“I’m a bit nervous, y’all a good looking crowd.” Despite this shy admittance (modesty being an uncommon trait in Hip-hop), Azealia Banks has little to fear. Beginning entirely acapella, her flow is seamless and visceral; she barks and bites whilst retaining an alluring coyness that’s utterly compelling. The beats are predominantly minimal, almost tribal, full of bitter wit…
Hitting the scene a couple of months ago, Harlem rapper ASAP Rocky has emerged, and he’s growing as fast as Odd Future did all that time ago. It’s easy to draw this comparison because of the in-built ASAP Mob production team, low pitch voices, futuristic Hip-hop beats and constant use of “swag”, but it doesn’t quite sum Rocky up…
Some beautifully chilled out vibes rising from the Project: Mooncircle music box this month in the form of Chilean producer fLako. On this new release he collaborates with vocalist Dirg Gerner to create some incredibly soulful electronic music (a sizeable feat in our eyes)
Kids These Days are a bubblingly fresh and talented live Hip-Hop group peddling straight out of Chicago town, following seemlessly in the same soundsteps as one other Chicago windstorm, Kanye West. Their music is spilling over with Soul and Jazz influences – comprised of live horns and a blues-rock trio – their production is consistently rich in melody and harmony…
It’s stalemate in my house at the minute. No-one wants to admit defeat to the seasons and cough up the money to turn the heating on. We’re putting up one final stand against the cold, armed with this warming track from San Diego’s Dirty Gold…
Despite hardly being thought of as a “happy” sort of band by those who have listened to them, frontman Pete Silberman twice tells us The Antlers are indeed very happy to be here in Bristol, and I believe him. Following the release of their near-universally acclaimed second album Burst Apart, I’d imagine it’s quite a good time to be in this Brooklyn band.
Nostalgic balmy funk from an illusive Norwegian producer.
Twinkling new age on newly-founded label Quindi Records.
A traditional Kenyan instrument recontextualised for Extra Soul Perception.
A punk approach to dance music from the Optimo Music producer.
The Stones Throw affiliate and NTS Radio DJ unpacks the influence of the American musical maverick.
60s Japanese funk and Cambodian pop to 70s Thai disco and psychedelica.
Katia Mullova explores the lessons we might learn from Coronavirus lockdown to create a more environmentally-friendly gig economy and community at large.
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.