Interviews, comment and Dummy guides
Actually, Blood Orange is really very good Dev Hynes, in case you didn’t know, is a producer with a string of bizarre and diverse projects behind him, and is, we can confirm, hugely talented.
Behind the scenes at Egyptian Hip Hop's latest video shoot Read director Isaac Eastgate’s account of his brilliant retro Yoro Diallo video, and see his photos from the set.
Actually, Villagers are really very good Irish singer-songwriter Conor O’Brien is a shifting, soulful artist who should be on your radar, according to Aimee Cliff.
Mala interview: "I don't want to be weighed down. I just want to vibe and create." Meditate on bassweight: the Digital Mystikz on his revelatory trip to Cuba.
Comment: Why 'Teen Mom' Farrah Abraham's dream is our reality Abandon all prejudice, because ‘My Teenage Dream Ended’ is Camp art at its most pure, and a pertinent glimpse through the looking glass, argues Steph Kretowicz.
Essay: Music or game? With albums released as virtual environments, and video games forming new instruments, Adam Harper considers playing music in 2012.
Technique: Sensations' Fix Franco Falsini talks through the artistry and anecdotes behind his pioneering work in home recording with Italian space rock band Sensations’ Fix.
The video artist making dancing about architecture A dancehall queen injects sexuality into a sterile space in artist Pauline Beaudemont’s thrilling new video exhibit.
The 100-year-old radical music manifesto that's still essential reading today Adam Harper introduces Ferruccio Busoni’s ‘Sketch Of A New Aesthetic Of Music’, in this exclusive extract from a new translation of this revolutionary argument for the freedom of music.
Rudi Zygadlo interview: "I just keep weaving." An insight into the memories that shaped the Glaswegian producer’s remarkable new album on Planet Mu, ‘Tragicomedies’.
Essay: Bandcamp and the music industry of tomorrow Adam Harper explores Bandcamp’s outer reaches.
Brief Notes: The official lyric video In the first of a new pop commentary series, Ryan Ormonde takes a look at the fan-driven pop phenomenon that’s gone big bucks.
Technique: How To Dress Well 'Total Loss' Berlin-based artist Tom Krell talks through his extraordinary, emotionally potent new How To Dress Well album with co-producer Rodaidh McDonald.
LV interview: "Travelling through the digital world." Steph Kretowicz meets the South London trio who’ve made one of the albums of the year with South Africa’s finest MCs.
Report: The Romanian reggae scene is really, really inspiring Steph Kretowicz visits Bucharest to meet the men and women behind the thriving underground re-interpretation of reggae in the high Carpathians.
The visual artist at the centre of the post-internet explosion “Wi-fi based” artist Kari Altmann’s work with Fatima Al Qadiri and personal practice has cemented a tough aesthetic of ritual and global commerce that is inspiring the music of now.
Behind-the-scenes at Julia Holter's latest video shoot Interview with visual artist Jose Wolff, the director of Goddess Eyes I.
Essay: Isn’t it ironic? Postmodern music culture is defined by the thorny issue of irony. In his second column, Adam Harper discusses the uses and misuses of the idea, and wonders what we talk about when we talk about music we love.
Benga interview: "Push things forward." The Croydon producer on pop, haters and staying true to the moment.
Vondelpark, Slime and youth orchestra rehearse 'A City Symphonic' Slime and Vondelpark collaborate with specially formed youth orchestra in this incredible upcoming event taking place at the Tate Tanks.
Ariel Pink interview: "Our only hope is another human." The dreamy rock and roller from Beverly Hills interviewed on waking.
Pussy Riot's jailing: the full story As three members of the Russian anti-Putin feminist punk band are sentenced to jail, we tell you what you need to know about one of 2012’s wildest, saddest and most inspiring stories.
Essay: Whatever happened to genre? When did we get so embarrassed by names for music? And is it time to start using them again? Adam Harper on why dynamic, imaginative music needs us to take today’s emerging genres seriously.
Darkstar interview: "What space can do for your subconscious." In the studio with the Warp trio as they discuss how a change of scenery set for the tone for their new album.
The Dummy Guide to Detroit techno part II: the Second Wave to the present day Tracking the electronic sounds of The Motor City as they exploded into Europe and were transformed by successive waves of Detroit kids.
The Dummy Guide to Detroit techno part I: origins to explosion A brief guide to Detroit techno’s beginnings.
CFCF interview: "It was winter, everything was uncertain." Mike Silver’s new album of sketches, released through Dummy, sees a pop classicist discover a new, personal form of modernism from his piano, Ruth Saxelby finds.
Story of the Week: The sound of the London 2012 Olympics Danny Boyle and Underworld’s whistle-stop tour of British pop on Friday night was an astounding beginning to an Olympian celebration of UK music.
Kilo Kish's light raps are just the thing for the summer How the creative levity of a New York design graduate turned MC point to a shining new star in the making.
Konx-om-Pax interview: "Note, quarter note, half note, space." Ambient musician and regional surrealist Konx-om-Pax has a head for detail and the mind of a dreamer, Lauren Martin discovers on a day out in Glasgow.
Story of the Week: Reactions to Frank Ocean's album Sceptics called out Frank Ocean this week for using his Tumblr revelation to boost album sales – can there be any truth to this, and should we care anyway?
Comment: "Distroid" – the muscular music of hi-DEF doom The digital brutality and deluxe Dadaism of Gatekeeper, Fatima Al Qadiri, Jam City and DIS Mag, as Adam Harper completes his survey of underground musicians making art from the new data vistas of Capital.
The Dummy guide to K-pop An indepth guide to boy and girl bands behind the radical digital artform that could rescue the world’s pop music.
Eaux interview: "There has to be electricity." The rising London melodic techno trio on improvisation, influences and the importance of trusting your instincts.
Comment: Vaporwave and the pop-art of the virtual plaza In the first of a two-part feature on the underground musicians co-opting the icons of hi-def capitalism for their own ends, Adam Harper charts the rise of business class lounge music and the selling of digital smoke.
Delilah interview: “Have you really listened to how I sound?” British youth standing tall, as radical soul singer Delilah tells us how she showed the industry how to do it right.
Comment: Frank Ocean and the language of love No man in Frank’s position has written songs about making out with guys, and his rise to this challenge will be the measure of this extraordinary artist.
Purity Ring interview: "This isn’t confession." The Canadian duo get personal about the dark, fantastical world they’ve created for their debut album on 4AD.
Form, freedom and how current electronic music is reshaping the LP Thoughts on how the radical transcendence of Actress and Hype Williams change our understanding of the album.
Mr. Mitch interview: "Everything I do I call grime." How the south London producer wants to show you what grime can do.