Enjoyed writing this profile of South London punk band Sabatta for Bandcamp.
South London band Sabatta don’t like genre tags. They also don’t like rules and they especially hate fitting in. After finding themselves on the receiving end of a few white gig-goers’ limited understanding of punk and who can play it, bassist Debbie Dee coined a catchphrase based on a popular British home decoration brand.
Along roads blocked by construction work and shaking lorries carrying concrete blocks, buildings partly obscured by scaffolding hint at this part of east London’s constant “regeneration.”
I’m in Hackney Wick, what was once an industrial area of manufacturing warehouses, and now seems to usher in new-build flats at every turn.
But look, this is a music site and not one about the history of London, so I’m here to try and explore the ripple effects of this new construction on the musicians and producers who once used to consider this area the epicentre of their creative work.
Published by Black Dog & Leventhal publishers, the book is a celebration of 106 musical artists covering a wide range of genres, showcasing the importance of women in music. Each essay includes a full colour illustration of the musical artist or group.
I wrote about Amy Winehouse, Aaliyah, Dusty Springfield, Erykah Badu, ESG, Poly Styrene, Ronnie Spector and Sister Rosetta Tharpe.
Featuring essays, poetry and prose, the anthology focuses on the relationships people have with their bodies. My essay focuses on the feeling of disconnection and desexualisation, and its connection with race.
On Bodies is currently crowdfunding to ensure they can put out this issue. If you have anything money to spare or want to pre-order the paperback or e-book version donate to the Kickstarter campaign.
Taking a new spin on the usual two pints of lager and a packet of crisps, discerning drinkers are searching for non-alcoholic versions of their usual beverages, making for exciting times in the market. Stephanie Phillips finds out more about the rise in demand for realistic non-alcoholic drinks.
Kah-Lo knows her brand identity. The Nigerian dance artist was up into the wee hours of the night before speaking to me, dying a wig her trademark shade of luminous green. It’s a brand that works well, as paired with her rainbow coloured outfits and shimmering round sunglasses, Kah-Lo stands out. As she says herself, “I ain’t no basic bitch”.
Beyond the Kodak full colour image, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who hasn’t torn it up to her breakthrough hit ‘Rinse & Repeat’, a thundering collaboration with UK house producer Riton, for which she received a Grammy nomination.
The goal to ban avoidable plastic waste by 2042 has struck a chord, with retailers and manufacturers looking to innovations in food packaging to drive the industry towards a better future.
As the focus on environmental issues intensifies, there have been renewed calls for solutions to tackle an impending crisis. Statistics compiled by the Co-op from the Recoup UK Household Plastics Collection Survey show that only one third of plastic packaging in consumer products is recycled every year in the UK. Campaigners at Greenpeace have called for action because an estimated 12.7m tonnes of plastic enter the oceans a year, disrupting our fragile ecosystem.
In January 2018, prime minister Theresa May announced a plan to eliminate all avoidable plastic waste in the UK by 2042. Measures laid out in her speech included new funding for plastic innovation and the endorsement of plastic-free supermarket aisles with loose products on offer.
Read my latest interview with Durham’s Martha in the March issue of Maximum Rocknroll magazine. I spoke to the group about Marxist pop songs, life up north and what to expect from the pop punk band’s third album.
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