Looking for some new listenings but too lazy to read me? Don’t worry, I got you. I’ve made a playlist of what I’ve been listening to over the last month. I’m gonna ‘try’ to do one at the end of every month. It’s a mix of new and some old. There’s even a version on […]

In 2015, Dr. Dre released the loooooong awaited follow-up to 2001, his classic album from 1999. That’s a whopping 16 years, which in musical fandom world is like a lifetime. The album was Compton, and it was inspired by Straight Outta Compton, the excellent biopic about the trailblazing hip-hop group N.W.A., which Dr Dre was […]

Some of the biggest icons in history have totally rocked the single moniker. Think Jesus, Bert – and Ernie, Vegemite … to name just a few. Aside from those equally important categories of religion, Sesame Street and breakfast foods, the world of popular music has been the most fertile breeding ground for one-name wonders – […]

For the first time ever, 2017 was the year that hip-hop reigned supreme and overtook rock (yes, that ageing stalwart is still kicking apparently) as the most popular genre in US music. Take a bow, friends. Or get on board soon to be even friendlier-friends. Some of my favourites have all been late influencers in […]

Although my official language is English, my preferred dialect is actually pop-culture. So, being the Seinfeld-loving, hot-dog and hip-hop enthusiast I am, the first time I stepped foot onto New York’s concrete soil I felt so culturally fluent I wondered if this was the home that life had originally planned for me. Maybe I got […]

It’s Grammy night 2018, y’all. After just landing back in the UK from sunny California, I’m regretting that I didn’t stay in the US another night to watch it live. I mean, where are my priorities at? Unless jet lag wakes me at 3am so I can at least see the best album announced, it […]

Everyone has those pivotal moments in their relationship with music. They might feel totally transformational at the time and you are soaking it all in while acknowledging the big deal taking place. Or it can be more subtle and it’s only when you look back you realise the significance of ‘it’. For me, the Cranberries […]

Most people think the turning point of Justin Timberlake’s career was his solo debut, Justified. That is justified (soz), yet as significant and public as that milestone was, it was the final transformation born of the seeds planted with the making and release of Celebrity, *NSYNC’s third and final album. Celebrity was the moment Justin […]

If you want to hear my inaugural (aka test) of an audio version of this post, you can press play via my Facebook page – click here. If not, read on now. At that pivotal stage of high school that is year 9, we were introduced to a new music teacher. I had a good […]

Were you confused by Taylor Swift’s new song, Look What You Made Me Do? Or maybe this first bite of her new album Reputation left a strange taste in your ears? Don’t worry, you were in good company. Between the release of the song and its accompanying video, I had what can only be described as a deeply superficial […]

There have been two countries that have most impressed and influenced my musical sense and sensibilities over the years. The first, and arguably most significant, is the US of A with all the hip-hop and R&B that my heart desired and ultimately craved into borderline addiction. The other is Sweden, thanks to their gigantic and […]

Growing up in rural Australia, naturally Vegemite was my main spread. Less expectedly however, it was R&B that was my main squeeze. Against all environmental norms this music that originated in black America spoke more than any other to a young white boy in the small-town of Seymour (population: 6,000 people). I think we can […]

  Amy. Oh, Amy. Her anniversary is always bittersweet. It’s a time the world-at-large seems to revel in and truly acknowledge all of her talents, just as she deserves. Yet, like other artists remembered after their time, it’s with more respect and kindness from the masses (and media) than she was afforded while she was […]

I SWORE I would never return to Lovebox after last year. A logistical nightmare, where more time was spent queueing to get in, and once in, it was followed by more queueing for toilets and drinks than the consumption of the actual music. It was only marginally better this year too. When I compare to […]

Let’s face it, ‘you-did-me-wrong-you-prick’ songs are fairly commonplace in pop music. Sure, they’re mostly about bad boyfriends but that doesn’t mean they should always be taken with a grain of salt/pinch of glitter. Absolutely not, for there are some epic, brilliant ones. I’ve had very deep and meaningful relationships with some over the years. Dare […]

My relationship with music has always been a sentimental one. And seriously so. Sure, sometimes that means my ‘emotions’ get the better of me. Like the time I became so obsessed with Dixie Chick’s version of Landslide I had to put my headphones in to listen to it … while out at a club with friends. There […]

Guilty pleasure (noun) Something, such as a film, television programme, or piece of music, that one enjoys despite feeling that it is not generally held in high regard. That’s according to everyone’s favourite recyclopaedia, Wikipedia. We’re all bound to have them, if only because perceptions of ‘high regard’ are relative to each person’s own standards […]

I am quite well known in certain uncertain circles for my love of rap – and my love of rapping. I’m less well known for being loved for my rapping, a struggle that has only made me more determined over the years. I’m word perfect on many a Jay-Z or Q-Tip track. My other party […]

Unless you’re Amish – or embracing a similar radical lifestyle that includes no social media – you no doubt saw the news and read the (face)books. The news that Frank Ocean’s muuuuch looooong awaited second album, Boys Don’t Cry (his first mixtape not technically counted as an album, for reasons I’ll explain another time) was […]

The list of muse-os on my concert bucket list expands annually, not unlike my waistline – I wonder if the two are related? There’s some food for thought in among my thoughts about food. Fiona Apple, Outkast and Aaliyah have each hovered around the top three of that list for more than 10 years now. Sure, […]