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so far, so good: our discussion with seinabo sey

She’s the Nordic pop export that counts Kygo and Frank Ocean as some of her biggest admirers. On the day she let her powerful debut album Pretend fall into the hands of her fans, we made a phone call to the Stockholm native to discuss family, songwriting and letting her work go. What was it that attracted you to music, above all else? I guess it was just something I’ve done naturally all my life. My dad was a musician, and I’ve always sung. I always found that to be the best part of my day, so I kind of gravitated towards that. At first, I thought I wanted to be a lawyer or something – I wanted to be like the direct opposite of my parents! Then realised if I had the opportunity, I should do what I was really good at – which was singing. So, with your dad’s musical background it was like a natural progression, you’d say? Yeah, absolutely – it’s just been like woven into everyday life for as long as …

winehouse: asif kapadia on the life of an icon

As always was the case for Winehouse herself, Amy is driven by the music. In the documentary film that tells her life story, her most famous songs (that we think we know) are given a discerning, new definition. Foreshadowings of a woman wise beyond her years; an icon and identity, tarnished by her own rapacious audience. We are faced with the blatant truth. A life stolen far too soon; blood still fresh on our hands.

Sam Gellaitry, shot by Mihaela Bodlovic at The Biscuit Factory

bonfire boy: sam gellaitry & the art of ‘escapism’

IT WAS GUY FAWKES NIGHT, and for the past four days, overexcited groups of teenage rebels had been setting off supermarket bought rockets into the evening sky. By the time November 5th had come around, things had begun to mellow out. Rain had started to fall and the clouds had covered any sort of spectacle the city had planned. It was in the midst of rush hour, on this very evening, that Sam Gellaitry peeled himself apart from the crowds of businesspeople who were swarming the train station, all heading in the opposite direction. His explosive flash of red hair and admirably casual demeanour set him apart from them all. In early Spring of this year, Sam had just turned 18 years old. His debut EP Short Stories soon followed, obliterating the pathway of expectations this young producer had set for himself. It managed to grab the guy some serious critical acclaim too, as well a legion of fans who now follow every single one of his musical moves. Nine months on, and those same …