Category : Music Features

Black Music in Leeds: The Rise of Sound Systems and the Advent of ‘Pirate’ Radio

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Claude ‘Hopper’ Hendrickson, now a Project Manager working on Racial Justice campaigns such as the ‘Race Card Project’ at Leeds West Indian Centre, has been involved in Leeds’ Sound Systems since the age of fourteen. He speaks to Ellie Montgomery about his experiences of identity, community and music within the … Read More

Celebrating Black History Month: 7 Black Artists Who Kill it in Heavy Metal and Hard Rock

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When you think of heavy metal and hard rock, ‘diverse’ isn’t the first descriptor that comes to mind; the genre is primarily-dominated by white men, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t talented black and POC musicians putting out excellent music. In celebration of Black History Month, writer Matthew Williams shines … Read More

Is A Surprise Beyoncé Release Around the Corner?

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For the last decade Beyoncé Knowles-Carter has become renowned for the control she has exerted over her public image down to the last detail. She rarely gives interviews and when she does, she has completely control. At her shows, professional cameras are no longer permitted, and she urges the press … Read More

Utilising Music For Self-Care

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Whether you are in your first year of University and dealing with moving away from home, or you are in final year trying to manage the looming pressure of a dissertation, we all need to prioritise time for a bit of self-care. World Mental Health Day has just passed and, … Read More

In the Public Eye: Music in a Mental Health Crisis

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Following ‘World Mental Health Day’, Charlotte Bresh explores the daunting levels of mental health issues within the music industry and the ways in which the stresses of high-profile life may impact the wellbeing of artists. October 10th marked 2018’s ‘World Mental Health Day’, an annual event dedicated to raising awareness … Read More

To Politicise a Butterfly

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Giulia Pesce reflects on Kendrick Lamar‘s involvement with Black Lives Matter, the political message behind hip-hop and why we should all still be listening to Lamar‘s seminal record, To Pimp a Butterfly, three years on. When I talk to my mum about rappers, she probably has a clear image in … Read More

Brockhampton: Redefining the ‘Boyband’

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The multifaceted hip-hop collective which charted at Number 1 on billboard’s top 200 – whilst being in the midst of a #MeToo scandal. Brockhampton are best described as an alternative hip-hop group compiled of six vocalists and eight assisting members such as producers and managers. The main members consist of … Read More

Charli XCX and Troye Sivan Go Back to the Future in ‘1999’

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Charli XCX is, without a doubt, one of the most forward-thinking voices in the 2018 pop landscape. From her two critically-acclaimed PC Music-produced mixtapes in 2017 to the string of leaked singles released this year, the 26 year-old pop provocateur has fully embraced pop in its purest, most euphoria-inducing form. … Read More

Body and Soul: The Black Women Who Pioneered Jazz, Blues and Soul

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Their songs are iconic; their voices unforgettable; their influence on music history irrepressible. They are the Black women who pioneered soul, jazz and blues, remaining timeless and a constant source of inspiration, vision and respect. Here are five important women who brought Black music into the spotlight. Gladys Bentley Gladys … Read More

“What’s Your Kink?”: Meet Your Music Editors

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If you’re an avid reader of our section, then you already know everything you need to know about music. But what about the people running the section this year? We’ve put together a little Q&A so you don’t have to stalk us on Facebook (and more importantly, so you know … Read More