Little Dragon @ Brixton Academy

Little Dragon, Brixton Academy 27.11 by Aaron Lee (1448x815)Yukimi Nagano appears triumphant. This is her scene and these are her people.

Emerging onto the laser-lit stage, Little Dragon’s angelic frontwoman is wrapped in a flamboyant orange and florescent green dress, with yellow flower petals lining its shoulder straps, which glowed like a neon beacon as she, and her band, set the mood for a striking evening of frenetic electronica and dance jams. Continue reading

Deltron 3030 @ Electric Ballroom, London

Deltron 3030, Electric Ballroom, London, 20141118, by Aaron Lee (1448x815)The ghoulish, deep voice of Del the Funky Homosapien (aka Teren Delvon Jones) has a clarity even uninitiated hip hop listeners could differentiate from the crowded MC scene. And last night’s Deltron 3030 concert at the Electric Ballroom, Camden, he reminded the audience just what it means to go to a hip hop show that puts the audience before ego, such was the near-faultless tone and precision of his raps. Continue reading

Interstellar review: boldly goes where no father-daughter story has gone before

Interstellar_film_2014_01 (1920x1080)Space is a cold, lonely place. Which is why, whenever filmmakers blast actors into the fictional heavens in search of strange new worlds, they’re always after focal points that will make events more human.

That’s certainly director Christopher Nolan’s aim with Interstellar, a film of humongous scope that boldly goes to forth to tell another tale of mankind’s struggle for survival, but is ultimately about a father-daughter relationship. Continue reading

Inside the Barbican’s Digital Revolution

Barbican - Digital Revolution, Pyramidi 02, 20140715 by Aaron Lee (1448x815)Digital Revolution is a celebration of computing and all things interactive. By bringing together artists, filmmakers, architects, designers, musicians and game developers, it hopes to give you a sense of the breakthroughs that digital creatives are making across culture, as well as remind you just how dramatically digital technology has changed all our lives in less than 50 years.

What follows are some of the moments that fascinated me most as I explored the chambers of this computing archive and its digital delights. Continue reading

Kelis @ Somerset House, London

Kelis @ Somerset House, London, July 14, 2014, by Aaron LeeShock attraction isn’t Kelis’ style. And touring material for her latest album, Food, you get the sense that her biggest obstacle has been getting those hungry for the days of her reign as queen of the alternative bad girls to quit jilting her and get with the vibe. Her collection of soulful vignettes has been well received, and at Somerset House she exhibited exactly the confidence that has seen her win crowds and remind listeners just why they feel in love with her in the first place. Continue reading

Recommended watching: What Difference Does It Make?

Red Bell Music Acadeny - What Difference Does It Make film (980x520)Just what difference their work makes is a question that occupies creatives everywhere.

The art of making music and how it affects the lives of people who choose to make it is the question explored in a feature-length documentary, What Difference Does It Make? A Film About Making Music, by director Ralf Schmerberg. It’s a thoroughly captivity look at the creative process and how we define our own worth. Continue reading

Why British-Grenadians should care about the island’s 40th independence day

Grenada flag-waver, by Wayne Marshall (Sep 2008) (1448x815)There are just over 9,700 Grenadian-born people living in the United Kingdom, according to the 2001 UK Census. How many of them were aware that the island of their birth celebrated its 40th anniversary of independence on Friday, February 7, 2014? Continue reading