin Smith, "Straight Outta Mannofield" is the result of a collective effort. The Explorers actively participated in the album's development. From the album's title and artwork, designed by Explorer Scout Lewis Bodkin, to the selection of tracks, the young people were at the forefront of creating a project that truly reflects their experiences and aspirations.

The funds raised through this compilation album will play a crucial role in supporting Mannofield Explorer Scouts' mission to provide incredible opportunities for young people in Aberdeen. As the largest Explorer Scout Unit in the city, they bring together over 30 individuals aged 14-18, offering a youth-led program that fosters personal growth, friendship, and skill development. Especially in these challenging times, where the pandemic has emphasised the need for safe spaces and engaging activities, the role of Scouts in nurturing resilience, self-expression, and a sense of community has become increasingly important.

Cold Years | photo credit Adina Scharfenberg

Immense musical talent

"Straight Outta Mannofield" not only showcases the immense musical talent of Aberdeen but also serves as a testament to the power of collaboration and the dedication of Mannofield Explorer Scouts. By pre-ordering the album or donating, you can support this fantastic cause and contribute to the memorable experiences that will shape the lives of Aberdeen's young people. Celebrate the remarkable music scene of the northeast while investing in the future of our community.

For more information, follow Mannofield Explorer Scouts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

View of Aberdeen exhibition paints vibrant portrait of the city

Discover the vibrant voices of our diverse community at the View of Aberdeen exhibition, set to open its doors at Aberdeen Art Gallery tomorrow. This thrilling new exhibition contains contributions from many people in the city. It's a celebration of the myriad perspectives and experiences that shape the city, offering a platform to amplify the unique stories of its people.

View of Aberdeen embarks on a captivating journey through the collective narratives that form the rich tapestry of our city. Through a carefully curated selection of artworks, artefacts, and interactive displays, the exhibition brings to life the voices and visions of our residents. It illuminates their connections to Aberdeen in profound and inspiring ways.

Street-sweepers (Skaffies) Outside St Nicholas House | Aberdeen Art Gallery

View of Aberdeen - All walks of life

The team at Aberdeen Art Gallery has had conversations with people from all walks of life across the city. They have captured their thoughts and reflections on what Aberdeen means to them. The exhibition brings these viewpoints to life through a collection of inspiring artworks and objects that have resonated with the community. Each piece illuminates the exhibition's core themes: 'far I bide' (where I live), 'chavvin awa' (working), going 'oot n aboot' (out and about), and the city's well-known treasures, 'weel kent'.

A special event takes place on 10 June. Aberdeen Art Gallery is also hosting a special event that explores the intriguing journey of artefacts into museums. This event delves into how and why certain items find their place in museum collections. Join Madeline Nehring and Ross MacLennan as they provide insights into the development of the new View of Aberdeen gallery. This event aims to continue the engaging conversations that started at the memorable 'That Belongs in a Museum!' event last autumn.

The cultural tapestry of Aberdeen

Immerse yourself in the captivating stories of those who call Aberdeen home. From long-time residents to newcomers, students to professionals, and from all walks of life. Their perspectives weave together to paint a vibrant portrait of our city's identity. It's great to see the gallery celebrating the rich cultural tapestry of Aberdeen. It explores the profound meaning behind our shared heritage.

Whether you're a native Aberdonian, a resident, a student, or simply visiting, this exhibition offers a unique opportunity to delve into the essence of the Granite City. It's a great chance to experience its resilience and allure.

The View of Aberdeen exhibition opens at Aberdeen Art Gallery on Saturday 27 May. You can read more about the View of Aberdeen Project here. Cover Image by James Furneaux.

New Chef the Rapper Payday delivers spectacular summer vibes

Chef The Rapper has announced the release of the single Payday featuring Katherine Aly this Sunday. The highly anticipated track drops this weekend and is already making waves. We think it's going to put a smile on your face.

Continuing his rise following his BBC Introducing Scottish Act of the Year nomination in 2023, Chef The Rapper plans to release a new single every month for the next year. Payday is just the first. It's worth noting that this track earned Chef his prestigious nomination and has gained him airtime on BBC Radio 1.

Funky bass-line

We love the irresistible combination of Payday's funky bass-line and uplifting disco synths. These elements create a playful and cheeky anthem that celebrates the joy of embracing life. Chef's energy combines with Katherine's jazzy vocals to create a dynamic flow that shines throughout.

Chef The Rapper is rightly thrilled about the release of Payday. He shared his excitement, saying, "Everyone who listens to it has a smile on their face…nothing can make me more proud than making people smile." The song has been teased on Chef's social media platforms, generating significant interest and anticipation. Chef has been performing the track to packed-out venues in Aberdeen and Edinburgh. He's also been making waves at Tallinn Music Week in Estonia.

Chef the Rapper continues to impress

Bruno Mars and Pharrell fans will know just what to expect with this track. Chef the Rapper continues to impress with his impactful delivery and charismatic presence. This blend builds a vibe guaranteed to put you in the mood for an epic night out.

Stay tuned to Chef and Katherine's social media channels as they unveil a series of content related to the creation of Payday. From behind-the-scenes glimpses to new covers of popular songs and playful reaction videos, their upcoming releases promise to keep you engaged and entertained.

You can pre-save Payday, so it's ready to listen as soon as it's released.

35: The new creative space to foster Aberdeen talent

A new creative hub has emerged in Aberdeen, thanks to the vision of Mark Kemp, owner of the design agency FortyTwo Studio. His goal is to foster and retain young creative talent in the northeast of Scotland, and he has transformed the space at 35 Mid-Stocket Road into a vibrant co-working hub for the creative industries.

The hub includes two refurbished self-contained spaces designed to accommodate like-minded businesses. In addition, the building features a photography studio available for hire. It also serves as a creative base for aspiring young professionals entering the industry.

Image supplied by FortyTwo Studio

An opportunity to lay foundations

Kemp sees this venture, named 35, as a solid commitment to advancing the city's creative impact. The hub offers established practitioners, start-ups, and students a nurturing environment to grow their businesses and careers.

The expansion of FortyTwo Studio and the acquisition of new clients prompted the move to a larger space. However, Kemp also recognised an opportunity to lay the foundations for a more collaborative creative community in the region.

Support the next generation

Mark is keen to share the benefits of this new space, saying, “We aim to support the next generation of talent by deepening our collaboration with universities and colleges. We want to show there is real scope to carve a career in the commercial creative sector in the northeast.

“By creating this collaborative hub, we can offer students real-life industry experience through projects and opportunities that build their individual areas of expertise."

Image supplied by FortyTwo Studio

Nurture creative talent

His motivations extend beyond altruism. As the owner of FortyTwo Studio, he is keen to nurture and develop young creative talent in the region. The co-working hub provides an ideal platform to contribute to this objective.

Kemp purchased the former church hall at the end of 2019. However, due to the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, he put the project on hold. But after an internal refurbishment, the team at FortyTwo Studio relocated from their Crown Street studio to their new home earlier this year.

Fine examples of brutalist architecture

First built in 1965, Beechgrove Church Hall was designed by the renowned Mackie Ramsay Taylor Architects, who also created Trinity Hall and the Seven Incorporated Trades of Aberdeen building on Holburn Street. Both structures are considered fine examples of Brutalist architecture in Aberdeen.

With over 25 years of experience in the industry, Mark Kemp established FortyTwo Studio at the end of 2015 with a commitment to providing strategic brand and digital work. The agency, which employs 11 talented individuals, specialises in brand development and strategy, boasting an impressive portfolio of high-profile clients across Scotland.

Image supplied by FortyTwo Studio

Space for collaboration

In addition to his work at FortyTwo Studio, Mark Kemp is co-founder of Conscious Leaders Scotland, a community of socially conscious business owners and thought leaders.

This new creative hub at 35 Mid-Stocket Road represents an exciting chapter in the creative landscape of Aberdeen. It offers space for collaboration, innovation, and talent to thrive.

Nuart Aberdeen to turn Marischal Quad into jungle of imagination

Marischal College Quad is set to undergo a remarkable transformation during this year's Nuart Aberdeen festival. The Quad will become a captivating "jungle of colour." Hundreds of talented school kids come together to create one of the world's largest chalk murals.

Led by the city's acclaimed street artist KMG, approximately 400 primary and secondary school pupils will participate in the Chalk Don't Chalk event. Their focus will be on the theme of Rewilding. This exciting project aims to engage the community and ignite their imagination through artistic expression.

An Epicentre of Creativity

The Marischal College Quad will become the epicentre of Nuart Aberdeen's most extensive public participation event to date. It's expected to attract thousands of visitors and promises a weekend filled with family-friendly activities and artistic experiences. The Quad will come alive with a stunning mural that aims to surpass all expectations and become a noteworthy installation of Nuart Aberdeen 2023.

Renowned artist Katie Guthrie, known as KMG, is thrilled to collaborate with local children. She'll lead them in the creation of the largest-ever Chalk Don't Chalk installation. She told us, "I’m looking forward to working with some local kids to create our biggest ever Chalk Don’t Chalk installation. Unleashing the kids’ creativity to create their own characters and collaborating together to rewild Marischal College armed with chalk and our imaginations."

Nuart Aberdeen Community Endeavour

Ahead of the start of the street art festival, Katie will work closely with the participating pupils within the Quad itself. They'll explore ideas, refine suggestions, and chalk out their collective vision. The mural will gradually take shape under the guidance of KMG. It will reflect her unique artistic style intertwined with the boundless creativity of the young participants. Following the initial creation, the artwork will be opened to all kids and families during the weekend of Nuart Aberdeen. Asking everyone to contribute their artistic flair.

Chalk Don't Chalk promises an unforgettable experience for families beyond the mural creation. In addition to becoming budding artists, attendees will enjoy various activities, including face painting, glitter tattoos, and bubble fun. Nuart Aberdeen's Chalk Don't Chalk event has been a resounding success in previous years. However, 2023 is undoubtedly the most ambitious and promising yet.

Search begins for new owner of The Belmont

Exciting developments are underway for the Belmont Cinema. An Aberdeen City Council committee has given the green light to begin the search for a new operator for the beloved independent cinema.

The Council commissioned a feasibility report from cinema specialists Mustard Studio. They suggested options to establish a sustainable cultural cinema program, drawing on successful examples from similar operations elsewhere.

A diverse film program

The report identified several critical factors for success. These include prioritising the customer experience, offering a diverse film program that appeals to local audiences, providing quality food and beverages, and making necessary improvements to the building.

With the approval from the Council, the next step involves inviting potential operators to outline their proposed solutions. They will also be asked demonstrate their competence in operating the cinema sustainably. This process will also assess the capital requirements of each operator's model.

By the community, for the community

Our friends at the Save the Belmont Campaign expressed their delight at the Council's decision. They believe that a cinema run "by the community, for the community" is the best option for ensuring the long-term sustainability of an arthouse cinema in Aberdeen.

Their statement was clear on the challenges saying: "We're not oblivious to the scale of the challenge ahead of us, to modernise the building and continue to grow and welcome audiences back to the cinema. But we will endeavour to produce a robust business plan that will put education, information, entertainment and the community at the heart of the future of the Belmont."

Breathe life into The Belmont

Seeking a new operator through market testing will hopefully secure a vibrant future for the Belmont Cinema. This iconic venue holds great cultural significance in the city. The right partner must share the vision of creating an outstanding independent cinema experience for the community.

The Council's commitment to exploring options and involving the community in the decision-making is a smart move. It demonstrates a dedication to preserving and enhancing Aberdeen's cultural landscape. This will ensure that residents and visitors can enjoy the magic of cinema in a unique and sustainable setting.

The team here at POST hopes that a suitable operator will be found. Someone who not only appreciates the heritage of the Belmont Cinema but also has the expertise and passion to breathe life into this cherished cultural venue.

Neurodiversity forum marks return of the Umbrella Project

In a heartening display of community engagement, over 600 parents and teachers have signed up for free events that support neurodiverse children and young people. And the city will soon see the return of its popular displays of coloured umbrellas.

The demand for the opening event on 29 May has been overwhelming. Organiser, Aberdeen Inspired, had to relocate it to a larger venue at Robert Gordon College.

Empowering parents

'Supporting Your Neurodiverse Child' will cover topics empowering parents with tools and techniques to help. Participants can expect insights into parenting strategies that foster a neurodiverse-friendly home environment. There is also guidance on raising academic achievement for the one in five pupils who identify as neurodiverse.

For those unable to secure a slot, there is another opportunity to engage with the subject matter. The following day there is the option to attend the Neurodiversity in the Workplace - Unlocking Potential and Driving Innovation conference. Both events have been organised to coincide with the return of the widely acclaimed ADHD Foundation Umbrella Project to Aberdeen.

Return of umbrella project

And soon, the city will be adorned with strings of coloured umbrellas. These symbolise the diversity encompassed by the umbrella term "neurodiversity." This term includes ADHD, autism, dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyspraxia. The one-day conference will be held at the Douglas Hotel on Market Street. Right beside the Shiprow installation of coloured umbrellas.

The conference boasts an impressive lineup of speakers and contributors. Comedian Joe Wells will share his unique perspective. He is known for his viral clip shedding light on the challenges of having a non-autistic sibling. Dr Tony Lloyd of the ADHD Foundation, Adrian Watson of Aberdeen Inspired, and Professor Amanda Kirby of Do-It Solutions and Chair of the ADHD Foundation, will also lend their expertise to the discussion.

The power of neurodiversity networks

Attendees can look forward to discussions on topics such as web-based screening tools in the workplace, maintaining safe environments, strategies for supporting neurodiverse staff, and the power of neurodiversity networks. In addition, there'll be a live recording of the podcast 'ADHD As Females.' This brilliant show has garnered an impressive 500,000 downloads across 182 countries.

While the official Shiprow umbrella installation will be a sight to behold, various businesses, schools, and organisations, including P&J Live at TECA, will also host private displays, adding their support for neurodiversity in the community.

Understanding and inclusivity

Roulè Wood from Aberdeen Inspired, said: “The phenomenal demand for the sessions for parents and carers is unprecedented and really shows how much need there is for help and resources to support children who are neurodiverse. We are also looking forward to supporting businesses and helping them to understand how best to work with colleagues who are neurodiverse”

These events provide an incredible opportunity for parents, educators, and professionals to gather, share knowledge, and create an environment where neurodiverse individuals can thrive. The city is paving the way for a more accepting and supportive society by fostering understanding and inclusivity.