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Singles’ Round-Up: ‘Just Friends’ by Max Pope

‘Just Friends’ is the first single from Max Pope’s upcoming EP, In Limbo. A fusion of jazz/pop/funk/soul, Max Pope’s sound feels fresh and interesting, with a beautifully subtle groove in all of his work. He is easily comparable with Tom Misch, but I’d say Max holds a distinct sound himself. The guitar and bass melodies in this track carry divine funk and marry perfectly with a simple but wonderfully smooth beat, producing a song perfect to walk down the street to. Max is also a super talented lyricist, with this track focusing on anxiety around change and feeling like you have a lack of control over relationships. Continue reading Singles’ Round-Up: ‘Just Friends’ by Max Pope

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Review: After Hours by The Weeknd

Four years since the release of his 2016 album Starboy, The Weeknd returns with his new album After Hours, and a new look to go with it.

Fans of The Weeknd (real name, Abel Tesfaye) have been patiently waiting for new music from the Canadian R&B singer since Starboy and the surprise 2018 EP, My Dear Melancholy,. Jumping from upbeat, synthpop in Starboy, to a sad, reflective, and painfully honest vibe in My Dear Melancholy, it was difficult to know what to expect next from Abel. Cut to 2019 and following a very public break-up with Bella Hadid and a tweet from The Weeknd saying “album mode full effect”, fans were more than ready for new music. Continue reading Review: After Hours by The Weeknd

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Review: Love is Blind

Netflix’s Love is Blind (2020) places a handful of attractive singles in isolated pods to get to know each other over ten days, by talking to each other. Yes, talking. That thing you used to do before you realised swiping on Tinder was less effort. Conversations range from the inane (“what do you think about dogs in the bed?”) to the painfully deep (“I became my own masculine influence in my life”), and in a way only Americans can achieve (us Brits are far too emotionally repressed). People actually connect. Guys, there’s a proposal on day five. DAY FIVE. “I’ve had meals in my refrigerator longer than that. That’s crazy!” Amen. Continue reading Review: Love is Blind

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Review: Seafret @ Exeter Phoenix

Having seen Seafret perform 4 years ago in the basement of a Manchester club, I had high expectations for this gig. Despite the rising fears surrounding COVID-19 after four people in Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital testing positive that morning, there was a decent crowd present for Seafret’s performance at Exeter Phoenix. The atmosphere at the start of the night was somewhat timid with the crowd fairly well spread in the standing area. However, as the night progressed and people got more comfortable, the atmosphere lifted with a few groups dancing and many others singing along. Continue reading Review: Seafret @ Exeter Phoenix

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Review: To All The Boys: PS I Still Love You

After the success of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before when it was released in 2018, it was unsurprising that Netflix announced that a sequel would soon be on the cards. However, cut to the 12th February 2020 and I couldn’t help but feel disappointed by To All the Boys: PS I Still Love You. Continue reading Review: To All The Boys: PS I Still Love You

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Politics on Screen: Noughts and Crosses

Reading Malorie Blackman’s multi-award winning novel Noughts and Crosses during my last years of primary school was an eye-opening experience about the extent of racism in our society, and my position of privilege in the world. My interest was piqued when I heard that the BBC was creating a TV adaptation. With the current political climate, the open (and horrific) examples of police brutality internationally, and increased instances of racism at our university, now was seemingly the time for this series to be adapted. On a trip home from university I binge-watched the entire series in one day and found myself being shaken again by this story. Continue reading Politics on Screen: Noughts and Crosses

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Review: RAMM Lates

Last Friday night I went to the RAMM for just the second time since I’ve lived in Exeter. As an English student and exhibition lover, I find it strange that there is such a valuable resource in the centre of town that I have never used. The RAMM Lates event highlighted the fact that the RAMM is a great resource that has real relevance to the student community. Museums allow us to experience culture up close and without the filter of computer screens that we have become accustomed to. After learning about Native American culture and history last term I found it eye-opening to be able to see firsthand authentic artefacts – such as traditional clothing and weapons – from Native American culture. So surely this is a resource we should all be using more often? Continue reading Review: RAMM Lates