Whatever you think about the Call of Duty games, they are certainly epic. You can't go long without killing someone or getting killed yourself, or explosions destroying military bases as you zoom through hordes of commandos, leaving trails of dead bodies behind you. All accompanied by the sounds of bullets ripping out of assault rifles, and explosions crushing buildings into powdery rubble.
Hearing the completed versions of Too Many Broken Hearts and Especially For You in particular, were moments in my professional life that I will never forget, the door was wide open and I was at the centre of this incredible moment in time. You just knew that something magical was happening. It was very exciting.
For those denigrating me as a "champagne socialist", I have to say I'm more of a prosecco girl, myself. I was born in a working-class family who have for generations been active in political protest. I was nine years old when I was first taken to a demonstration by my mother, who at the time was working as a housing officer for Cardiff council.
Bluntly, Councils don't act to protect music venues faced with closure because they don't value them enough. They don't insist developers should protect them, because they don't understand how important they are.
2015 was a particularly efficient 12 months for me in the realm of listening to new music, probably because I was on tour for most of it and therefore had much bunk time... Consequently I feel qualified to narrow down my experiences to 10 long playing records that rocked my world this calendar year. So, in true hit-parade style reverse order, here we go...
I'm fascinated by the 'behind the scenes' bit of celebrity life, we're all used to seeing these famous people in news papers and on our TV screens but what about those moments when they have to do normal stuff like you and me?
Whilst you lot were sunning yourselves in August I went up into the loft and got out my jingle bells. I listened to five albums of Christmas hits (yes pretty painful in August) and listed the ingredients for a classic Christmas number one. So just in case YOU fancy having a go before the 25th, here's my list. I think I've cracked the formula...
I'm not going to sit back and say it's been easy. At one point in 2014 I was living on £25 a week, struggling to pay rent and to be quite honest battling some inner demons while doing so. I also lived with my manager for a year during the time I was recording the first album (for the second time!).
Holy Trinity Brompton (HTB) church's student community share the belief that all humans are 'created to be creative'. Because the students enjoy enco...
I was still signing on at the dole office when Darts, the band I joined when I was just 18 years old, had their first top ten hit record. I signed off the dole when someone in the queue pointed out that they had seen me on Top of the Pops the week before.
Today Adele was confirmed at the top of the UK's Official Albums Chart (no surprise there) - but with a sales total which is breath-taking. In seven days, her third album 25 sold 800,307 copies. To reiterate, that is the highest total for any Number 1 album ever. That's ever.
No-one can condemn those directly involved in what happened at Le Bataclan for packing up and going home. I cannot begin to imagine the horror they faced. And at Rock City, is clear it is not far from anyone's minds this night, and it feels, rightly so, like it'll be a long time before anyone forgets.
Yes, the lo-fi audio quality of the cassette is a drawback, but in in a comforting way, as we grow older and become more battered and bruised, so do our records and tapes. Our music ages with us, and this kind of personal experience, that analogue provides, is exactly what streaming giants should be afraid of.
Now Malik has the potential to create something magnificent. Something sincerely innovative, by rejecting the constraints imposed upon him, he can reveal himself on his own terms, experiment with the medium, recreate himself and his image.
I can't help but notice lots of people enjoy the experience of a music gig through their phone screen. What's most frustrating is that I join in and s...
Top Boy is a film that documents Skepta's American tour. It's a fly on the wall roller-coaster ride from Queens to Washington DC, to Boston, Brooklyn and Toronto, where the BBK crew on a smoky testosterone-heavy tour bus, are all smoking weed, drinking Henney and making money rain.