Album review: ‘Different Creatures’ by Circa Waves

Liverpool 4-piece Circa Waves are back with their second album, ‘Different Creatures’, and in their latest press photos, the band look rather moody, all bathed in red light and black leather-clad.  The stylistic rebellion carries on musically: if their indie-debut, ‘Young Chasers’, was a carefree soundtrack to the joys and anxieties of youth, ‘Different Creatures’ is its harder hitting cousin – an altogether rockier and … Continue reading Album review: ‘Different Creatures’ by Circa Waves

Book review: ‘I Am Malala’

Seeking inspiration for the New Year?  ‘I Am Malala’ is a good place to start… On Tuesday the 9th of October 2012, sixteen year old Pakistani school girl, Malala Yousafzai, was shot at close range by the Taliban as she returned home by bus.  Her injuries were life-threatening, her recovery miraculous.  Since that fateful day in October, Malala’s world has been turned upside down.  Now … Continue reading Book review: ‘I Am Malala’

Honey & Co: Restaurant Review

It was a grey and torrentially wet February day – not ideal conditions for trudging through the busy streets of London.  It was, however, the perfect setting for lunch at Honey & Co, a tiny, cosy and much lauded Middle Eastern restaurant, nestled away in the capital’s Fitsrovia district. Honey & Co was opened by Israeli-born couple Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich after many years … Continue reading Honey & Co: Restaurant Review

Songs of the moment: February 9th

Alma – Dye My Hair Yellow-haired Alma is the latest Scandi-pop sensation to know about.  Hailing from Finland, this former talent contest finalist makes feisty and fun pop music, performed live with a trio of very cute drummers.  Check out her single ‘Karma’ and the irresistible ‘Dye My Hair Blonde’.  Ironically, the singer claims the song’s a lie – Alma’s florescent locks were entirely her idea. Circa Waves – … Continue reading Songs of the moment: February 9th

Album review: ‘Yesterday’s Gone’ by Loyle Carner

Whilst 2016 was the year that UK grime firmly hit the mainstream, both here and overseas, UK hip-hop has always seemed to lag considerably behind its American counterparts.    This, however, may all be about to change thanks to the British rapper Loyle Carner.  The Croydon MC’s poetic lyricism and old-school sound has been attracting a growing fan-base of late, selling out London venues and even … Continue reading Album review: ‘Yesterday’s Gone’ by Loyle Carner

Songs of the moment: 7th October

Zara Larsson & MNEK – Never Forget You If you haven’t heard this yet, you soon will.  Co-written with UK song-writer/producer Astronomyy, it features the powerful vocals of both Swedish pop-star Zara Larsson and the hit-making prodigy that is MNEK.  It’s a big modern-day romantic ballad that will no doubt be a radio favourite for some time.   Lapsley – Hurt Me I’ve been following Lapsley … Continue reading Songs of the moment: 7th October

Songs of the moment: 27th September

Spanning all musical genres, these are the best new releases from the past few weeks that I can’t get enough of.  Give them a listen and you’ll probably soon feel the same too. Love Ssega – Minds I was so excited to hear this track.  Ever since Love Ssega featured on Clean Bandit’s excellent ‘New Eyes’ album, I have been trying to get my hands on … Continue reading Songs of the moment: 27th September

Freshers’ Foodie Guide: St Andrews

From cosy cafés to a spot of fine dining at The Seafood Restaurant, our little town covers pretty much everything you could need. So, when you eventually tire of your hall’s seemingly never ending supply of potatoes, here are some of the best places to check out. Cafés Come, well, quite soon actually, when the Scottish winds are a-howling and the evenings increasingly dark, there’s … Continue reading Freshers’ Foodie Guide: St Andrews

Travel Guide: Galicia

After taking the half-crazy decision to study Spanish ab-initio last year, this summer saw me journeying to the land of Cervantes as an au-pair to put months of endless grammar work into practice.  Unlike previous fleeting school trips to Barcelona and Cantabria, this time I was heading to the North-western region of Galicia for a whole month, with a heady mix of trepidation and excitement … Continue reading Travel Guide: Galicia

Introducing: Clean Bandit

“So you think electronic music is boring?  You think…it’s stupid?  You think it’s repetitive?”.  So goes the playful intro to Clean Bandit’s first release ‘Mozart’s House’ – an addictive fusion of dance beats and Mozart’s String Quartet No.21 that cemented the band’s ‘electroquartet’ sound in 2013 and has since gone on to take the music world by storm.  With acts such as Disclosure, Rudimental and … Continue reading Introducing: Clean Bandit