Anything But Change

The replacement of Edward Colston's statue with Jen Reid is a nice moment. But is symptomatic of a culture of symbolism in lieu of action.

Q&A with Berny Ferr

Fresh off season 2 on BBC3's Glow Up and a collaboration with Converse x It's Nice That we grab some face time with Berny Ferr. The London based make-up artist mixing upscaling and illustration in to his make-up work to great effect  

M.I.C and PK Brako release new single Witchclart

After a wait that feels like an eon grime fans can finally look forward to hearing the song that incorporates quite literally the hardest bars of 2018. An exert from JUST JAM 117 which is now a viral clip with co-signs from JME and Lethal Bizzle saw M.I.C cursing his enemies with creativity and disdain in equal measure. 


Skengman Churchill

Following today's gammon convention in Westminster that has seen far-right protests defending British values by urinating on memorials and fighting the police, Halima Nashir explains Churchill's true legacy

The French Knee on the Neck

As protests for racial justice permeate throughout the United States and the rest of the world, it's time to remove France's colonial knee from the neck of African development

Q&A with Carlton Matthews

Following the hugely successful release of his debut zine Social Suicide we sit down with graphic illustrator and motion designer Carlton Matthews.

Black Lives Matter. ACAB

We give our definitive guide to anti-racist readings from our own platform and wider literature. See also our guide of petitions to sign 

KKK 🤝U.S. police 🤝Colonialism🤝U.K. police

Halima Nashir unpacks the origins of anti-black racism and explains the way a necessity for cheap labour under capitalism set the beginnings of Britain and Europe's love affair with anti-black racism.

God Save The Queen

Following  on from commercial jobs with an array of fashion's biggest brands and publications Martyn Ewoma makes his film debut with God Save The Queen in collaboration with Sludge Magazine


Q&A with Chinwag Call

Chinwag Call is a creative project centred around opening up a dialogue amongst recovering addicts. We at the Sludge Magazine office sat down with it's founder Jacob Newton to discuss the project

Billionaire brunches and black liberation

As Kanye West reportedly joins Jay-Z as rapper turned billionaire it’s important to remind ourselves that more black billionaires doesn’t equal liberation for black people. 

Q&A with John Alone

John Alone presents a psychedelic, eccentric sound which doesn’t conform to a genre and goes against the grain. We were able to talk to him about the track, his inspirations, and the effects of lockdown on musicians. 

Why it’s okay to lack motivation whilst under lockdown

We're really proud of all of you who are spending this time working on yourselves, but if you're just getting by or even a bit fed up that's okay too. Our new article by Emmie Cosgrove tells you why 

 


 

Q&A with Jake Zeeman

With YouTube videos amassing millions of views Jake Zeeman is the filmmaker set to keep you entertained throughout lockdow.

We know you had to do it to 'em

A few weeks back we challenged our Instagram follows to show us their best isolation fits in the iconic meme pose. You certainly didn't disappoint

Q&A with Jex Wang

Chat over dinner with one of London's busiest creatives Jex Wang. The Eastern Margins syndicate who's talents extend to photography, writing, DJ'ing and political meme savant

Q&A with Bllackline

With an impressive publication list spanning from Highsnobiety and It's Nice That, to Nike and The NHS, Harlesden based graphic design and illustrator Bllackline is on the ascendency. We chat to him about inspirations, the U.K.'s respect for artists and starting out in the industry  

Q&A with Jimi Da Killa

We sit down with Jimi Da Killa to talk all things Cognac Arcade, fashion design and future plans

Q&A with ede store

We interview Eve Williams, founder of the ede store. The skincare and wellness project taking self care beyond the skin deep

 


 

UGLYBUTBROKE interview

We sit down with the creative director and photographer lensing your favourite artists across the globe. From Yung Lean, A$AP Nast and Aminé to U.K. talents Slowthai and Jorja Smith - Nina Nagele's photography is truly a sight to behold. She even blesses our readers with a playlist

LOCKDOWN: Couples Edition

Are you tearing your hair out isolating with your significant other? If so our new article by Lauren Dorling is here to help with four top tips for surviving Lockdown: Couple's Edition

Why are so many young rappers dying?

Recent years have seen an upsurge in the deaths of young rappers including as xxxtentacion, Fredo Santana, Juice WRLD, Lil Peep, Nipsey Hussle, Jimmy Wopo, Pop Smoke, Smoke Dawg, Mac Miller & others. Our new article unpacks the causes of this seemingly unending tradgedy.

POP for Sludge Magazine

Our new editorial exclusive lensed by Martyn Ewoma features Louie Bowman in an array of outfits showing the punchy impact of  mono-colour outfits

 


 

Q&A with Eastern Margins

We were lucky enough to sit down with Eastern Margins syndicate Jex Wang to discuss the platform fighting for representation for Eastern and South East Asians in the U.K. music scene

Why cultural appropriation on the catwalk still matters

Comme Des Garçons are just the latest brand to come under criticism following their decision to have models wearing fake cornrows on the catwalk. Martyn Ewoma delves in to why fashion needs to do better

Year and decade roundup

We look back at the moments and art that shaped 2019 and the 2010's as a whole


Minor Formula interview

The Birmingham brand are encouraging you not to get bogged down by the pitfalls of modern life. They're a brand second and a family first, championing the spirit of collaboration.

Modern medicine's failings towards black mothers

Black women in the U.K. are five times more likely to die during childbirth. With reference to his own near disastrous birth, Martyn Ewoma delves in to the history of modern medicine to unearth reasons for the disparity.

The Age of the Luxury Collab

We interview fashion polymath Vincenzo Borrelli to unpack why we are seeing such an influx of collaborations between established fashion houses and streetwear brands.

 


 

Seinna and Scientific drop latest collaboration 'Kimchi'

London based rapper Seinna links up with Dresden based producer Scientific to present new track 'Kimchi'. Read the lowdown here

I’ve failed as a woman and I’ve never felt more beautiful

Frequent Sludge Magazine contributor Lauren Dorling's subject matter covers any number of complex issues. Her new article for us explains how she dealt with the one topic request from an editor that stumped her: beauty.

Four Ways To Find The Will To Live When You've Lost It

The dust from Mental Health Awareness month has settled, but unfortunately adversity exists all the year round. Lauren Dorling offers us her four top tips for conquering introspective quandaries.

The Politics of Apathy

Far-right rhetoric and legislation is slowly becoming more publicly palatable, whilst challenges are being shaped as an infringement on the expression of ideas. Ellen’s reasoning that her friendship with George W. Bush is nothing more than “being friends with someone that doesn’t share the same beliefs that she does” is evidence of how the gravity of political ideology is being undermined.

 


 

The De-politicisation of Mental Health Discourse

Mental Health Awareness Week is an example of how far society has come in terms of de-stigmatising mental health issues. It is now time for government to be as proactive as the people they represent.

We interview model turned photographer Luke Forte 

With a modelling career that's seen him face campaigns for the likes of Goodhood and walk shows at PFW, the decision to take his camera along with him on his adventures has seen Forte capturing beautifully raw images of his own.

Teach You Something

DIPS & Lo-Wu drop the visual for K THE INFINITE assisted track "Teach You Something". Check out our rundown here

Listen to new track Dreaming by John Alone and Ckbreeze

Sultry vocalist John Alone drops official video shot by Rococo World and directed by Kieran Kiani

Jonathan Williams on Photographing the Scene's Biggest Musicians

Meet the Birmingham based photographer shooting some of the U.K. and U.S's biggest stars

Jinsun Park interview

In this exclusive interview Jinsun Park tells us about her inspirations, London's Korean community and her new book "Two Times Or Maybe More".

 


 

Had To Wear The Dress 'Cause I Had a Stick

After the hugely successful release of Young Thug's So Much Fun one lyric has captured the imagination of listeners. Martyn Ewoma explores the history of androgyny in rap music.  

When is booty shaking right?

As women's rap grows in the mainstream, so does the criticism of their reclamation of sexuality through their lyrics. Predominantly from male rappers who have been using women's sexuality as a vehicle to promote their own careers since rap's inception.

High Karup$hin drop new album Guerrilla Glue

Following on from their 2015 project DBOAN II, Connecticut based trio High Karup$hin are back with their new project Guerrilla Glue. We sit down with members Bvby $lurgeTxgh-Dye and F$A Phantom to get the lowdown on the groups spooky production, the groups interesting knack for making joint paintings and the future of Connecticut rap scene as a whole. 

Meet Amel Mukhtar, the British Vogue staffer bringing political activism to the forefront

Check out our interview and shoot with Amel Mukhtar. The new features assistant at British Vogue penning unapologetically politically conscious articles on a range of issues from the Christchurch massacre to the women at the forefront of the Sudanese revolution. But don't be surprised to find her still finding time to ponder the new series of Big Little Lies and the artists of the summer to look out for. 

 


 

Read up on the rise of social media maven Jess Lawrence

From modelling in worldwide campaigns, to brand collaborations and navigating the office environment as a social editor, Jess Lawrence is clearly a rising star. We managed to spend some time with the woman herself to find out how she's managed to put herself on this impressive career trajectory.

Dips & Lo-Wu's "Take Off" is a summer evening essential

Hosted via GRM Daily, the South London duo enlist frequent Local Geezers collaborator Rufus Wilson to deliver a video that perfectly encapsulates the duality of the duo's raw South London roots with a more relaxed tranquil approach to delivering their message 

Local Geezers drop the hotly anticipated "Geez Way

After releasing a snippet of an unheard track in collaboration with fellow Derby native Ashley Hunt of Hunt's Emporia for Depop, Local Geezers fans have been chomping at the bit for the release on the mysterious summery track. Now finally "Geez Way" is here.

Style and sustain with SET 

Since 2013 U.K. based contemporary outdoors brand has been going from strength to strength, attracting co-signs from the likes of Skepta, Frisco and Casey Neistat. We sit down with the brand's founder Jack to talk sustainability, style and SET's plans to make sure they're part of your wardrobe for decades to come alongside a new editorial featuring rising model and musician Mo to showcase some of the summer line.



Jimi drops wavey visual for "Brandy belly"

Directed by Local Geezers frequent collaborator Rufus Wilson the video sees Jimi Da Killa meandering around the Derby streets, marketplaces and shops - showing us all there is never a bad place to get Brandy Bellied. Watch the Ted Loco & C4 produced track. Check out this Sludge Magazine exclusive release and remember to drink responsibly.

My milkshake makes for a forlorn Farage

In a landscape of British politics mired by political violence. The throwing of milkshakes at fascists, has proved a step too far for the liberal left wing and far right alike

 


 

Valorising the veil

As is often the case with customs that originate outside of Western society and religion, the veil has been demonised  and in equal measures co-opted to further right wing agendas. Oliver Stevens-Neck explores the West's orientalist fixation with the veil

Caster Semenya: When Fairness Is False

Writer Tariyé Peterside delves in to the ever political world of sports to explore the IAAF's decision to deny Caster Semenya the right to compete in the sport she has long dominated

Enthusiastic Consent is Coming! (Spoilers)

As the final series of Game of Thrones commences the surviving characters have treated audiences to a plethora of drama ranging from beheadings, incest, dragons and White Walkers. So what made a consensual sex scene in the last episode so shocking? 

Heavy on shoulder

Photographer Jinsun Park explores the stresses of the South Korean education system through her new photos series and think-piece exclusively for Sludge Mag

 


 

Performative cancel culture

Writer and photographer Martyn Ewoma explores the politics of culpability and the pitfalls of performed online liberalism in our new article

Adelaide & Red: The dichotomy between Diaspora and African Blackness (Spoilers)

Writer Tariyé Peterside gives her reading of Jordan Peele's new blockbuster 'Us' and how it pertains to the black diaspora experience in the U.S. and Africa

What ‘The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ can teach us about manoeuvring for power in the Patriarchy

The Manifesto Built On Memes

As memes replace manifestos, and when ideas mean more than their subsequent implementation, Adam Smith explores the entertainment industry's role in modern politics

Pejoration for power

How the right wings co-opting of left wing terminology has rendered political discourse illegible 

Does the Pope's stance of the death penalty matter?

Pope Francis' renewed stance on the Catholic Church has taken a huge 180 and the clergy are less than impressed

 


 

"It's the M.I.C on the mic!"

We catch up with the emcee superman punching through grime's glass ceiling. Find out what has fuelled this exciting, polarising, Nintendo loving enigmatic new talent that has everyone from NME to JME and Tim & Barry paying attention.

'Smear' for Sludge Mag

Model Tionne Harrison takes centre stage in our first ever exclusive fashion editorial. Lensed by Martyn Ewoma this dreamy pastel editorial is comprised of looks styled by Skye Lai with beauty looks dreamed up by make-up artist Berny Ferr.

GEEZER GANG!

We caught up with Jimi Da Killa and Wiz who along with producer Ted Loco are inseminating the UK rap scene with a much needed shake-up.

Climate activists: Pull it out before the earth puts out.

This article by Lauren Dorling explores a belief held by certain environmentalists; that curtailing how many children we all have may be the only way to save our planet.

 


 

Q&A with Vincenzo Borrelli

Get to know Instagram's favourite cult leader in our interview with Vincenzo Borrelli.

What do bank holidays mean to working Brits in 2018?

We interview a range of people with jobs outside the 9-5 to see how employment laws impacts them

Responsibility in LBGT filmmaking: lesbians through the male gaze

Little by little we are seeing a greater variety of stories and romances being depicted on the silver screen. Portrayal of lesbian relationships still lag behind often reverting to homophobic tropes and overt sexualisation.

How Bare Vintage took the Depop market by storm

Over the past few years what started out solely as a Depop page has transformed in to a platform for budding models, and an Instagram page that provides some of the most beautiful editorial photography showcasing contemporary streetwear brands.

Freedom of speech and freedom from consequence are not the same thing

Whilst drill rappers are literally being imprisoned for their lyrics, and professional athletes careers are being destroyed for speaking out against discrimination, sections of the far-right believe the biggest affront to freedom of speech in the modern world is being held accountable for spreading racial hatred. 

NFL Protests: Why Trump and Team Owners Are Missing the Point

Nicholas Borghesi explores the president and NFL's disdain for peaceful protest.

 


 

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