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Jenessa Williams

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Jenessa is a freelance music journalist, fandom academic and the writer of Subtweets, our weekly column that dissects the trending topics setting Music Twitter alight. She likes millennial hip-hop, noughties emo and advocating for a new era of diversity and representation in both.
Beyonce

Beyoncé’s ‘RENAISSANCE’ is a thrilling celebration of Black queer culture

How lucky are we to live in a time where Beyoncé exists? One of the few artists for whom releasing an album can genuinely...
Wet Leg

The 2022 Mercury Prize is coming; who deserves the nod? 

The Mercury Prize nominees have now been revealed. Check out the list in full. When you’re a sad indie like me, the Mercury Prize is...
Billie Eilish

Breaking barricades: can we pull queuing culture at gigs back to safer ground?

There are few feelings in life more potent than pre-gig anticipation. You’ve done war with your internet provider to secure the tickets, have convinced...
Beabadoobee Beatopia

Beabadoobee – ‘Beatopia review’: lo-fi star paints from a more refined 90s palette 

Bea Kristi – AKA Beabadoobee – began her career in her bedroom and via hallucinogens and close introspection, she’s ready to take it back...
Channel Orange Frank Ocean anniversary

10 years of Channel Orange; how Frank unleashed an ocean of quietly tenacious artists

When Frank Ocean’s ‘Channel Orange’ arrived on July 10, 2012, popular culture was in a serious place of flux. We had just waved goodbye...
Biig Piig

45s of the week: Biig Piig, Sampa The Great, Alice Longyu Gao and more!

Claire Rosinkranz – 'i’m too pretty for this' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2rnaTYvTCE With a song title that perfectly embodies our ‘back-to-work-after-Glastonbury’ attitude, Claire Rosinkranz hasn’t got time for any...
Glastonbury crowd shot

How do you solve a problem like racial diversity at Glastonbury?

Before I went to Glastonbury, I insisted that I wasn’t going to become a Glastobore.  I didn’t want to be that person who constantly ranted...
Beyonce

Release the stress! Drake and Beyoncé have declared a house renaissance 

As a music journalist with a nerdy penchant for lists, I sometimes like to play a game where I think back on all the...
Spiritbox Download Festival 2022

How Spiritbox won Download Festival

It’s a tale well told at this point that if you were a young woman into alternative rock in the mid-noughties, you often had...
Kate Bush Stranger Things

Kate Bush won’t just save us from Vecna; she’ll fling open a whole new...

In season four of Stranger Things, things get pretty heavy in Hawkins. Wracked with various forms of guilt and dark inner-narrative, teenagers from the...