Sam Smith, Let the Bellyache Begin

By Steve Drayton (Qualified old fart) Art by Lauren Halls I know it’s traditional for an older gentleman to rail against the outpourings of the musical youth, and really, I am far enough away from its target audience that I shouldn’t really make complaint. It would be demeaning for a man of my advanced years. However,…

CLUB CULTURE: An Ode To the Sesh

Words by Jemima Skala Art by Amelia Dearing Nothing sums up escapism more than clubbing. To paraphrase Samantha Fu, it’s the drugs, dirty dancing, and pounding techno music that allow us to shed our troubles along with our beige work clothes and slip into something more comfortable for the weekend. Club culture and nightlife has…

The Deslondes – Hurry Home – Album Review

Words by James Shakeshaft Art courtesy of New West. I first came across this 5 piece after meeting Sam Doores whilst he was touring with Hurray for The Riff Raff in Manchester back in 2014. In that evening my musical horizons were broadened. After all, it’s not every day you see a cowboy slinking down…

A Case for the Sex Club: From Berlin to London

Words by S.X.Cole Art by Alain Gacha My most vivid memory of KitKatClub, Berlin, is walking into the pool room and seeing 4 men completely naked, and hard, lounging around limbs intertwined. It may have been the drugs but it was honestly the most decadent and hedonistic image – in the morning light they could…

Tell Me Why… TECHNO

The concept that drives one person, maybe the reason why someone else is deterred. So, to quote THE voice of reason, Boy Zone, ‘Tell me why’… you do/do not like techno Tell me why’… you do Like Techno by Happa (Samir Alikhanizadeh) If I’m honest, I don’t actually listen to that much Techno outside of the club. I…

PlathoesCave Podcast: Political Cartoons FUBU

Groovy tunes and groovy people: weekly interviews with artists, creatives and funky people. In this week’s podcast Giannina interviews Ella of WHIP, an artist and founder of an all female illustrated political zine. She also plays a selection of tracks that could only be described as ‘Girls, Girls, Girls’ . Bought to you by Giannina, a…

Full Moon: Tunes for the twilight hours

By Charlie Ponzio Art by Bella Spencer The night has an inherent mysticism to it, and perhaps a tinge of loneliness. Historically, the moon has been associated with female energy due to its cyclical and regenerative nature. Under the moon’s luminescence lovers meet, witches have their sabbath, and debauchery becomes acceptable under the dark of…

React to it at your Leisure: A Review of Daniel Romano’s Modern Pressure

Words by James Shakeshaft Art by Pearl Thompson Photos courtesy of New West Records In a world filled with fickle fads and a sometimes disposable popular culture, I find myself constantly seeking something that truly resonates with me. Which is why I was so elated to come across Canada’s Daniel Romano, one of our generations…

FIRST LOVE playlist

Playlist and words by Giannina Rodriguez Rico Art by Zia Larty-Healy The playlist I have compiled is an extension of one I created previously, carefully collected throughout my first serious relationship, and as I write them down I am left with the stinging sense of having once been loved. It is suffused with the gems that…