Dhruva Balram

Black Midi – ‘Schlagenheim’ review

There's a raging fire at the core of Black Midi's debut album, ‘Schlagenheim’. The heat can be felt right from the off, with opener...

Peter Cat Recording Co. – ‘Bismillah’ review

There’s a lot to marvel at on any Peter Cat Recording Co. album: the crooner vocals, the gorgeous ornate instrumentation, the infectious choruses. But,...

The Big Read – Tierra Whack: “I’m working hard to change the world”

Philly rapper Tierra Whack does things her own way, with a 15-minute debut album made of 15 minute-long songs, and a recent penchant for surreal, horror movie-inspired videos. It's won her a legion of fans that includes Lauryn Hill, Andre 3000 and Tyler, the Creator, all of whom have entered her candy cane world. Ahead of her biggest UK show to date, at London's Village Underground on June 3, she tells Dhruva Balram about her burning ambition to make a movie, work with Kanye and eat her way around the world.

Jamila Woods – ‘LEGACY! LEGACY!’ review

With her debut album, 'HEAVN', Jamila Woods arrived with a tidal force. Her blend of contemporary soul and R&B straddled contemplation and endurance, struggle...

Matt Martians – ‘The Last Party’ review

On his second album, Matt Martians – aka The Internet keyboardist Matthew Martin – allows for a bit of respite. There’s no sense of...

slowthai’s in-the-round London show is a triumphant knockout to his Brexit Bandit tour

Bodies - shirtless, contorted - slap the wooden floor and crab-walk across it. They’re clearing a space in the middle of a seething crowd....

Queen Zee: “We’re here to try and break the echo chamber”

A sold-out crowd is gathered on a packed dance floor at The Lexington in Islington, London. The crowd is mostly young and – while...

Queen Zee – ‘Queen Zee’ review

On their self-titled debut album, Queen Zee seem to have released 10 loud, heavy songs that ooze with attitude. It’s only when you clamber...

11 life lessons we learned from Killer Mike’s righteous new Netflix show ‘Trigger Warning’

If you’re a fan of Killer Mike's music, you’re aware of his politics. It’s an integral part of who he is and one of...

Future – ‘The Wizrd’ review

Future’s longevity in the hip-hop world is undeniable. The Atlanta rapper has crafted melodic chart-topping hits for years, confidently propping himself up alongside some...
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