Author: Daniel Marx

Jacob Collier @ Gorilla, Manchester | Gig Review

There’s a metaphorical contract one signs when going to a Jacob Collier gig: leave any expectation of subtlety at the door – you’re not getting any.   Musical polymath, Jacob Collier is currently touring the world, supporting his new album, Djesse Vol.1, the first of a four-part series of records that he says capture four distinct musical worlds. This first one is all about grandeur, and features instrumental arrangements by the incredibly versatile Metropole Orkest, conducted by Jules Buckley. This tour, however, doesn’t feature the orchestra.  Instead, Collier is accompanied for the first time by a regular band, comprised...

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The Independent Group is a Glimmer of Hope for British Politics

On Monday, seven former Labour MPs stood bravely in front of the world to announce their departure from the party. They have formed an ‘Independent Group’ which will sit in Parliament, representing a long departed political middle ground and providing a sense of desperately needed relief for those of us who have felt politically homeless for the last few years. From the earliest stages of my political engagement, Labour felt like the natural political home for me. I joined the party under Ed Miliband in 2014 because I wanted to do something to support the party ahead of the...

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Best Original Score | A 2019 Oscars Opinion

The category for Best Original Score is often left out of the fraught conversation around the Oscars every year, and that’s understandable. The most visible elements of any film up for awards consideration, or any film for that matter, are its performances and its visual style. It is also often the case that those who are paid to write and comment on the Oscars, are not adequately musically literate, or interested enough to devote any significant amount of time to discussing the scores that often help to make these films so emotionally affecting. In the last few years, I’ve...

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The Sphinx Album Roundup | Best of 2018

2018 was a year full to the brim with political outrage, controversy, backlashes and twitter pile-ons, and while we often hear that art reflects life, it isn’t often that so much of a year’s music is as socially and politically outspoken as it was this past year. We here at The Sphinx have put together a list of some of each writer’s personal favourite albums released in 2018, and we did so without really discussing our choices first. What came as something of a surprise was that this theme of social reflection, and political ire, was so prevalent on...

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The Sphinx’s November 2018 Album Roundup

As 2018 begins to draw to a close, album releases are becoming increasingly few and far between, with musicians bracing for the onslaught of holiday music, and clearing the way for Album of the Year lists. Rest assured, however, at the Sphinx we’ve been keeping our eyes on the ball, looking for the best new releases from the November month to share with you. This month’s roundup features two very different projects from ex-members of the hip-hop collective, Odd Future, the latest work from a New York jazz luminary and a lot of gushing over the new The 1975...

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