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Joshua declares “chapter two” after victory over Povetkin at Wembley

After seven hard-fought rounds, both fighters oblivious to the torrential rain pouring onto Wembley, Anthony Joshua introduced the next phase of his boxing journey: “This is chapter two” he told the sodden yet ecstatic crowd. For many that’s exactly what Joshua’s duel with Povetkin was: an introduction to Joshua 2.0, an appetiser for the blockbuster […]

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Jorja Smith and her vocal talents overshadow Stormy’s lacklustre verse on ‘Let Me Down’

3/5 stars It seems like nothing can stop Jorja Smith’s meteoric rise. Her first release, ‘Blue Lights’ was released on Soundcloud in January 2016. In the two years that followed, she has released an EP, been nominated for two MOBO awards and appeared on Drake’s More Life and on tour. Only three months after releasing […]

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Music Singles

Burn Bridges with The Streets

Rating: 5/5 It’s been six years of radio silence from The Streets. After dominating the UK music scene during the early noughties, the influence of Mike Skinner and his eclectic collection of musicians on UK garage and pop slowly faded until The Streets officially disbanded in 2011. But now they’re back with a 2018 tour […]

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Recognising the social issues behind Big Shaq’s ‘Mans Not Hot’

‘Mans Not Hot’ has been inescapable for the last few months. It’s an almost ubiquitous track for clubs up and down the country but still manages to generate the same manic response every time it’s heard. In fact, Michael Dapaah’s parody of UK drill is quickly becoming an era-defining anthem to the mid-2010’s, a song […]

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Music New Sounds Singles

Elbow’s take on ‘Golden Slumbers’

Rating: 3/5 By using Elbow’s cover of ‘Golden Slumbers’ in their annual saccharine injected Christmas ad, the advertising team at John Lewis have ensured that, unless you happen to be one of the more obscure species of freshwater crustacean, you are unlikely to reach Boxing Day without having heard this song. Which isn’t necessarily a […]

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Live Music

Live Review: AJ Tracey brings his blistering set to The Liquid Room

21st October Anyone doubting those who hail grime as 21st century punk is advised to see AJ Tracey live. The energy and enthusiasm of the subversive genre that has bewitched kids and adults up and down the country, across the Channel, Stateside and beyond was nowhere more evident than at The Liquid Room for AJ’s […]

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Music Singles

Sunflower Bean lack conviction on nostalgic ‘I Was a Fool’

Rating: 2/5 By defining their genre as ‘night music’, it feels as if Sunflower Bean are being deliberately vague and deflective: their mild blend of indie rock and psychedelia is devoid of nocturnal edge. Their latest single, ‘I Was A Fool’, is the kind of tune that you might listen to for a few minutes […]

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A fresh approach from Kamasi Washington on Harmony of Difference

4/5 stars It feels like Kamasi Washington has come from nowhere. Having burst onto the scene in 2015 with his rapturously received debut The Epic, he’s back again with Harmony of Difference. However, despite his recent emergence as a solo artist, Washington has been quietly working behind the scenes for years. A saxophonist by trade, […]