Not British enough? Why is Rina Sawayama being denied awards?

This week, news broke that Japanese-British artist, Rina Sawayama is not eligible for the prestigious Mercury prize and the Brit Awards. Since then, social media outlets have been outraged for the singer, who has lived in the UK for over 25 years. The reason behind this verdict? Rina doesn’t hold a British passport, and despite…

Candid Orange Mix Series | Dig B

Dig B kicks off this weekend with a Candid Orange mix. CO001, a blend of club, breaks, bass, trance, speed garage and footwork. Manchester DJ, Dig B, starts off the new mix series for Candid Orange; just in time for your weekend shenanigans. Track list Dolo Percussion – Dolo & The BirdsAnimals Club – Japan…

Empowering Womxn in Music | SOPHIE

by Dara Coker SOPHIE is shape-shifting and illusive. She dodges most interviews and appearances, rarely divulging personal information that tells us about her past. What we do know about SOPHIE is that she was born and raised in Glasgow, and that her music exists only in the present and the future; concerned with immediate feelings…

Top 11 music videos you MUST watch

A mere 55% of the world actively watch music videos that artists produce on Youtube. Alongside many melodic escapades lies a story, one that can be ignored with ease when listening to only the audio. Rap lyrics become muffled, key changes are just an upbeat step into another direction and a change in tempo just…

Listening to rap music as a woman is an internal dilemma

by Dara Coker It’s August 2015, somewhere between the hours of 1-4 am. For some reason I can’t seem to fall asleep, so I need something to occupy my mind. I turn to Spotify for a release from my unending boredom. My thought process was that, ‘If I’m going to have insomnia, I might as…

Empowering Womxn in Music | Rina Sawayama

In our first instalment of the Empowering Womxn in Music series, we talk Rina Sawayama, a Japan-born London-raised Y2K, cross-genre sensation speaking up for both womxnkind and Asian artists in the industry. While born in Niigata, Japan, Rina Sawayama spent her life in London. Her first pathway in life was not music as she studied Politics,…

Collabavirus: Manchester’s music scene in lockdown

By Emma Pirnay When Jay Plent saw that he would be stuck inside for the foreseeable future, he decided lockdown wouldn’t constrain Manchester’s vibrant music scene. And so, Collabavirus was born. A tough year for everyone involved. The first few months of quarantine are now behind us, and we seem to be losing sight of…

Zesty sounds with Candid Orange: Our favourite orange-tinted tracks

To celebrate our theme of the month, the Candid Orange team has banded together to produce a collection of songs with one commonality – their album covers are delightfully ORANGE. So settle in, get your boom box out and have a listen to some juicy tracks while our music, film and TV editor Sophia Metcalfe…