Elevating Music

As Comey Ate His Dinner, Trump Turned To Song In An Effort To Woo

Serenading James Comey over dinner in late January, we do not know whether Donald Trump doled out two scoops of ice cream or especially creamy chocolate pie. But as he sought to win the affection of the now former FBI Director, the fledgeling President – a man known to struggle with his reading – showed a surprisingly diverse penchant for…

One Year On From The Life Of Pablo, Giuseppe Store Still Inundated

It was a throwaway line, meant to add nothing more than a shade of personality and a tinge of local colour – the merest of peeks, if you will, behind the Kardashian-West curtain, the briefest taste of how it might feel when tempers inevitably fray to reveal those few loose threads, which otherwise bind together the most sumptuous drapery in…

‘Fastlove’ Becomes Slowblub In Adele’s Peerless Grammy Rendition

Before the 59th Annual Grammy Awards reached their poorly timed off-pitch crescendo – as Adele snapped her only-for-show Album of the Year award in half to figuratively feed Beyoncé scraps from the table – the lovely London lass attempted to pay tribute to the recently and dearly departed George Michael. Michael, the sultry and soulful R&B singer-songwriter, who attained superstardom with…

David Bowie Revealed As The Harbinger Of Death For 2016

When David Bowie’s death was announced one morning last January, the sudden news – yes we see you little starman – proved the cause for almost universal lament. But as everyone began to piece together the details of his final days – the release of Blackstar, his twenty-fifth studio album, and the eighteen-month struggle with liver cancer hidden from all…

Beyoncé Shoots, But Country Music’s Daddy Issues Remain Deep-Seated

It is hardly surprising within the closed world of country music to come across fathers infantilising their young. Daughters typically bear the brunt of such ostentatious displays of masculinity, with songs like ‘Daddy’s Girl’ by Red Sovine serving as staples of country radio in the hard trucking, heavy drinking, frequently philandering, altogether dirty South. But why do the women themselves…

At Felabration Get Down With The Kutis

To the uninitiated Fela Kuti may sound suspiciously like some vulgar euphemism, but to music aficionados the name rings a resounding bell or better yet blows a bellowing trumpet, Fela standing firm and proud as one of the greatest artists to have hitherto graced the African or indeed any other of the continents. A multi-instrumentalist equally at home on the…

If Sleep Is The Cousin Of Death, No Sleep Is Its Twin Sibling, Finds Study

More than twenty-two years after the release of Nas’s landmark debut studio album Illmatic, a controversial new study conducted by researchers at New York University has refuted one of the record’s major claims, concluding after months of painstaking tests and several near-death experiences that after all, we do need the occasional sleep. The study brought together leading academics from NYU’s schools of…

For Bryan Ferry, Looking Good Is Nothing More Than This

Emerging from dingy Durham into the multi-coloured, ambi-sextrous world of 1970s pop, as the founder and frontman of Roxy Music, Bryan Ferry found himself immediately thrust into a realm of beautiful women. What must have seemed like never never land viewed from the perspective of the coal mining pits of his youth swiftly became do you want some and more? As…

Britney At The VMAs Says ‘Jagshemash’

Making a triumphant return to the MTV Video Music Awards nine years after her last less-than-stellar performance, Britney Spears took the occasion to pay homage to one of her biggest idols. And while in previous times she might have cited Madonna, Janet Jackson, and Whitney Houston, this year she shone the spotlight instead on Sacha Baron Cohen, or more specifically his…