Reviews

‘ROADRUNNER: NEW LIGHT, NEW MACHINE’ is the sound of a hip-hop collective tortured by a shattered identity, at last piecing together the fragments to reveal an entirely new reflection. This is their final form: the penultimate act in a...
“Do everything feel nothing,” Dry Cleaning repeat on the first track of their debut album ‘New Long Leg’. Though that particular song, 'Scratchcard Lanyard', was written before the pandemic, in our rather more “do nothing feel nothing” times the...
Demi Lovato’s recent documentary ‘Dancing With The Devil’ was no airbrushed tale of narcissistic woe, but a disarmingly candid account. By disclosing the traumatic details of her near-fatal overdose in July 2018, she also indirectly revealed the tough, ugly...
So far, Nasty Cherry’s discography feels like a dress-up box of pop: debut single ‘Win’ with its New Order bassline, the Sky Ferreira tones of ‘What Do You Like In Me’, the HAIM-like ‘Better Run’, Prince girl group flourishes,...
If you asked him, Vic Mensa wouldn’t say he needed a comeback. When the Chicago MC first made a splash in 2013 with ‘Innanetape’, it was a sure-fire display of potential that naturally garnered hype. Since then, he’s “made...
Grief is a complex thing. To survive as sentient beings, we have to do what we can to suppress the knowledge that our loved ones will one day pass, to find ways to appreciate the time we have instead...
Tune-Yards are a Trojan horse of a band. From their colourful Wacky Warehouse of sound emerge dark, difficult subjects, and their fifth release, ‘sketchy.’, maintains the ruse: guns, gravediggers, and ghosts roam the tracks of an album as playful...
Yaya Bey: ‘september 13th’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96FNBRAHUMY&ab_channel=YayaBey Taken from her forthcoming release on Big Dada 'The Things I Can’t Take With Me', ‘september 13th’ is a quiet track that showcases Yaya Bey’s power to strip an emotion down to its bones and leave...
serpentwithfeet may be a classically-trained singer, but church music is his “natural cadence”, his songs the product of growing up in “a Black ass family in a Black ass church”, as he recently put it. His 2018 debut album...
Evanescence last released original music in a time so distant it might now look to us like a different world – where Donald Trump was just a rich businessman, iTunes reigned supreme over Spotify and ‘Brexit’ and ‘social distancing’...