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Friday 07 August 2009
Calvin Harris: How the non-dancing, foul-mouthed, anti-social Scot became the 'Caledonian Justin Timberlake'
Sunday 02 August 2009
Sunday 28 June 2009
I can't waste energy getting worked up about BBC executives claiming for parking meters, bunches of flowers, hotel rooms and taxis – it's their smug sense of superiority that makes me nauseous. Pushed into revealing the pay and expenses of their top staff, we were told it was because the corporation is now being run in a more transparent way. Actually, it was because licence-payers and journalists asked hundreds of questions under the Freedom of Information Act.
Sunday 10 May 2009
Monday 04 May 2009
Monday 25 August 2008
Friday 11 July 2008
Sunday 27 April 2008
Sunday 24 February 2008
Sebastien Tellier has the endorsement of Francopop aristocracy: he's signed to Air's label and his fourth album is produced by Daft Punk's Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo. Tellier operates on an interface where the staccato chops of Calvin Harris meet the gloss of Zoot Woman, and combines electronica with singer-songwriter introspection to create some cool, classy textures. That said, "Pomme", with its background sex sounds, is a not wholly successful attempt to update Gainsbourg's "Je T'aime". Overall, 'Sexuality' feels like being shown around a mothballed Eighties show home: pristine yet dated, and therefore oddly poignant.
Wednesday 20 February 2008
Dizzee Rascal's struggle to stretch out and show his full creative range, without snapping the bond to his roots, will define how he is remembered. His Mercury-winning debut, Boy in Da Corner (2003), remains UK hip-hop's pinnacle, and his career already dwarfs every other British rapper's. But Dizzee's move from a Bow council estate to an English country home, and the presence of Alex Turner and Lily Allen on last year's Maths + English, shows the bigger picture he has always understood. "World Outside" opened that album, repeating the assertion of Showtime (2004) that pride in the "ghetto" background he carries inside him would not stop him rising from it.
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