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75 Tracks From 2015

Yeah, I know it’s a bit late, but here’s my regular overview of my favourite tracks from the last year, in a single easily-digestible post this time. MP3 download (1-19) MP3 download (20-41) MP3 download (42-60) MP3 download (61-75) Spotify … Continue reading

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The Floor

For nearly two years we’ve been living in a small apartment in a suburb of Guangzhou. It’s a fairly typical Chinese flat, with a small kitchen, a smaller bathroom, two bedrooms and a lounge / dining area at the front. … Continue reading

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Chinese Condom Brands

The thing you always have to remember about Chinglish is that we are not the intended audience. English is used generally as a signifier of cosmopolitan modernity, and the vast majority of the people who see an English word will … Continue reading

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Britpop Nuggets Part Three: Long Live The UK Music Scene

Spotify Playlist (missing Mantaray, Pullover, Perfume, Laxton’s Superb, Gyres, Shiner, Ruth, Teen Anthems) Youtube Playlist (complete!) 1. The Divine Comedy – Something for the Weekend A lot of groups around this time used Britpop as a springboard to expand their … Continue reading

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Britpop Nuggets Part Two or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Tolerate Northern Uproar

Spotify Playlist (missing Delicatessen, Heavy Stereo, Elcka, Powder, Brassy, Telstarr) Youtube Playlist (complete, but some videos seem to be blocked in the UK) 1. Black Grape – Reverend Black Grape When Shaun Ryder parted ways with The Happy Mondays it … Continue reading

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Britpop Nuggets Part One: Some People are Born to Dance

Spotify Playlist (missing Whiteout, Thurman, 60ft Dolls) Youtube Playlist (complete) “Looking back, Britpop is almost unique among those musical trends which lasted half a decade or more, in that you couldn’t fill a Nuggets-type compilation with genuinely good tracks.” – … Continue reading

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Tkay Maidza

Tkay Maidza is a 19-year-old Zimbabwean-Australian singer and rapper, and my favourite musical discovery of 2015 so far. Three videos to make her yours too. Other news; I’ll be in England next week, with Milan. !

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