Interview: Flo Gallop Admits She Just "Can't Be Friends" in Revealing New Single

The new single from the London pop artist comes to terms with the reality of a doomed romance.

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London musician Flo Gallop, known for her bubbly energy and lyrical magic, is back with a new single.

"Can't Be Friends" exemplifies Gallop's charm and familiar warmth. Here, she sings about about the devilish pull to someone you should stay away from, and finding it difficult to do so. As Gallop details in "Can't Be Friends," it's easy to overlook the consequences of going down such rocky paths.

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London Singer Songwriter Ebony Buckle

London based singer/songwriter Ebony Buckle is set to release her debut album Disco Lasers in 2021, and kicking it all off is her latest single "Wonder."

Inspired by the world's loneliest whale, the song is an emporium of intergalactic feels located in a utopia of strings, piano and mind-blowing vocals.

"Wonder" is an anthem of encouragement about finding the wonder in the unknown and embracing it with every inch of your body. It also reminds us that if we're ever feeling lost or alone, the idea that whale songs can be heard even in the deepest depths of the ocean shows that during our most isolated times, someone is always listening.

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Bellsavvy Casts Off Rejection On “Queen of My Mind”

Overcoming body shaming through self-love.

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Originally from Brazil, London-based model, actress, and pop singer Bellsavvy releases "Queen of My Mind," a song about body image and self-esteem.

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Francesca Louise

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London-based folk-pop singer-songwriter Francesca Louise reveals her latest single, "Ride the Waters," from her forthcoming debut EP, Melancholic Antidote.

Francesca says of "Ride the Waters," "So many young girls feel that they need someone beside them to be able to progress and find success in their lives, but this song suggests the opposite. It is an encouraging anthem for independent and powerful young women." The song highlights Francesca's confident voice riding on an upbeat rhythm and buoyant melody.

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Music Reviews

"Man Alive!" Showcases King Krule's Opposing Personas

On Archy Marshall's third album as King Krule, his misery clashes with new responsibility.

The music of King Krule feels plucked from some sort of abstruse underworld.

Throughout the three albums under his royal moniker, the young South London musician born Archy Marshall has always leaned on his own misery as a driving force. His new record Man Alive!, however, was composed under slightly more celebratory terms; in the middle of making the album, Marshall found out that he was going to be a father. How does one reconcile, then, with such chronic anguish in the shadows of these life-changing obligations? Man Alive! quests for an answer.

All the tenets of a King Krule album are here: Marshall's vehemently monstrous howl and his abstract take on typical indie rock. What sets Man Alive! apart is that now Marshall is in love. "You're the only thing that makes life worth," he croons on "Perfecto Miserable," with such conviction that there's no doubting he really feels it. He begs for the companionship of his other half on the spare, somber closer "Please Complete Thee," in the wake of "everything just constantly letting [him] down." His words have rarely come off so gut-wrenchingly dependent.

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The album's more desolate front half boasts some hip-hop qualities. The chugging bass of "Stoned Again" feels indebted to '90s rap royalty, as Marshall's conversational delivery even approximates a freestyle flow. The following track "Comet Face" is driven by an anxious electronic beat, as Marshall retells a story of waking up battered after a violent encounter in his native South London. Here, we have King Krule's rawness distilled.

Man Alive!'s latter half is the more tender side of Marshall, singing of self-medicating his woes and waiting for his mental "storms" to pass. Tracks like the stunning "Airport Antenatal Airplane" and early single "(Don't Let the Dragon) Draag On" captures a dreamier aesthetics, while others like "Theme for the Cross" and "Underclass" feature delicate saxophone solos. The album's two sides mirror conflicting personas in Marshall himself: the precociously distressed teenager who put out the first King Krule EP in 2011 versus the responsible 25-year-old—the longtime partner of photographer Charlotte Patmore and the father of their child. Those two personas aren't so mutually exclusive, after all, and Man Alive! presents Archy Marshall at his most complex.

Music Lists

Naomi Campbell Lashes Out at ELLE Germany: “We Are Not a Trend”

The magazine put out an ill-advised campaign that proclaimed "Black is back."

ELLE Germany has come under fire for a new editorial campaign called "Black Is Back," which was offensive from start to finish.

The first problem begins with the ill-advised title, which seems to imply that blackness is a new trend, something that can be put on and taken off.

That wasn't all. The editorial used a photo of a model named Naomi Chin Wing with a caption that referred to a model named Janaye Furman. To add insult to injury, an issue called "Back to Black" of course features a white model on the cover.

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Naomi Campbell lashed out at that, posting the caption, "This makes me so sad to see this, @bethannhardison @the_real_iman and I are here if you are not clear on the guidelines of diversity," Campbell writes. "Your mistake is highly insulting in every way ... I've said countless times we are not a TREND. We are here to STAY." She continues, "I too in my career have seen pictures of others models called me just because of the color of our skin, and recently seen many pictures of models of color being called being @adutakech... do you know what it feels like to do the job (@naomichinwing) and not even be given the right name credit?"

Adut Akech, a model who recently faced a similar issue—a photo of a different model was used in an interview with her—also commented, "SO SICKENING!! I'm over it honestly."

For her part, Janaye Furman posted herself sipping tea with the caption #blackisback.

The magazine's actions were first called out by the account Diet Prada on Instagram, which reports fashion industry missteps.

ELLE Germany responded with an Instagram post of their own. "This obviously was not our intention and we regret not being more sensitive to the possible misinterpretations. Misidentifying the model Naomi Chin Wing as Janaye Furman is a further error for which we apologize. We are aware of how problematic this is. This has definitely been a learning experience for us and, again, we deeply regret any harm or hurt we have unwittingly caused," it read.

Though this campaign is particularly riddled with missteps, this is far from an isolated incident. The fact that fashion magazines seem to have such poor sensitivity towards race reveals a chronic lack of diversity in higher-up editorial positions, and a lack of care and sensitivity in general. We can call-out publications for their mistakes all we want, but what we really should be calling for is an increase in diversity in all spheres of the media industry.

As one commenter wrote on ELLE Germany's Instagram post, "Perhaps if you had people of colour on your team (whose opinion you value), it may perhaps be an opportunity to make better executive decisions?"

Surface-level representation means nothing if it doesn't use input from the actual group that's being represented, and too often, diversity is used as a performance, something used to sell products. This is a problem that extends to the whole magazine and media industry. A 2018 study from The Guardian reveals that of the 214 bestselling magazine covers published in the UK last year, only 14 of them featured people of color on the front. The issue extends to children's magazines, meaning that so many kids still aren't seeing themselves represented in positions of power. While magazines like Vogue and Vanity Fair have made efforts to prioritize diversity, it isn't enough.