on Saturday, October 20, 2018
Words: Saam Das

The lo-fi pop revolution may be televised and if that's the case then Kelsie Hogue and her Sir Babygirl project could well be at its forefront. Listen to a trio of her unashamed/self-proclaimed 'queer pop' tracks below, as much influenced by 90s TV cartoon 'Hey Arnold!' ("move it, football head!") as they are by the modern pop of Charli XCX.
on Friday, October 19, 2018
'Vs.' (UK Release: 19 October 2018) // Words: Saam Das

It's sixteen years since '8 Mile' brought battle-rap to the big screen in a big way, garnering an Oscar for Best Original Song for its star Eminem and his smash 'Lose Yourself'. British writer-director Ed Lilly's debut directorial feature 'Vs.' brings battle-rap back to the mainstream, albeit via sunny Southend rather than bleak Detroit, with a striking central performance from newcomer Conor Swindells.
Words: Saam Das // Photo: Lottie Turner

We've been quite busy at this year's ongoing BFI London Film Festival lately, and we've caught plenty of conventional and unconventional new releases. One curious thing we've noticed this year however is the use of a "crowd-pleaser" as some sort of derisory term. Well, by definition, it's kind of a good thing non? Anyway, the new one from IDER is what we'd call a crowd-pleaser. In the best way. Listen to the rousing 'Mirror' below.
on Monday, October 15, 2018
Words: Saam Das

We need look no further than the Brexit and the current US administration or the most recent IPCC report warning of our slide into catastrophic climate change to recognise that the world's doing pretty rubbs these days. And it's something that hasn't escaped The 1975, who have unveiled a thought-provoking (and surprisingly kaleidoscopic) new video for the excellent 'Love It If We Made It'.
on Wednesday, October 10, 2018
BFI London Film Festival 2018 (10-21 October 2018) // Words: Lauren Johnson-Ginn & Saam Das

The 62nd BFI London Film Festival kicks off today, with 'Widows' as its Opening Night Gala. As mentioned in our recent music-focussed preview of the LFF 2018, Steve McQueen's new effort is a tantalizing prospect, and an appropriate Opening Night Gala as the Oscar winner hails from London. As one of the industry's (sadly rare) successful black directors, it is also appropriate considering October is Black History Month in the UK. We've put together a list of some other appropriate films to help celebrate BHM at this year's LFF.
on Tuesday, October 09, 2018
Words: Saam Das

It's been several years since Kate Sproule first made a significant impression on our ears as a member of dream-folk outfit Mt. Wolf. The somewhat abrupt departure of Sproule in 2013 was such a loss to the group that they initially disbanded, prior to a pleasing return a year later. Sproule's next step was in a solo venture as Bo Rocha but a recent re-invention sees her return as ARIEL.

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