Anderson Paak – Malibu review

Anderson Paak, Facebook, Nov 7, 2015 (960x540)Anderson Paak’s Malibu is incredible. This multi-disciplined singer, rapper, songwriter and producer has been living a breakout year, appearing on tracks by Schoolboy Q, Kaytranada, Snakehips and Mac Miller to name but a few. Malibu, with its flavoursome grooves and relatable hooks, is the type of album you’ll want to listen to from end-to-end, and shout about to all your friends. Continue reading

Kojey Radical review – a night of uncompromising elation

Jazz Cafe, LondonKojey Radical, Jazz Cafe, by Aaron Lee, 01 (1920x1080)When a concert ends with the performer hopping down from the stage to dance with their fans, you know it’s been a big night. And this week has been particularly big for rising wordsmith, Kojey Radical. The poet and rapper received two MOBO Awards nominations, and his celebratory spirit was overflowing at his sold-out Jazz Café show. Continue reading

AlunaGeorge – I Remember review

AlunaGeorge, press photo 2016 (1000x563)AlunaGeorge’s second album doesn’t truly take off until 14 minutes in, when the head-jerking, rhythmic slides of ‘Mean What I Mean’ reach your ears. I Remember is a break-up-and-put-yourself-back-together album. But, objectively, it’s hard to recommend this outpouring of mixed emotions and strained sounds over the electro-pop duo’s phenomenal debut, Body Music, whether you’re nursing a broken heart or well on the rebound. Continue reading

Allah-Las – Calico Review review

Allah-Las press photo, 201401 (740x416)Where have the Allah-Las gone? The Allah-Las who gave have us surf-rock gold with ‘No Voodoo’, ‘Ela Navega’ and ‘Long Journey’? The California four-piece are back with their third album, Calico Review. But instead of taking us to strange new tides, the group has left behind much of what made their music so enthralling in the first place. Continue reading

Jam of the Week: Sampha – Blood on Me

Sampha - Blood on Me (1920x1080)Six years after being introduced to the UK’s king of nu-soul, Sampha, we’ve still not experienced the joy of a full-length album from the singer. But perhaps we’re finally getting closer. Following the release of ‘Timmy’s Prayer’ earlier this year, Sampha’s dropped a new single. Continue reading