Contributor Gemma Samways

Carly Rae Jepsen: Alone Together

Carly Rae Jepsen: Alone Together

On her fifth album, pop’s ray of sunshine Carly Rae Jepsen found herself dappled by shadows. Out of the introspection came ‘The Loneliest Time’: a record that finds power in curiosity and self-belief.

September 12, 2022 4:00pm

Sky Rising: Porridge Radio

Sky Rising: Porridge Radio

On third album ‘Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder To The Sky’, Porridge Radio have stretched their ambitions and emotions to the extreme.

May 19, 2022 2:00pm

Searching For Utopia: Alison Goldfrapp

Searching For Utopia: Alison Goldfrapp

As her collaboration with Röyksopp is released, we speak to the electro-pop pioneer about working on ‘Profound Mysteries’, the current pop landscape, and what the future may hold for Goldfrapp.

May 4, 2022 12:30pm

Opening The Floodgates: Nilüfer Yanya

Opening The Floodgates: Nilüfer Yanya

With a second album that drills down deeper into the core of her personality - as a musician, as a human and as a member of society - ‘PAINLESS’ finds Nilüfer Yanya opening up with ease.

March 16, 2022 12:00pm

Steady As She Goes: Courtney Barnett

Steady As She Goes: Courtney Barnett

A slower pace and more than a little self-reflection paved the way for ‘Things Take Time, Take Time’: a third album that finds Courtney Barnett shedding the cynicism and making room for joy.

November 8, 2021 3:00pm

La Vie En Rose: Laura Mvula

La Vie En Rose: Laura Mvula

Thought you knew Laura Mvula? With a new album of ‘80s-leaning joyful pop, a new label and a new revitalised outlook, ‘Pink Noise’ is here to shake up all of your preconceptions.

July 8, 2021 4:58pm

Warpaint: Painting A Masterpiece

Warpaint: Painting A Masterpiece

Five years on from their last record, Warpaint are back together, working on LP4, and proving their particular sonic alchemy is still firmly intact.

June 18, 2021 2:23pm

Walking On The Wild Side: St. Vincent

Walking On The Wild Side: St. Vincent

Reinventing herself again with a new Warholian muse, a ‘70s obsession and the most revealing glimpse into her personal history yet, ‘Daddy’s Home’ finds St. Vincent revelling in life’s multiplicities.

April 9, 2021 4:00pm

Lights, Camera, Larsson!

Lights, Camera, Larsson!

She’s a bona fide pop sensation with more than six million online followers watching her every move, but beneath the polish, Zara Larsson is still determined to cut through the bullshit.

March 5, 2021 2:00pm

Rebel Girls: Big Joanie

Rebel Girls: Big Joanie

London punks Big Joanie have been tipped by every artist in the scene worth their salt. Now, it’s time for the wider world to get to know them, too.

November 25, 2020 4:26pm

The Brightest Flame: Perfume Genius

The Brightest Flame: Perfume Genius

Reaching in and wilfully emboldening himself, on ‘Set My Heart On Fire Immediately’ - his fifth LP as Perfume Genius - Mike Hadreas is burning harder than ever.

April 24, 2020 12:59pm