So it turns out I’m wrong. Musical prejudice is alive and well here in 2013, despite the internet and its supposed ability to make the digital age a more progressive one. Continue reading
Director Andrew Dosunmu and cinematographer Bradford Young are committed to telling this story of an African couple’s struggle to bear a child in scintillating detail, as if it were some fleeting waking dream caught on camera and slowed down to slideshow pace. Continue reading
When I decided I wanted to be a journalist the biggest attraction to me was having the chance to meet new people and tell stories about them. Heroic people, frightening people or maybe just ordinary people.
But somewhere along the way, I realised what has kept me at this for the relatively short period I’ve been doing this is because I want to change things. Continue reading
If it was any other awards ceremony, commercial success would be applauded. But it’s the Mercury Prize, so, naturally, it’s another reason for the pundits to get their soapbox on.
There are no obligatory ‘token’ albums from folk and jazz acts this year. And no indie starlet, sneaking in at the last minute to become the bookies’ favourite – as The xx and Alt-J have done in the past. Continue reading
Far be it for me to question the wisdom of music execs and the digital de facto we now live in, but pre-release album streams are ruining new releases. Continue reading
September has arrived. Which means the autumn album releases are upon us, and what a cracking bunch there are this year. Haim, Chvrches, London Grammar, the Rizzle Kicks, Eliza Doolittle, Deltron 3030, Iggy Azalea, Fatima, Anna Calvi and, the one I’m most excited for, Janelle Monàe, with her sophomore record The Electric Lady. Continue reading
The Sun is out, status updates about beers, barbeques and beaches are going off all over the place and spirits are high. Summer has finally arrived, and for real this time.
Seeing the Guardian’s round-up of top 2013 album so far, I thought I’d share my own… but a lengthy to-do list has made me rethink that.
Instead, I thought I’d give you some of the tracks that I’ve come across in the last six months that are just ripe for the summer heatwave. Continue reading
Bewilderment and unease rippled through the crowd when the masked figure proclaimed that he would be this evening’s entertainment.
“Y’all here for JJ Doom?” he asked through a suspiciously familiar east coast drawl, a slight panter in his voice from his hurried on-stage arrival.
“They can’t be here tonight. But it’s alright, I’m their replacement: Gone the Hero.” Continue reading