Interviews, comment and Dummy guides
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.
Story of the week: Hip hop on trial Talking heads attended a high-profile event this week to debate whether or not hip hop is good for society, and unsurprisingly didn’t really get anywhere.
The Dummy guide to purple Navigate the thrilling psychedelic dubstep funk that exploded from Bristol last decade in a few easy steps.
The essential online TV show that blasts the best grime live every Wednesday Ran by photographers Tim & Barry, London’s Just Jam features the trippy visuals of early youth TV with the mind-blowing energy of bashment, funky and grime’s current hyper state.
Untold interview: "I wanted to document my change." The London producer and label-head discusses his three-part EP series and why they are important in the current musical climate.
Story of the week: Kickstarter's stats reveal the limits of crowd-funding The crowdfunding website’s new Stats page shows that while it’s making an incredible difference to struggling musicians, it’s not making a huge difference to the overall shape of the industry.
Song of the week: Gwilym Gold - Faithless Arms A sense of control and emotional abandon join in graceful union on London artist’s new song.
The Heatwave interview: "Full carnival." London dancehall DJ collective The Heatwave have been representing the culture of bashment for almost a decade. Here’s a 40 minute mix of the love and energy that dancehall embodies.
Story of the Week: Why the end of Azealia Banks' rap career is only the beginning As the rising superstar from Harlem declared “that’s a wrap!” on her rap career last week, she rejected the ideals of today’s music industry, and sort of re-defined the modern popstar.
Alis interview: "More personal things" Sabina Plamenova of Subeena fame explains her new project Alis.
Song of the week: Rudi Zygadlo - Melpomene Time and space are warped and reborn on Glasgow/Berlin producer’s thrilling new song.
Story of the week: How Kanye West puts the mega into megalomania On the weekend of Yeezy’s thirty-fifth birthday, Aimee Cliff considers whether the rapper’s contributions to the world beyond music are a joke, or evidence of a truly forward-thinking mind.
d'Eon interview: "I had angels in mind." The Montreal artist on internet revelations, speaking in tongues, and the paranoia that fuelled his extraordinary new album.
Song of the week: Holy Other – Love Some1 Bass weight and reticent bliss make the Manchester producer’s elemental new single shine.
Tanlines interview: "Who we are and where we are now." Brooklyn new pop group make adult-orientated contemporary music for us all.
Song of the week: LA Vampires By Octo Octa – 'Freedom 2K' Amanda Brown and Octo Octa’s love letter to house is the best piece of music this week.
Five electronic records of 2012 that have changed everything How the electronic album has been rewritten by five of this year’s most adventurous records.
Gucci Mane's world of his own The (in)famous Southern rapper hits a rich vein of form with two exemplary mixtapes released this year.
Airbird interview: "Music has been a force in my life forever." Joel Ford on his funk band roots, running a label with Daniel Lopatin and his brilliant debut EP, ‘Trust’.
Cadence Weapon interview: "I give the audience credit." Literary Canadian rapper talks about his love for grime, conceptual art and how to do a great live rap show.
Emptyset interview: "The house posed obscure questions." Justine Skeels talks to the Bristol duo making techno rich in dark atmosphere, about the recording of their last album in an unfinished Victorian mansion.
Song of the week: How To Dress Well – Ocean Floor For Everything Tom Krell opens up and steps out with full-bodied soul music for and from the heart.
Grass Widow interview: "Our own internal logic." Get to know the beautiful harmonies and fiery pop of the San Francisco three-piece.
Jam City in conversation with Ms Muzik Channel Jack Latham chats about art with his visual collaborator ahead of the release of ‘Classical Curves’, his extraordinary debut album.
British underground music's vital entrepreneurial urge Emma Warren on the importance of the “positive hustle” that fed grime, garage and punk.
Track-By-Track: Fatima Al Qadiri - GSX Remixes Girl Unit, Kingdom, Ikonika and more reflect on their remixes for the Brooklyn-via-Kuwait producer, plus an exclusive premiere from Nguzunguzu.
Live broadcast: Awesome Tapes From Africa live at 285 Kent, Brooklyn The cassette-based crate-digger’s recent Brooklyn set available streaming in full!
Pinch interview: "A heavy element of escapism." Dubstep’s philosopher on dance music patience and pressure.
The story behind Lukid's mesmerising debut film score Behind the scenes of the sumptuous score to Personal Best, a new film about life in the athletics’ fast lane.