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Taylor Swift – Style

“What you heard is true but I can’t stop thinking about you…” Taylor Swift: Style Taylor Swift’s 1989 was among my favourite records of 2014; the album is pop in weaponised form, so potent that it leaves listeners with little choice but to obey its siren call. However, what really makes 1989 stand out in T-Swizzles…


Pop Smarts – Sep ’14

Put simply, here’s [edit] radio’s list of the best pop music which for one reason or another is still flying a little under the radar, best listen as (sarcasm alert!) it won’t be cool to like these artists for long: Karen Harding In the wake of Keisza it seems like every talent manager and his cookie cutter…


New: Meghan Trainor ‘All About That Bass’

“All the right junk, in all the right the places” “Right place, right time” or so the saying goes. It’s a truism for success in the music industry that audiences often assume happens by accident, but in reality is the predictive talent of musicians and  marketing men to know what we’re going to like next before we even knew…


Pop Smarts – August ’14

It’s been a little quiet on the quality pop releases front this August, sure there have been new singles from the likes of Iggy Azalea, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith and Maroon 5; but they’re very much business as usual for all the acts involved. So this month on Pop Smarts we’re looking at the pop acts who are, or…


New: Wild Beasts ‘Mecca’

“We move in fear or we move in desire” The days that follow the break-up of a serious relationship can feel cathartic (especially for the dumper rather than dumpee). All that time you had spent on servicing the relationship with your former lover; the texting, the calls and dates is now free and you have…



Used: Lorde – Ribs

“The drink you spilt all over me” Westernised post-millennial teens have things as easy and tough at the same time. They’ve grown up in a world in which the Internet makes information and friends ubiquitous. Where from the glow of a smartphone they have access to an educator, entertainer and to groups of friends that can fill any lull…



New: Real Estate ‘Horizon’

“Just over the horizon / That’s where I always think you’ll be” Over the last week or so I’ve finished reading Survivor by Chuck Palahniuk and as such – in a subliminal way that I’m sure Chuck would enjoy – I’ve been using the novel as the starting part for my thoughts about the music I’ve been…


Pop Smarts – July ’14

NEW FEATURE ALERT! – Regular listeners to my podcast on [edit] radio will know that my previously pretentious prejudice against commercial pop music has somewhat softened over the past two years. I don’t know how and when it happened, but at some point I stopped spending so much time worrying about where the art came from…