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Review: Portraits of 21st Century Africa, EIBF 2018 Rating 88%

Review: Portraits of 21st Century Africa, EIBF 2018

Edinburgh audiences aren’t well known for their vociferous responses. They applaud and call out ‘bravo’ in clipped Morningside tones, and occasionally let out a delicate whoop. So when Nick Barley challenged the gathered throng in The Spiegeltent to respond to the two women about to perform with similar enthusiasm to that which he experienced when seeing them in Africa, the gauntlet was well and truly thrown.

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Whitney McClain: I’ve tried to mix up the music a little bit with some new producers

Singer and songwriter Whitney McClain released the Cruise Remixes EP, featuring three alternative remix versions of her original single, Cruise, which was released late last year. Emerging in 2015, her debut single, Bombs Away, racked up over one million views on YouTube, and Whitney has been working on more tracks ever since. She spoke with The Fountain about the EP and her plans which have involved a summer of hibernating in the studio.

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Review: Portraits of 21st Century Africa, EIBF 2018 Rating 88%

Review: Portraits of 21st Century Africa, EIBF 2018

Edinburgh audiences aren’t well known for their vociferous responses. They applaud and call out ‘bravo’ in clipped Morningside tones, and occasionally let out a delicate whoop. So when Nick Barley challenged the gathered throng in The Spiegeltent to respond to the two women about to perform with similar enthusiasm to that which he experienced when seeing them in Africa, the gauntlet was well and truly thrown.

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Review: Neu! Reekie! #1, EIF 2018 Rating 85%

Review: Neu! Reekie! #1, EIF 2018

More Light on the Shore is cast upon the brilliant Leith Theatre with the arrival of Neu! Reekie! who curate this show among several nights. Something of a coup, it would seem to secure the services of one Michael Rother who, when among other projects, formed half of Krautrock pioneers, Neu! The same group inspired Kevin Williamson and Michael Pedersen to form their artistic collective in Edinburgh to promote music and poetry via various events throughout the city in recent years.

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Review: Hearts Beat Loud Rating 81%

Review: Hearts Beat Loud

That summer before university is fertile ground for coming of age stories, but the roles are inverted in Hearts Beat Loud. Daughter Sam has her life planned out, choosing to spend her last holiday at home taking extra classes before school begins. Her dad Frank is not so certain, after seventeen years, he can no longer afford to run his record store. A lifelong musician, both father and daughter unwind by making music together in a kitted-out rehearsal space at home.

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