Toro Y Moi, Kamasi Washington, Le Galaxie & More

April 17th, 2017 by

“Musical criticism is a fictional occupation.” I remember the first time I heard this line from ‘The Basement’ off Kool A.D.’s most recent album, Sky Ladder. It stood out to me because despite spending a lot of my time reviewing albums and live shows it’s still an exercise that, every now and again, perplexes me. […]

Clipping, The I.L.Y’s, Blood Orange, Beach Fossils & More

April 9th, 2017 by

In the last two months I have become mildly obsessed with making playlists. This compulsion to accumulate all of my favourite songs that embody a certain emotion was brought about by something that I believed could only be remedied by music. It sounds cheesy and frankly, it is an overwhelmingly emotionally charged playlist that features […]

Danny Brown, Kendrick Lamar, Mac DeMarco & More

April 2nd, 2017 by

Often, a fool is looked upon as someone who is silly. A person not to be taken seriously or that can be serious. We probably all know someone that is instantly recognisable as the messer of the friend group. In a social setting they will make the people around them laugh in an effort to […]

Thurston Moore, Migos, Run The Jewels & More

March 26th, 2017 by

It was World Poetry Day earlier this week and online people from across the globe shared their favourite poems. There is a poem about every inevitability in life; love, death, healing, family, banalities of everyday and pets. Here’s one of my favourite poems about contentment and how easily it can be found from within. For […]

Kool A.D., P.O.S, Cameron Avery & More

March 12th, 2017 by

There are few bands that have an immediate impact on me in the same way that The Walkmen do. Hamilton Leithauser’s ability to write lyrics about endurance – of life and love in states of change and stagnation – proffer reassurance without condescension. There are often stories told through his songs from both his time […]

Ariel Pink & Weyes Blood, Swet Shop Boys, Real Estate & More

March 5th, 2017 by

Ideas; some are great, others bad and depending on your logic levels certain ideas can be more than questionable. In reference to the latter two, one of the greatest innate qualities of the human brain – the seed of doubt – means that when we have particular ideas we do not always follow through on […]

Alex Wiley, Leonard Cohen, Lana Del Rey & More

February 26th, 2017 by

One of the constant companions in life is music. If you are sad or happy there will always be a song that can articulate how you’re feeling when you don’t have the words within. The power of curating a playlist specially designed to render you and give you hope is one of the most cathartic […]

Rae Sremmurd, Mount Eerie, Blondie & More

February 19th, 2017 by

Time is simultaneously a straightforward and complex concept. Seconds turn into minutes which make up hours and the passing of a day, creating a calendar. That is where the logic and reason of time ceases. What happens during those seconds, minutes and hours is where questions arise and life intervenes. In one moment you could […]

M.I.A, Paul White feat. Danny Brown, The Besnard Lake & More

February 12th, 2017 by

This time last year a man working on a photography project took a portrait of me and asked me, “What do you want to do before you die?” I was more than a little flummoxed by the question. I’d never really thought about what I grand master plan I wanted to achieve and be able […]

Fionn Regan, Lisa Hannigan, Kate Tempest & More

February 5th, 2017 by

When you’re not feeling like the best version of yourself it helps to take in some words of wisdom and wit. It can be really difficult to take advice or accept encouraging assertions from peers, sometimes it’s easier to take on the affirmations of strangers. Last weekend I saw an exhibition with a collection of […]

Father John Misty, Participant, Munky & More

January 29th, 2017 by

While Zara Hedderman, our hard-working reviews editor and regular Videos of the Week introducer-person, enjoys a well deserved break, allow me (Aaron, State’s editor – hello!) to attempt a fitting preface to this selection of music videos we’ve dug over the past seven days. We’ve got Father John Misty’s ‘Pure Comedy’ in there. Quite apt, really, […]

Cass McCombs, Young Thug, I Have a Tribe & More

January 22nd, 2017 by

I have four particular pals to whom I’ve become a primary source of providing advice to in matters of the heart. It’s been really fun for me because up until about three months ago (when my non-existing expertise was initially enlisted) my advice – in this capacity, especially – had never once been sought. This […]

David Bowie, Cate Le Bon, Foxygen & More

January 15th, 2017 by

New Year, new me. That’s how every January begins, a justification for the preceding weeks and months of indulgences or unsavoury behaviour. It’s a vague acknowledgement that you feel the need to change the traffic of your body and mind. But, how can everyone be expected to synchronise to reprogram themselves as they enter into […]

She & Him, Holy Fuck & Tim Presley

December 11th, 2016 by

There are two weeks left until Christmas. More precisely, from today you have thirteen days left to get everything you need organised for the big day. The stress is mounting and you’re beginning to feel like a contestant in The Crystal Maze, time is precious to find exactly what you need. If you’re feeling agitated […]