Definitely not what we needed- review of Craig David’s Children in Need Single ‘All We Needed’

Definitely not what we needed- review of Craig David’s Children in Need Single ‘All We Needed’

Craig David has apparently swapped chilling on Sunday with creating shit songs on Sunday

By Isla Russell, first year journalism student at LSBU

1 star

Forget Craig’s beloved 2000 hit seven days because here are seven adjectives to describe his latest single ‘All We Needed’- boring, embarrassing, tedious, lifeless, dull, shallow, and shit.

Craig rose to fame in 1999 with his classic garage tune ‘Re-rewind’ featuring Artful Dodger, which was followed by hits such as ‘seven days’ and ‘Fill Me In’. His success continued with 5 albums and 14 million record sales worldwide, resulting in the world falling in love with the cheeky Southampton born lad with a love for song writing, rapping, and producing music.

After a brief laps in the release of content from Craig in 2013 it was no wonder that the world was waiting with baited breath in late 2015 when he dropped his first single from his new album ‘Following My Intuition’, ‘When The Bassline Drops’. It was with mass hysteria that his tune was met and you couldn’t escape the song- every club, radio station, and retail store was playing it. Constantly.

And just when you thought we had the cheeky, yet down to earth, Southampton lad back where he should be, making banging tunes for the club, he releases his newest song ‘All We Needed’, the official Children In Need Single.

In typical Children In Need fashion the song is simply depressing and the video is not much better. Craig David in an abandoned building, with an orchestra behind him, and more close ups of his face than can be counted. Completely lifeless and void of any of Craig’s usual innovative and humorous lyrics, it’s as if the life has been sucked out of him. Even his performance in the video is completely void of any emotion- just because you have your eyes squeezed shut and your hands pulled up to your chest in fists it doesn’t make you passionate about what your singing Craig. For a more interesting video maybe try putting the camera in front of a brick wall and playing the song over the top.

Sorry Craig but on this occasion maybe you shouldn’t have followed your intuition.

Looking back before moving forward- Peckham Platform Retrospective exhibit review

Looking back before moving forward- Peckham Platform Retrospective exhibit review

Peckham is celebrating the final exhibit at Peckham Platform by showing a retrospective view of the past 6 years of art

By Isla Russell, journalism student at LSBU.     

4 Stars

March 5th 2017 will be a sad day for the Peckham community as it has to wave goodbye to the much beloved art gallery Peckham Platform. Showcasing one final look at the exhibits from the past 6 years this is the last chance for you to take a Peckham trip down memory lane.

Since 2010 Peckham Platform, located at 89 Peckham High Street, has been exhibiting the works of local artists, and working with children of the community, to create grand displays. These ranged from Peckham Promenade in January 2016 which showed the people who lived, worked, and visited Peckham Rye Lane, to Open16 which was a mass collection of artwork of any kind from local artists. This small, almost futuristic looking, building has been supporting the local talent of the Peckham area since 2010 and it will be a great loss to the community when it leaves.

However, until March, Peckham Platform is doing one final showcase of all their favourite pieces of art from the past 6 years. These displays have been erected one final time in a celebration of the raw talent that Peckham has for members of the general public to view for free. These innovative pieces of art adorn the walls of Peckham Platform, complete with a small description of the artist and thought behind the work. One particular stand out piece is the original trench coat from the first ever exhibit shown at the Peckham Platform, ‘Peckham Peacocks’, adorning the ‘Peckham Peacocks Mobility Scooter Club’ symbol on the back of it, hanging delicately from the ceiling of the building almost as if it’s looking over the rest of the artwork.

To take a walk down the creative memory lane of Peckham’s finest artists you can visit Peckham Platform for free Monday to Sunday 10am-5pm.

Open your mind to the art of Peckham for one final time.  

Peckham Platform
The outside of Peckham Platform