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D Double E: There’s only way for grime to go, and that’s UP, Uncategorized

D Double E: There’s only way for grime to go, and that’s UP

Grime has been a big love of mine since its very early days, before the genre really had a name. I’d listen to, and tape, shows from stations like Rinse and Dejavu on a regular basis, witnessing the evolution from garage to grime first-hand. D Double E is an MC who stood out right from [...]

By | | Friday, 21 November 2014 at 3:26 pm

Children’s books for November: The Something, The Imaginary and Eren, Arts

Children’s books for November: The Something, The Imaginary and Eren

This month’s theme is imaginary friends. Though, as you’ll see, some of the imaginary creatures in the stories I’ve chosen are perhaps not as friendly as they first seem. And some of them may or may not be all that imaginary…

PICTURE BOOK OF THE MONTH: The Something

Rebecca Cobb is something of a rising star [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 21 November 2014 at 2:39 pm

Friday Book Design Blog: Things to Make and Break, by May-Lan Tan, Arts

Friday Book Design Blog: Things to Make and Break, by May-Lan Tan

CB Editions has been having quite a time of it in the media spotlight recently, with a Goldmsiths Prize shortlisting for Will Eaves’s ‘exploded novel’ The Absent Therapist, and now a shortlisting for the Guardian First Book Award for May-Lan Tan’s excellent debut collection of stories, Things to Make and Break.
As you can see, there [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 21 November 2014 at 1:59 pm

Jim Bob and Fruitbat reveal what stopped Carter USM, Music

Jim Bob and Fruitbat reveal what stopped Carter USM

Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine has been stopped… but why now? Jim Bob and Fruit Bat reveal all ahead of their farewell show in Brixton this weekend.

By | Music | Thursday, 20 November 2014 at 9:05 am

Introducing: FALLS, Arts

Introducing: FALLS

Hailing from Deeside in North Wales, FALLS specialise in a unique amalgamation of crackpot musical ideas and invention. Citing their influences as “all of the things,” FALLS’s sound is a tricky beast to pin down, but if you were to take the wild chaotic live show of Baby Godzilla, the freaky spindly guitar lines of [...]

By | Arts, Music | Wednesday, 19 November 2014 at 1:00 pm

Saytek on his labour of love and renewed focus, Music

Saytek on his labour of love and renewed focus

aytek, AKA Joseph Keevil, doesn’t do things by halves. As well as being involved in house and techno for well over a decade, he’s a family man who juggles being a father with refining his craft and performing regularly across the UK and Europe.

By | Music | Tuesday, 18 November 2014 at 2:40 pm

The Coalition’s regressive fiscal policies revealed, Chunomics

The Coalition’s regressive fiscal policies revealed

Which is the appropriate baseline for evaluating the distributional impact of the Coalition’s fiscal policies? The answer to that question would seem to be obvious.

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 18 November 2014 at 2:14 pm

Check out Al Dobson Jr’s happy hour, Arts

Check out Al Dobson Jr’s happy hour

London DJ collective Brand New Wayo kick off a new guestmix series with an hour of music from Bristol’s Al Dobson Jr.

By | Arts, Music | Monday, 17 November 2014 at 2:29 pm

Alesso: ‘I just bring good emotions to people’, Arts

Alesso: ‘I just bring good emotions to people’

Sweden’s latest prize EDM export reveals how he went from being a humble bedroom producer to passing Kanye West in the corridors of Def Jam Records.

By | Arts, Music | Monday, 17 November 2014 at 10:11 am

Why isn’t Rick James on Canada’s Walk of Fame?, Arts

Why isn’t Rick James on Canada’s Walk of Fame?

“A trip to Canada raised a few questions – like why doesn’t Rick James get given more kudos from the residents of his second home? And who actually invented ice wine… and more importantly, who likes drinking it?”

By | Arts, Music | Sunday, 16 November 2014 at 10:13 pm

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