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MUSIC  

November 10, 2019

Photo credit: gigantic 

A buzz was in the air in the vast Hackney EartH Centre (Evolutionary Arts Hackney) which had sold out the day before Biig Piig’s long awaited gig. Biig Piig, real name Jess Smyth, ran onstage to a backing of her latest single, Roses and Gold. Joi...

November 4, 2019

If you’re not familiar with Rebecca Taylor’s music project Self Esteem, please do yourself a favour and listen to the album Compliments Please, an album that balances female empowerment anthems, personal/introspective indie-pop songs and experimental tracks. I already...

October 28, 2019

Omeara is the perfect venue for a Plested gig. With a maximum capacity of 320 people, even tonight’s sold out show felt small and intimate. The intimacy allowed for genuine conversation between songs as if Plested was part of the crowd. Throughout the show a guestbook,...

October 24, 2019

The lights are dimmed, chatter slowly ceases, darkness falls. Onstage, Jordan Rakei’s silhouette, framed by the musicians surrounding him, appears under mystic midnight blue projectors’ lights. His soulful voice, accompanied by an airy monotone chord, slowly elevates i...

October 20, 2019

The Grace in Islington is a narrow hall with low vaulted ceilings, and a stage that puts the performers almost at level with the crowd. Yet, despite the space’s intimacy, Flawes never seemed able to engage with the crowd in any meaningful way. The setlist, including bo...

October 14, 2019

Dope Lemon from Dope Lemon Facebook page

Perhaps best known for his role as half of sibling duo Angus & Julia Stone, Angus Stone is no stranger to the spotlight. However, at Electric Brixton, all eyes were on him as he performed his somewhat edgier project Dope Lemon. B...

“Maybe sorry is the closest I ever got to expressing love.” 

Jenny Hval, via Tom Øverlie (Flickr)

Ruminations on love; the ecosystem of a human narrative, and one’s place in it; ‘of corpse’ and other gems; blossoming into awareness. In Jenny Hval’s latest album...

October 10, 2019

As bbno$ steps onto the stage of his sold-out show at the o2 Academy2 Islington, he announces that he will be handing out a signed cookbook to the fan that goes the hardest at his show. The absurdity of that statement sets the stage for what was one of the wildest and...

October 2, 2019

Photo credit: Joost Vandebrug

Marika Hackman strolls onstage in a heavily decorated white boiler suit to a sold-out crowd. After a relaxed opening set from fellow female performer Art School Girlfriend, Hackman begins her set slowly, with an eerie yet mesmerising perfor...

September 4, 2019

Photo credit: flickr

Some musicians deliberately attempt to distinguish themselves from the masses—this is the goal they bear in mind while creating. In some ways, it’s an understandable aim. Nowadays, our ears are oversaturated with songs due to the Internet. Therefore...

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