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James Blake: Friends That Break Your Heart review – a breakup album with a difference
The singer-songwriter articulates the pain of lost friendships against a backdrop of chamber music and trap pop

Kitty Empire

10, Oct, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Folk singer Mustafa: ‘I’m trying to preserve the memories of young Black Muslims’
The poet, a songwriter for artists including the Weeknd, explains how music helped him explore the loss of friends to inner-city violence: ‘Sorrow is meant to be experienced and felt’

Aina J Khan

02, Jun, 2021 @1:30 PM

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William Forsythe: The Barre Project review – a half-hour of perfection
With Tiler Peck leading the line with absolute control, William Forsythe’s Zoom-coordinated new work reaps the benefits of creative limitations

Lyndsey Winship

24, Mar, 2021 @7:30 PM

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The 50 best albums of 2019: the full list
Our pick of the year’s finest albums brings American dreaming, teenage dynamism, heartbreak, barbed rap, impetuous indie and beautiful soundscapes

20, Dec, 2019 @9:41 AM

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All Points East review – blockbuster festival makes a muted return
Standout sets from the Chemical Brothers and Christine and the Queens salvage an opening weekend marred by sound issues

Hannah J Davies

27, May, 2019 @11:05 AM

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Rosie Lowe on 'vodka in the park', sex therapy and neo-soul
The musician probes big questions of love and faith on her new album

Michael Cragg

20, Apr, 2019 @9:00 AM

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James Blake: how the producer became hip-hop's favourite Brit
Nominated for two Grammy awards this week, his collaborations with Travis Scott follow those with Beyoncé. How did the DJ from Enfield become so well-connected?

Al Horner

05, Feb, 2019 @11:00 AM

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James Blake: Assume Form review – a big, glitchy, swooning, hyper-modern declaration of love
A love letter to his partner brimming with guest spots and west-coast vibes, James Blake’s fourth LP is a long way from his ‘blubstep’ roots

Kitty Empire

19, Jan, 2019 @2:00 PM

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James Blake: Assume Form review – lovestruck producer turns dark into light | Alexis Petridis' album of the week
Blake is clearly in a good place, unexpectedly embedded at the centre of pop culture, and his new album adds bright colours to his sound

Alexis Petridis

17, Jan, 2019 @12:00 PM

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R&B star HER: ‘I wanted to be anonymous’
Her songs are streamed in the millions and her music is beloved by Janet Jackson. But who is HER, the songwriter who hides her identity with a pair of sunglasses?

Leonie Cooper

05, Nov, 2018 @12:00 PM

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Every Mercury prize-winning album – ranked!
Following the announcement of this year’s nominees, we run the rule over the 26 albums that have earned the crown, from Klaxons and James Blake to M People and Talvin Singh

Dave Simpson

26, Jul, 2018 @10:45 AM

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Tainted love: how Drake started pop’s erotic comedown
In music, the joy of sex has been supplanted by nihilism and melancholy. Has the digital age made pop lose its loving feeling?

Paul Flynn

15, Jul, 2018 @7:00 AM

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