The 22nd part of my 'London on Screen' series for Time Out and a look at how the Royal Lancaster Hotel has changed since the swinging sixties, a time where it featured in The Italian Job as the scene of an orgy featuring fresh-out-of-jail Michael Caine.
"Even if NOIR feels a little sporadic, it’s filled with potent music — there’s just a sense that this is more a great collection of songs than a great album."
Listening to intelligent dance music producer Qebrus feels a lot like entering another dimension, his music stumbling its way through electronic chaos, leaving the listener unsure over what just happened."
"It would be lazy, offensive even, to label Metro’s production as trap. His beats manage to feel both minimalist and maximalist at the same time, with Metro creating vast compositions out of what feels like fairly traditional rap production techniques."
A Tribe Called Quest legend Q-Tip talks to Thomas Hobbs about his solo masterpiece 'The Renaissance', which has just turned ten, and why he believes young rappers don’t respect their elders in this wide-ranging interview.
"Nothing on the screen comes close to the horror of what is happening in the next seat over, where someone is consuming their fifth Peperami of the night, carefully sliding the brown sausage out of its plastic packaging as though opening a very small and delicate present."
The 21st part of my 'London on Screen' series for Time Out and a look at how Russell Square tube station has changed since it appeared in 1972 horror Death Line, a film about cannibals who live under the station, feasting on the commuters above.
Pianist Jocelyn Pook tells us how director Stanley Kubrick gave the then-relatively unknown composer free reign to soundtrack a film starring Hollywood’s biggest couple, Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman.
A personal essay on director John Carpenter's 1980 horror, which returns to cinemas this Halloween.
"The youthful crowd at the Koko tonight is a great reflection of a diverse, modern London. Looking around at so many people getting lost in this music, it’s clear jazz has returned to the forefront of culture in a way not seen since Miles Davis was at the peak of his powers. The only difference? Well, this time around it appears that Britain is leading the charge."
Hairdresser Joshua Coombes started cutting homeless people’s hair to help them get back their dignity. Now he’s turning his efforts into a social movement…
"There isn’t anything particularly bad about these songs, it’s just a shame they sound a million miles away from the goofy Lil Yachty raps some of us fell in love with. It’s as if Yachty is working overtime to erase the soft image he has cultivated."
25 years later, 'Enta da Stage' remains the soundtrack of not giving a fuck, bottling the rebellious feeling of being a teenager and wanting to rule the world.