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The magical return of Laura Mvula

It is rare to discover a voice that stops you in your tracks. So when I first heard Laura Mvula’s ‘Green Garden’ when I was 13, I was taken aback by the sheer depth and power of her vocals. I had discovered neo-soul music and I was to fall deeply in love. In subsequent years […]

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The Freshers Playlist: Musical Comfort and Hangover Recovery

Freshers can be overwhelming even at the best of times. Whilst you’re bound to be making the most of the array of events on offer and meeting amazing new friends, it is important to make time for yourself to rest and recover throughout the week (and on into the semester!). The first year of university […]

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Rediscovering gems: the timeless charm of Sade

 During the past few months, I, like many, have been in search of musical solace: enter Sade. The captivating Nigerian-born British singer and her eponymous band have provided many moments of peace, quiet and clarity during the uncertainty and turbulence of a third lockdown. Combining soul, smooth jazz and sophisti-pop, Sade provide aurally exquisite sounds […]

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Music

Silky and self-assured: Arlo Parks’ debut album Collapsed inSunbeams is a delight

★★★★ Arlo Parks’ debut album Collapsed in Sunbeams, released on 29th January, is a feast for the ears. The warm, soothing and delicate voice of the 20 year old hailing from London has rightfully already lauded her much critical acclaim and it is unsurprising that she has committed fans in the likes of global superstar […]

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Culture Literature

Poem of the week: Yearning for the past in D.H. Lawrence’s ‘Piano’

There is no doubt that 4pm November darkness in Edinburgh is accompanied by a strong desire to hibernate under the duvet whilst yearning for the warmth of home, family and Christmas. Over the past few months, I have found myself constantly returning to beloved books and poems, craving the comfort of nostalgic familiarity in words […]

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Culture Theatre

Sitting shoulder to shoulder in a room full of strangers: a distant fantasy?

It is difficult to remember the last time live theatre has experienced a blow quite like this and even more difficult to know how long it will be until it is ‘the same’ again.