Yuck’s interpretation of 90s garage rock has breathed…
Replacing the confusingly-named Yu(c)k for his solo material, Oupa honours Blumberg’s grandfather…
Coming from the South Bay area of Los Angeles, it’s clear TOKiMONSTA’s surroundings…
Bon Iver has been riding a wave of critical and popular acclaim since 2008…
Part-founded by Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons, it’s no surprise that Communionare gaining quite a reputation for unearthing excellent folk and soul artists. Stamp The Wax has already featured Communion’s Michael Kiwanuka and Matt Corby, but two more are also deserving of our praise. In tune with the family feel of their label, Communion put on monthly music nights in unique venues around London. Given the success of the evening and the quality of music, it was therefore surprising to learn this was independently organised. Communion or no Communion, Monument Valley and Daughter are certainly worth taking note about.
Since Joy Orbison’s iconic Hyph Mngo emerged onto the Electronic scene in late 2009, producers worldwide have been attempting to replicate such an effective sound, steeped in raw personality and sheer vibrance. Jacques Greene is one artist that successfully delivers on both fronts. Mary Anne Hobbs featured the Montreal-based producer’s first release The Look EP on her last ever BBC show, a sign of the great things for Greene that has now progressed into the dazzling new song Another Girl. Injected with a contagious R&B hook, floating pads and a climbing rhythms, it is sure to be the Future Garage summer anthem of 2011.
A spaced-out take from the Sound Signature boss on First Word Records.
Warm pads and downtempo breaks on the Polish producer’s debut LP for Shall Not Fade.
Akua Naru meets Aaliyah on this London-Nairobi collaboration born from the Extra Soul Perception project.
New York jazz-funk, smooth Rio bossa nova and Belfast boogie.
Dollar bin b-sides treading a fine line between g-funk swagger and molten cheese.
A V Day mix of silky smooth boogie, soul and synth-pop from the Customs member.
Katia Mullova assesses the wider implications of this annual focus on data sharing.
A behind the scenes look at Berlin’s unassuming open air party spot.
An in-depth discussion with Emma-Jean Thackray, Joe Armon-Jones and Nik Colk Void from Factory Floor.