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Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers review: Kendrick made us think about it, but he is not our saviour

After a five-year hiatus since the release of his Pulitzer-award winning album Damn, during which the world has witnessed the pandemic, Trump’s tenure and the intensification of the Black Lives Matter movement, Kendrick Lamar’s album could not have been more anticipated. Lamar’s stylistic redirection towards introspection results in a project that acts out the healing […]

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Success for Little Simz

Little Simz’s highly anticipated and carefully curated album Sometimes I Might Be Introvert was finally released on 3 September, blessing the ears of all neo-soul and experimental rap lovers. A masterpiece of writing and music production which establishes Little Simz as a strong competitor on the UK rap scene. This is Simz’s fourth studio album […]

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Navy Blue matures in his sophomore offering

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ On Song of Sage: Post Panic! Navy Blue places himself within an emerging movement of alternative Hip Hop that draws from deep within the culture’s history while finding space to experiment. The most obvious comparison stylistically would be with Earl Sweatshirt, who Navy Blue collaborated with on Earl’s 2018 classic Some Rap Songs. […]

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Playboi Carti falters on Whole Lotta Red

Rating: ⭐⭐ It’s been a long and agonizing wait for the rapidly expanding and dedicated fanbase of Atlanta rapper Playboi Carti. After 2017’s self-titled, which elevated him from SoundCloud rapper to world superstar status, he released the even better received Die Lit the following year, marking a brand of psychedelic trap which has branded him […]

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Taylor Swift’s evolution continues with Evermore

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ In mid-July, Taylor Swift disbanded everything she had ever known about album-making. Gone was the scientific build up, the social media easter eggs: she announced a quarantine album a short sixteen hours before its release. Folklore marked a new age for Swift. An evidently fruitful age it seems, as less than six months […]

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Yo La Tengo return with ‘Sleepless Nights’

Indie rock stalwarts Yo La Tengo have returned with Sleepless Nights, their second EP of 2020. The New Jersey band, composed of teenagesweethearts Ira Kaplin and Georgia Hubley and bassist James McNew, have been prolific in their creativity for the past several decades, garnering extreme critical acclaim and cult fandom. This project, while doing nothing […]

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Touché Amoré meet high standards with ‘Lament’

In a recent interview, Touché Amoré frontman Jeremy Bolm commented on his producer’s willingness to front the costs for the band’s most extensive recording process ever, on their fifth album, Lament: ‘I would say, “I don’t want to be taking advantage of you”and he would say, “You’re not, I’m living for this”. He simply didn’t […]

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Jorja Smith’s new track is good casual company

Rating: 3 out of 5 Jorja Smith’s gorgeous vocals meet Popcaan’s energising dancehall in the new single ‘Come Over’. The romantic allure of Smith’s voice casts a charm as soon as the song begins, taking the lead from the elegant sounds of her 2018 album Lost and Found. But this new single is more than […]