MUSIC

The death of Delores O'Riordan lead singer of that great 90's  band The Cranberries, shocked the music world. As lead singer it was her haunting vocals which helped the band garner fans across the globe.  In this feature itchysilk's #semtex discusses their relevance and their classic back catalogue which...

In the first of a three-part feature, #itchysilk writer Malik Crumpler discusses gangster rap hegemony. In many respects as a genre it should be vilified. After all, it glorifies violence, degrades women and revels in the taking and selling of drugs. Contrary to logic however...

In this political and social climate, Austin based band Blxpltn are a welcome and needed force of future punk intensity. The US faces a troubling period where Trump’s ability to create further divisiveness is worrying. For some, (of course) in both the ethnic and white...

In this instalment of #IntoTheVaults we look at the talented and constantly covered Tracy Chapman. It’s been a while since Tracy Chapman released an album. The last being Our Bright Future (2008) released on the Elektra label. A near 9-year silence (and counting) has followed that...

On a late night #itchysilk  listening session the name Echln provides the acoustic elixir. Kwetsima Maluleke a.k.a Echln was the South African creative providing the musical guile under the cover of a warm darkness. His latest project is the four-track ep Sway. Released on the Singapore...

Josephine Oniyama released her well received debut album Portrait in 2012. It brought the Manchester based singer songwriter to the attention of the musical world and rightly so. Tracks from that debut managed to fuse a type of folk, pop sensibility with an essence of...

Polymath Malik Crumpler (who featured recently on our platform) discusses the god like lyrical prowess of one Ghostface Killah on his debut album Ironman. We were stoked Malik agreed to write for us. Indeed we hope Malik blesses us with his lively penmanship again very...