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Superheroes - Skint & Demoralised

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Superheroes - Skint & Demoralised

Powerful and cinematic, Superheroes by Skint & Demoralised achieves an epic scope within its economical 2 minutes and 42 seconds by setting a spoken word story about a young boy’s innocent wisdom to a rousingly dramatic score. And as it builds to its heart-splittingly moving climax, it is made all the more poignant by the knowledge that it really happened…

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Change - Mavis Staples

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Change - Mavis Staples

The voice of the legendary Mavis Staples is sounding more soulful than ever on her raw new album, We Get By. And on the opening track, written and produced by Ben Harper, Ms Staples pleads simply and repeatedly for the violence and intolerance of our age to end. "Bullets flying, mothers crying," she sings in this concise three minute blues, accompanied by a growling guitar riff. "We gotta change around here"…

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Aleppo - Leyla McCalla

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Aleppo - Leyla McCalla

"Fists are flying in the name of love," sings Leyla McCalla on Aleppo, the sobering standout centrepiece of her third album, The Capitalist Blues. "So much violence in the name of love," she continues as the guitar pierces us with a shriek of obstreperous feedback. "We look on and on, we don't heed the call / Who knows if we care at all?…

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Woke Up This Morning - Alabama 3

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Woke Up This Morning - Alabama 3

The song that so perfectly epitomised the dark heart of 21st Century East Coast American organised crime, familiar to millions from the opening credits of The Sopranos, is not even American. It was written in London by an Elvis-loving Mormon from South Wales and a Glaswegian polymath. And it’s not about the American gangland. It was inspired by the true story of a British woman who killed her abusive husband… or was it?…

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Rollercoaster - India.Arie

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Rollercoaster - India.Arie

The modern world is dizzying. Mass communication floods our senses with an overwhelming torrent of new ideas and there are countless influencers - celebrities, intellectuals, politicians, business leaders and spiritual charlatans - proposing the path to navigate it all. Indie.Arie's Rollercoaster is a modern take on the immortal Sixties graffiti gag "stop the world - I want to get off",…

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Pride - Grace Petrie

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Pride - Grace Petrie

Grace Petrie's bitter-sweet song of solidarity, Pride, movingly articulates the conflicting emotions of life as a gay person in the 21st Century - on the one hand the legacy of dignity earned by 50 years of liberal activism and on the other the rancour at a lifetime of being discriminated against simply for being who you are…

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All Together Now - The Farm

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All Together Now - The Farm

Yes, it really happened. On Christmas Eve, 1914, as the first winter of the Great War consumed France and Belgium in conflict, the men on opposing sides in the trenches along the front lines ceased the madness and played football in no man's land to celebrate peace on Earth and goodwill to all men. This enduringly symbolic moment of humanity is celebrated in the words of All Together Now, a UK Top Five hit by Liverpudlian four-piece The Farm in December 1990…

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