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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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Review: Pinegrove return with 11:11

Pinegrove goes political and keeps the tunes coming. New Jersey’s alt-country starlets Pinegrove are back with their fifth full-length release 11:11. Fans have been talking about 11:11 as a ‘back to basics album’ after Marigold’s refinement, but I don’t think that’s quite right: there is as much innovation as nostalgia on this record, creating an […]

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Review: Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You

On the opening track of Big Thief’s latest outing, ‘Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You’, singer-guitarist Adrianne Lenker poses a question: “Would you live forever, never die / while everything around you passes? Would you smile forever, never cry / while everything around you passes?” In whimsical tones, she users her listeners into […]

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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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Donda VS Certified Lover Boy, a battle of the titans

“… I would much rather wait 3-5 years for an album from my favourite artist than hear them feature every week on a new song, or constantly see them on the news for their latest controversy.” The past few weeks saw the release of brand new full-length-LP’s from two of the biggest recording artists currently […]

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Olivia Rodrigo debuts Sour

★★★★ Olivia Rodrigo’s album ‘Sour’ is one of the best things to have happened to young people this year. A year that saw them locked into a cage of their own pubescent monkey-minds with “online” school and toxic social media as their main line of communication.  Rodrigo is the youngest female singer to top the […]

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The two sides of slowthai: TYRON

★★★ Bursting on the scene in 2019 with his debut album Nothing Great About Britain, slowthai proved that his high-energy combination of grime, heavy hip hop, and punk influences could come together into something wholly unique. Propelling himself as one of the artists to watch, his off-stage antics as well as his manic music delivery […]

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Celeste: Not Your Muse

★★★ Though Celeste is only beginning her career, there is difficulty in not regarding this album as a relatively middle of the road work. Some tracks will inevitably leave its listener startled, and such a precedent is set in the opening song, ‘Ideal Woman’. This exceptional debut opener unveils notions of self-assessment towards love affairs, […]