Jam of the Week: Gwenno – Chwyldro

Gwenno Saunders, press photo (672x372)It feels as if cultural preservation has been central to Welsh music for probably as long as Welsh speakers realised their language is in danger of disappearing. Super Furry Animals’ Gruff Rhys has said in the past that the band’s early albums were a way of keeping the Welsh language alive. Continue reading

Jam of the Week: Rye Rye – Keep Up

Rye Rye album 2012, crop (620x349)Calypso-flavoured swagger for the summer. That’s Rye Rye’s ‘Keep Up’ through and through. This Baltimore hip hop artist, whose colourful outfits often outdo many tropical birds, has the acid-tongued appeal of Azealia Banks or Nicki Minaj. And as well as working with MIA and Robyn, she’s also appeared in frat boy action flick, 21 Jump Street. Continue reading

Reasoning with Self EP launch: Shareefa Energy and friends

D’Gaf, LondonGolden Blue and Shareefa Energy, D'Gaf, Jul 21, 2015, by Aaron Lee (1920x1080)To see spoken word poet, Shareefa Energy, and her performing friends is to witness a bountiful celebration of generosity and positivity. A celebration that smacks in the face of the continued tokenisation of women with agency in our society.

Shareefa launched her debut EP, called Reasoning with Self, at D’Gaf in Leyton, Tuesday evening, July 21, and to mark the occasion she organised her own spoken word poetry night with a guest line-up of all-female acts. What follows is simply a taste of what these eloquent sisters had to show. Continue reading

Jam of the Week: Birthday Boy & Allie – I Can’t Wait

Allie & Birthday Boy (700x329)Patience is a virtue. But a mind fixated on passionate love-making rarely stops to consider anyone, or anything, else accept it’s beloved. That’s the emotion in Birthday Boy & Allie’s ‘I Can’t Wait’. Continue reading

Jam of the Week: Malice & Mario Sweet – Superstar

Malice & Mario Sweet - SMS (700x394)Terrel Wallace, better known as Tall Black Guy, has been doing it real big this year. Back in April, he put out the outstanding instrumental sizzler, ‘Solar Coaster for the People’, as part of a compilation for First Word Records. He’s been spreading soul power with his sublime DJ sets in London, and his first at Glastonbury. And his latest production, ‘Superstar’, with wife and husband duo, Malice & Mario Sweet, is a rarefied, old-school stonker of a track. Continue reading

Little Boots – Working Girl review

Little Boots - No Pressure artwork (2000x1125)Victoria Hesketh, aka Little Boots, has steadily been refining her synth-pop sound since splitting from her major label, 679. And on her third album, Working Girl, she’s crafted a near-perfect collect of pristine pop. Continue reading

Moments We Remember: Barry Nugent on Metal Gear Solid

Chronicling stories of how gaming has changed us – one moment at a timeMetal GearSolid, PS1, 041, Psycho Mantis (1600x900)Title: Metal Gear Solid (Konami, 1998)
Format: PC, PS1
Spoilers: mild, gameplay-related

Today we’ve got a reflection on Metal Gear Solid, which is still recognised as one of the most ground-breaking titles in interactive entertainment bar none, from sci-fi and fantasy aficionado and co-host of the Geek Syndicate podcast, Barry Nugent.

The first 3D outing for the Metal Gear series, on the original PlayStation, is one that lives long in the memory of those who played it in the late 90s. Nugent’s recount of Solid Snake’s battle with the mind-reading Psycho Mantis is particularly special because game creator, Hideo Kojima, and his team, were pulling tricks that extended outside of the game, right into your hands and the hardware in front of you. Continue reading

Jam of the Week: Favela – Future Visions

Favela - Future Visions EP (960x540)More dance vibes this week from a brand-new producer: Favela. This enigmatic 22-year-old from Leeds emerged onto the dance scene at the end of 2014, when his track, ‘Gong’, began to attract attention on Majestic Casual. Now with a combined total of 2m plays and his dissertation in the bag, his debut EP, Future Visions, was released this week on Transgressive Records’ imprint, Paradyse. Continue reading