Album review: Mavis Staples – If All I Was Was Black

Little Bit sets the tone decisively with an unflinching bass line to ramp up the tension. The accusatory tone is warranted. The song’s topic is systemic racism, specifically police shootings: “poor kid they caught him without his license/that ain’t why they shot him/they say he was fighting/So?” No-one is fooled by the official narrative, but nor…

Beans on Toast, Skinny Lister & Son of Dave

Beans on Toast returned for more delicious play on word performances, fuelled by an outlaw aesthetic and a belief that everything would be better if we all loved a little more.