The annual Mercury Prize has come around again, with a professional panel of musical judges; which this year includes Stormzy and Jorja Smith, selecting the winner. Twelve nominees have been selected for the award of Best album released by a British or Irish artist over the past 12 months, but who are we backing to win? Continue reading “The 2019 Mercury Prize: Our Thoughts and Predictions”
2019 has been a stellar musical year thus far, seeing rising stars embark on instant classic debut albums, seasoned veterans return to a heroes welcome and innovative minds delving into even weirder avenues of experimentation. In a half-year where music from Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish, Tyler The Creator and even the Jonas Brothers has come out; what has made the cut for our list of the best albums so far this year?
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On his unapologetic debut album, Northampton rapper slowthai enters the echelons of working class musical hero that blatantly inspired his gritty sound; using brutality and admirable honesty to tell us all candidly that there is Nothing Great About Britain. Continue reading “slowthai – Nothing Great About Britain: Album Review”
In 11 tracks and 51 minutes, Dave has not just shattered the glass ceiling surrounding the UK rap scene, he has soared to prophet level. Stylised as a therapy session, Psychodrama is as raw and honest as albums come; serving as a beacon of guidance for anyone struggling within a wide spectrum of difficult and traumatising topics. When artists like Dave come around we need to cherish him, this truly is one of the most essential releases this country has seen in a long time; Psychodrama is the UK rap album of a generation. Continue reading “Dave – Psychodrama: Album Review”
Little Simz has always been an immensely talented MC on the cusp of something special. Well, she’s finally shattered the glass ceiling here; crafting together a true coming-of-age album that feels as triumphant as it does emotive. The UK rap scene has been on the up for a few years now, but they better make room at the round table for a new face, a new hero to join hip-hop royalty; and her name is Simbi Ajikawo.
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