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Kylie Minogue’s take on modern pop is anything but Magic

Rating: 2 out of 5 Given that it took a cohort of five writers to assemble this flat-pack pop song, it is fair to say that Kylie’s latest track is anything but magic. Despite taking heavy inspiration from the work of current pop royalty, Kylie fails to lay any credible claim to the throne.  Opening […]

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LGBT+ & pop: “If we don’t kiss each other now, the world will stay the same”

Almost one year ago, a picture of Years & Years album Communion placed in a ‘gay’ section in a music store in Germany rocked Twitter. Although Olly Alexander, the band’s leader, is openly gay and frequently takes inspirations from his personal experiences, this classification surprised him: “Can you really label a style of music ‘gay’?” […]

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This strange new Pop 2 with Charlie XCX

Rating: 4/5 In an energetic follow-up to her Number 1 Angel mixtape, Charli XCX teams 80s synth-pop influences with some of the biggest, and most outlandish names in rap and pop. While Pop 2 struggled in the English charts, it has been praised as one of Billboard’s ‘Queer Necessities’, with the track ‘Out Of My […]

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POST- worrying with Jeff Rosenstock

Rating: 4/5 It would be difficult to argue that the 2010s have been, as yet, a strong decade for punk music; it’s lacked quality, quantity and the raw vitriolic energy we were so generously doused with in during the 70s, 80s and even 90s. Nonetheless, one name sticks out as the decade’s torchbearer for punk […]

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Carley Rae Jepsen – Last Christmas

Since the British popduo Wham! released their perennial Christmas hit ‘Last Christmas’, several bands and artists have covered this song as the festive season approaches. This year (to save you from tears), the Canadian popstar Carly Rae Jepsen has released a magical and heartbreaking synth-pop rendition of Wham!’s original release, following the success of her […]