For over 100 days, Ferguson has been on a knife edge, awaiting the verdict from the Grand Jury. As it happens Mike Brown’s killer, Darren Wilson will not be indicted nor will he be charged for the teenager’s death. We prepared ourselves for this outcome yet when it arrived, I still felt a deep sadness. […]Read more "The Fallacy of ‘Black on Black’ Crime"
Race has always been a prevalent topic of discussion. Before we were black, we simply existed as people. Black didn’t become a race until whites coined it. With any dialogue regarding race comes a field of eggshells, people are cautious as they don’t want to defend and rightfully so. Many people, notably my closest friends, […]Read more "Being Unapologetically Black"
For some, purchasing music is a ritual. Stores such as HMV resemble ghost towns now and the very mention of going to one to buy a CD seems alien. Once a hobby for many, browsing through shelves looking for physical music now appears to be a trend on the rise again. Nowadays you’ll find recent […]Read more "Vinyl’s ‘Resurgence’ and Music Ownership"
Black History Month has always raised a few eyebrows. People question why we only have a month to celebrate it, or why it even exists. Nevertheless, whilst it exists, we may as well use it as an opportunity to educate and to learn more about our history and community. What’s important to understand is that […]Read more "More Than Melanin: A Film Series on Black Experiences"
The enigmatic duo Men Among Boys return with a third track from their forthcoming In Reverse EP. The Edge features their soft choir-like vocals over a piercing beat. What makes the duo unique is their ability to have their falsettos work in tandem with sounds that should contrast, but instead complement. Having already showcased previous […]Read more "New Music: Men Among Boys – The Edge"
Good music is what you come to expect from LA native, King avriel. Since appearing on the scene, the songstress has been going from strength to strength with each release. King avriel’s latest release 180 certainly doesn’t buck the trend. The beat is everything you’d expect from an R&B track, thumping bass. As with her […]Read more "New Music – King avriel – 180"
Ahead of the release of her first project Thesis and with the help of NOISEY VICE, King avriel showcases the visuals for the single Caricatures. In black and white, the video features King avriel herself in striking poses whilst singing into the camera. It’s alluring as much as it is enthralling. The visuals end with a striking image […]Read more "New Music Video: King avriel – Caricatures"
“John Legend mixed with a little Frank Ocean.” That’s how my friend described Kyan, a young alternative R&B singer from Cambridge, UK. If I was asked to describe Kyan’s sound I would say soulful electric. On songs like Zoo you can hear the more traditional soul come through, whilst on Rosetta and its remix there […]Read more "Music You Need To Listen To – Kyan"
The enigmatic duo Men Among Boys return with their latest track PurpleBlack. They deliver their trademark sound which is already evident after two tracks – layered and high vocals over a beat that gradually builds. Much like Presence of Man, the individual layers all play an important role in the overall sound of the track. As with any new artist, […]Read more "Music You Need To Listen To: Men Among Boys – PurpleBlack"
Whenever a new artist arrives on the scene, they are met with comparisons to other up and coming/established artists in order to entice you to listen to their music. As great as that can be, I feel that as a newcomer, your message can lost somewhere in all of those comparisons. King avriel treats us to a new […]Read more "Music You Need To Listen To: King avriel – Judgment Day // Valley Idols"