Author: Lily Blakeney-Edwards

Rex Orange County – ‘Pony’ | Album Review

In what could be considered one of the most highly anticipated releases of the year, Rex Orange County, also known as Alexander O’Connor, has made his triumphant return to indie lovers everywhere, with his new album ‘Pony’. With this being the first batch of new music from this beloved artist since 2016, the album feels like a new venture, and is delivered with more maturity, intricacy and blunt honesty. Beginning with the single of the album ‘10/10’, a track about the young artist’s less than appealing year, it is this piece that could be considered to stray furthest from...

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KANO @ Manchester Albert Hall | Review

Written by Kwesi Sekyi While never shying away from the realities of his native Newham, rapper Kano managed to pulse an infectious joy and energy through the filled seats of the Albert Hall for the whole of his 90 minutes. Between reprising his role as Sully in the recently revived Top Boy and releasing his fifth studio album, Hoodies All Summer, the East London rapper has had a busy year. But if there was any Kano fatigue, it couldn’t be found in a crowd of fanatics who religiously rapped back a set heavy with his newest material. Kojey Radical,...

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Sophie and The Giants | Interview and Review

It’s early evening and raining like hell outside. Sophie (vocals) and The Giants, made up Chris Hill (drums), Antonia Pooles (bass) and Toby Holmes (guitar) are gathered round a small wooden table, surrounded by hummus, pitta, and Doritos. You would think that it’s just another night of hanging out as friends for the upcoming indie stars, instead of the first night of their well-awaited UK tour. “We’ve just been playing in Europe for a while, which has been amazing. We were so sad to leave!” Sophie smiles. “It’s still insane that we’ve gone from selling 10 tickets last time...

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The Leisure Society @ LEAF | Review

As they took to the stage, it was clear that the cosy setting of LEAF was a perfect backdrop to the Leisure Society’s intimate, yet unforgettable sound. With Liverpool being the final stop in their UK tour, members Nick Hemming (vocals), Christian Hardy (keyboard),  Sebastian Hankins (Drums), Jon Cox (Bass), and Mike Siddell (Violin) each looked eager to perform as they took to the stage, kicking off the night with the track ‘You Got The Universe’, from their acclaimed latest album ‘Arrivals and Departures’. The band brought the room to life immediately, and as the night begun, it quickly...

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Charlie Sloth | Interview

It’s quite a surreal sight to see Charlie Sloth in a small room in the Guild. With a career that involves being a former Radio 1 DJ, the creator of the iconic ‘Fire in the Booth’ series, and most recently a host on Apple Music’s Beats 1, Sloth has transformed himself from an underground DJ in Camden, to a well-respected radio star. Despite his remarkable achievements, it is clear as we sit down to discuss his career and upcoming projects, Sloth is as hardworking and passionate about the industry as ever: Pictured: Charlie Sloth. Photo Credit: Apple Music. How...

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