Tag: Evening Standard

MATTHEW E WHITE interview – Evening Standard, 6 Oct 2017

Matthew E White is explaining to me the power of musical arrangement: “You can sing, ‘I love you’ and strum a major chord and it means one thing, but if you sing, ‘I love you’ and strum a minor chord, it means something completely different. That’s the beauty of it.”   It’s what he does best with his production house,… Read more →

NOT3S interview – Evening Standard, 29 Sept 2017

Uber’s troubles over the past week have been more fortuitous for one Hackney rapper. Addison Lee is both a rival taxi firm and the title of an increasingly popular single by Not3s (pronounced “Notes”). It’s a relaxed, melodic, slightly silly tune about a girl called Maddison, who our hero is so desperate to see that he’s willing to order a… Read more →

ENTER SHIKARI interview – Evening Standard, 22 Sept 2017

I can still remember the first time I ever heard Enter Shikari. If you’re unfamiliar with the St Albans band’s oeuvre, put your feet up next time you have a spare four minutes and give an early song like, say, their 2006 single Sorry You’re Not a Winner a spin. Rave drums, computer bleeps, death metal growls, grinding guitars and… Read more →

FOO FIGHTERS, O2 Arena – Evening Standard, 20 Sept 2017

What Dave Grohl called “our London record release party” did feel less momentous than his band’s delayed, long awaited Glastonbury headline set this summer, or the Wembley Stadium shows that never were in 2015 – cancelled when the frontman broke his leg. But as parties go, this was a belter. Like all the finest gatherings, it was loud, long and… Read more →

MR EAZI interview – Evening Standard, 15 Sept 2017

When a Mr Eazi song starts playing, you’ll know it’s him straight away. “Zagadat! It’s your boy Eazi,” he announces every time, as the beats kick in. He made up the word zagadat. “It means spiritual, beautiful,” he explains. Think of it as his logo, his Universal Pictures globe at the start of a movie. I’ve rarely met anyone so… Read more →

MERCURY PRIZE 2017 commentary – Evening Standard, 15 Sept 2017

The Mercury Prize is the most subjective of awards – no counting of sales figures, no academy or fan votes – just 12 people in a room arguing. For every supporter of whatever the judges name the album of the year, there will be an equal and opposite detractor. I’m with them this time. Process, the debut album by 28-year-old… Read more →

JOHN LEGEND, O2 Arena – Evening Standard, 13 Sept 2017

In a crowded field, John Legend has been one of Donald Trump’s most outspoken celebrity critics. The smooth pianist’s date music was an unlikely place to look for political fire, yet it was occasionally present, most obviously on the closing song Glory. The Oscar-winning theme from the 2014 film Selma, it was played to a backdrop of civil rights marches… Read more →

ALT-J interview – Evening Standard, 8 Sept 2017

Back in 2011, when Alt-J were recording their debut album, singer-guitarist Joe Newman’s father popped down to the recording studio. He was so inspired by what he heard that he went straight to the nearest bookies, where he tried to put money on them to win the Mercury Prize the following year. “This would be a much better story if… Read more →

JESSIE WARE interview – Evening Standard, 1 Sept 2017

Listening back, it’s a little tricky to tell whether I’ve spent an hour interviewing Jessie Ware about her new album or her new baby. The two are closely interlinked. Her third long-player, which has a due date of October, was conceived while she was pregnant and mostly written after her daughter was born. Much of it was recorded in No.… Read more →

VINCE STAPLES, Kentish Town Forum – Evening Standard, 31 Aug 2017

The future’s bright for Vince Staples, who used a giant orange video screen as a backdrop to present alien rap music that was light years ahead of most artists in his orbit. The 23-year-old Is from Long Beach, California, like Snoop Dogg. While his early single, Blue Suede, slightly recalled Snoop’s old G-funk squeal, his approximation was queasy, not sunny.… Read more →