Jordan Bassett

Lil Kim – ‘9’ review: an icon returns, as lewd and confrontational as ever

Lil Kim hasn’t always got her due. When she first broke through with her 1996 masterpiece ‘Hard Core’, some critics assumed that the album...

Extinction Rebellion need to get their facts straight – and ditch the broccoli man – if they want to be taken seriously

I’m a supporter of Extinction Rebellion. How could you not be? Do you want to live on a planet that looks like Mad Max...

Small but perfectly formed: a love letter to the EP, the unsung hero format of the music world

No-one calls albums “LPs” any more, do they? Except your dad, maybe, when he remembers romancing your mum to all 10 saucy tracks from...

A timely reminder that Lil Kim’s ‘Hard Core’ is still the greatest rap record of all time

It’s with a certain delicious irony that Nicki Minaj has announced her retirement from music within a few weeks of Lil Kim's new album '9' having...

‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ star-turned-horrorcore rapper Aja: “Freddy Krueger is so gay”

Halloween is almost upon us, and that means it’s time for spooky music. It’s good news, then, that New York rappers Aja and Shilow...

“Morally bankrupt”? No, ‘Joker’ is a deeply moral movie about the power of kindness

Back in 1995, The New York Times called Kids, Harmony Korine’s unflinching cinema verité-style exploration of 24 hours in the lives of disaffected teenagers,...

DIIV – ‘Deceiver’ review: bruising and distorted grunge ballads about facing the past

DIIV have, it’s fair to say, been through some shit. There’s been frontman Zachary Cole Smith’s battle with heroin addiction, which in 2013 made the...

Steel Panther – ‘Heavy Metal Rules’ review: if you’ve never had sex, you might like this album

The main thing about Steel Panther is that they’re not funny. For a parody metal group, that’s less than ideal. The American band have...

Liam Gallagher – ‘Why Me? Why Not.’ review: a stellar sequel that adds depth of character

Early last year, Liam Gallagher promised NME that his second solo album would be “a bit more in-your-face” than ‘As You Were’, the Platinum-shifting...

Ameer Vann – ‘Emmanuel’ review: a devastating portrait of self-loathing and wrath

“I am broke and I am tired / I am lonely and depressed” isn’t even the bleakest lyric on ‘Emmanuel’, the new release from...
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