Flagship Tracks: The 10 Best Singles of 2017

The age of buying singles as CDs from Woolworths may be well and truly passed, but artists still put singles out to advertise their albums, for radio play or to achieve internet virality. Join us as we take a look at our writers’ picks from the past year, spanning indie rock to hip-hop to extreme…

Come Together, Right Now: The 5 Best Music Festivals of 2017

From chilled vibes to lively crowds and seemingly endless nights, festivals embody – for so many of us – the pinnacle of summertime fun; not only are you leaving the house and interacting to normal human beings, but you also have the opportunity to gorge your ears on as many awesome bands as you like….

Music Scenes: The 5 Best Soundtracks of 2017

In our second 2017 round-up piece, some of our writers have chosen the five best soundtracks from TV and film this year. From fluffy bears to gritty warfare, a good audio accompaniment can deeply affect how you view something, so read on to see some of the most effective audiovisual combinations to hit our screens…

Screening Music: The 5 Best Videos of 2017

Our selection of the best music videos of 2017 includes dances of colour, classic movie tropes, enchanting spectacles and myriad notes of didacticism. Join us on our countdown of the five most bewitching, engrossing and powerful visual articulations of music to emerge this year.  5. Andromeda, Gorillaz This may seem a peculiar contender for best…

Feature: Nick Hakim – Green Twins

After three years of anticipation, D.C’s Nick Hakim has released debut album Green Twins.   The Berklee College attenders’ previous work on the ‘Where Will We Go’ projects were tranquilising and comforting efforts; as would be expected from a Music Therapy student. In conversation with NME, Hakim said these previous EPs make you ‘feel like you’re…

Feature: Nina Simone – From Strange Fruit, to Müller Yoghurt and Bach

After being denied entry to The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia on the basis of her skin colour, Eunice Waymon defied subservience by adopting the name Nina Simone. She went on to use her classical musical education to forge out a career for herself, transcending through the genres of pop, folk, jazz and the…

Feature: Tracks to ease you into Autumn

As the autumnal weather sets in, we all put on our extra jumpers, woolly hats and scarves. We sit by the window drinking hot chocolate whilst watching the rust-coloured leaves fall to the ground. As with every season, Autumn calls for a playlist to truly put you in that cosy mood. Many songs from various…

Feature: The wonderful world of festival volunteering

In these times of financial uncertainty, it is becoming more and more difficult for avid music fans to experience live performances; entrance fees for gigs are increasing at an exorbitant rate, whilst a weekend ticket for a music festival often cost hundreds of pounds. It’s not surprising, therefore, that many festival visitors are opting to…

Coldplay: Throughout The Years

Before Coldplay became one of the most world-famous bands of the 21st Century, a couple of significant changes occurred in their early years. Initially, Chris Martin and lead guitarist Jonny Buckland created a band called Pectoralz in 1996 during their university studies at UCL. Over the next two years, band members were recruited; in 1997,…

Celebrating the unique life and career of Alan Vega (1938-2016)

On July 16th , Suicide frontman Alan Vega sadly passed away. He leaves behind one of the most influential musical legacies of any 20th century artist. Formed in 1970 with instrumentalist Martin Rev, Suicide quickly began creating their claustrophobic vignettes of American life with four tight walls of cheap drum machines, tinny synths, short loops…