Album, track, gig and club reviews
Song of The Week Rick Ross - So Sophisticated feat. Meek Mill Lauren Martin salutes Rawse’s commitment to bossed-up fictionalising on his latest bold banger.
Song of the week Jessie Ware - Sweet Talk [PMR] South London popstar’s got our number on knowing shuffle soul song.
Listening Post: 6th August 2012 Albums of the week A sport classic in the making, our verdict on Antony’s live album and more to hear, read and feel inside.
Listening post: 30th July 2012 Albums of the week A British youth soul classic in the making and the other albums worth hearing this week.
Searching For Sugar Man A film by Malik Bendjelloul How little-known 60s Detroit singer Sixto Rodriguez found superstardom in South Africa is the subject of this must-see new doc.
Song of the week Jeremih - 773 Love [Self-release] Why an ode to the booty call by one of Chicago’s most interesting R&B singers tucked away on a mixtape deserves to be a pop classic.
Listening post: 23rd July 2012 Albums of the week The week’s top free pop listens, streaming away inside.
Song of the week Danny Brown x AraabMuzik - Molly Ringwald [Yours Truly] Brilliantly weird Detroit rapper and MPC demon collaborate on track for Adidas
Listening post: 16th July 2012 Albums of the week Bumper week for albums, containing one modern classic-already.
Song of the week LOL Boys - Changes [Friends Of Friends] LA/Montreal duo prove that behind every LOL is heartbreak on this perfect underground pop song.
Listening post: 9th July 2012 Albums of the week Six great new records released this week to hear inside.
Song of the week Inga Copeland – BMW Charlie Robin Jones on the Hype Williams producer/singer’s bewitching tale of the city.
Listening post: 2nd July 2012 Albums of the week All the sounds to fill your ears with in this fine first week of July.
Song of the week Oneohtrix Point Never – Meet Your Creator Lauren Martin on the science and mysticism of the Brooklyn synth artist’s exquisite foray into sound design.
Listening post: 25th June 2012 Albums of the week Stream and read about the records you need to hear.
Liars and Oneohtrix Point Never [Webster Hall, New York City] A decade, distance, synths, and a whole lot of bass: Liars live bring about a minor musical epiphany.
Listening post: 18th June 2012 Albums of the week Listen to the best records out this week, with SpaceGhostPurrp, Lemonade, Peaking Lights, Can and Lorn.
Listening post: 11th June 2012 Albums of the week Hear records to hold close and why, from releases this week and last.
Laurel Halo, Julia Holter, Jessie Ware, Liars, SBTRKT etc Field Day reports Snapshots of the best acts playing Victoria Park this weekend.
Hudson Mohawke Livin' Proof Bank Holiday Special Hudson Mohawke and the gang at this weekend’s hip-hop blowout in London.
Listening post: 28th May 2012 Albums of the week Listen to and read about the four best records you need an opinion on this week.
Listening post: 21st May 2012 Albums of the week The best records of this week, featuring our take on the Laurel Halo record (spoiler: it’s wonderful).
The xx live review [Battersea Arts Centre, London] South London trio showcase sophisticated evolution at triumphant homecoming show.
XOYO Vs. Planet Mu [XOYO, London] A night of intensity and off-kilter creativity from one of Britain’s most exciting labels.
Listening post: 14th May 2012 Albums of the week Girl Unit’s ecstatic return to form, Niki & The Dove’s booming drums and Zulu Winter’s nearly terrific indie-pop all listened to and linked.
Listening post: 30th April 2012 Albums of the week Big week of great electronic music, from the rave rush of Lone to the shy techno of Claro Intelecto.
Actress album launch [Plastic People] The enigmatic producer unleashed a beatless fog into the black-box basement.
Listening post: 23rd April 2012 Albums of the week A big week for albums, with Actress, Jack White, Death Grips and Santigold all sticking out career highs.
Showtime The History of UK Dancehall Live on Stage A year on from the death of Smiley Culture, this moving film captures the spirit and passion at the heart of UK music from dancehall to jungle to grime.
Listening post: 16th April 2012 Albums of the week The very good albums (which are all, coincidentally enough, reflections on psyche) released this week.
Listening post: 2nd April 2012 Albums of the week Reality-bending techno, wonky electro and industrial melody rush for your attention this week.
Listening post: 26th March 2012 Albums of the week Carter Tutti Void’s blistering industrial live recording and more albums worth hearing.
The-Dream live at SXSW 2012 [Fader Fort, SXSW, Austin, Texas] The king of R&B pop puts in a blinding performance with his live band but falls short of stellar.
Thousand Foot Whale Claw live at SXSW 2012 [Slow Pump party, Austin, Texas] Cosmic drone from Austin supergroup intent on taking over your brain.
Sleep ∞ Over live at SXSW [Slow Pump party, Austin, Texas] A giant saw and bubble wrap helped create one of the most magically unexpected sets of SXSW.
Rick Ross live at SXSW 2012 [Fader Fort, SXSW, Austin, Texas] Miami rapper is larger than life at the Fader Fort’s closing party in Austin, Texas.
Listening post: 19th March 2012 Albums of the week Kindness, Tanlines, Stroboscopic Artefacts and Odd Future in our records you really should be on top of this week.