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Music

May 21, 2018

Taylor Swift: country music star turned pop princess, turned media controversy, turned dead, came back to life as… a snake queen? Bad-Ass Bitch? Culturally and sonically black-appropriating white girl? Maybe all of this is true, maybe none of it is. But the fact is, you know her, and you cannot escape her nor her music. […]

May 14, 2018

Modern pop music has evolved dramatically since the turn of the century, and don’t we know it! We can all recall the Spice Girls and NSync in their heyday as the pop kings and queens of MTV. A decade before them though, were musical innovators Eurythmics and Duran Duran, whose sound was something so contemporary […]

May 14, 2018

Is this the end? Have we reached a colossal moment of oversaturation where nothing created has the capacity to sound truly individualised? Objects are only recognised in tandem with other objects, and without the former, we have neither. We can only identify space not through its appearance, but through the filling of the gaps. But […]

May 7, 2018

My Design, On Others’ Lives is the eagerly awaited first full-length project from Kiwi artist Estère, and it’s really bloody good. This record – some of which was previewed in an EP released at the back end of last year – follows her 2015 self-titled EP, and a series of performances throughout New Zealand and […]

April 30, 2018

Sex & Food is the latest from Ruban Nielson’s Unknown Mortal Orchestra, a group that has morphed into one of my favourite bands over the last few years. Their previous three albums are all stellar, and I still revisit them frequently, so I was pretty hyped for this new release. Sex & Food is probably […]

April 16, 2018

The common responses I get at the mention of WOMAD are, “isn’t that just a weird hippie festival?”, and “I don’t know any bands on the lineup”. Firstly, since when were weird hippie festivals a bad thing? Secondly, yes, but that is exactly the point. WOMAD is a festival that traverses the globe, and is […]

April 9, 2018

J: Tell me a little bit about how the last couple of years have gone between the two records? A: Even before Successor I’ve been kinda working towards this way of working where I am kind of touring and recording and writing as a sort of integrated process. I mean, they’re all kind of separate […]

March 26, 2018

NZ Festival, Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington, 24th February 2018 Having never attended an “early music” performance, I walked into this New Zealand Festival concert with a completely fresh palate. A Spanish folk ensemble featuring traditional instruments was something I never expected to find in Wellington, let alone attend. I trusted my friend’s instincts as he […]

March 26, 2018

The third full-length album from Scottish experimental hip-hop trio Young Fathers is one that has to be heard. Cocoa Sugar, the follow-up to 2015’s volatile White Men Are Black Men Too and 2014’s Mercury Prize-winning Dead, sees the group expanding their already stellar back catalogue, and taking their sound to new heights. My first impression […]