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London saxophonist whose smooth soundscapes are reshaping UK rap

The success of longtime collaborator Knucks’ recent Top Three album ‘Alpha Place’ has shifted Venna into the limelight, but the London saxophonist and producer has already spent years quietly shaping big releases in afrobeats, jazz, and rap. He laid down the stirring sax sounds on ‘Alarm Clock’, one of the standout tracks on BandLab NME …

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Five things we learned from our In Conversation video chat with Lava La Rue

Whether it’s their masterful way with words or their effortless skill for creating catchy melodies, every time you hear Lava La Rue you can’t help but be enchanted by their talent. Since the artist – real name Ava Laurel – emerged with their distinctive DIY sound on debut mixtape ‘Stitches’, they’ve proven their world-building skills …

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‘Pokémon Scarlet and Violet’ release date, trailer, starters and everything you need to know

Nintendo surprised the world when it revealed Pokémon Scarlet and Violet earlier this year. The new titles mark a brand new generation for the long-running monster-catching series, and look to update the tried and tested formula even further. Of course, we already had Pokémon Legends Arceus to enjoy this year, with its novel approach to …

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Watched ‘Stranger Things’? Here’s how you can start playing ‘Dungeons & Dragons’

I‘ma level 8 Shadow Elf Bard and I just can’t keep out of trouble. If you asked my party, they’d say I’m worse than Jaskier from The Witcher. During our last campaign, while we were being chased by a wolf pack through the forest, I decided to stick on my wolf onesie and try to …

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‘Hardspace: Shipbreaker’ review: scrappy underdog

Things start simple in salvage-’em-up Hardspace: Shipbreaker. As a one-man salvage team your goal is to chop up derelict spaceships, chop them down to parts and chuck them into the right bins so you can get paid. READ MORE: ‘Fallout London’ challenges itself to adapt and improvise the series’ lore That’s right, you’re the guy …

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