Archive for February, 2017

David Bowie, Leonard Cohen & Prince Lead the #RoberAwards2016 Winners’ List

The year 2016 in music was amply defined by those who have left us. Predictably, our readers have paid with their votes a posthumous tribute to such iconic figures as David Bowie, Leonard Cohen and Prince, whose recordings dominate the Rober Awards 2016 winners’ list.

Bowie’s Blackstar has swept the board, dominating in the six categories he was nominated for. His masterful swan song, a poignant and powerful artistic statement reflecting upon his sickness and own mortality, has deservedly won the accolades for album, song, best male artist of the year, etc. Meanwhile, Leonard Cohen was recognized as songwriter of the year, becoming the runner-up for best song and male artist. The early work with 94 East by Minneappolis’ purple royal reigned in the reissue of the year category.

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds scooped the band of the year honour with Radiohead closely behind. Dorset’s finest PJ Harvey won in the best female and live artist of the year categories. The all-conquering return of A Tribe Called Quest earned them a couple of throphies, namely Best Hip-Hop act and comeback of the year. Frank Ocean won for best R&B artist. Biggest snub of the year sadly went to Beyoncé, who began as the favourite in the four categories she was up for, but surprisingly ended as runner-up in each one of them, prompting fears among the organisers of a potential #RobersSoWhite backlash.

Anohni‘s bold electronic metamorphosis was rewarded with the best pop artist trophy and US new band Whitney took the one for breakthrough artist. Promising Brits Goat Girl were chosen as Sound of 2017. Groundbreaking Swedish songwriter Jenny Hval took the cutting edge honour and the long awaited return of Aussies The Avalanches tied up with producer of the Year Kaytranada in the electronica category.

Some eclectic world flavours were added to the mix by Portuguese fado singer Ana Moura and J-Pop girl band BabyMetal. Kendrick Lamar, Sia and Portishead completed the list of winners.

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Toni Erdmann: Conversation With Maren Ade

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To celebrate its release in the UK this Friday, the second in our Toni Erdmann “double bill” of interviews is the conversation we had with its director Maren Ade during the London Film Festival, where the film was chosen as the gala for the Laugh strand and became one of the most talked-about titles of the programme.

One of our favourites of the year, Toni Erdmann is up for eight Rober Awards. Among them, Ade herself for best director and original screenplay.

Radiating with good humour but joking about feeling confused with so many interviews, the chatty German director talked about her writing process; the way she works with actors; her production company and the current state of the film industry.

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