Album Review: Coral Island

Coral Island is an ambitious double-concept album themed around the faded glory of a sepia-tinged seaside fairground. The Coral have a distinctly more mellow sound now than their earlier 2000s music which maintained a bit more edge. This work is lovely though, evoking visions of wooden piers, metallic-smelling arcades and seagulls stealing half-melted ice creams…

The best love songs (aka my favourites)

So, I’m late on this one because V day has already passed but love songs are the best so I’m posting this anyway. In no particular order… Who’d Have Known – Lily Allen  I have so much love for this song. It’s a masterpiece and I will fight on this. It captures so beautifully the…

Black Lives Matter: A history of protest music

Music has the ability to transcend time, borders and languages. It has been a form of protest for hundreds of years. Songs have the ability to instigate social change, examine current events and express the grief, rage and hope that characterises protesting. This article examines genre crossing protest music that has emerged from black voices…

Album Review: Swimming

It has been well over a year since Mac Miller left this world. He created over five studio albums (a sixth released posthumously) and thirteen mixtapes, a well-established and highly respected rapper. His musical growth is irrefutable, as both a producer and an artist. His later albums incorporated singing just as much as rapping; drawing…

Album Review: Geography

Newcomer Tom Misch blends jazz, hip hop and electronica on Geography, which he made in his bedroom. Gorgeous, funky instrumentals reign throughout, occasionally accompanied by smooth vocals. ‘Lost in Paris’ and ‘Movie’ are the clear gems on this record, though ‘You’re On My Mind’ is also lovely. ‘Lost in Paris’ is warm and glowing, a…