on Saturday, August 18, 2018
SPICEUP London (Business Design Centre, 28 July-20 Aug 2018) // Words & Photos: Saam Das


In May 1996, a new British pop group burst onto the UK music scene with the video for their debut single, 'Wannabe'. Johan Camitz's iconic video was filmed at London's Grand Midland Hotel in St Pancras, and twenty two years on and millions of record sales later, a new exhibition down the road in Islington entitled SPICEUP is celebrating the Spice Girls' incredible history.
on Thursday, August 09, 2018
Words: Saam Das


Five barren years on from their 'best of' compilation, 'Top Of The Pops', it seemed fairly safe to assume that Art Brut were done and dusted. Far from it. We will soon hear the band's follow-up to their last studio album, 2011's 'Brilliant! Tragic!, out on the fantastic Alcopop Records no less. Hear the first taste of their new material, in the form of the spirited and predictably ludicrous 'Wham! Bang! Pow! Let's Rock Out! below.
on Saturday, August 04, 2018
'WOS Wrestling' Episode 1 (UK airdate: 28 July 2018) // Words: Saam Das


"This is the dawn of a new era" proclaims WOS Executive Stu Bennett, most popularly known for his time in WWE (formerly WWF) as the charismatic Wade Barrett, in the opening sequence of the returning 'WOS Wrestling' on ITV. Following its pilot episode which aired on New Year's Eve in 2016, and the rich history of 'World Of Sport' which showcased British professional wrestling for over thirty years on ITV until 1988, the programme has begun its latest evolution. We take an indepth look at the first episode of the revival, so spoilers ahead.
on Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Words: Saam Das


The current musical scene of Norway is arguably more widely characterised by the Scandi-pop of the likes of BBC Sound Of 2018 winner Sigrid than it is of the indie-rock tinge of Spielbergs but that hasn't stopped the trio from forging an impressive early path in their native region. Good songs are good songs after all. Now they're looking to breakout further afield.
on Thursday, July 19, 2018
Words: Saam Das


Stumbling upon Sarah Close's new track 'You Say' on YouTube makes some sense - after all, she is one of the new breed of potential British stars who started their musical adventures via the very same medium, alongside the likes of Dodie and Maisie Peters. Close's organic rise led to a record deal with Parlophone and while that deal didn't work out, she's absolutely back on track with this excellent new song.
on Sunday, July 15, 2018
Words: Saam Das


The gestation of self-proclaimed 'nerd disco' group International Teachers Of Pop has been somewhat of an atypical one - for example, announcing a prominent support slot for Roisin Murphy's Somerset House gig in London this weekend without having released any music online. But now debut single 'Age Of The Train' has officially been unveiled.

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