The world wasn’t ready for To Pimp A Butterfly. Hell, Kendrick Lamar wasn’t even ready. An accidental iTunes leak brought the release of the Compton rapper’s third full-length forward by a week, and its psuedo-surprise drop was swiftly followed by a string of poorly written… Read More
With a team including Ridley Scott, Harrison Ford, and new blood Denis Villeneuve, Blade Runner 2 promises to be “a uniquely potent and faithful sequel”. At present, I’m unconvinced.
Is drag as offensive an act as blackface? Mary Cheney thinks so. Here’s why she’s wrong.
Tahliah Barnett deals in dialectics, those tensions between pleasure and pain, between space and noise, for example. These are hardly foreign concepts to the fertile ground of R&B, but the kiss-curled ingenue known as FKA twigs doesn’t merely operate inside such liminal spaces, she completely… Read More
As music critics – and interviewers in general – we can all learn a lot from Nardwuar, the Canadian-born musician-cum-interviewer whose high-profile, high-energy interviews have earned him a cult following worldwide. Not only does Nardwuar count Nirvana and Jay Z among his interviewees, what’s even more impressive… Read More
Katy Perry has always been a particularly malleable popstar – safe enough to appeal to a mass audience and untied to a particular subgenre of pop. For all its cupcake bralets and firework breastplates, her Teenage Dream era had just the right amount of camp and colour,… Read More
Although 2014 got off to a slow start in terms of new releases (with more than a few anticipated albums still to come), the year’s first and second quarters have churned out a svelte but strong set of albums. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib’s collective effort Pinata… Read More