Articles by: Jake Hawkes

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Strange Cages ooze out into the light on their new EP “The Cracks”

Strange Cages ooze out into the light on their new EP “The Cracks”

Brighton sleaze-rock connoisseurs Strange Cages have just dropped their new EP “The Cracks”, a slice of psychedelic-meets-psychosis that could happily soundtrack a Hammer Horror reboot. Strange Cages have always borrowed a lot from cult heroes The Cramps, but the selection of tracks on offer here push further away from this // Read More

by × June 26, 2017 ×

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Knucks: Meet UK rap’s rising star

Knucks: Meet UK rap’s rising star

Knucks has just come off stage and sat down in what is normally the VIP area of Shoosh, a Brighton nightclub that’s hosting the GRM Daily stage at this year’s Great Escape Festival. Today it’s the backstage area for the artists playing, and instead of champagne in the cooler there’s // Read More

by × June 5, 2017 ×

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20 acts to see at this year’s Great Escape festival (4/4)

20 acts to see at this year’s Great Escape festival (4/4)

The final week of our 20 ones to watch for The Great Escape, and we thought we’d wake you up a bit by suggesting a few more out-there artists to go and see. We can’t promise everyone on this list is good in a conventional sense, but they’re all interesting, // Read More

by × May 17, 2017 ×

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20 acts to see at this year’s Great Escape festival (3/4)

20 acts to see at this year’s Great Escape festival (3/4)

Another week, another five acts. It’s bloody exhausting, isn’t it? But it’s worth it, because all of them are great, so stop complaining. See below for this week’s five, don’t enjoy yourselves too much (but do enjoy yourself a little bit). Salen Salen is a village in Sweden with 652 // Read More

by × May 5, 2017 ×

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20 Acts to see at this year’s Great Escape Festival (2/4)

20 Acts to see at this year’s Great Escape Festival (2/4)

You’ve had a whole week to listen to the five acts we recommended for The Great Escape, so if you’ve done that then well done. If you haven’t then we aren’t angry, we’re just disappointed. But don’t worry, here’s five more you can check out to make up for it! // Read More

by × April 29, 2017 ×

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20 Acts to see at this year’s Great Escape Festival (1/4)

20 Acts to see at this year’s Great Escape Festival (1/4)

The Great Escape is all about new music. Sure, there are bands like Slaves playing, but they’re just to sell tickets to the unassuming. Dig deeper and it’s all sweet, sweet new music. “But I don’t know any new music!” We hear you wail, wiping your dribbling nose on the sleeve // Read More

by × April 20, 2017 ×

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Sweetmates drop a four track Disco Turd, and it sounds great

Sweetmates drop a four track Disco Turd, and it sounds great

    Just when you thought your summer wasn’t going to have a soundtrack, Sweetmates have dropped their debut EP, and it’s a banger. Combining the house-inspired electronic drums of producer Declan Rogers with singer/guitarist Sam Bunker’s emotional lyricism, Disco Turd manages to straddle the indie/electro divide like it’s the // Read More

by × April 1, 2017 ×

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The top 5 ad libs in grime

The top 5 ad libs in grime

  Ad libs are weird, let’s get that out of the way first. Evolving from phrases like “uh-huh” or “yeah” designed to fill spaces between lines, today’s ad libs are a hell of a lot more creative. US rappers like 2 Chainz and Lil Jon are almost more famous for // Read More

by × February 23, 2017 ×

Articles, Music

Why grime isn’t the new punk (and why that’s a good thing)

Why grime isn’t the new punk (and why that’s a good thing)

With grime’s recent re-appearance in the mainstream of popular music a lot of articles have been written about where it came from and what it can be compared to. Amongst these comparisons a popular one is that grime is the modern day equivalent of punk. Whilst the two seem to // Read More

by × February 9, 2017 ×