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Tracks of the Week 24.06.17

Kate NV – ‘KAK HOW’ * * * Kedr Livanskiy – ‘Ariadna’ * * * dvsn – ‘Don’t Choose’ * * * DJDS – ‘Trees On Fire’ (feat. Amber Mark & Marco McKinnis) * * * Vince Staples – ‘Rain Come Down’ * * * Bad Gyal – ‘Nicest Cocky’ (feat. Paul Marmota) * * * Son Little – ‘Blue…

Tracks of the Week 17.06.17

Bomba Estéreo – ‘Duele’ * * * Young Thug – ‘Daddy’s Birthday’ * * * Majid Jordan – ‘One I Want’ (feat. PARTYNEXTDOOR) * * * Lexie – ‘Blood Boils’ * * * Quavius – ‘Sudden Rise’ * * * Cardi B – ‘Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)’ * * * People Like You – ‘Variations on an Aria’ * *…

Tracks of the Week 10.06.17

SZA – ‘The Weekend’ * * * Waxahatchee – ‘Never Been Wrong’ * * * Zola Jesus – ‘Exhumed’ * * * Sheer Mag – ‘Need to Feel Your Love’ * * * FAKA – ‘Uyang’khumbala’ * * * Chief Keef – ‘Alone (Intro)’ * * * NÍDIA – ‘Sinistro’ * * * Toro y Moi – ‘Girl Like You’…

Tracks of the Week 03.06.17

Bad Gyal – ‘Jacaranda’ (feat. Dubbel Dutch) * * * BROCKHAMPTON – ‘GOLD’ * * * SahBabii – ‘Marsupial Superstars’ (feat. T3) * * * Broken Social Scene – ‘Skyline’ * * * Lorde – ‘Perfect Places’ * * * Lil Yachty – ‘Better’ (feat. Stefflon Don) * * * Popcaan & Davido – ‘My Story’ * * * Shanti…

Donald Trump Withdraws from Paris Climate Agreement: The World Responds

After teasing and tormenting his fellow world leaders and pledging an announcement only sometime this week, finally on Thursday – in the White House Rose Garden, surrounded by anti-environmentalists for the sort of bathetic display which has come to characterise every administrative ‘success’ – Donald Trump confirmed that he is pulling the United States out of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement….

The Culturedarm Shop Summer 2017 Collection

Ah summertime, and the living was easy once, but these days amid environmental degradation and political discombobulation, all too often it’s a soundtrack of sadness which reigns. Yet what better to wash away those seasonal heat-stricken blues than merchandise from the Culturedarm Shop, in a palette of yellows and lime greens and the occasional orange? For its summer collection, the Culturedarm…

Behind the Song: ‘M’appari’ from Friedrich von Flotow’s Martha

‘M’appari’ is the best-known name for the central aria from Friedrich von Flotow’s Martha, a romantic comic opera in four acts. Flotow – who was born into a musical family, his mother playing the piano and his father the flute – composed some thirty operas during his lifetime, beginning his career after studying at the Conservatoire de Paris, before achieving his first…

Boozy, Snoozy, Chocolatey Beer Cake

This chocolate beer cake doesn’t contain nearly enough alcohol to get anyone drunk – even if you never drink beer, abhorring the taste as in my case, or even if you feed the cake in mushed form to your newborn daughter or son. You can eat this cake or foist it off onto others and simply go about your business,…