Looking For Hot Singles #8

Jagged Moon – ‘Learn To Swim’ - Single Review It takes Jagged Moon less than three seconds to make their ever so gorgeous-sounding point. Experimenting with a wavy synth filter on the lead guitar, the oscillating riff which opens ‘Learn To Swim’ drives the song with a shimmering consistency until its emphatic finish. And it’ll … Continue reading Looking For Hot Singles #8

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Elmer the Post-Racial, Patchwork Elephant

Childhood is a glorious thing, an incorruptible period of grass-stained knees, grazed elbows and the colourful picture books from which we first learnt how to read. And none of these books is more colourful, more beloved, than David McKee's Elmer the Patchwork Elephant, published in 1989. Cementing its national treasure status, every 26th of May marks … Continue reading Elmer the Post-Racial, Patchwork Elephant

Yeh but no but NO: ‘Chav Socials’ and the Misappropriation of the Working Class

“If one looks up the definition of ‘chav’ in one’s dictionary, the following statement appears: ‘A young, lower-class person typified by brash and loutish behaviour.’ We educated fair maidens, studying in one of the country’s grandest universities, would find such behaviour entirely alien. And yet, ladies, for one night only, we feel we should set … Continue reading Yeh but no but NO: ‘Chav Socials’ and the Misappropriation of the Working Class

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue #6

* [Disclaimer] ‘Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue’ is a desperate attempt to show that my musical palette isn’t as bland as a chino-wearing yacht owner from Norfolk called Keith eating a plate of couscous with a biodegradable knife and fork that he bought in a 2 for 1 special at ASDA while … Continue reading Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue #6

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue #5

* [Disclaimer] ‘Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue’ is a desperate attempt to show that my musical palette isn’t as bland as a chino-wearing yacht owner from Norfolk called Keith eating a plate of couscous with a biodegradable knife and fork that he bought in a 2 for 1 special at ASDA while … Continue reading Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue #5

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue #4

* [Disclaimer] ‘Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue’ is a desperate attempt to show that my musical palette isn’t as bland as a chino-wearing yacht owner from Norfolk called Keith eating a plate of couscous with a biodegradable knife and fork that he bought in a 2 for 1 special at ASDA while … Continue reading Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue #4

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue #3

* [Disclaimer] ‘Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue’ is a desperate attempt to show that my musical palette isn’t as bland as a chino-wearing yacht owner from Norfolk called Keith eating a plate of couscous with a biodegradable knife and fork that he bought in a 2 for 1 special at ASDA while … Continue reading Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue #3

James Baldwin’s ‘I Am Not Your Negro’ – An Exercise in Reading Cinema

Of all the films released this summer, Raoul Peck's documentary on James Baldwin- the powerfully entitled I Am Not Your Negro -was perhaps the one I was most excited for (sorry The Emoji Movie). After reading The Fire Next Time in my first year of university, I fell in love with Baldwin's conflation of poignant … Continue reading James Baldwin’s ‘I Am Not Your Negro’ – An Exercise in Reading Cinema

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue #1

* [Disclaimer] 'Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue' is a desperate attempt to show that my musical palette isn't as bland as a chino-wearing yacht owner from Norfolk called Keith eating a plate of couscous with a biodegradable knife and fork that he bought in a 2 for 1 special at ASDA while … Continue reading Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue #1