Interviews, comment and Dummy guides
Quick catch-up: Lil Jabba The free-roaming Teklife affiliate talks about his part-retrospective debut album and gives us a quick tour of his grotto.
Cloud Boat interview: "Kings of the swamp." Getting to know the R&S duo who make intensely emotional electronic music by trawling the unlikeliest sources.
Technique: Swindle - 'Long Live The Jazz' The grime and dubstep producer talks us through his audacious but warm jazz/funk hybrid album.
Quick catch-up: James Holden We spoke to the DJ, producer and Border Community head honcho ahead of the release of his first album since 2006’s ‘The Idiots Are Winning’.
Life Lessons: Mount Kimbie Interviewed in New York, the London duo tell us about the lessons and experiences that shaped their second album, ‘Cold Spring Fault Less Youth’.
Quick Catch-Up: Olugbenga The Metronomy bassist and chameleonic producer talks about striking out on his own.
Essay: Have You Heard of Eugene Chadbourne? The current obscurity of a superstar of 1980s indie speaks volumes about how tastes have narrowed over the past twenty-five years.
Angel Haze interview: "Turn it into positivity." Steph Kretowicz gets a glimpse into the hyperreal world of rapper-meets-popstar and perpetual optimist Raykeea Wilson.
Technique: Hyetal - 'Modern Worship' David Corney, AKA Hyetal, and producer/mixer James Ginzburg talk through each step of the making of the Bristol artist’s playful new album.
Quick catch-up: Koreless We speak to the man behind ‘Yugen’, one of the UK dancefloor’s most singular and soaring releases of the summer so far.
Disclosure interview: "We've always written pop songs." As they prepare to unleash their debut album, the Lawrence brothers open up about being underground, in the charts and the dreaded “crossover”.
Technique: Majical Cloudz - 'Impersonator' Devon Welsh and Matthew Otto open up about the making of their beautiful and intense new album.
Essay: "Messy" Techno and the Resurgence of Musical Abstraction Adam Harper takes a look at the current wave of quasi-techno artists, from Ital to Actress, who are united in their abstract approach and pure sonic sensuality.
Technique: When Saints Go Machine - 'Infinity Pool' Drummer, producer and mixer Silas Moldenhawer guides us through the Danish band’s new album, a musical love letter to coming of age in the 90s.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra interview: "I can always come back to the basement." Ruban Nielson talks nocturnal working hours, courting Dev Hynes, and how his triumphant second album came from a crippling touring schedule.
Essay: Matthew Herbert's musical shell The experimental artist made his latest album from a 10 second field recording of conflict in Libya, but what is the significance and consequence of doing so?
Behind the scenes on the set of Cloud Boat's new video See the inner workings of Cloud Boat’s new video, and read about the vision behind it with the band and directors.
Track by Track: Grime 2.0 Slackk, Visionist, Mr Mitch, Joe Muggs and more talk us through Big Dada’s comprehensive new grime compilation.
Comment: On Dean Blunt and unanswerable questions Ahead of the release of his new LP, Steph Kretowicz considers the very modern predicament represented by the frustrating art of Dean Blunt.
Technique: Secret Circuit 'Tactile Galactics' The psychedelic LA producer talks us through the making of his debut album.
Track by Track: Eglo Records Volume 1 Floating Points, Fatima and more guide us through Eglo’s fabulous new compilation, as they reflect on four years in the game.
Comment: Dancing myself into a trance Selim Bulut talks to James Holden, Gavin Russom and Viva Ruiz about their attempts to induce a “trance state” in their listeners, and tries it out himself.
Essay: Shades of Ariel Pink In his latest essay, Adam Harper challenges the dogma of Ariel Pink’s influence and recontextualises him as a child of the Cassette Culture of the 80s.
Quick catch-up: Pure X The Texan band on stepping into the light after a hard year with their triumphant new album ‘Crawling Up The Stairs’.
Ghostpoet interview: "I mumble over quirky sounds. That's me in a nutshell." The melancholy MC talks about how he stayed grounded for his second album ‘Some Say I So I Say Light’, and what that title actually means.
Profile: Getting to know Unknown to the Unknown Boss DJ Haus talks about the “stream of rad shit” that he puts out on Unknown to the Unknown, and we pick five of its most thrilling releases.
Illum Sphere interview: "Money just goes, right?" The Manchester DJ/producer explains how his club night Hoya:Hoya keeps him grounded, and why the world wouldn’t care if it stopped tomorrow.
Quick catch-up: Luke Abbott The electronic introvert talks working with bands, changing nappies and the difficult second album.
The Knife interview: "A new way of thinking." Karin and Olof on the sound experiments in their “musical utopia” that led to new album ‘Shaking The Habitual’.
Doldrums interview: "Doldrums is like anti-Doldrums Doldrums." Aimee Cliff meets – and unpacks – the Canadian sci-fi pop artist.
Quick catch-up: P Jam With an exciting schedule ahead of him, the grime producer talks reaping the benefits of now.
Mykki Blanco interview: "I'm basically just doing glam rock." Steph Kretowicz unpicks the mystery that is Michael Quattlebaum.
It began with Fela Auntie Flo, Gilles Peterson, Ghostpoet, JD Twitch and Jesse Hackett reveal how Fela Kuti shaped their musical careers and share their favourite tracks.
Profile: The film-makers making music with brands and bands San Franciscan video producers Yours Truly on the story behind that Shlohmo and Jeremih track, and how they negotiate the creative/commercial landscape.
Deptford Goth interview: "A moment of clarity." The man who has made the best album of 2013 so far talks about the moments of isolation and connectivity behind it.
Profile: The live visual artist dressing London's most on-it music spaces Scottish artist Florence To’s installations have a physical musicality to them that’s inspired by the body.
Quick catch-up: DJ Spoko The South African producer on the origins of Bacardi house, working with DJ Mujava and his essential debut EP on True Panther.
Profile: The label boss who brings friends together Selim Bulut speaks to Leeor Brown, the man behind innovative LA labels Friends of Friends and Young Adults, about running music start-ups in today’s digital landscape.
Quick catch-up: Krystal Klear Ahead of his new record on Rinse, the Irish producer fills us in on being a pessimistic optimist and working towards a darker sound.
On the Map: Washington DC We dip a toe into the American capital’s music scene, with profiles of six rappers, bands and producers on the rise.