ALBUM REVIEW: Kevin Morby – City Music

It’s rare to find an album with so much going for it; song writing, atmosphere and composition. Kevin Morby’s fourth solo album is one such album.

City Music lives up to its title, an album so overflowing with ambience and character, you could be walking the crowded streets of New York; Morby’s inspiration for the album.

ALBUM REVIEW: Royal Blood – How Did We Get So Dark?

When you are a bass and drums two-piece, it is obviously not a simple to develop and provide something different on a project the second time of asking.

Royal Blood came out in 2014 with their own brand of trucker rock, to a sea of praise that sent the Brighton duo flying up the billboard and festival stage lists.

EP REVIEW: Vic Mensa – The Manuscript

It’s been almost a year to the day since Chicago rapper, Vic Mensa’s last full length release There’s a lot going on. But Mensa returns in fine form, with the new politically charged EP, The Manuscript. The four-track EP, released under Roc Nation Records carries an air of defiance and hope for the future, a message the 24-year-old establishes in the very first track.


The most media hyped album in R&B right now has finally emerged and this early in the calendar it is of course impossible to crown SZA the queen of the genre, but it is possible for her to stake a claim.

ALBUM REVIEW: James Blake – The Colour In Anything

James Blake’s surprise album ‘The Colour In Anything’ is yet another triumph from the Enfield producer that, just like ‘Overgrown’ before it, surely will be the answer to fashion brand, All Saints’ summer playlist troubles.

ALBUM REVIEW: The 1975 – I Like It When You Sleep…

The 1975 have at last dropped their new album with a name so long it would just about qualify as a Fall Out Boy song title.

I congratulate anyone who can name it word for word without checking.

The synth pop rockers’ frontman Matt Healy welcomes you into a deep deconstruction of his faults, issues and longing just to be loved by that person who really matters most.

Drake signs with Boy Better Know: A new era in British hip-hop?

After months of speculation surrounding a tattoo and a surprise London appearance, Skepta has confirmed Drake is ‘the first Canadian signed to Boy Better Know (BBK)’.

The British underground grime collective and label, headed up by the Adenuga brothers, Skepta and JME is finally peering out of the dark clubs of London from the shadow of Police form 696.

LIVE REVIEW: Youth Club – Bodega, Nottingham

TROPICAL Pop quartet Youth Club kicked off their first UK headline tour in style, shimmering in the purple hue of Nottingham’s Bodega lights. The energy of their performance pulsated from the stage as if every pound of each member’s foot had shaken the audience into living.

Tracks in the Field: Courts – Wanna Be High

After ‘Part of’ was Zane Lowe’s last hype track before leaving Radio One, COURTS spat out another ballsy gem called ‘Wanna Be High’. This is a song with a big ol’ heavy beat and some more delicate guitar work that really does make you want to walk forever through a kaleidoscopic roach. The Jamie-T-esque vocals are full of honesty and nostalgia, and with lines like THC taught me more than GCSEs, the Basildon boys tell a story that lives up to the expectations of the song’s title.

Tracks in the Field: Tame Impala – Reality in Motion

Where Lonerism was a masterpiece about the journey can go through when heading home after a party, the topic being brought into question now is the party itself. After a break-up, working with Mark Ronson and taking mushrooms whilst driving through LA listening to The Bee Gees, Kevin Parker has been pretty open about what his aim was with third LP Currents.

These days Kevin is considered somewhat a connoisseur of the synthesiser, and the opening synth sequence on Reality in Motion is what I imagine would be blasted out at an NBA game if the speakers were stoned.