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The artistic genius of Mercury Prize winner Little Simz

On October 18th, Simbiatu Abisola Abiola Ajikawo aka Little Simz won the prestigious Mercury Prize for her critically acclaimed 2021 album Sometimes I Might Be Introvert.  After winning the Brit Award for Best New Artist earlier in the year, many were quick to point out that Little Simz is by no means a ‘new’ artist. […]

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Olivia Dean makes a gorgeous comeback with new single ‘Danger’

Olivia Dean’s latest single ‘Danger’ is a beautifully crafted homage to the simultaneous risk and liberation of falling in love with someone who might be just right for you. Her smooth, clean vocals possess a timeless quality which undoubtedly confirm her as one of the UK’s most thrilling voices.  The 23-year-old hailing from East London […]

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Thee Sacred Souls debut album blends classic soul with a modern twist 

In late August, San Diego trio Thee Sacred Souls released their much anticipated self-titled ‘LP’ and it has become an earworm for soul fans the world over. Produced by Daptone records co-founder Gabriel Roth, this album is a warm and layered record which fuses the sweet 60s sounds of Sam Cooke with the 70s R&B […]

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L’Impératrice returns with Rejjie Snow collaboration entitled ‘Everything Eventually Ends’

‘Everything Eventually Ends’ is French disco-pop band L’Impératrice’s latest single featuring Irish rapper and songrwriter Rejjie Snow. It is a pleasing return after the success of 2021’s groovy Tako Tsubo. Their fusion of disco-pop with elements of psychedelia creates a distinctly catchy sound which serves as a perfect musical tonic for the morning commute or […]

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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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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 […]