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Before Clementine

Benjamin Clementine has stolen my heart, just in time for a summer romance. Five special words spoke to me and turned my head, not “I Love You Maxine White,” but “Edmonton, Edmonton, will we change?” What a smooth talker. Like me you may have two associations with Edmonton, Sharon from Birds of a Feather had a flat there she occasionally ...

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KINESIS: Looking back at teenage obsession

One sure sign of getting older is being able to look back at the music you listened to a few years before and think “What the hell was I thinking?” I would imagine most people will have the odd band they there once adored but now find unlistenable. One Christmas, both me and my little brother received the same Sum ...

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Jazz Cafe Drunk

  You know what it’s like when you first meet someone and you want to actually become the fantasy they have of you? Well that’s how I got introduced to hip-hop. Boyfriend wooing. I’d always been a bit apprehensive about the bitches and bling, so imagine my surprise when I found myself sat there comfortably amongst the lyrics; it was ...

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One to watch for 2016: White

The Great Escape is always a great place to discover new bands. Each year I have been, I have stumbled upon at least one new band that has gone on to become one of my favourites. Stumbling is an important word here, as – due to the timing, busyness and geography of the festival – you will often find yourself ...

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Rough Music

In 1892, a bank in East Grinstead went bust, spectacularly. Blame fell on the bank’s obviously inept manager, George Head. He’d recklessly lent money to dodgy local builders, failed to keep proper records, and used dubious accounting methods. It was estimated that depositors would only get 40% of their money back. People were annoyed. ‘A mob, numbering some five hundred ...

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And Antarctica 2015 Year Roundup

The team here at And Antarctica give their rundown of 2015. Take a look and see which albums we’ve chosen as our favourites this year along with much more insight into how we feel the last 12 months have been. Enjoy! James McIntosh, And Antarctica Contributor TOP THREE ALBUMS OF THE YEAR: 1, Public Service Broadcasting – The Race For ...

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Electric 6: Don’t let the fire die out

The story so far: Whenever someone tells their friends one of their favourite bands is Electric Six, the usual response is “the guys that did ‘Gay Bar’, right?” This is a fair enough response, and there are plenty of other bands that continue making music long after being abandoned by major labels or fading from the public consciousness. Most people ...

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Surprises, nice and nasty

What is the best album of all time? It is a question that many people have been attempting to answer for decades. Here at And Antarctica we thought about asking our team of writers and music lovers about their favourite albums. But then we stopped and decided that a more interesting (two part) question would be the following… What is the ...

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A hip hop debate

From: Steve Ramsey Date: 24/10/2015 To: Adam Rowden Subject: Hip Hop My mental picture of hip hop involves people who have been worn down by poverty and discrimination and lack of opportunity and the low value put on life in their neighbourhoods. They become disillusioned and despairing and nihilistic and angry. So they make music which reflects that. It’s in-your-face and ...

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Good musicians, bad linguists?

I know this English girl who once, on holiday in France, stopped someone and asked for directions by saying: “Excusez-moi – Marks and Spencers?” Which I think sums up the stereotype about English people and languages. I’m convinced it’s true, and I have a theory about it. I’m learning French, or trying to, and find that some words are easier ...

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