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Single Review: ‘Yesterday’ by Loyle Carner

Loyle Carner’s new single ‘Yesterday’, is a heartfelt, politically charged and introspective account of mixed-race identity in our contemporary society. The track marks the hip-hop artist’s latest release since his second album, Not Waving, But Drowning, and like his previous tracks incorporates both sensitive and intelligent lyricism. Continue reading Single Review: ‘Yesterday’ by Loyle Carner

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Designed by Banksy, Showcased by Stormzy, Worn by the Nation

All the way back in June 2019 (which feels like centuries ago now), at Glastonbury’s Pyramid stage, Michael Kwadjo Omari Owuo Jr, also known as Stormzy walked out to perform. He sported a stab-proof vest decorated with a spray-painted monochrome union jack. Continue reading Designed by Banksy, Showcased by Stormzy, Worn by the Nation

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Culture Comforts: Jeff Wayne’s Musical Adaptation of War of the Worlds

“No-one would’ve believed, in the last years of the nineteenth century, that human affairs were being watched from the timeless worlds of space” – so begins Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of War of the Worlds. Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds is a progressive rock concept album, telling the story of The War of the Worlds (late Victorian novel by H.G. Wells, the first ever … Continue reading Culture Comforts: Jeff Wayne’s Musical Adaptation of War of the Worlds

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Billie’s Body: The Culture of Body Shaming

Billie Eilish has exponentially risen to fame in the last few years, renowned for her ‘baggy’ streetwear style as shown by “her gender-neutral style to the Grammys with a neon green, crystal-embellished Gucci bowling shirt and jogging pants” (Lindsay Weinberg 2020). In an interview for Calvin Klein’s 2019 campaign, “I Speak My Truth In #MyCalvins”, Eilish divulged that her style sparked from her desire for … Continue reading Billie’s Body: The Culture of Body Shaming

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American Albums to get you through Isolation

I have been in lockdown for nine days now and the term ‘isolate’ never felt so lonely. As a result, I’ve been listening to a few trusty artists religiously, accompanying me to every meal, shower and pretty much each moment that I’m not staring longingly out my window, trying to get some work done. Continue reading American Albums to get you through Isolation

Riding High: Pure Heroine 7 Years On

Pure Heroine will always be one of my favourite albums. It was one of the first records that made me really fall in love with music, and, in turn introduced me to so many of the artists that I listen to today. How could I not write about it on the seventh anniversary of its release? Pure Heroine was released when I had just turned 14. I craved the quiet teenage indifference that Lorde so perfectly articulated in every song. Who would have known that seven years later I would turn 21 and still find solace in the fact that, yes, it does feel scary getting old? Continue reading Riding High: Pure Heroine 7 Years On

What makes you BRITish enough: Why Rina Sawayama called out the Music Industry

Imagine releasing a critically acclaimed album only to be told you aren’t eligible to be nominated for the prestigious Mercury Prize and BRIT awards, let alone win them; all because apparently you aren’t British enough. For Japanese-born British singer-songwriter Rina Sawayama, being told she couldn’t even qualify for consideration for an award so clearly deserved is obviously nothing less than heart breaking. After living in the UK for 25 years and holding indefinite leave to remain in the country, why do the BPI rules deny her this accolade for which she has so evidently been snubbed? Continue reading What makes you BRITish enough: Why Rina Sawayama called out the Music Industry

Single Review: ‘Labyrinth’ by A Blaze of Feather

I wasn’t familiar with Cornish band A Blaze of Feather until my interview with band member Mickey Smith, but I’m glad I’ve made this discovery. It’s refreshing. The new album LABYRINTH is strong as a whole, but for me the highlight is the titular track ‘Labyrinth’. This single is likely to be popular with a lot of fans of indie music. Smith’s vocals are unique – calming but with a sense of power. The guitar is catchy and works especially well with the chorus. The instrumentation as a whole is extremely effective. Continue reading Single Review: ‘Labyrinth’ by A Blaze of Feather