Plagiarism in music – and why it’s really no good thing to see Ed Sheeran sued to the tune of $100m

Plagiarism really isn’t such a complicated concept, succinctly and simply defined as “the practice of taking someone else’s work or ideas and passing them off as one’s own”. But as neat as the Oxford Dictionary’s summation may be, identifying what … Continue reading Plagiarism in music – and why it’s really no good thing to see Ed Sheeran sued to the tune of $100m

Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories, five years on – a future-disco car crash which never stopped flaming

This week Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories turns an incredible five years old. I grappled awkwardly with the record at the time – penning the below review for Time Out – and was both on and off the money. Yes, … Continue reading Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories, five years on – a future-disco car crash which never stopped flaming

How Jan Garbarek, Anouar Brahem and a Moroccan (mis-)adventure kick started my lifelong love affair with ECM records

I can distinctly remember the first time I heard the playing of Anouar Brahem, because the circumstances were so cinematically odd. As a wanderlust-struck student, sitting outside a cheap café in Tangier, Morocco – a day after completing a three-week … Continue reading How Jan Garbarek, Anouar Brahem and a Moroccan (mis-)adventure kick started my lifelong love affair with ECM records