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You’d be forgiven for accusing Willow Smith of slipping into the zeitgeist pop-punk genre as easily as a garment. Her previous three solo albums cut a smooth path through alt-R&B and neo-soul with nary a guitar riff in sight....
Caroline Polachek – ‘Bunny Is A Rider’ https://youtu.be/yQ5y2GMVVNQ Caroline Polachek is finally back with new original music, the first since her 2019 album ‘Pang’. A slick, bassy and understated track introed by cavalier whistles, ‘Bunny Is A Rider’ is all about...
“I’m stepping inside a universe designed against my own beliefs,” announces Clairo at the very start of ‘Sling’. It’s her second album – and this time she knows exactly what she’s getting herself into. After the heady rush of...
Self Esteem – 'Prioritise Pleasure' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=viabXU-cQq8 Every Self Esteem release feels like a capital E Event of late. From music to visuals to pure sentiment, the title track from her second record, ‘Prioritise Pleasure’ is instantly anthemic, making for a perfect...
“I’m really quiet tonight, I think I have stage fright,” Celeste murmurs midway through her second of five nights at London’s Union Chapel. “But it’s really nice to sing for other people and not just for myself in my...
“Are you from London? … Y'all eat crumpets and stuff?” The queen, bad teeth, rain: British collective Sault have fun playing with the capital’s tropes on fifth album ‘Nine’ – but only after painting a starker truth about the...
Breaking up by email is never an okay thing to do. In 2017, British singer Laura Mvula found herself on the receiving end of such an unwelcome missive – not from a cowardly ex-lover, but from her record label....
BIG RED MACHINE – ‘RENEGADE (FEAT. TAYLOR SWIFT)’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_wr-9X47ao In the three days since Big Red Machine – aka The National’s Aaron Dessner and Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon – announced their second album, they’ve already shared three songs from it. All are, of...
“That caterpillar went to cocoon, do you get me?” Tyler, the Creator says of his 23-year-old self, on ‘Call Me If You Get Lost’, the album he’s just released at 30. “Thoughts change so rapid, turn into a butterfly.” And...
In some ways, the space-age concept of Doja Cat’s third album makes total sense. Like an adventurous space traveller hopping between planets, the Californian rapper and singer never lingers too long on a genre or song. Her tracks possess...