GL Chats: The Mad Game

November 26, 2021 Admin 0

Following in the wake of their newest EP, Player One, we had a chance to chat with Sudo from The Mad Game to find out what’s what.

HY: Do you have any controversial music opinions?

How can one even have a controversial musical opinion? There are times that music videos have been called controversial because of what they depict, even some lyrics that are claimed to incite violence, but that doesn’t make sense to us. It’s artistic expression. No one started a war with music or killed the ocean with a music spill. Those who find controversy in music really should just learn to use the off switch or skip button. Real controversy lies elsewhere, in areas of society that have massive, real-world impacts on everyone’s lives.

HY: What is your current album/song of the year?

We don’t have one. We really don’t spend much time listening to music. After all, we spend a lot of time making it and silence can be rather golden. We search do search for any particularly interesting tracks and songs..

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Featuring: The Work Of David Hicks

November 24, 2021 Admin 0

Photographer David Hicks is a creative with both a global eye and a feel for the common man. He is fascinated not only by the people and places which he captures on film, but by the stories behind them. Take his collection of pictures, taken on the streets of Buenos Aires, which capture the passion and drama of tango dance and music.

Hicks explains: “The Tango, a now-popular dance between a man and a woman, started in it’s current form in the mid 1800s, after a massive migration to Argentina, mostly by men. Because men outnumbered women by quite some number, the only way for a man to get close to a woman was via a brothel or by dance. The men practiced together, as you’d have to be a great dancer to get a woman’s attention. So, this very sexual dance you see now, was born out of the reality for men in those old days. Nowadays, you see it performed often, usually on the street corners of Buenos Aires, with live musicians or a pre recorded soundtrack, and they do it for the tips!”


Single Review: Kiey – Sunday Sanctuary

November 23, 2021 Admin 0

Heading into the backend of a near-frostbitten November, the need for the warm embrace of summer’s light is well overdue. A dive into the desert dunes backed by a sonorous array of electronic beats and gorgeous synth patterns is just what the doctor ordered and Kiey, one of Vietnam’s quickest rising stars, is here to deliver such a prescription. Behold his latest work, Sunday Sanctuary, and be in awe.

But who is the man behind the moniker? Kiey is, quite frankly, as far away from the traditional route to pop stardom as it comes. Daylighting as a real estate executive, his foray into the world of music is a much-needed creative outlet for what must be a great deal of pent of creativity. So how does this translate into musicianship when push comes to shove? The answer is simple; brilliantly.

The track is a true testament to the artist’s versatility. His previous palette on breakout EP, ‘Night To Myself’, was many shades darker by comparison but Kiey clearly has the creative chops to ..

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GL News: Tunetables Provides The Most Stylish Solution To Music Storage

November 16, 2021 Admin 0

Let’s not waste words here, as a music-lover, UK-based company Tunetables gets a big thumbs up. What are they, you might well ask? Well let me tell you: Tunetables’ designs are based on the classic music-equipment flight-cases that we’ve all seen been lugged round by roadies all over the world. Based on that design, Tunetables fashion fantastic-looking functional tables which also serve as excellent storage and display units for your precious record collection, be it tape, CD or vinyl. These are glass-topped tables which and made by hand and come with unique markings. I mean, they look great, and more to the point they definitely work as record-storage.

If you listen to Tunetables head honcho, Rob Chappelhow, you’ll get an idea of how much love and thought has gone into this project.

Rob had his epiphany while attending the Joe Strummer exhibition at Covent Garden. These are Rob’s own words: Set out under an acrylic plinth was Strummer’s personal tape cassette collection…his musical ..

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Single Review: Rachel Davie Lee – Love Is In The Air

November 8, 2021 Admin 0

Stars can take years for their light to reach us but that doesn’t make them any less dazzling. Confused? Well just because rising R&B star Rachel Davie Lee released her world-class single ‘Love Is In The Air’ in August doesn’t make it any less relevant now, or make the track any less captivating for that matter.

In a successful attempt to dissociate the track with its heavily-weighted namesake, Lee redefines the expected bombast of an R&B ‘banger’ – replacing the ostentatious bass booms and predictable rhythms with a more meditated approach; the result is one of the genre’s most intriguing and endearing releases this year.

Serving in daylight as a Compliance Officer and surrounded by family and relatives that make the title of ‘judge’ look simply above average, Lee goes from one competitive environment to the other – only this time in search of a creative outlet. With that said, Lee never holds back on ‘Love Is In The Air’ and neither does she on the rest of her ‘Barely Concealed’ d..

J Carlyle releases highly-praised single ‘Intruder Alert’

March 11, 2021 Admin 0

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J Carlyle’s new single ‘Intruder Alert’, released February 5th, has already accumulated huge amounts of praise from listeners and critics alike, with BBC Introducing dubbing the track an “Absolute Banger”!

J has been involved in the musical scene since the young age of 15, when he started writing his own songs in-line with a few of the different genres he enjoyed. The influences of these genres have stuck with J as he has begun to release his own music – dancehall, R&B and grime to name a few! Incorporating these styles into his own creations has lead to J feeling as though he’s finally found his place within music, releasing tracks that he was born to make and put out into the world.

However, the influences of genres he grew up around aren’t the only thing that can be clearly heard through his music. J has such a positive outlook on life that he’s now bringing to his music as his tracks ooze positive vibes and feel-good tempos, something that is influenced from his ..

How Travel Photography Keeps Our Adventure Spirits High In A Lockdown

March 11, 2021 Admin 0

2020 was not a great year for travel. Cursed by a global pandemic, summer holidays, new destinations and international explorations were well and truly off the cards.

With travel restrictions in place for the last 12 months our appetite for new experiences, places and people has grown immensely.

The adventurer in us all has suffered greatly, leaving many down in the dumps and craving the joys of travel.

A shining light in all this doom and gloom, and our knights in shining armour, are the travel photographers sharing their works with the world.

Keeping our spirits high, travel photographers allow us to experience the wonders of the world through the lens of a camera.

Perhaps the best part of travel photography is the way it takes us around the globe in a matter of minutes. We can see art shows of Peru, the streetlights of Singapore and the zoos of Mumbai all whilst sitting at our desks.

If only real travel was so quick and easy!

Travel photography reminds us of all the incredibl..

You’ll Miss it When It’s Gone – How Lockdown Shows the Need for Photography

March 8, 2021 Admin 0

The art of photography has both benefitted and suffered since everyone has their own camera in their back pocket. Yes, more people are taking photos than ever but the artistry and skill is largely, put politely, rather lacking. Lockdown has seen us suffer in many ways, ways we would almost certainly never have expected. The simplest things such as the hustle and bustle of your local high street and the oddness, quirkiness and joy of everyday life has been stifled and we find ourselves now missing what we foolishly took for granted. Not so photographer David Hicks, whose skill in capturing transient, fleeting moments of humans and their impact on the world around them shows not just the artistry of the medium but also its importance to our psyche and morale.

There’s a particular gallery which caught our attention, entitled ‘Waiting for Something to Happen’ (perhaps in retrospect it should be ‘if only we knew something was going to happen’). Across a series of black and white images, th..

Science & Art – Ever Realised How Closely Connected They Really Are?

March 8, 2021 Admin 0

Science and Art, at surface value, may be taken as polar opposites.

Physics is a precise, complex and heavily numerical subject. Art however is expressive, a show of human creativity and emotion.

With the rapid approach of British Science Week (5th March-12th March 2021) I began to consider just how different the two were. When you delve a little deeper, you’ll be surprised to find actually how much the two really do have in common.

British Science Week champions the innovation of the sciences and their immensely progressive nature. Both Physics and Art also require that innovation, a bravery to think beyond what is known and discover the new, the exciting.

Science is an attempt to explain the world around us, and art is an attempt to express and interpret the world around us. When you examine the two closely, their paths greatly intersect.

And I’m not the only one to reach this conclusion! Artwork Abode put it best, ‘Though these subjects and methods have different traditions, an..

Lexxicon set to release hit EP ‘Bashment SZN’

March 7, 2021 Admin 0

Bashment SZN, the multi-genre EP curated by Lexxicon, is set to release April 7th. With a perfect mix of Bashment, Dancehall, Tropical R&B and Grime, Lexxicon touches up on his long time influences, PartyNextDoor and Swae Lee, to bring a sound that is familiar yet so distinctly him.

Lexxicon’s music style and production are heavily influenced by his Jamaican roots, as he’s mastered the skill of mixing multiple genre’s and styles with sounds found within his home and culture. Bashment SZN is the type of music you want to hear when you’re in a good mood and feeling motivated, as you won’t be able to stop yourself from jumping and dancing to the upbeat tracks. This type of feel-good energy is exactly what is needed to get through the rest of the pandemic!

The lead single from the EP, Pon di Floor, was released on February 26th – which you can listen to here. Pon di Floor is the perfect teaser for what the rest of Bashment SZN will bring, giving you a taste of the high energy, uptempo st..