It Finally Happened: Someone’s Named a Song after Kanye West

It was inevitable though, wasn’t it? Like him or not, Kanye West sure knows how to hold a crowd, providing both a source of comedy and oddly intense fascination like a petulant toddler. Me personally, I’m a Continue reading It Finally Happened: Someone’s Named a Song after Kanye West

Roosevelt is Everything- The Moment Before It Starts, The Ecstasy In-Between and the Inevitable Hangover

A minute and a half of Roosevelt’s aptly-titled ‘Intro’ and the tone is set. One of an odyssey, a weightless, wafting journey warping through space. A couple of tracks in and you’d be forgiven for thinking that Continue reading Roosevelt is Everything- The Moment Before It Starts, The Ecstasy In-Between and the Inevitable Hangover

Cassius’ ‘The Missing’: Another Chapter in French House and Disco’s Ardent Romance

Dance? House? R&B? It could even be dismissed as a piece of quirky and seriously wonky pop music given the artists that have contributed to Cassius’ new track Continue reading Cassius’ ‘The Missing’: Another Chapter in French House and Disco’s Ardent Romance

Blossoms: There’s More Than The Eye Can See, But They’ve Got To Be Brave Enough To Show It

Blossoms sound like so many things you’ve heard before: a cross section of Alex Turner’s inherently-northern croon and his counterpart Miles Kane’s guttural growl. Synthesisers that grip the listener immediately Continue reading Blossoms: There’s More Than The Eye Can See, But They’ve Got To Be Brave Enough To Show It

Sex, Sass & Synths: Hey Violet Embrace Pop-punk on ‘Brand New Moves’

Considering their previous incarnation Cherri Bomb, a disambiguation of The Runaways cult track, it’s easy to come to the conclusion that the all-female LA quartet would be Continue reading Sex, Sass & Synths: Hey Violet Embrace Pop-punk on ‘Brand New Moves’

Track By Track: Frank Ocean’s ‘Blonde’

A continuous stream of a workshop, a challenging visual album and the opening single ‘Nikes’ all suggested that Frank Ocean’s inevitable return wasn’t too far away. However, with Endless and ‘Nikes’ being released this week, not many could’ve predicted Continue reading Track By Track: Frank Ocean’s ‘Blonde’

Frank Ocean Returns with ‘Nikes’

After a tortuous, unnecessarily long wait, we have some new Frank Ocean music. The release of ‘visual album’ Endless got tongues wagging, but it was new single ‘Nikes’ that has truly set the internet alight. The track is his first since

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OneRepublic’s ‘Kids’ is Catchy and Anthemic but not Transcendent

OneRepublic have managed to traverse the unpredictable landscape of pop music over the last decade since their debut single ‘Apologize’ propelled the band into the upper echelons of pop stardom. Lead singer and primary songwriter Ryan Tedder clearly has the knack Continue reading OneRepublic’s ‘Kids’ is Catchy and Anthemic but not Transcendent

The Beat Tapes: An Interview with Richard Grant

Earlier in the year, I wrote an article discussing Jack Kerouac and Beat culture. The Beats were instrumental in the construction of counterculture, championing the alternative as well as the personal and societal other. The pivotal schism however was the warping of youth culture, sending countless adolescents on near-blind Continue reading The Beat Tapes: An Interview with Richard Grant

Reviewed: Bon Iver Release Two New Tracks Prior to Third Album 22, A Million

It’s been five years since Bon Iver‘s last album was released, but Justin Vernon has kept himself busy. Vernon has released albums with side projects Volcano Choir and The Shouting Matches as well as working with James Blake and Continue reading Reviewed: Bon Iver Release Two New Tracks Prior to Third Album 22, A Million