Live Review: Catfish and the Bottlemen

Indie pop band The Crookes take to the stage to warm the crowd up for Van McCann and his merry men. As a fellow Sheffielder, familiar with their discography and with a penchant for their soothing indie pop concoctions, I enjoy their brief set. However, as their material is seemingly fairly unknown and unappreciated down […]

Continue Reading

Review: Good Times! – The Monkees

Like many others, I was first introduced to the work of the Monkees through the timeless single “Daydream Believer”. My father, a fervent 60s fan, used to, and still occasionally does, put it on a lot back home and I have very fond memories of the song. So when I was waiting for my digital […]

Continue Reading

A homage to Avril Lavigne

Unpopular opinion: I’ve never really understood the Taylor Swift craze. People love her because her songs are catchy, she’s attractive, she has a nice voice, and (surprisingly in my opinion) because they relate to her lyrics. I get it, we never go out of style/are never getting back together ya-da ya-da but for me she’s […]

Continue Reading

Top Tracks for Exercise

LCD Soundsystem – 45:33 The unlikely offspring of an indie retro dance outfit and a Nike commission, this extended mix is ideal for slow-burn exercise. It was written to accompany workout sessions, and the intention shows; skittery electronic beats settle into driving repetition, gradually changing to reflect and use the natural ebbs and flows of […]

Continue Reading

Review: 99.9% – Kaytranada

Louis Kevin Celestin, known better as Kaytranada, is one of those rare artists that transcends time, genre and place. His music is a colourful, sonically rich mixture of hip-hop, house and r’n’b, that pays tribute to the musical heroes of his past but fuses their elements into a totally original whole. It is a musical […]

Continue Reading

Shut up and play the hits?

“I don’t care if it hurts, I want to have control”. No, it’s not Christian Grey, it’s Thom Yorke, lead singer of Radiohead in their (worryingly sadistic) smash hit Creep. If I say Radiohead, that will probably be the first song which comes into your mind, with 105,682,500 Spotify streams and counting (to put this […]

Continue Reading

Music you simply can’t avoid in Oxford

Grime Whether it’s cravatted MCS preppies, sitting on Magdalen bridge with Skepta’s dulcet tones rending the nearby ether from an overzealous phone speaker, or fully-fledged Streetonians in convoy with other private school road-boys, Oxford has certainly taken to the sound of the Tottenham streets, even if admission figures for ethnic minorities and those on lower […]

Continue Reading

Review: The Colour in Anything – James Blake

James Blake has built his reputation on a combination of high-calibre electronic production and soulful crooning. His two previous albums, 2011’s James Blake and 2013’s Overgrown, showed an artist moving towards singer-songwriter territory, exemplified by his cover of Joni Mitchell’s ‘A Case Of You’, and emotive vocal-centric tracks such as ‘Retrograde’ on his second effort. […]

Continue Reading

Review: Views – Drake

After what feels like years of watching him navigate high-profile celebrity feuds, sit courtside for every basketball game ever played, and star in countless questionable memes, Drake finally reminded us he makes music too, dropping his fourth studio album Views on April 29th. The album was immediately a commercial success, selling 1.2 million copies within […]

Continue Reading

What’s wrong with cheese?

Something strange is going on at Oxford. Having spent years in a school culture with a clean divide between cool music and bad music, it took me a while to notice it. But look at the middle floor of Park End, or whatever they call it these days; go to a college bop; spend a […]

Continue Reading

Review: Lemonade – Beyonce

Beyoncé’s sixth album is a sprawling, visceral examination of scorned womanhood. It is a potent, rousing celebration of blackness in a world where black people are violently subordinated by structural racism. Foremost, the album is, in its forensic precision, a kind of post-mortem of a marriage still alive, but on its knees. Lemonade is an […]

Continue Reading

Review: This Path Tonight – Graham Nash

Of the members of archetypal hippie supergroup Crosby, Stills, Nash and (occasionally) Young, Graham Nash was always the least interesting. David Crosby’s social consciousness led to great lyrics such as ‘Long Time Gone’ and ‘Almost Cut My Hair’, as well as the intricately beautiful ‘Déjà Vu’; Stephen Stills played nearly all of the instrumental parts […]

Continue Reading

MAY DAY! MAY DAY!

Oxford’s annual celebration of the beginning of summer is almost upon us. The traditions surrounding May Day go well beyond the confines of this city, of course, although surely nowhere else have ancient English customs been so enthusiastically melded with all-night clubbing and a pervasive miasma of marijuana. Music, whether electronic or homophonic, plays a […]

Continue Reading