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MIKE’s ‘Weight of the World’ matches experimental production with vulnerability

Four stars. Rooted in both the sprawling, densely packed metropolis of New York City and the limitless virtual terrain of the internet is the fervently DIY and non-conforming Hip-Hop collective sLUms. Formed back in 2015 by a group of ‘kids who are lost and became lost together’, as they put it in their 12-minute online […]

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Moses Boyd delivers exhilarating and poignant new party-jazz on ‘Dark Matter’

Five stars The 28-old producer-slash-drummer and avant-garde jazz pioneer Moses Boyd once described his mother as a ‘hipster’ before the word came into being; in an interview with Trench two years ago. He attributes this to his upbringing in a household which was often permeated with an eclectic array of sounds ranging from reggae and […]

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London’s radical new jazz scene lands itself in Glasgow

Since the virtuosic Californian saxophonist Kamasi Washington featured on Kendrick Lamar’s politically charged and era-defining jazz rap album To Pimp a Butterfly (2015) jazz has made a triumphant return to our contemporary musical and cultural conversation. Washington went on to release the magnificent and surpassingly elaborate The Epic and helped to introduce many people to […]

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JPEGMAFIA: Blisteringly Polemical and Avant-Garde Hip hop

Few artists are capable of capturing our polarised, chaotic and internet-reliant times as the idiosyncratic Baltimore rapper JPEGMAFIA. First coming onto the scene in 2018 with Veteran, he introduced a unique brand of experimental hip-hop with choppy production and punky, iconoclastic vocals. All my Heroes are Cornballs is an enriched progression of this most distinctive […]

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Why is class absent from The Student’s list of liberation groups?

Editors note: The views expressed in this opinion piece are of the writer’s only. We kindly ask readers to turn to check out plenty of content in our Voices, Features as well as our Comment Section relating to this supposedly neglected issue.  As we enter into the jaw-dropping finale of the three-year-long Brexit process that […]

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Live Review/Interview: Drenge bring ghoulish grunge to Glasgow

Hidden away on Glasgow’s St Vincent Street is King Tut’s Wah-Wah Hut, one of Scotland’s legendary and historic homes of live rock music. Arriving here on a grey Wednesday evening in March, I am struck by the extensive memorabilia of rock music adorning the walls of King Tut’s basement bar. Many great names have passed […]

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2 Chainz displays maturity and nuance on Rap or Go to the League

Aspiration, ambition and ascension are all thematic hallmarks of many a successful rapper, and the move from deprivation to glory is perhaps the most familiar hip-hop narrative. In Rap or Go to the League, American south icon and basketball player-turned rapper 2 Chainz perfects this age-old fable with the help of the all-star lineup of […]

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JID – DiCaprio 2 Album review

Technical prowess and lyrical complexity are skills hard to come by in an age of showy mumble rap and buzzy trap beats. It is in these areas where the auspicious East Atlanta rapper JID exhibits his appeal. On DiCaprio 2 he combines the much flouted ‘vibe’ or buzzy sound of much of modern rap with […]