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A Taste of Culture: Hull’s Top Eateries

There’s no doubt an abundance of restaurants trying to supply fine food in Hull but not many are doing it quite like these;

Da Gianni;

The brand is developing into other premises elsewhere but the  flagship restaurant on Princes Ave continues to serve authentic Italian food in a homely environment feeling as close to Italy as you can get near the Humber. It’s the perfect spot for a date if you want to impress and not spend too much doing so. Fresh pasta and real stone-baked pizza for reasonable prices, cant go wrong.

Wagwan chicken;

Seriously succulent Jerk Chicken with style courtesy of Hull brand ‘Dope Food Inc’ well known for the sister takeaway/cafe ‘Dope Burger’. The small shop on Spring Bank will bring you “grandma recipe” standard chicken, rice & slaw like you’ve never tasted before. You might think it’s just their cool marketing but the hype is real, It’s not the cheapest option but for £8 you can expect a generously sized meal with a genuine taste of Jamaica…. in Hull.

Hull Pie;

With several locations across Hull this growing brand is a forced to be reckoned with, and not just because of its perfectly thought out locations. Pies arent something that would often excite people under the age of 40 but this is a real exception. £5 gets you a seriously good pie with any side, they’ve even jumped on the bandwagon and got sweet potato fries. There’s a shop at the top of Newland so no excuses, go try it.

 

 

 

Sonic Study Tools; Music To Help You Concentrate.

Whether you’re at your desk struggling to get into the zone or in the library in need of something to drown out the sound of those dudes talking loudly about Game of Thrones; music is the answer.

Heres some artists and albums to help you switch off the world around you and get motivated;

Nightmares on Wax – Smokers Delight https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZ8CGOXrhks 

The 1995 album by Leeds mastermind Nightmares on Wax is a percussive funky journey to which I arguably owe my success in GCSE & A level. The tracks carry the right amount of minimalism to avoid distraction yet the perfect amount of switch ups to avoid you getting bored.

Kruder & Dorfmeister – K & D Sessions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCU36y5utlw&list=PL0B83276B1AC5C9C5

Produced in 1998 by Austrian DJ/Producers Kruder & Dorfmeister the trip-hop album is a mix of their originals and remixes that will have you locked for the duration. Rumour has it Dorfmeister will be playing in Hull this year…

J Dilla – Vintage Instrumentals vol 2  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ff9eDId1GtM 

Little needs to be said about this Detroit hip-hop legend. The late J Dilla often produced tracks for MC’s or his own lyrics however this album is a compilation of dreamy instrumentals which apparently never found vocals to fit. Let the snare take you.

Steve Reich’s Marimba & Piano Compositions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xG_1sjActCE

Minimal pioneer Steve Reich delivers compositions that simply take you away. Simple overlapping melodies and arpeggios with no drums keep you thinking without distraction.

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Under The Bridge; Promoters & aficionados bringing life to Hull’s underground music scene.

With this year’s City of Culture celebrations underway it’s more important than ever to get to know the stalwarts of Hull’s electronic music community and what they’re getting up to.

Get Down: If Reggae and Dub is you’re thing then look no further. Although in it’s infancy the 2 year old club night is already making serious movements with live bands at Fruit and soundsystem legends at the Welly Club.  https://www.facebook.com/getdownhull/

Shinobi: Student life in Hull wouldn’t be the same without Shinobi. Their signature style of DnB & oldschool Jungle has seen them bring artists from all over the world to a packed out Welly Club. Feburary 10th sees them mark their 15th birthday in the game! https://www.facebook.com/ShinobiDnB/

Crystal Clear: The 11 year old DJ and events society has ditched their shows at the union and moved onto bigger horizons in the last few years. Selling out shows at Welly with big name artists; classic and contemporary. They represent diversity in music and not only bring different and interesting vibes each time, they also provide a platform for budding DJs to learn alongside their roster of seasoned DJs. https://www.facebook.com/crystalcleardjs/

Fractal: Their intimate parties provide an exciting blend of house, disco and techno at the Adelphi Club. They’ve showcased world class DJs in a very different setting to what the average clubber might usually expect. With only 120 capacity and a huge soundsystem, their parties arent to be missed. https://www.facebook.com/FractalHull/

There’s an increasing vibrancy and diversity in Hull’s nightlife, make yourself a part of it.