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From monastery to Bandcamp via hospital bed: meet Tatsumi, the skateboarding monk making brilliant electronic music
This is a story that's in equal parts sad, strange and beautiful. A couple of years ago I got invited to a showing of a film about music in Japan called KanZeOn; I think it was FACT's Laurent  [...]
My Favourite Record: Dominick Fernow
My Favourite Record: Dominick Fernow
Words by Dominick Fernow •  23rd April 2014 • 
My Favourite Record is a new weekly feature where we ask musicians we rate from across the spectrum to pick their most cherished album - a development of our occasional On Record feature, and a [...]
Acid, aliens and no bald phalanges: Joe Muggs does Coachella
Acid, aliens and no bald phalanges: Joe Muggs does Coachella
Words by Joe Muggs •  23rd April 2014 • 
I didn't know what to expect from my one-day visit to Coachella. In fact, not having been there before, I didn't know what to expect from California full stop. I was fairly sure that most of t [...]
The 14 pieces of software that shaped modern music
The 14 pieces of software that shaped modern music
Words by John Twells •  21st April 2014 • 
We're at the stage in history where using music software isn't so much an option as it is a necessity. Sure, there are always going to be some contrarian sorts who take it upon themselves to re [...]
Photo gallery: Record Store Day 2014
Photo gallery: Record Store Day 2014
21st April 2014 • 
Last weekend, our friends at Soho vinyl specialists Phonica Records threw a day-long party to mark the seventh edition of Record Store Day, with guest DJs including Leon Vynehall, Call Super and T [...]
Cover stars: behind the scenes with 11 of modern music’s best sleeve designers
Cover stars: behind the scenes with 11 of modern music’s best sleeve designers
17th April 2014 • 
We're all familiar with the great cover art masters - the Savilles, the Olivers, the Hipgnosises. For sure, the flair and visual confidence of the above mean their works still leap out from an  [...]
Dubbing Is A Must: A Beginner’s Guide To Jamaica’s Most Influential Genre
Dubbing Is A Must: A Beginner’s Guide To Jamaica’s Most Influential Genre
Words by David Katz •  16th April 2014 • 
From drone to dubstep, the values and techniques of dub are more present than ever in the music we consume every day. Yet, for many, dub appears an impenetrable genre - the sort of thing we know w [...]
A stack of great footwork mixtapes have come out the US this year, and you’ve all missed them
A stack of great footwork mixtapes have come out the US this year, and you’ve all missed them
Words by Tom Lea •  15th April 2014 • 
Chicago's footwork music is more global than ever, with world tours for its stars (well, Rashad and Spinn) and high-profile releases on European labels. Despite this, there does seem to be a bi [...]
All business: Flowdan on working with The Bug and landing on Hyperdub
All business: Flowdan on working with The Bug and landing on Hyperdub
Words by Joe Muggs •  15th April 2014 • 
Flowdan's personality seems quite a bit like his vocal delivery. Not so much in the sense that it puts the fear of god into you, but in a sense of patience and steady momentum. From the earlie [...]
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