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The Sounds Of #LFF2016: Sonic Strand and Beyond


One more year the BFI London Film Festival arrives to its appointment with London cinephiles. From October the 5th until the 16h, over 240 features and a large programme of shorts and events will take place across our city. Roberawards will be bringing you all the excitement; reviewing the most awaited films of the season and scouting for hidden gems and surprises.

We kickstart our coverage with homemade video and audio playlists inspired by those films of interest for both music and cinema lovers. The Sonic Strand is the one that brings the two areas together. This year its ecclectic programme takes us around the globe, from Chicago in Spike Lee’s latest joing “Chi-raq” to an exploration through that treasure trove that is Today’s African music in “Fonko.” Interesting glances at Japanese glam metal musicians in “We Are X” or at the Israeli/Palestine hip-hop scene in music and politics-infused drama “Junction 48.”

Also featured are some accomplished documentary portraits. Among them, British new shoegaze band Wolf Alice in Michael Winterbottom’s “On The Road“; iconic rock photographer Mick Rock in “Shot! The Psycho-Spiritual Manta of Rock“; Electronica maverick James Lavelle in “The Man From Mo’Wax;” the founder of a legendary LGBT nightclub in “Jewel’s Catch One” and Tinderstick’s frontman Stuart A. Staples co-directing with the man behind many of his band’s videos, David Reeves, “Minute Bodies: The Intimate Life of F. Percy Smith“, the story of the film pioneer.

Elsewhere, Damien Chazelle revitalises the classic musical in the winner of Toronto Film Festival’s coveted audience award “La La Land“; whereas the Treasures strand brings two restored gems of the genre: “King Of Jazz” featuring Bing Crosby and “You Were Never Lovelier” with Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth. We will witness R&B star Janelle Monáe’s big screen debut in the universally acclaimed “Moonlight“; Neneh Cherry teaming-up with Mark Cousins for the half documentary/half fiction film “Stockholm My Love; Israeli born, London Gay Men’s chorus member Sar in “Who’s Gonna Love Me Now?” and the dramatic murder of young jazz musician Lee Morgan in “I Called Him Morgan.

Among the festival’s excellent selection of events, LFF connects will launch the collaboration between experimental electronica producer Forest Swords and archited Liam Young in their Music meets Performance tour “In The Robot Skies,” filmed entirely by drones, plus DJ Yoda will link music and games through his show “DJ Yoda Goes To The Arcades: A History Of Gaming.”

A dazzling selection offering something for everyone. Check our LFF Sonic inspired spotify and video playlists here. Read the rest of this entry »


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Best Albums of 2016 Spotify Playlist

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Like we did with the tracks of the year, before we enter the busiest release season in the calendar roberawards has also compiled our favourite albums to date in a Spotify Playlist. Follow it to be automatically updated with any outstanding new releases until the end of 2016. This week, the beautifully sad new Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds album has just been added.

We welcome suggestions on outstanding albums that may have fallen off our radar.

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Best Tracks Of 2016 Spotify Playlist


Due to new commitments and shortage of time we stopped our Top 40 favourite tracks weekly charts in February and we still won’t be bringing it back for the moment being, but we have been compiling the most interesting tracks of the year to date, and you can check them out in our brand new Spotify Playlist. Follow it and you will be automatically updated with any new faves released until the end of 2016. We miss the artist who gave their work exclusively to other platforms, notably Frank Ocean and Beyoncé, and some notable mixtape work such as the latest Erykah Badu, other than that everything that we’ve enjoyed is pretty much there.

Hope you enjoy the playlist too, and please let us know if we have missed something really good.

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