Scottish Student Journalist of the Year 2017. Been published by local/national news, magazines and others. Editor of conter.co.uk + scotlandstandup.co.uk.
A revered figure in the underground, comedian Romesh Ranganathan recently anointed him “hip-hop royalty” on his ‘Hip-Hop is Dead’ podcast. It isn’t hard to see why: he’s had a finger on the pulse with his social commentary since day dot.
For all the different instruments and sounds and frequencies, Foster and co. don’t do anything remotely interesting with them. The best thing that can be said about the record is that it at least manages to be derivative of a range of different acts.
First impressions count for a lot in the music business. If an artist nails a marketable aesthetic on their debut, it can dictate the direction of their entire career. That perhaps explains why Liverpool collective Anathema aren’t recognised as one of the greatest alternative rock bands to come out of the UK in the last three decades.
As Staples ponders on Party People: “How [am I] supposed to have a good time when death and destruction is all I see?” But instead of pulling out a magnifying glass, his natural artistic inclination is increasingly to show rather than tell. In this case, it’s made for a sharp, futuristic album that keeps you on your toes.
Jay-Z represents an era of rap that has all but run its course. More so than anybody else, the self-made superstar and business mogul has embodied hip-hop’s most wealth-obsessed era.
It might seem unfair to the put the boot in to music so patently innocuous. But ‘Truth is a Beautiful Thing’ is a frustratingly tepid record that’s easy to listen to and easy to forget about.
This is probably a one-off venture that won’t be revisited, but it’s no more a nostalgia trip than anything No Doubt or AFI are likely to release themselves.
In Mind isn’t retro for retro’s sake but rather an updated summary of how far the band have taken a sound that’s as addictive as it is limited in scope.
“We’re talking cocktails of pharmaceutical drugs and liquor. To be 100% honest, I don’t remember writing a lot of this album. Artistically, I wouldn’t say I regret any of it."
It’s not the worst hip hop record ever made, but it might be the worst album by an Eminem mimic ever made – and that’s no easy feat.
In choosing to adjust her sound to suit a wider audience, Syd’s stylistically surrenders more than she needs to.
Fliptrix isn’t "just a rapper". In many ways, he’s carried the UK hip hop scene on his shoulders for over half a decade. Since setting up High Focus Records in 2010 he’s helped launch the careers of artists who are now considered innovators
If ever there was a year for artists to get angry and radical, 2016 was obviously it. Surprisingly, though, some of my favourite records have been introverted, escapist affairs.
She might have seemed like the awkward kid in a cypher on previous verses, but this is her world and her playful imagination is the best thing about it.