Interviews, comment and Dummy guides
Grimes is leading a generation of online musicians to the material world The post-internet pop that Grimes pioneered suggests a world beyond the digital that no-one expected.
Song of the week: Blawan – Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage How the gleefully obnoxious sounds of Blawan’s Youtube sensation punched a hole in our week.
Live broadcast: Xeno & Oaklander live at Public Assembly, Brooklyn The futuristic cold wave duo’s recent Brooklyn performance is available to stream in full
Song of the week: Kuedo - Work, Live & Sleep In Collapsing Space (Laurel Halo remix) Laurel Halo rework of new Kuedo single is a beautiful, sinister affair.
Lone interview: "I had no idea about ecstasy. I just thought the music sounded insane.” Rave artist talks about the hyperreal colours and day-glo emotion of his astounding new album.
The music and the making of Ekoplekz Paul Stigliano traces the beginnings of the Bristolian experimental musician and takes a closer listen to his latest work, ‘Skalectrikz’.
Live Broadcast: Shabazz Palaces live in New York Listen to the Seattle hip hop heads on flying form at recent NYC live show.
Tha Crossroads: how Bone Thugs-n-Harmony imagined today's rap The starry-eyed fatalism and genre-shifting delicacy of today’s rap pack was invented by Cleveland’s proudest sons 15 years ago.
Santigold interview: "Things just started erupting." The US pop star on the tumultuous times that fuelled her new record, the women that inspire her and the art of performing live.
Azealia Banks's beefs, and what they say about rap's new generation TI’s patronising, sexist response to the Harlem rapper proves that hip hop’s generation gap is finally widening.
Jessie Ware picks some flowers and reclaims pop London’s strongest new voice sings a sad song that suggests the class of 2009 are about to reclaim pop for us all.
Live broadcast: Peaking Lights and LXMP at Unsound Festival New York Peaking Light’s tripped-out dub and LXMP’s synthtastic funk straight from Unsound Festival New York, live and streaming now.
Actress interview: "It’s medicine - that’s what music is." Inside the studio and mind of one of our era’s most intriguing electronic music artists.
The rise and rise of NTS Radio As the London-based internet station celebrates one year on air, we speak to its founders about the fresh vibe they’ve brought to radio.
The 2.0Pac hologram was really, really weird The eerie, selfish escapism of the Coachella hologram, and the world we didn’t ask for, blows the mind of Lauren Martin.
Sun Araw and The Congos interview: "Life’s a trip but it’s heavy too." The LA artist and Jamaican reggae legends recount memories and lessons learnt during the making of their collaborative album ‘Icon Give Thank’.
THEESatisfaction interview: "You can do whatever you want with language." The Seattle psychedelic hip hop duo on numerology, cultural exploration and the power of words.
How electronic dance music shapes and shifts our ideas of beauty Adam Harper takes a closer listen of Scratcha DVA’s ‘Pretty Ugly’ to explore the binary tensions at the heart of today’s dance music aesthetics.
The store at the heart of Austin's thrilling synth scene During SXSW we spoke to Switched On’s Chad Allen about the rise of the local synth scene and new innovation in live electronics.
Live broadcast: Wilis Earl Beal live at Glasslands, Brooklyn The Chicago songwriter stunned a room full of people in Brooklyn last week and the show is available here live and streaming.
Nina Kraviz interview: "It is all about human feelings." The Muscovite underground house producer talks us through the creative process behind her debut album.
Anthony 'Shake' Shakir interview: "Every record I owned was an instrument." Detroit techno legend opens up about his Da Sampla roots, musical evolution and recent collaboration with Kyle Hall.
The startling artistic vision of Glasgow night Vitamins Banks of TVs in forests, video-mapping onto pyramids, 3D copper skulls – how some of Glasgow’s brightest lights are bringing a sense of occasion to clubbing.
How Butterz shaped grime's late second flowering With just nine releases, the London-based label of Rinse DJs Elijah and Skilliam has flown the flag for instrumental grime. Here, ahead of their second birthday bash, Anthony Walker charts the development.
The British 'first-wave' of women in hip hop The flood of all girl rap that broke the surface in the late 80s, early 90s and why it’s worth a mention.
How to survive SXSW, by the online music press Music and survival tips for SXSW 2012 from the folk at Pitchfork, The Fader, Ad Hoc, Yours Truly and SXSW.
Cop Car Bonfire is the busker Grimes called "the coolest live show in Montreal" Guillermo Martinez de Velasco meets the man sharing his noise music with the city.
The story behind Grimes's 'Oblivion' video Director Emily Kai Bock shares the making of that awesome video.
Quick catchup: Rory Phillips Excellent London DJ/producer fills us in on his debut release, Singles Club and gardening tips for 2012.
How Detroit techno changed the fabric of time forever Alex McKeown gives a thrilling introduction to his paper: ‘Detroit Techno: Ideology and Phenomenology of Time’.
Live broadcast: Ital live at 285 Kent, Brooklyn Ital’s infectiously jubilant live set from his Brooklyn album launch available to stream in full
How 80s graffiti artist Futura 2000 invented the art of today's underground Pioneering abstract graffiti artist, Futura 2000, preempted a retro-futuristic penchant for virtual tensions and hypperrealism that is now resonating with a new generation of artists and labels, from James Ferraro to Not Not Fun.
The Dummy Guide to Mexico's 3bal sound Guillermo Martinez de Velasco on the music scene that’s sprung up amid Mexico’s drug war.
Jon Savage on Aphex Twin's Selected Ambient Works 85-92 Jon Savage’s 1992 review of Aphex Twin’s landmark album, 20 years after its release.
How araabMUZIK is bringing the hip hop battle DJ into the digital age Sunil Chauhan reflects on the rise of Rhode Island MPC artist.
Blondes interview: "Dancing is physical meditation." Monica Uszerowicz meets the Brooklyn duo on home turf to discuss their instinctive and essential debut album.
The strange, soggy sonic fictions of SpaceGhostPurrp Re-tooling rap history and launching linguistic attacks on the internet are just two of the reasons you should be paying attention to A$AP Rocky collaborator and Mortal Kombat-obsessed Florida rapper/producer SpaceGhostPurrp.
Chairlift interview: "Harness that energy." Brooklyn duo get physical on ‘Something’, their stunning new album of shiny, smokey-eyed pop.
Ital interview: "The world presses on you in really intense ways." Tamara El Essawi meets the man behind ‘Hive Mind’ to talk love, the internet and humanity.
Peaking Lights interview: "The infinite ways of writing music." Starry-eyed dub duo chat about the cosmos and dreaming in hi-fi.