Last year we saw a revival of a genre that has only become a bigger force in 2015 – but what exactly has made it one not to be reckoned with? Words: Simone Wright, Subeditor: Cerys Kenneally “If you see man driving a German whip, blacked out windows, leaning back/See man driving a German whip, look like a baller, p’s and that,” was one of the most recognised choruses in music last year, courtesy of Meridian Dan. On the same day as German Whip’s release, Skepta and JME debuted their video for the ubiquitous “That’s Not Me”. Both songs were well received nationwide on urban and renowned radio stations, hinting that the MCs hailing from Tottenham were leading a resurgence of grime. Undeniably, grime is something that cannot be tamed. It’s a local genre, which draws influences f
Bring Me the Horizon brings a captivating angle in the music video for “True Friends” from their album That’s the Spirit. Words: Karolina Zilenaite, Subeditor: Simone Wright ★★★★★★★★☆☆ Bring Me the Horizon had already surprised us with a complete 180 degree turn of their sound, when they released their fifth studio album That’s the Spirit in early September. The band premiered their third music video for “True Friends” from their chart-topping album, following previous singles “Drown” and “Throne”, giving us an insight of the new direction that they are heading towards. It’s a stripped down version of their usual sound of screamo and heavy breakdowns, bringing their style to alternative rock, though they still manage to keep their dark theme going, both l
Imagine being the band that was behind the first ever record that Zane Lowe played on Apple’s Beats 1 station. Words: Cerys Kenneally, Subeditor: Karolina Zilenaite ★★★★★★★★☆☆ Spring King, the Manchester mavericks saving post-punk indie, have followed up from their successful EP with their new single, Who Are You? The bombarding beat pulsates through any object, leaving an electrifying glaze from the fuzzy guitars and the fast pace. The constant drilling from the head-banging beat has left our necks sore. Who Are You? is out Dec. 4 via Highs & Lows/PIAS. Stream the infectious track below.
Music videos can make a terrible song good, or a good song even better. With the highly anticipated UK Music Video Awards taking place this evening at Camden's Roundhouse, we picked out the five best videos that deserve a MVA. Words: Cerys Kenneally, Subeditor: Karolina Zilenaite 1. Kendrick Lamar - “Alright” The new king of Compton shows us who’s the boss with his video for "Alright". The monochrome video, directed by Colin Tilley, highlights the light and dark sides of today’s society. The narrative is impressive — swerving from police brutality to Kendrick flying down the highway, keeping the pace of the jazz-infused, hip-hop track. Riddled with fire, floating money and incredible slo-mo shots, Kendrick wows the world with his wise words and stunning visuals.