Looking out over the crowd at Disco Fever, the Bronx nightclub that became a breeding ground for early hip hop, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five’s Melle Mel nervously awaited the next song. Music industry veteran and Sugar Hill Records owner Sylvia Robinson had just handed the DJ the group’s new song “The Message.” A nightmarish, seven-minute synth-fueled social critique, ...
ONLY NOISE explores music fandom with poignant personal essays that examine the ways we’re shaped by our chosen soundtrack. This week, Stephanie Phillips finds a way to relate to the Beatles – even though, as a black woman, their version of Britishness didn’t reflect her own experience.
The lead vocalist of black feminist punk band Big Joanie selects 14 tracks showcasing the best of the current UK punk scene. We all know the select handful of names of iconic black and brown punk bands. The ones memorised by the gatekeepers of the punk scene and repeated whenever accusations of racism arise. Poly Styrene, Bad Brains, Dead Kennedys and Death all fall into those categories but while their contribution to the punk scene has been immense, the true contribution of punks of colour t...
Brixton’s cult hair shop transports you to a candy coloured universe where everyone is allowed to be as bold, bright and loud as they desire.
CBD suppliers in the UK, forbidden by law to make medical claims, are relying on their customers learning about health benefits from other sources.
Article about the use of nostalgia in the branding and marketing of eliquid companies.
Icely Done provides frozen cocktail machines and non-alcoholic cocktail blends to the hospitality industry. Our passion and “thirst for the remarkable” in our drinks range has led us to concoct scrumptious new flavours, including our new Rhubarb & Strawberry non-alcoholic cocktail blend.
I took on a diversity editing project for Campaign Against The Arms Trade. My work involved checking through a selection of copy, analysing content, and ensuring the organisation was accurately representing the communities it covered.
Historically the It girls of the moment have reflected the true values of their time. 60s model Veruschka’s flowing blonde tresses and chiseled bone structure represented the decade’s youthful outlook. The 70s gave birth to the unconventional where powerhouse Grace Jones and avant-garde Donna Jordan came to life. Kate Moss started heroin chic in the 90s, and Brazilian Gisele Bündchen ended it. Today we have a new It girl to shape our confused and conflicted era.
My mother never wears make-up. She occasionally wore her favourite vivid violet lipstick, loved by Jamaican aunties across the Midlands, but that was it. Looking back this was probably why she was confused when I asked her to buy foundation for my 15th birthday. As I applied the reddish brown liquid to my honey-toned skin I knew it was a waste of time, but like many people of colour at that time, I persevered and applied away. There was no shade available designed with my skin colour in mind....
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.