The sounds of the outsider

Image Description: Stormzy performing at a festival, with a dark background and red white lights around him.  Much of British culture can be simmered down to the constantly brewing tensions  between the elite and the outsiders that refuse to commit the sin of deference. Even though everything I write seems to conclude with me despairing […]

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Feeling Skeptical? Ok? No.

Here’s a controversial opinion: Skepta’s album Konnichiwa should not have won the Mercury Prize. In fact, despite all the hype, Konnichiwa isn’t actually that great. Yes, it has the anthem of all 2015-era school leavers’ parties – That’s Not Me – and the similarly massive Shutdown. And yes, it has features from king-of-the-hill Drake, and […]

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