"If, like me, you choose to believe Flower Boy was sincere and genuinely based around Tyler coming out of the closet, then IGOR appears to be about him finally living this truth. Even if he has had his heart broken, he now has his freedom – and that’s why the music on IGOR sounds so alive."
"In thick bursts of energy, slowthai confronts the listener with everything positive and negative about British pop culture, and ponders whether it’s okay to still be proud of this nation even though it appears to be imploding."
"With an audience filled with people who believe rap music died in the mid-90s (one person walks past me wearing a T-shirt that says: “Less Drake, More Tupac”), the Gods of Rap tour is positioning itself as a hip-hop purist’s wet dream..."
"This experimental rap group give off the impression they’re only interested in blowing up on their own terms, and should the mainstream not embrace them, well, then that’s their loss and underground rap’s gain."
“I want to do stuff for kids like me so they don’t feel like they’ve got to go and sell drugs or be the next top boy on the estate. I want to show them there’s more to life than that.”
"When it’s easier to blame a conspiracy about mind control than it is to face our political differences then something is very wrong."
"As a lyricist, Mac sounds more focused than ever before, capable of sardonic assessments of the American dream, something that’s particularly evident on ‘All Of Our Yesterdays’. The song has a sarcastic edge, thematically exploring the idea that a lot of the best things about our past have disappeared and won’t be coming back."
"It is a thrill to be immersed in an era of filmmaking so far removed from endless superhero sequels, where character actors like Bob Hoskins were allowed to shine and original ideas about time travelling teenagers dominated the box office. HandMade Films only operated as a studio for just over 10 years, but its impact on British cinema will last forever."
The music-producer-turned-director Alan Elliott on the epic quest to release Aretha Franklin documentary ‘Amazing Grace’
"This album most recalls Eminem’s Revival; another record obsessed with lifeless piano raps, which confused being honest with being thoughtful. It’s important that Loyle Carner is exploring the idea of toxic masculinity through his music, but it’s a shame he’s doing so in such a boring way."
"I’m sleeping in the doorway outside Heal’s on Tottenham Court Road, yet have a feature film to my name. Not bad, huh? I guess I want to show the public that homeless people have dreams too."
The 27th part of my 'London on Screen' series for Time Out and a look at the tailors from Kingsman: the Secret Service...