The Week’s New Releases – Vol. 2

First things first - well done all of you for making it to the end of the week! You've endured sweaty school children on their summer holidays attacking you in the street like bunches of rabid zombies experiencing catastrophic sugar-highs, humid trains and buses and a relentless barrage of news updates on the Royal baby. But, you survived and as a small end of the week treat, … [Read more...]

The Week’s New Releases – Vol. 1

Ammar: Welcome to the first of (hopefully) many weekly features where I shepherd you musically-inclined folk to the tastiest gems of the past week's new releases. I'll try and cover as broad a range of music as possible, as long as I actually listen to the stuff, and traverse across the popularity spectrum (from Rihanna to 'that amazing post-punk-grunge '90s band that were … [Read more...]

Earl Sweatshirt Releases New Single ‘Chum’

I used to be quite a fan of Odd Future when they first started releasing their ridiculously obscene songs back in 2008; I wasn't necessarily a fan for the 'shock value' of their records but actually because the individual members of the group had some real lyrical talent and the beat production was filthy and unrefined compared to all the Kanye layering and auto-tune. Earl … [Read more...]

Getting Graphic: Do We Like Explicit Music?

Recently, it seems to me that we've been buying and praising more explicit music than we usually do. The huge increase in the popularity of rap collective OFWGKTA for me has really grabbed my attention and begged the question: Do people really like listening to this stuff? … [Read more...]

Earl – Earl Sweatshirt

WARNING: This post is not for the faint of heart. This has been out for a while, and I first heard it a long time ago, but Earl Sweatshirt is finally starting to get the recognition he deserves. The release of Yonkers by Tyler The Creator triggered a huge spike in popularity for the rap collective OFWGKTA (of which Earl Sweatshirt is a member), and so it seems fitting to write … [Read more...]