Features, Music Journalism

Chinese hip hop and the question of authenticity

China has banned hip hop from mainstream media on the grounds of it being “Western”, “Black” and “decadent”. Is this a valid accusation? What does it say about Chinese society? New state policies have specified a ban on hip-hop culture – including tattoos – from appearing on television. China’s top media regulator – the State […]

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Album Reviews, Music Journalism

Starboy – The Weeknd

From the dramatic shearing off of his iconic palm-tree dreads to the annihilation of his former self in ‘Starboy’’s music video and his “r.i.p @abelxo” Instagram post, signs of a lead up to major change in The Weeknd have been obvious. What is this change and who is the new The Weeknd? His collaboration with […]

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Album Reviews, Music Journalism

How To Be A Human Being – Glass Animals

We first met Glass Animals in 2014 with the release of their debut album ‘Zaba’, a heady mish-mash of bongos, synth-strings and slinky narcoticised eroticism that took its listeners on a bliss-filled voyage through the Amazon basin. On ‘How To Be A Human Being’ however, the four Oxford chaps have taken a different direction – […]

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Live Reviews, Music Journalism

Jen Cloher @ Deaf Institute, Manchester, 14.02.18

Head to boot-clad toe in black, Australian Jen Cloher takes centre stage of Manchester’s cosy Deaf Institute. She is flanked by her girlfriend Courtney Barnett on guitar, Bones Sloane on bass and Jen Sholakis on drums. With Cloher’s mullet-cut and layered bangs, coupled with Sloane’s straggly shoulder-length hair and faded plaid shirt, the foursome look […]

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Interviews, Music Journalism

In conversation with Superorganism

An ensemble of eight who piqued the interest of the internet when their first official track ‘Something For Your M.I.N.D.’ blasted them to fame, much of Superorganism remains shrouded in mystery. Ahead of their debut album tour, I was lucky enough to catch up with Harry, the song-writer/ producer/ guitarist of the bonkers psychedelic-pop troupe. […]

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Live Reviews, Music Journalism

Outlook Orchestra @ The Troxy, London, 26.10.17

    The 26thof October saw the fourth and final Outlook Orchestra show of 2017 taking East London by storm. Held at The Troxy – one of London’s grandest concert venues – the show was a commemoration of Outlook Festival’s 10thanniversary of audacious sound system partying. The ambitious celebration of the UK’s sound system and […]

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