Black Is King | Why we failed Beyoncé

By Isabella Wimmer In a world where social inequalities and asymmetrical power structures come to the forefront of our awareness as a society, Beyoncé chooses the right moment for the release of her new album Black Is King. The visual album, a concept pioneered by Beyoncé in her 2013 self-titled surprise album, was released on…

Ultra Mono sees Idles at their most politically provocative, cutting through the chaos to deliver an album that’s strong in both message and sound

Idles’ third album Ultra Mono is knowingly sincere. Its anti-war, sexual harassment, and racist sentiments are, (like the album artwork), aggressively hurtled towards you like a giant pink inflatable ball. Even the album title itself Ultra Mono (which refers to a mix that has equal volumes in both channels) reinforces Idles’ head-strong, unwavering message on…

ENERGY: Disclosure’s unlikely affinity for West Africa takes centre stage

The two brothers, known synonymously as Disclosure, have a success story that seems fantastical. Their debut album Settle (2013) almost immediately established their status as a driving force in UK house music. They didn’t need to climb ranks, they jumped into the upper echelon of critically acclaimed and huge mainstream success, gaining membership to an exclusive…

Candid Orange Mix Series | CONE

In our next instalment of the Candid Orange Mix Series, CONE, a member of Manchester-based electronic music collective Great Danes, brings us a mix of tunes ranging from IDM, UKG, Hard Drum, Bass Music, Breaks, Electro and various Left-field sounds. Track list  Yre Den – silk evade  Two Shell – Missing in Action Afro B…

If we’re talking about female rap, we can’t forget about Eve

Before Nicki Minaj sported patent pink Dr Martens and expressed her burning passion for his ‘Super Bass’, and after Lil’ Kim appointed herself the Queen Bee on ‘Crush on You’, there was one woman who bridged the gap between these two phases of rap music. She is a central part of the ancestral line of…

Candid Orange Mix Series | Loz Barker

Loz Barker continues our mix series with an eclectic blend of tasters from his upcoming album, With Sweet Tenderness. Manchester artist, Loz Barker, continues our mix series with a compilation of original tracks sampled from his upcoming album With Sweet Tenderness. Expect electronica, garage, drum and bass and house from this compilation on Soundcloud.

folklore | The bizarre rebranding of Taylor Swift that none of us asked for

I love Taylor Swift. I’ll be the first to say it, I am an unlikely believer in the talents and motivations of ‘Miss Americana’, especially since her opportune feature documentary showed us all her SJW side and highlighted the disgusting, sexist actions of Kanye West. But this is a topic for another day and one that has been…

Jackmaster’s return: Why we can’t continue to remove the art from the artist

By Kate Calvert In mid-August 2018, Jackmaster, a prominent Scottish DJ and producer, ambiguously admitted to ‘behaving inappropriately’ towards staff members whilst intoxicated at Bristol’s Love Saves The Day festival three months prior.  The Facebook post covered the formulaic checklist needed for a public apology of this nature, mentioning the necessity for major lifestyle changes and a…

Ten Greatest Foo Fighters Songs you need to rediscover

By Bam Mitchell-Wilde With their first album having been released in 1995, there are a lot of competitors for the top ten spots… Foo Fighters; some would argue the phoenix that rose from the ashes of Nirvana, others shun any attempt at relating the two. Regardless of how you feel about their origins, Dave Grohl is undeniably…