The Age of Mura Masa

The UK producer’s debut is an album that could only exist in the internet age. In a recent interview, Mura Masa said that his music “comes from geographical isolation more than anything”. After all, the producer grew up on Guernsey (population: 60 000), a remote island off the coast of France but under British control. […]

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Top 10 Tracks of 2016

  In the year of Trump and Brexit, music served as both distraction and defiance. Here are the top tracks of 2016 10. Skrux – Our Fragment In a year defined by trap in both the hip hop and EDM spheres, Skrux had an underground hit with a mix of piano melodies, distorted vocal chops and […]

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The Name of the Wind

I won’t lie. I freaking love this book. I can’t even attempt to be unbiased. It’s not surprising, really. It’s got all the elements I love in a story. Unique magic systems. A fully-formed world. A magical university (or, as Hank Green called it, ‘Hogwarts with student loans’). There’s even dragons. Kind of. But most of all The […]

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‘Love’: Dismantling the Rom-Com

  Judd Apatow’s Love delivers a fuller psychological portrait of two of the rom-com’s stock characters – the “nice guy” and the “quirky girl” – and reinvigorates a tired genre in the process. The Netflix-produced series chronicles the messy relationship between Gus (Paul Rust) and Mickey (Gillian Jacobs). The premise is typical rom-com stuff: a nice guy gets […]

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Hearts of Daarkness

  Of all modern fantasy artists, none captures grittiness and gloom more deftly than Mike Lim. You might know him by his nom de plume, Daarken. Daarken’s been creating art for some of the biggest names in the business, mainly Wizards of the Coast and Blizzard Entertainment. His portfolio is filled with  death, blasted landscapes and […]

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The Beatles – The White Album

    After the success of Sergeant Pepper, the Beatles traveled to Rishikesh, India to stay with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The trip was meant to provide an escape from their daily lives in the form of meditation. There they began to write The Beatles or – as its popularly known because of its pure white cover – The […]

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The Tales of Dunk and Egg

    George R.R. Martin is most well-known for his Song of Ice and Fire series, currently being adapted into probably the biggest show on tv. It’s staggering just how big the book series is, too: the books total 1.7 million words in the first five novels alone, with two still waiting to be published. That’s almost four times as long […]

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Red Seas Under Red Skies

  Scott Lynch is – along with the likes of Patrick Rothfuss and George RR Martin – at the forefront of contemporary fantasy. His stories intertwine elements of both fantasy and realism. Together, they produce a gripping alchemy. Red Seas Under Red Skies is the second in his Gentleman Bastard series. The books are set in […]

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The Magician’s Land

    Imagine Narnia, but written by George R.R. Martin. Then imagine Hogwarts, but with sex, drugs and even more dangerous magic. These are the two settings for Lev Grossman’s Magicians trilogy. The books (starting with 2009’s The Magicians) follow the lives of a group of twenty-somethings studying at a magical university in New York. It’s no Hogwarts, where phoenix […]

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