Why Mandy Moore is the artist to watch in 2020: Actress, Musician and an unlikely voice of the #MeToo Movement

In the wake of the much needed #MeToo movement, emotional, physical and financial abuse has shown to be both rampant and embedded in the film and television industry. For whatever reason, the music industry seems to have escaped the tsunami of allegations and legal action that these industries have experienced. Not because abuse isn’t there, … Continue reading Why Mandy Moore is the artist to watch in 2020: Actress, Musician and an unlikely voice of the #MeToo Movement

‘Boyfriend’ – Ariana Grande & Social House

You ain’t my boyfriend/ I ain’t your girlfriend/ But you don't want me to see nobody else/ And I don't want you to see nobody It’s start-stop and start again. The opening bars, with their distorted accordion, push and pull you. The lyrics are back and forth, brimming with tension and confusion. Even the chorus … Continue reading ‘Boyfriend’ – Ariana Grande & Social House

‘7 Rings’ – Ariana Grande

Breakfast at Tiffany's and bottles of bubbles/ Girls with tattoos who like getting in trouble/ Lashes and diamonds, ATM machines/ Buy myself all of my favorite things Who would have thought that Rodgers and Hammerstein’s’ 1959 song ‘My Favourite Things’ would be being danced to in 2019, a mere 60 years after it first appeared … Continue reading ‘7 Rings’ – Ariana Grande

That place between sleep and awake: ‘imagine’ – Ariana Grande

"That place between sleep and awake, that place where you still remember dreaming? That's where I'll be waiting."   Not many songs make me cry on the first or second listen, but at the point where Ariana sings, “love how my face fits so good in your neck”, tears were falling and that ache of remembering … Continue reading That place between sleep and awake: ‘imagine’ – Ariana Grande

The Heart and Soul of Spotify: How Spotify’s Financial Policies Impact Artists – The Producer

Spotify is a great way to get music to people globally either for free or at a very low-cost monthly subscription. It is also now being used as an effective social media tool in that it allows artists to gain new fans either through their own Spotify pages or via specifically curated playlists. The streaming … Continue reading The Heart and Soul of Spotify: How Spotify’s Financial Policies Impact Artists – The Producer

The Heart and Soul of Spotify: How Spotify’s Financial Policies Impact Artists – The Label

Spotify is a great way to get music to people globally either for free or at a very low-cost monthly subscription. It is also now being used as an effective social media tool in that it allows artists to gain new fans either through their own Spotify pages or via specifically curated playlists. The streaming … Continue reading The Heart and Soul of Spotify: How Spotify’s Financial Policies Impact Artists – The Label

‘God is a woman’ – Ariana Grande

Sensual guitars and Grande’s vocal open ‘God is a woman’, creating a RnB and nu-soul tinged atmosphere full of longing and want. Heavy reggae infused beats and synths fill the song expanding into the pre-chorus with Grande’s voice sliding into her signature higher register. Her vocals quickening and becoming breathless with each line. And I … Continue reading ‘God is a woman’ – Ariana Grande

Edward Hopper, Silent Spaces and ‘Putting On Airs’ by Erin Rae

The external becomes the internal, the political becomes the personal and vice versa. One bleeds into the other until it’s all muddy and messy and we don’t know where outside influences begin or where we end. In Erin Rae’s album Putting On Airs, co-produced by Dan Knobler and Jerry Bernhardt,(Single Lock, 8th June) the personal … Continue reading Edward Hopper, Silent Spaces and ‘Putting On Airs’ by Erin Rae

Something Old, Something New: Luther Ingram – ‘(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don’t Want to Be Right’

Something Old, Something New is purely a selfish way for me to write about music that I love. Some of it will be the music I heard my parents playing when I was growing up and some of it will be music I discovered on my own but all of it will be music that I … Continue reading Something Old, Something New: Luther Ingram – ‘(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don’t Want to Be Right’

Midnight – Jessie Ware

Midnight, the witching hour, the moment one day ends and becomes part of the past, and the next one begins. Wilson Pickett sung about waiting till the midnight hour, when no one else was around, to be with his lover, “I'm gonna take you, girl, and hold you/ And do all things I told you, … Continue reading Midnight – Jessie Ware