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El-P and Killer Mike do it again on record number two

Run The Jewels is more than the sum of its already formidable parts. On El-P and Killer Mike’s first joint album last year, this came from the complimenting skills brought to the studio. The conventional wisdom went that El-P brought the beats, and Killer Mike the rhymes. It was perhaps the best hip-hop album of 2013: it had charisma.
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Iceage – Ploughing into the Field of Love

Being uncontrollable is a central concept to punk, a manifestation of the emotional rage of the genre and the message it carries. Iceage have always taken this to heart, and crafted a sound that speaks not to the animality within us, but rather the chaos that pervades the mind.

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An end to centrist politics is approaching

Now the party conference season is drawing to a close, the ideological battlefronts on which next year’s general election is to be fought have been declared. For the first time since the great recession, both the Conservatives and Labour feel confident enough to make a return to their favoured stomping grounds of tax cuts and […]

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Mr Market

When Moses descended from Mount Sinai, he brought with him the power of the Word of God, written by His hand on stone tablets. The words so inscribed form the basis of our moral civilisation today, and yet, lo! Before us, Moses has once again descended from the mountaintop to deliver the Word of God! […]

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Kendrick Lamar

In ‘i’, the presumed first single from Kendrick’s follow up to the astonishing 2012 album Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City, he seems to move into the territory of the self, trying to explore identity on the streets in which he was born and raised.

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Accounting standards need cleaning up

In the world of economics, accounting standards are not the subjects most likely to thrill the mind. They are the financial equivalent of North Korea; everyone’s happiest ignoring them, until they declare they’ve got a nuclear bomb. Some things, as tempting as they are to ignore, must be confronted. The recent disaster at Tesco, who […]

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Mr Market

Mr Market is something of an admirer of Lord Byron. Indeed, he is an avid avower of his own Byronic stature, keenly pressing his Romantic credentials to anyone who will listen. While Mr Market may not know any Byronic poetry, he is still very keen on the idea of riding a horse bareback across Italian […]

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Well-financed terrorism is a real threat

Carving out a caliphate costs money. Through extortion, finance, and the spoils of war has the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) been able to afford its military and political dominion in northern Iraq and parts of Syria. The vast revenues ISIS has managed to accrue mean it is perhaps the best-funded terrorist organisation […]