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Haim: Something To Tell You Review – Doubling Down on Killer Hooks

With their 2013 debut Days Are Gone, sister trio Haim discovered a peerless juncture; one where the breathlessness of R&B and shimmering ’70s soft rock coalesced Continue reading Haim: Something To Tell You Review – Doubling Down on Killer Hooks

Vince Staples: Big Fish Theory Review – Danceable Club-Rap with Needle-Like Precision

Vince Staples sounds like he wants to have a good time on Big Fish Theory but the subtext suggests otherwise. ‘If I die today/Would you even know I existed?’ he asks on ‘Ramona Park is Yankee Stadium’. Staples is very much a Continue reading Vince Staples: Big Fish Theory Review – Danceable Club-Rap with Needle-Like Precision

Lil Yachty: Teenage Emotions Review – Unpredictable, Joyful and Often Masterful, but Severely Unbalanced

Hip-Hop and rap continues to schism, and there hasn’t been such disparity as there has been over the last few years. The rise of the pop-rapper has been buoyed by viral hits from the likes of Continue reading Lil Yachty: Teenage Emotions Review – Unpredictable, Joyful and Often Masterful, but Severely Unbalanced

Kendrick Lamar: DAMN. Review – Operating in a League all of his own

Above all, Kendrick Lamar is an extraordinary storyteller. and the final track on his fourth album DAMN., ‘DUCKWORTH.’, is the ultimate Continue reading Kendrick Lamar: DAMN. Review – Operating in a League all of his own

Kamasi Washington Shoots for Maximalist Sprawl on ‘Truth’

Nothing, or nobody, quite embodies the collective warmth of modern jazz quite like Kamasi Washington. There are both contrasting ideas in both the content and the context on his Continue reading Kamasi Washington Shoots for Maximalist Sprawl on ‘Truth’

The Week’s 5 Essential Releases Worth Listening To

The new Kendrick Lamar album is the inevitable standout this week but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be furthering your musical horizons. This week’s collection of essential releases is one of the most eclectic of the year so far. Here are the week’s five big releases that should be on your radar: Continue reading The Week’s 5 Essential Releases Worth Listening To

Kendrick Lamar Kills The Competition Two Weeks Running on ‘Humble’

Kendrick Lamar’s latest single ‘Humble’ is a turbulent journey from poverty to the top floor of modern hip-hop. It talks of Lamar’s modest beginnings before shifting quickly into

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The Week’s 5 Essential Releases Worth Listening To

2017 is in full swing now, and alongside some massive announcements, there are some great tracks and albums from artists old and new out this week. Here are the week’s five big releases that should be on your radar. Continue reading The Week’s 5 Essential Releases Worth Listening To

Kendrick Lamar Buries His Rivals on ‘The Heart Part 4’

‘Like clockwork, I blow it all/And get some more/Get you somebody that can do both’ – Rae Sremmurd, ‘Black Beatles’ (2016).

‘Raindrop (drip), drop top (drop top)/Smokin’ on cookie in the hotbox (cookie)’ – Migos, ‘Bad and Boujee’ (2016).

‘Who you put in your top five and claim they the saviour of rap’ – Big Sean – ‘No More Interviews’ (2016).

As time progresses, the ties between virality, specifically memes, and hip-hop become more and more synonymous. The artists become caricatured visions of the serious Continue reading Kendrick Lamar Buries His Rivals on ‘The Heart Part 4’

The Week’s 5 Essential Releases Worth Listening To

This week has seen the return of a number of huge acts, both in single and long-play form. So it makes it unusually difficult for you, the listener, to decide on what to savour first. Here’s our selection of what should be at the very top of your list this week- you’ll thank us when you make the much-maligned trip to the water cooler at some point today. Continue reading The Week’s 5 Essential Releases Worth Listening To