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New Music We Love: Benny's album is full of hits, Stephen Puth launches his career

7th December 2018 | Music

As the year reaches its natural conclusion we are released with a mixture of highly anticipated new singles, “oh, I wasn’t expecting that but that’s alright” releases and just some damn unnecessary songs. We’re going to focus on the first two categories…

Featured Song: benny blanco – Roses (with Juice WRLD & Brendon Urie)

benny blanco’s debut album has landed and there potentially isn’t an album out right now with more hits on it (other than, like, Ari’s album… and Drake’s… you get what we mean). The album shows just how versatile Blanco is as a producer – he crosses pop on ‘Eastside’, hip-hop/emo rap on ‘Roses’, dance on ‘I Found You’, punk rock/trap on ‘Better to Lie’ and more.

The album features an all-star roster of Halsey, Khalid, Calvin Harris, Jesse Rutherford, Swae Lee, Ty Dolla $ign, 6LACK, Ryan Beatty and our favourite pairing: Juice WRLD and Panic! At The Disco’s Brendon Urie. On track ‘Roses’, Blanco manages to make a song which is almost a shockingly accurate cross between emo rap and Panic!’s early-00’s rock-pop. We’re big fans!


Other Good Ones

HRVY – I Don’t Think About You: This is a clever and timely release, you see. Just like Anne-Marie’s ‘Perfect To Me’, HRVY has released a song which ISN’T a Christmas song (never mentions it once!) but features some bells and shakers and whatnot to, ultimately, make it feel like a Christmas song. Or, at least, a Winter song. IDTAY is a snuggling up on the sofa covered up in a blanket and remising about an ex type of song… and we definitely have time for that!

Astrid S – Closer: The first 30 seconds are slightly dodgy but after then this is a BOP! Astrid S has had…

Punch Up The Jam | I Write Sins Not Tragedies

7th December 2018 | Music

Every week, comedians/best friends Miel Bredouw and Demi Adejuyigbe attempt to fix a popular song despite absolutely no qualifications. PUNCH UP THE JAM is a show cataloguing their descent into madness as they review, rewrite, and remix all the hits you love to hate, or just love (until they ruin it for you).

Patreon picked it and Miel and Demi punched it, together! On a meta, riff heavy and guestless mirage of an episode, Miel and Demi finally tackle the widely requested Panic! At The Disco's emo/alternative/pop-punk/who cares classic, 'I Write Sins Not Tragedies'. BONUS CONTENT ALERT – Patrons get a BEHIND THE SCENES MAKING-OF THE PUNCH-UP VIDEO!


This week's UNPUNCHABLE JAMS: 'Black Sheep' by Metric, 'Dead On Arrival' by Fall Out Boy.

I Write Sins Not Tragedies

On a meta, riff heavy and guestless mirage of an episode, Miel and Demi finally tackle the widely requested Panic! At The Disco's emo/alternative/pop-punk/who cares classic, I Write Sins Not Tragedies. (82 minutes)

Hyer’s Highlights: The Backlash to Designer Babies

4th December 2018 | Music

An obscure human genome conference taking place in Hong Kong suddenly made front page news after the whole world was up in arms about a Chinese scientist who sensationally claims to have created the first ever genetically edited babies.

The apparently healthy twin girls Lulu and Nana were born “a few weeks ago”. What makes them different is that they have been specially designed to be resistant to HIV using risky and unprecedented technology.


The scientist, He Jiankui, says he is “proud” of the achievement, however his experiments have not been peer reviewed so it is impossible for other scientists to verify his results, plus the reaction to Dr He’s announcement was almost unanimously negative. Professors and researchers branded this potential milestone in genetic technology a “really shocking episode” that risked creating “mutant babies”, adding that it “is totally unethical”, “monstrous” and “life-risking”.

On Benji Hyer’s Sunday radio show, listener Lewis said that “this sounds a bit like something from a Doctor Who episode” and it could be a “slippery slope”.

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Benji Hyer on the Backlash to Designer Babies

Benji Hyer responds to listener Lewis who believes that the reality of designer babies could be a slippery slope. (3 minutes)



Listen to the full discussion from Benji Hyer's radio show on the 'Hyer's Highlights' podcast, here