Podcast Recommendations- Cardboard Chronicles/BreakerCulture Podcast

The pod-a-sphere is a strange place, as you’ll literally find a podcast catered right to your personal taste (all of your legal and moral tastes that is). Ever since I’ve gotten into podcasts I’ve been occasionally plugging the following search terms into the podcast app’s search engine (with little success):

“Trading cards”

“American football cards”

“Hobbies, collectibles”

And to my surprise, 6 days ago my search terms actually resulted in a relevant hit!

Cardboard Chronicles- Joshua Johnson

Josh is a young-ish guy who has a passion for Basketball trading cards, and what better to do than to start your very own podcast to talk about your passion! And if you’re able to make a few bucks along the way by publishing an e-book, teaching others in how to turn card collecting into a bonafide investment portfolio? Even better! Only in America! Right?

Being the first trading card podcast I lucked on, I think his program is still my favourite (although there are better ones out there), he sounds like an honest, down to earth guy, who has found a way to make money from his hobby, and sounds like he just wants to share his experiences and wisdom with other like-minded dudes. Me, I’m super envious as that is the dream isn’t it? Having a passion, and being able to make money (and perhaps a living) from it? Living your best life!

Josh produces a weekly pod, approx. an hour in length, where he interviews fellow hobbyists, sharing stories of how they got into card collecting, show-and-tell what notable cards they have, and just general chit chat around topics of interest (usually more interesting to them, than it is for us the listener). The interviews are unstructured, which feel more like eaves-dropping in on a crossed Skype line, but if you do have a genuine interest in collecting trading cards, you’ll find yourself hanging around and listening in, regardless where the conversations might go.

If you’re one of the rare card collectors out there, and interested to check Cardboard Chronicles out? Click HERE!

BreakerCulture Podcast- BreakerCulture Weekly

And like always, once you’ve lucked on a good thing you follow it down the rabbit hole of ‘You might also like’ and I found a few other trading card pods- the most interesting of which was ‘BreakerCulture Podcast’. To be honest with you, I’ve only listened to two episodes thus far, but from what I’ve heard I think I’ll be tapping in on a regular basis to hear his latest content. Where Josh from Cardboard chronicles comes off as an introvert and sounds like a guy who isn’t the life of the party, however Ty Wilson, the host of BreakerCulture, is clearly an extrovert, and is a dude who everyone probably looks to in any group social setting. So as mentioned, although I’ve only had the chance to hear less than 120 minutes of his channel, I found him to be extremely engaging and I can’t wait to hear more!

Ty’s show is similar to the Chronicles, i.e. each episode he interviews a fellow Hobbyist to learn of their collecting past, what they’re currently up to, and discuss all the goings on in the hobby world (like allegations of trimming and fake cards doing the rounds), and what stands the Breakers out from the other trading card podcasters, is the fact that Ty is involved in the Breaker sub-culture of the trading card scene. No, they’re not Californian Surfers who also collect cards, but Breakers is a term given to a scheme where a group of collectors all contribute towards the purchase and unboxing of an expensive box of trading cards (selling shares in the box in advance) and depending on your election of a team (in the case of NFL, electing one of 32 teams), the box is opened by the Breaker whilst streaming live on Youtube (when everyone who has a stake in the box watches on nervously).  And if (and it is if, as there isn’t any guarantee that each box contains a card of your team’s) a card depicting a player from the team which you’ve elected is pulled out? Regardless of how valuable or how worthless that card may be? That card is all yours! Sent to you curtesy of the USPS!

So adding this sub-culture’s ways onto this already niche sub-culture, it really makes things that much more intriguing to listen to! Not to mention that Ty seems to be able to bring-in higher calibre guests, compared to Josh.

So if I’ve piqued your interest? Check out BreakerCulture podcast! Just click HERE!

So you might be wondering, who in their right mind would collect cards? Silly bits of coloured cardboard paper? Well, I think you have to be a guy who grew up in the 60s to the 90s to be able to answer this question from a point of experience. For me, I was in year 5 when I first started collecting sports cards. My first 2.5 by 3 collectable being NSWRL, Rugby League cards from the 92 season. I don’t know what the trigger was, but it seemed like the whole card collecting phase took-off at our school at this time. Every boy (regardless if they had prior interest in rugby or not) were all of a sudden into collecting and trading, so like a sheep I too followed. And for months and months all the boys had in their back-pockets their stack of glossy trading cards held together by a rubber band, ready to be shown to and swapped with all the other guys in our grade.

Then I changed schools at the end of year 5, and in my new school everyone were collecting NBA basketball cards. In my humble opinion at least, I believe this to be the peak of card collecting fandom in Australia- where teenage boys just flocked to and hung-out at ‘Card Shaq’ in the MidCity centre mall, for hours each Saturday and Sunday kids would stand around admiring all the cards on display in the glass cabinets, enclosed inside hard plastic protective covers with a sticky label announcing how much the card was worth in US dollars. And like a sheep, I too hung out at Card Shaq and switched  from collecting Rugby cards to collecting Basketball cards- but like an Asian  cheapo (which I can be), American Football cards were a dollar cheaper per pack than Basketball cards (as they’re way less popular) so I also collected NFL cards. And when the 95 season swung around I purely evolved into only collecting NFL cards (which explains why I’m still an NFL fan to this day).

So throughout the 90s (93-99) I was an avid collector of football cards, no-longer just buying single packets, but instead I’d go in for an entire box of cards (24 packets each) easily droppin’ a couple of hundred of my parent’s hard earned cash each time on this cardboard obsession of mine. My obsession was so well known, that one year for my birthday, my uncle (who lives in America) sent me a box of cards for my 13th birthday. And when my dad went overseas to meet up with his brother in Hong Kong (the same aforementioned uncle) my dad would come home with a couple of boxes which my uncle had carried half way around the world so he could hand deliver it to my dad, so he could bring it home for me (at this time the Sydney trading card industry was on its last legs). I would be so addicted to the thrill, the hope of pulling out a rare special card (called Inserts), that I’d lock myself away in my room as soon as I got home with my box and just methodologically tear open packet after packet, thumbing through the brand spanking new cards, seeing if I had scored a sort-after rookie card or a rare Insert! Just thinking about it now quickens my heart rate. Haaha. And when I was 15 years old and had a chance to live in Hong Kong for 6 months- I went nuts! There was one precinct in Hong Kong (The Alliance Centre in Prince Edward) where all of the trading card shops used to cluster in this one shopping mall. I’d go to this mall once a week, doing a circuit of each shop one after the other, checking out if they had received any new stock (this happened to be in Feb-July in the NFL off-season). And when I’d learned that they had some new stuff, I’d plead with my parents (international phone call) to allow me to tap into the funds which I had travelled with, so I could take a couple of hundred bucks out of what was meant to sustain me, but to instead buy the latest box from Upper Deck, Fleer, Collector’s Edge, or Topps. I probably purchased at least 10 boxes in that period of time, but man did I score some nice cards (which are probably worthless now).

And my fondest memory was when one of the stores was closing down, and as a fire sale the young dude who owned the store, he allowed all the kids to go through his personal collection- boxes and boxes of Inserts in their individual protective sleeves, each gem priced at $3 per piece. I honestly went back 3 consecutive days- pretty much cleaned him out of all of his worthwhile NFL cards! I can still picture that shop clearly in my mind although it was over 20 years ago.

But like all good things, things eventually had to come to an end. I came back home to Australia, where there wasn’t a trading card industry anymore – and the Internet and online shopping wasn’t like it is today, so I stopped buying cards. Not because I had lost the fire or passion for it, but due to the lacking supply of good cards coming our way down-under.

But from all accounts, from what I’ve heard thus far in the podcasts, this tale of fading away from the hobby scene? This was a similar outcome across the world. Perhaps it was our generation, the little 12-13 year olds who got in during the early 90s craze, but now these same kids were 16-17 years old, and were too cool to be still collecting cardboard cut-outs like geeks. So from my understanding, most of the dudes of my elk, and the same with the dudes on the podcasts, they all said that they had stopped collecting in the late 90s, and had recently just gotten back into the hobby due to a resurgence in the collectable. And perhaps this is the reason why in the past (let’s say in the past 2 years) I’d never stumbled on a trading card podcast, but presently there are a handful of good podcasts, each emerging in the past 12 to 15 months.

So hearing all these guys talk about their collections, about ‘Nationals’, a 5 day trading card fest, and guys owning pieces which are numbered 1/1 – I have to admit it has re-awakened an itch within me which I thought was long dead! But nah! I can’t fall into that trap all over again! I’m a responsible adult with adult responsibilities and real bills to pay! Besides, if we’re talking about wasteful and unsustainable practices? Collecting cardboard and all that single use packaging?! My wife would kill me if I’d come home with a couple packets of foil, containing squares of cardboard. Haaha. So I’ll just have to live vicariously through Josh and Ty. *Smile*. But for you boyz, here are my favourites from my 20 year old collection.

1915 Lanzhou Beef Noodles- Sydney CBD

Are unexpected meals the best?

Sundays in the city is a weird time of the week to be looking for lunch in Sydney, as you can’t always predict which restaurant would be open for trade on the day of rest. After finding that our top 3 choices were closed on Sundays (the newly opened Jiang Nan Gallery included) we decided to try 1915 Lanzhou Beef Noodles- a smaller restaurant situated on the ground floor of the World Square precinct (Liverpool-Pitt Street quadrant).

I’m suspecting that this space was originally designed for a now defunct clothing store? As after taking a few steps in, then there are two steps down into the dining portion of the store with a mat haphazardly covering plastic water pipes leading to and from the kitchen. We were immediately seen to our table and we studied the menu. What attracted us to 1915 Lanzhou Beef Noodles, was the promise of ….. Beef noodles I guess. *Shrug*.

On the menu there were options of various soup noodles, dry noodles, and gravy noodles, and once you’ve chosen your level of noodle saturation, then it was time to elect your chilli level (full or less)- then it’s the choice of your wheat noodles to be rounded or flat, and the diameter or width.

Placing your order and payment was made back at the front counter, and we elected Lanzhou Beef Soup Noodles ($12.90) at the less chilli level with a rounded “trihedron” noodle; Combination Lanzhou Gravy and Beef Mince Noodle ($13.90) at the less chilli level with a flat 1.5cm width noodle; for drinks, a Herbal Tea ($3.50); and for dessert, Fermented Glutinous Rice with Beaten Egg in Milk ($5.80).

And as we were taking in the surrounds, already our orders started to arrive.

First to arrive was the Herbal Tea, which came in a soda can, with what my wife labelled as an “evil plastic straw”, but at least it was a bendy plastic straw!

The mindset I was taking this arvo, was to order everything which sounded out-of-the-ordinary, as I was telling my wife “I doubt I’d ever be back” so order all the weird stuff! But the tea wasn’t weird, it was just like a grass jelly drink, minus the jelly.

And literally within the same minute our dessert also arrived.

We left this to the end, so I’ll describe it for you after the mains. But as we were lining up the drink and dessert soup for their glamour shots the mains also arrived- piping hot, I must stress!

The Lanzhou Beef Noodles was the restaurant’s signature dish and the shop’s name-sake. When it was my turn to tuck in, I first tried the beef broth- the most distinct taste was the flavour of coriander (which I don’t mind), the beef was a brisket sliced into thin slices, and the noodles were nice and chewy. The flavour profile tasted a bit like Vietnamese pho, with the same elements, but served up in a Chinese style (and spicy).

The Combination Lanzhou Gravy and Beef Mince, was best of both worlds from the non-soup base portion of the menu- I think they literally mixed two dishes together! As there were so many elements dispersed among my plate- there were slices of beef brisket, beef mince, cauliflower, tofu, black fungus, herbs, and a saucy gravy coating everything? My scarf had a firsthand experience of that gravy coating. *covers face with hands*, when I attempted to unravel a clump of flat noodles, but to be splashed by a pretty generous flick of gravy sauce. I guess better on the dark-coloured cashmere Ralph Lauren scarf, than on the light-coloured Versace shirt. Haaha. But after that, I learnt my lesson and I was more careful with picking up the noodles. The taste was good, the lesser chilli meant that the Sichuan tongue numbing feeling was there, but not so overwhelming to ruin everything else. The OD mixture of ingredients meant that each scoop was a little bit different from the last, and the noodles were nice – clearly handmade, but a bit stodgy in parts.

And when we were done with our mains, we tried the dessert – Fermented Glutinous Rice with Beaten Egg in Milk. When it was served up, it was warm, but by the time we got to it, it was room temp. The soup was thin, not thick like a Canto dessert soup. It had a unique flavour, from the Fermented Glutinous Rice, and each scoop of the spoon brought up different floating bits. Your spoon might dredge up a portion of the boiled scrambled egg (either yoke or white), or you might come up with the glutinous rice, and/or peanuts, and/or sultanas, and/or goji berries – that added a different type of sweetness to the dish. In the end, I think the dessert will be what we’d most remember from our time at 1915 Lanzhou Beef Noodles.

Our end verdict, 4.0 from 5 Stars! (2.5 from 3 for Food (in the end everything was tasty, cooked well, and it was out-of-the-ordinary for your typical Chinese handmade noodle joint); 0.5 from 0.5 for Service (the staff were all polite and efficient); 0 from 0.5 for Atmosphere (it wouldn’t be too shabby if located in the heart of Chinatown, but it was on the shabbier end of the spectrum for World Square standards); and 1 from 1 for Value for Money (well  sized mains at the $13 price-point, and a dessert and a drink for $36.10 total? That’s pretty good!)).

In conclusion, sometimes an unplanned meal is the best, as you have close to no expectations- so more often than not, you’ll leave pleasantly surprised. And that was how we felt when we left 1915 Lanzhou Beef Noodles, tummies filled with Lanzhou Beef Noodles. Although we enjoyed ourselves today, but it is sobering to see how World Square’s variety is slowly being eroded. As one by one, all of the original restaurants who opened their doors when the World Square first came into being – one-by-one they are closing down, to be replaced by another Chinese restaurant. Nandos, the most recent closure, to be replaced by another bubble tea store. *Headshake*. Isn’t it ironic, World Square, supposedly being a sample of what’s going on in the wider world? The gradual expansion of China into every corner of the world (have you seen the Huawei Youtube ad?), and soon the entire world – and World Square might be better known as China Square?

1915 Lanzhou Beef Noodles- Sunday 11 August (4.0 Stars).

PH: (02) 8592 3617

Shop 17, Ground Floor, World Square, 123 Liverpool Street, Sydney

Mon-Sun 11am – 9pm

Killiney Kopitiam- Chippendale

Singaporean cheap eatery touches down in Sydney! Is it as good and as cheap as it’s hyped up to be?

After almost being blown away by Antarctic winds, we made it to Central Park Chippendale – where in the former site of Fogo (Brazilian BBQ restaurant) Sydney’s first Killiney Kopitiam has opened up!

I’ve read a few glowing reviews prior, both praising the original Killiney Kopitiam on Killiney Rd Singapore, and raving on about Killiney Kopitiam Chippendale, so naturally our expectations were set pretty high.

At around 1.30pm on a Saturday afternoon, the place was probably less than half full? We were quickly seen to a table for 2 in the front portion of the inner restaurant. After studying each menu item (it’s a one pager) we settled on our choices and my wife headed over to the self-service kiosk to place our orders.

My wife elected for herself the Seafood Laksa ($12.50), Chicken Curry Roti for me ($12.50), and for drinks a Hot Kopi For her ($3.70), and an Ice Coconut drink for moi ($4.00).

And as we waited for our food, we took in the atmosphere of Killiney Kopitiam – the shop was a large and airy space, brown woods and gold trimming were the interior theme, with partitioned booths for larger groups further back into the restaurant, and smaller two-seater tables for the couples in the front portion. On the tables were a serviette dispenser and a tub of all your cutlery in multiples of 7, while over the sound-system they were playing a modern Western pop playlist.

After a wait of around 10 minutes, first to arrive was my wife’s Seafood Laksa.

One question that was running through my mind was, how large would the servings be? -if they wanted to keep their prices down, while trying to survive in Sydney. The size of the Laksa was a size smaller than we’d like it to be, but it wasn’t any run-of-the-mill Laksa, instead of egg noodles or the usual thin rice noodle, it was a noodle shaped like hokkien noodles but they were white in colour; and the seafood was fresher than what you’d usually be served up floating in your laksa broth at this price – prawns, mussels, scallops, and fish were your deep sea selection. And from all accounts, the Laksa broth was spicier than the usual offering as well! Yum!

Next to arrive was my wife’s Hot Kopi.

The Kopi is a Singaporean coffee, which was strong – we could smell the bitter burnt coffee flavour as soon as it was set down. With the sweetened condensed milk mixed in, the bitterness and sweet balanced themselves out. Caffeine-hit strong enough to deter any thoughts of a lazy Saturday afternoon post-lunch nap. Hehehe.

And after the first two items had arrive my wife was all set, but in front of me was still an empty table setting. Boo! But my Ice Coconut drink arrived shortly after.

I don’t know what I was thinking, hearing the words ice and coconut, I pictured shaved ice and a creamy coconut milk? But probs better that I was on the wrong wave-length (as it was too cold for a proper ice drink), instead the Ice Coconut drink was essentially young coconut juice with ice cubes (odd to make mention to the ice cubes in the name of the drink, isn’t it a given?). At first sip it tasted more than just your standard young coconut juice, as I thought there was a hint of a syrup mixed through it to add an extra sweetness and a slightly different flavour? But I’m not sure now, when consuming the large chunks of young coconut flesh at the end, one piece tasted a little over-ripe (a little alcoholic). Maybe perhaps that fruity-alcoholic taste was from that piece of over-ripe coconut?*Shrug*. But I enjoyed the drink all the same.

And the last to arrive was my Chicken Curry Roti.

And I have to clarify, from the time the first dish arrived, and when my Roti made its final touchdown- it was only 5 mins from start to finish? However with all the glorious food smells about, a 5 minute wait felt punishingly long. Haaha. But it was well and truly worth the wait, as the Roti was fresh from being touched by fire! I’d never had such flaky and blistered roties before! You can see it in the pic above, the outer layer was all puffed up, super crunchy, and it smelt sooo good! The aroma of buttery pastries. Mmmm.

In terms of portioning, I had expected only one roti cut into quarters? For $12.90 that is all you’d usually get for that price point. But I got 3 roties! Count them! 3! The bowl of Curry was reasonably sized, although there were only a few pieces of chicken, but who cares! Count them! 3 pieces of roti!!!!!

So tucking in with fingers, I tore at the hot flaky pastries, getting oils and crumbs all over my fingers- but I didn’t care, if eating was this good! Dipping the roti into the curry, and taking my first bite? Oh my goodness, my eyes probably rolled back into my head, the curry at first taste was quite spicy. So spicy that where the curry dribbled down my lip, it left a trail of burn (but with subsequent bites, it didn’t feel that chilli chilli anymore). It was super tasty though, and because they gave you so many pieces, I didn’t have to ration my roties-  instead I ate with gusto, ending up with bigger and bigger pieces towards the end of the meal, using it to soak up the curry, and still having enough roti that I could be generous and offer up pieces to my wife to try! #Satisfying!

On the other hand, the chicken was a bit bony, like the dregs at the bottom of the pot. However it was cooked perfectly, being tender, without being dry or tough. There weren’t that many pieces and only 2 squares of potato, but it was fine, in the end the star of the dish was the roti! And I was so full when I finally put my cutlery down for the last time, i.e. scrubbing my oily fingers clean for the very last time.

Our end verdict? 4.0 From 5! (2.5 from 3 for Food (the food was a step above other Malaysian/Singaporean restaurants in this price-point, the produce was fresher and the flavours more authentic); 0.5 from 0.5 for Atmosphere (it was fitted-out nicely, the music gave the somewhat empty place atmosphere); 0 from 0.5 for Service (being self-service e.g. ordering kiosk and all of your cutlery was already there- definitely limited any interaction with staff. The longest interaction, was the 3 seconds the service staff hung around at your table, just to ensure that the dish that they’d just placed in front of you didn’t go spinning off your table from their haste to see to other things); and 1.0 from 1.0 for Value for Money (In this day and age, to have a main and a drink each and still have the grand total under $35! Not to mention how full we were at the end? That’s value in my language!)).

In conclusion, we came to Killiney Kopitiam with pretty high hopes, as they’ve been doing their thang for 100 years! But they met and exceeded our expectations! Hey! There were 3 roties! Count them! 3! The food wasn’t as gourmet as some Malaysian/Singaporean restaurants in Sydney have made Malaysian/Singaporean food to be, but as a cheap eatery, it didn’t need to be. My one and only concern is Killiney Kopitiam’s sustainability in Sydney’s food market, as for a cheap-eat to thrive, they need the volume of sales. Although it was slightly past the usual lunch hour, but having a 60% empty restaurant on a Saturday? I just hope they’re turning over enough to cover their costs, as I’d love to come back again and again to Killiney Kopitiam! Try it if you haven’t already! Singapore at your doorstep!

Killiney Kopitiam- Saturday 10 August (4.0 Stars).

https://www.centralparksydney.com/eat/central-park-mall/killiney-kopitiam

PH: (02) 8317 6344

Shop 11, Lower Ground Floor, Central Park Mall, 28 Broadway, Chippendale

Mon-Sun 11.30am – 9.30pm

Product Recommendation- Thinkfood Munch Pumpkin Seed

If you like pralines, nuts bound together by a sweet sticky binder, then I’ve got a healthy version of a praline just for you!

Thinkfood’s Munch line of products is all that is good about a praline, but with all the healthy properties of health foods!

Munch come in Roasted Almond, Pistachio Cranberry, or Pumpkin Seed, and the jumbo pack we tried was the Pumpkin Seed.

It’s both sweet and salty, and it contains a satisfying crunch every munch from the sun dried pumpkin seeds.

Not only is it tasty, but it’s healthy as well! Containing a healthy dose of zinc, iron, manganese, phosphorous, and vegan protein!

They come in bite sized squares, perfect for busy people on the go, or when you’re getting hungry in-between meals and looking for a healthy something to munch on!

Try Thinkfood Munch- either as almonds, pistachio or pumpkin seeds, find them at your local Coles for $4.00 for a 140g bag.

Kombucha Journal- Mandarin Kombutcha

9 August, 2019

Wow! It’s been a while in-between drinks, a fermented tea that is……

We have most certainly still been enjoying our Kombucha brews, but it’s been a long while since we’ve tried a new flavour though. But our latest concoction was a mandarin-infused Kombucha.

Makes 3 bottles.

Ingredients:

3 Pieces of mandarin peel (1.5 inch by 1.5 inch)

3 Slices of Mandarin flesh

Directions:

Step 1: Slice each mandarin peel into thin 1 inch match-sticks (be sure to keep each peel’s match sticks in its own portion).

Step 2: Dice the mandarin flesh into little chunks and add the diced flesh and strips of peel to their respective bottles.

Step 3: Add in Kombucha, fresh from its week of fermentation.

Step 4: Allow Kombucha to undergo its secondary fermentation in the bottle.

Step 4: Refrigerate after a week of secondary brew.

And then enjoy a mandarin infused Kombucha, perfectly tart and perfectly tasty!

Album Review- #6 Collaborations Project, Ed Sheeran

I think Ed Sheeran has to be in conversations when discussing ‘Who is the hottest Musician at the moment’, as anything and everything Ed is involved in, is a winner! And his 6th album, Collaborations Project, is his latest Grand slam HOME RUN!

There were a couple of weeks in May and June where it felt like every week Ed was releasing a new single. And the reason why there was a flood of his music streaming onto our radio waves, all made sense when his Collaborations Project album was announced.

The first track released from the album was ‘I Don’t Care’ feat Justin Bieber (and we do care); followed by ‘Cross Me’ feat Chance the Rapper (with one of the most repetitive and annoying hook lines ever!); to be followed by ‘Beautiful People’ feat Khalid (don’t sell yourself short Ed).

And as crazy as it seems, then Ed released songs 4-5 from the album on the same day! Dropping ‘Best Part of Me’ feat Yebba (is probably your bank account Ed!); and ‘Blow’ feat Chris Stapleton and Bruno Mars (very Lenny Kravitz-esque); and as I write this post, the 6th single to be released from the album has been ‘Anti-social’ feat Travis Scott (ok, ok, you don’t like to shake hands).

And since the album’s release, the other tracks which have found their way onto the popular airwaves have been ‘South of the Border’ feat Camila Cabello (and I don’t think they’re referring to Trump’s border wall? *shrugs*); and ‘Take Me Back to London’ feat Stormzy (spending too much time in the States? Hey?).

And tracks which haven’t made it to the radio yet (and I say yet) are ‘Remember the Name’ feat Eminem and 50 Cent (more like 73 Cents, according to today’s US to Aus dollar conversion…..”Yeah! Way to go 73 Cents!” Doesn’t have the same ring to it????), ‘Feels’ feat Young Thug and J Hus (aka Not-so-young-thug); ‘Put It All On Me’ feat Ella Mai (we can always count on you ED!); ‘Nothing On You’ feat Paulo Londra (ok…. Requires translation please); ‘I Don’t Want Your Money’ feat H.E.R (but you want my time?); ‘1000 Nights’ feat Meek Mill and A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie (aka A Boogie Wit Da thongs, t-shirt and shorts……..What? There’s a heat wave in the Northern hemisphere!); and the final non-airing track is ‘Way to Break My Heart’ feat Skrillex (that’s a little melodramatic Ed?).

And in my honest opinion, I reckon all 15 tracks are radio-single worthy! And the diverse styles? Just shows how versatile Ed is! The only one critique is perhaps the over-use of voice synthesisers? So much so that Ed doesn’t sound like himself in half of the tracks? And in the latter half of the album, the songs sound a bit same-same.

But #6 Collaborations project will go down as a modern classic! Bravo team! Bravo!

To listen to every track on #6 Collaborations Project, just ask Google to Play Ed Sheeran on Spotify!