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Soundtrack of our Lives


Athens based linguist/rapper Mariah Parker, aka Linqua Franqa, has her debut album The Model Minority released today via HHBTM Records. As expected from someone with a masters degree in linguistics, the record covers a range of topics includingemotional instability, self-harm, depression and the like with skill, insight and a poetic sense of the real life. …

I don’t really know why I’m a fan of Mark E Smith and The Fall. Is it the uanabashed Northernness? Is it the mastery of prose? or maybe the fact that he never forgot his roots? I don’t know, but what I do know is that for whatever reason once I’d entered the Wonderful and Frightening …

Once classed as Leeds’ best kept secret, Post War Glamour Girls have well and truly emerged from the shadows. Their skewed observational lyrics and baroquish approach to sound, has seen them earn a following and respect that far out reaches the confines of their West Riding home. Their, soon to be released, third studio album …

What do Drake, The Weeknd and Justin Bieber have in common? They all come from Toronto, the largest city in Canada. They have dominated global music charts throughout 2015-16 with their catchy pop tunes. And they also love to praise their home city, making Canada sound like a cool new place to make music. But …

Hot on the back of his third album, US hip-hop artist River Nelson has picked out some of his favourite hip-hop records into a playlist for us here at Backseat Mafia. ‘How to dream’ is the follow up to his acclaimed albums T​he Rise and Fall of River Nelson ​ and T​he Shape of the …

And so the champion made his exit, and the man born Cassius Clay, the ‘Louisville lip’, the three time Heavyweight champion of the world left us, surrounded by his family at the age of 74. Ever since winning Olympic gold medal at the 1960 games and turning professional he told us he was the greatest, …

Singer-songwriter and producer Benjamin Schoos is a Belgian phenomenon. Creator of Freaksville Records (with its ever-expanding roster of cult artists) and online radio station Radio Rectangle, he’s a prolific musical catalyst. Unlike the majority of his contemporaries, who sing and record in English to court a more international audience, he chooses to perform in his …

Wayne Hussey, lead singer of The Mission, ex-Sisters of Mercy and collaborator with many (Dead or Alive, Gary Numan, The Cure etc.) has written, sang, and played on a considerable number of tracks that would be included in many peoples essential playlists. But what about the tracks that influenced Wayne? What would you find him …

Whether its “twistin’ yer melon” with The Happy Mondays or paying homage to Ian Curtis alongside Peter Hook and the Light, Rowetta is the undisputed Queen of Madchester. A very influential artist in her own right, we wanted to know what songs she loved, the ones that she would say made the Soundtrack of Her …

1988 -89. All eyes and ears were on the North West of England. The Madchester scene was at it’s peak, at the centre of it all The Haçienda nightclub, where indie kids, ravers and more were having it large on the dancefloor. Many, many great tunes make up the soundtrack to that era, but one of …