Jóhann Jóhannsson (1969 – 2018) – a personal appreciation

February 13th, 2018 by

Some moments make no sense when they happen, but the death of Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson last Friday still makes none. Too young, too gifted and with too much yet to offer. What is left is a chasm, and a recorded history so very brief. The first of his music I heard was probably the […]


David Bowie – 1947-2016

January 13th, 2016 by

While still reeling from the absolutely devastating news of David Bowie’s passing, we wondered how we could best celebrate the life of an artist so unmatched by any other that the reverberations of his craft will be felt for the rest of our lives. Instead of making playlists or sharing videos, we thought we’d write down […]


Cinema’s New Sexual Revolution

January 31st, 2015 by

You might not realise it because it’s only just begun, but cinema and its leading men are in the midst of a sexual awakening. For decades, audience members were programmed into thinking that the sexiest of leading men were strong, were silent, were handy to have around for a fight, and were forceful with their […]


How Beyoncé Could Save Hollywood

December 23rd, 2014 by

On December 13th 2013, Beyoncé released her self-titled album to little fanfare and zero publicity. On top of working with the likes of Justin Timberlake, Drake, Pharrell Williams, Timbaland, Jay-Z, Ryan Tedder and Frank Ocean, the album’s production cast-list also read like a who’s who of who’s hot in music right now. Coupled with that, […]


Now We Are 5

March 8th, 2013 by

Hard as it may be to believe for all those involved, this month marks five years since State made its debut. It all sprung from a meeting backstage at Oxegen in 2006, when a gentleman called Roger Woolman approached John Walshe and Phil Udell with the idea of starting a quality monthly music magazine for […]