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“Skream had too many rum punches and was convinced he was Buju Banton”: Rinse’s stars share their most memorable Carnival experiences
London stand up tall - Carnival weekend is almost upon us. Ahead of West London's biggest weekend of the year (well, apart from Mourinho coming back to Chelsea), we asked 10 of the artists on a [...]
“I want to do things that have meaning”: an interview with one of ambient music’s modern masters, Lawrence English
“I want to do things that have meaning”: an interview with one of ambient music’s modern masters, Lawrence English
Words by John Twells •  19th August 2014 • 
I first met Lawrence English quite unexpectedly at a dark, noisy show somewhere in Tokyo, back in 2009. We’d talked extensively via email, but never met in person, and as soon as we started a [...]
“Go back to go forward”: Underground legend Noodles on UK garage, acid house and the benefits of dog-loaning
“Go back to go forward”: Underground legend Noodles on UK garage, acid house and the benefits of dog-loaning
Words by Joe Muggs •  18th August 2014 • 
Noodles is one of the good guys. Over the last decade or so, he's been regarded warmly by the (post) dubstep generation thanks to the foundational late '90s tracks he and El-B released under th [...]
Funk and Roll Junky: Steve Arrington’s journey from Slave to Stones Throw
Funk and Roll Junky: Steve Arrington’s journey from Slave to Stones Throw
Interviewed by Chris Kelly •  15th August 2014 • 
In the 1970s, southwest Ohio was a hotbed for funk, especially the kind that would be instrumental (literally) in the development of West Coast G-Funk. Since then, the music of The Ohio Player [...]
David Thomas Broughton: inside the mind of the UK’s most unpredictable live musician
David Thomas Broughton: inside the mind of the UK’s most unpredictable live musician
Words by Arron Merat •  8th August 2014 • 
Muffling a rape alarm on his chest, David Thomas Broughton approaches my table during his show at London’s Vortex Jazz Club, a sweet guitar riff looping over and over from his machinery back on  [...]
Karate on the Weekends: Throwing Shade’s transformation from South Africa-based lawyer to London r’n'b star
Karate on the Weekends: Throwing Shade’s transformation from South Africa-based lawyer to London r’n'b star
Words by Angus Finlayson •  6th August 2014 • 
Poolside interviews are, it’s fair to say, rare. Particularly for this writer, whose subjects tend to be nervous indoor types, and particularly in the grubby surrounds of east London. But Na [...]
No Gravity: Werkdiscs’ Moiré on the Hamburg studio that birthed <i>Shelter</I>, and the five key synths behind the album’s sound
No Gravity: Werkdiscs’ Moiré on the Hamburg studio that birthed Shelter, and the five key synths behind the album’s sound
Words by Moiré •  5th August 2014 • 
Due on August 18 on Werkdiscs / Ninja Tune, Moiré's Shelter is an album of - ahem - blurred lines. With nods to both the faded house of Actress and the more high-res fare of Carl Craig, it's one [...]
Dunked in the Funk: George Clinton’s biographer talks P-Funk, anarchy and smouldering sex-beasts
Dunked in the Funk: George Clinton’s biographer talks P-Funk, anarchy and smouldering sex-beasts
Words by Joe Muggs •  31st July 2014 • 
Unpicking the reality of a history crowded with giant spaceships, nappies, LSD blotters and smoke is not an easy task. But if there's any journalist who could look into the debauched chaos of t [...]
Where It Came From: The inside story of Popcaan’s amazing debut album
Where It Came From: The inside story of Popcaan’s amazing debut album
Words by Chris Kelly •  25th July 2014 • 
Last month, Andre “Popcaan” Sutherland released one of the best albums of the year. Popcaan has been one of the world’s most popular dancehall artists for a few years now, emerging in 201 [...]
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